Hello! I’m sure everyone’s really excited about the release of Hello Kitty Crochet.
Before Sept 16 comes around though, how about I interest you in something else first, say, a cute little hedgehog named Mimi?
Mimi-chan (short for Ayumi) is a baby hedgehog who loves watching the autumn leaves fall.
Her weakness? Sweet, ripe apples.
*bari, bari* (the sound of munching in Japanese)
She enjoys clambering from tree to tree (when she’s not too heavy, that is).
No one has yet dared to tell her this: that her dreams of growing up to become a bushy-tailed squirrel is just that — a dream.
Ja ne! (See you!)
I had the pleasure of working with Craft Passion again to design this lovely hedgehog amigurumi pattern. (By the way, have you checked out Craft Passion’s hedgehog coin purse pattern? Totally adorable!)
The pattern is a fantabulous way to use up any fuzzy yarn that you have at home. Since you will be surface-crocheting directly onto the body piece that already has all the single crochets laid out for you, you should be able to see where you’re going 🙂
Feel free to give Mimi-chan a splash of colour! And when you do, send me a picture! 🙂
To make your own Mimi-chan, head on over to the fabulous Craft Passion for the FREE amigurumi pattern!
It’s just a little over a month before our Hello Kitty Crochet book is released and we’re super-excited!
Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Fret not, you can simply head over to these convenient sites below. (We’re still waiting patiently for our advance book copy — otherwise we’d share a closer look!)
WHERE TO PRE-ORDER HELLO KITTY CROCHET
Hello Kitty Crochet has the release date of Sept 16, 2014. Before then, you can just click on the book cover, which I’ve placed on the top right of my blog’s sidebar to order away!
WANT TO REVIEW A COPY?
If you’re an amigurumi fan and would love to review Hello Kitty Crochet on your blog, website and magazine, please do speak to Eric Smith, the Marketing & Social Media Manager at Quirk Books (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or you can drop me a line and I’ll make sure the message gets through to the fun team at Quirk 🙂
BEHIND THE SCENES
Here’s a sneak peek at what we did while working on the book. We bought a couple of Japanese Hello Kitty reads to help with the designing of the Sanrio bunch.
Here’s Purin the custard-loving pup. Can you guess yet what other characters will make an appearance in Hello Kitty Crochet?
A few months back, amiguruMEI was asked to design a special amigurumi pair for Simply Crochet Issue 20’s summer booklet.
We came up with Pola and Tux, the winter pals who just can’t get enough of the sun. Don’t you just love their sunburnt cheeks?
You dive first!
I haven’t gotten my copy yet, but the duo made their debut in the inside back cover of Simply Crochet Issue 19. Woohoo!
Have you made your own Pola and Tux? Do share your amigurumi pair with us!
A couple of months ago, I was featured in a local Chinese daily, Nanyang Siang Pau. It was such an honour to be interviewed by senior writer Bee Lay (who shares the same name as I do, only spelled and pronounced in a different Chinese dialect).
I was in haphazard mode when the interview was done – I had only slept for a couple of hours the night before after going on a one-day trip to an indigenous settlement about four hours away from home, for work. But the photographer was superb!
I love the picture on the cover of the features section!I
I can’t read a word of Chinese (but I can make out some Japanese kanji!) so I got my good friend Samantha Lee to read it out aloud for me 🙂 If her name sounds familiar, well, she’s appeared in tons of international media! Check out her blog here. Her instagram @leesamantha is fantabulous!
I’ve always had a soft spot for the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, ever since I first heard the audio book back when I was still in high school.
And so my third obsession can only be about the little boy from asteroid B-612, and his adventures with drunkards, arrogant kings, a repentant rose and tame-able fox.
I have a special corner on my table where I display all my favourite Le Petit Prince-themed stuff. (I got bunny Moco to model for the photos!)
My favourite mug, perfect for milk tea afternoons.
I have had many version of The Little Prince book. This one is super-heavy (a Christmas gift from my sister) and jam-packed with a host of other classics. The notebook is from Korea, by my friend and super-photographer Cheem of Snapshack Studios (we will be seeing some lovely amiguruMEI shoots from him soon!)
And a pretty plate!
Do you love The Little Prince too? Tell me more about your obsessions!
If you’ve heard of Shinzi Katoh, you probably share the same obsession that I have for the wonderful Japanese artist and his super-whimsical illustrated stuff!
I first came across the zakka products while on vacation in Taipei, Taiwan over the New Year’s in 2013. The nostalgic Yongkang Street was peppered with zakka shops and what did I find but a shop named Zakka Club, which was filled to the brim with Shinzi Katoh goods?
I spent a fortune buying bags, decorative tapes, a mug, a 4-in-1 bento box set, notebooks — basically the whole works, to start my own collection at home.
Here’s a glimpse of what the shop looks like.
The one thing I regretted? Not bringing home any one of the Shinzi Katoh bunny/piggy/frog softies with me! See how cute they were!
Here’s a closer look at what I did bring home with me.
A そらべあ (Solar Bear) pencil pouch. The weeping bears were created to help spread awareness on the effects of global warming.
I love these Cheri bento boxes!
This is a close-up of one of the two bags I bought. I take this bag with me to my Japanese lessons, which I have been taking for over two years now. French + Japanese stuff always makes me smile.
Isn’t this bag sweet?
I hope I can visit Taipei again soon and simply live on Yongkang Street. Zakka lovers will love it there. I learned all about the town’s zakka scene from this article.
Happy sweet Sunday!
Today, we’re taking a break from it all and I would love to share a series of posts on my “obsessions”.
(This was something that I had planned to share a while ago, but never got the chance to what with so many things happening at once 🙂
So do bear with me as I present you Obsession #1: The Moomins!
I’ve had an eye out for The Moomins ever since I caught a few episodes of the cartoon on TV many years ago. But it was not until I visited Sweden in 2012 that I went full-blown Moomin-crazy! (alas, the obsession only hit me when I returned home so I did not make one single Moomin purchase in all the Moomin-packed souvenir shops in Stockholm!)
So slowly but surely, I’m hoping that my collection of Moomin stuff will grow. I’ve since bought a couple of Moomin T-shirts off the racks of generous Uniqlo 🙂
I hope to one day visit the Moomin Café in Tokyo, Japan! Read more about the fabulous place here 🙂
By the way, have you tried making Little My from our amiguruMEI Little My amigurumi pattern? Share a photo if you have!