I got a commission request to do a Amigurumi Critter representation of a white finch. I was sent some photos to help me along.
Here’s the birdie:
Very tame! Wow! I’ve never seen such a tame finch before!
So, I took most of my Amigurumi Critter pattern for shaping and wings, with the tail and feet taken from Owl Amigurumi pattern. I also used felt to get that lovely tear feather patterning.
Our finished amigurumi, which turned out very well:
I love the chubby shape, with the bright orange beak and feet contrasting the white bird body. Very cute!
The crocheting and construction went very smooth, however I was reminded how much working with white yarn can take extra time – I’d wash my hands before working on the project, no drinks or food while crocheting and a clean surface when resting the project. White yarn can pick up dirt or get tinted by other yarn colours worked near it, so extra care is needed. I hand lotion often when crocheting and knitting, and I don’t when working with white yarn just in case if makes the yarn pick up dirt!
I’m happy how flexible my Amigurumi Critter pattern is – maybe I should add a few more variations and photos to the pattern?
Currently, I’m working on a couple knitted lace shawls – photos coming soon.
I’ve been missing in action the last while because I moved from Vancouver Canada to Southern California. Wow I see sun! I haven’t seen sun since early fall!
After that, I had to wait for my stuff to get shipped over then find the yarn (in a large crushed box).
Then, I got working:
I had the idea to do a grey/silver fox. Pretty neat effect, though the whole time my husband thought I was making a squirrel.
Sadly, he is surrounded by orange foxes! Either way, I posted him and his orange brother fro adoption at my Etsy Shop. As always, you can purchase the pattern at my Etsy Shop or via Ravelry (no account needed) to make your own fox.
I did change the eyes I used. On the left is the 8mm eyes. For the new foxes I tried the 10mm eyes which I think made a huge difference!
In other news, I have a new addition to the family (not including my husband):
His name is Benson P. “P” stands for a name I wanted to give him, but not acceptable of a name.. *cough* Pooper *cough*. I almost named him “Lute” but he seemed more like a Benson. He is a Holland lop with the helicopter ear thing going on – his right ear sticks straight up with the left lopping down. His ears are 90% like that – after he cleans his ears they go into horizontal-copter-mode, but that one ear pops back into the air after a few minutes.
I got him from Roaring Heights Rabbitry and found them to very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and love rabbits! They also have many many cute lionheads and dwarfs too!
So Benson in the pictures above was 8 weeks. He is now close to 10 weeks and growing (and eating and pooping) lots! He loves oats, nosing people and throwing toys.
(fyi, we had no news paper at that time, thus cage looking like a bad setup)
Sadly, I had to leave my hamster Chestnut back in Canada. I was flying to California plus he is close to 2 years old and probably wouldn’t of made the trip. Rest assured, I have a close friend caring for him.
As a final picture, this is what my married life looks like:
Yep. Husband vegging out on his computer + disapproving rabbit on his lap.
I had a commission back in August for a sheep. Well, a sheep and a fox.
For the sheep, I used my Amigurumi Critters pattern making a bigger felt face and rotated the ear to the side.
For the fox.. well.. I followed my own pattern!
hmmm… wonder if I could shave the sheep to make more yarn? Maybe it needs to be made in furry yarn first? <3
So I apparently lied and I did have time (and space) for another Amigurumi Critter variation. I love rabbits! As a teenager on a farm, we had 50 rabbits at one point. When I was in university I got a netherland dwarf rabbit that was 3 pounds of disapproval and hate (when there was no treats involved). Bunito was awesome, he wasn’t the cuddly type, but he love to explore and was always up to mischief. He passed away a few years ago at the age of 8 by a stroke. Now I kinda want another rabbit again.
Bun is a doe-eyed rabbit made from my Amigurumi Critter pattern, with addition to longer ears and a pompom tail. I think my next rabbit I want a black and white one like this… or a flemish giant (to my boyfriend’s horror).
So for peeps for have the pattern, the ear modification is using the ear for the Hamster/Squirrel and adding an additional 6 rows of all Single Crochet.
Some more pics of “Ham” as I failed in my first post about this pattern and didn’t have additional pictures of him.
Rabbit disapproval all the way
Read my blog entry on the Amigurumi Critter pattern
the pattern (via Ravelry, no account needed) or via my Etsy shop.
And totally check out my nails this week:
Sally Hansen HD in “Lite” with OPI “Black Shatter”.
I was rocking just “Lite” and I had only complaints of “EWWWW YELLOW NAILS”. I’m unsure whether I just liked the yellow as a colour and just bypassed yellow looks bad on me/kinda icky as nails. Who knows. Either way, I did some shatter ontop and it looks wicked!
Foxes, Squirrels, Penguins, Baby Chicks, Hamsters OH MY!
This pattern seriously took me almost 8 months to finish. Why? School interference, computer breaking down taking my progress photos with it and mass pattern testing.
My idea was to make a template body and from there, branch off into multiple creatures. Of course, testing each critter was a pain and took awhile.
5 pin bowling…. mebe
Onto each of the critters!
Squirrel – I modelled this guy after the polymer clay version I’ve created. Super cute and cheeky!
Foxy – My own interpretation of a cute fox with extra stumpyness. The tail is ultra cute!
Penguin – my prototype for a Prinny… Keep an eye out, once I got spare time, he’s becoming a Prinny.. Dood.
Chickie – was my pattern hint awhile back cuuute!
Oddly, I didn’t take many pics of Hammy the Hamster, but you may remember his sneak preview shot.
Phew, that was a lot of pics and tons of work. With this pattern, I also added 7 variations that I have no freaking time to crochet them all and test!
To get started on making your own critter, buy now via Ravelry (no account needed!) or visit my Etsy Shop to snag a pattern!