What is AmiguruMAY I hear you ask? The lovely Ilaria from Airali invited fellow crafters to participate throughout May via her daily prompts to follow and share. It was chance to celebrate all the things #amigurumi, hang out with other makers and designers from all around the globe and grow our creative community!
The prompts were:
Here are my posts that I shared over in Instagram land
I plan on taking part in this monthly challenge. All things amigurumi! Hosted by the super talented @airali_gray follow #amiguruMAY to see what lovely cute creatures (amongst other things) talented crocheters are making around the globe. Coincidentally my #currentwip is a cactus pincushion designed by Ilaria herself. However as I rescued this kit from an op shop it came with no pattern. I found a pattern on Pinterest but am modifying it as I go along as I have limited yarn. A challenge within a challenge.
It’s day 2 of the #amiguruMAY challenge! Inspiration, like many I absorb so much inspiration from here, Instagram, pinterest and books/magazines. There are so many talented and generous makers that share their makes, tips and patterns.
Day 3 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Tools. It is the obvious tool but no cute creatures can be created without crochet hooks. Mine aren’t flash but do the job. Looking closer at them I have #tulip#rose #stratford #milford brands amongst my collection.
How do you like your eggs? Fried? Scrambled? Hard boiled? Day 4 of the #amiguruMAY – the smallest. I had a go at making something tiny. I have a plan for these eggs 🥚🍳 stay tuned. Stroll to end of the post to see what I did.
Day 5 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Introduce yourself.
Hello🙋♀️, I’m Carina. I was born in Argentina 🇦🇷 but have lived in Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺 pretty much all my life. This means I can also speak Spanish and love football⚽️. I am married and have a 7 year old 🏃♂️. I’m left ✋handed. I love to bake🥧🍪 but don’t really cook (hubby👨🍳 cooks). I love to travel 🌏🛫I work part time in 💊 research. I have been crafting since I was little. Learnt to crochet at an early age but discovered amigurumi🐖 about 5 years ago. Like many others, a day without crafting doesn’t seem right. Even if it is mending✂️ my son’s school uniform as I type this. Do we share any similarities?
Day 6 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Maker or designer? Typically I’m a maker when it comes to #amigurumi but I did design and make 🐖☝️and the eggs a couple of posts back. I see so many wonderful creations that I want to try. Although I always like to put my own spin.
Day 7 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Fave yarn. I recently came across and discovered @kartopu at my local @spotlightstores I raved about it to my friends. It would make THE best amigurumi 🐦🐸🐢🐙🐁🌸. The colours are sublime.
Day 8 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Animals 🐂🐎🐅🐈🐩🐕🐖🐄. I made this pair 🐘 a couple of years back for a newborn. I love this colour combination. This will be a fun day to check out this hashtag😉
Day 9 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. How/when did you start? I guess it starts with crochet, right? And I was little when I started crocheting. Observing my bff’s mum and learning (I.e making mistakes😉) as I went along. In fact a few weeks ago I sat with my bestie’s mum and showed her how to Tunisian crochet, how cool is that! So I have loved crocheting for a long time. I then discovered making other things other than granny squares. I made these spool pincushions for some friends and have shared my pattern for these on my blog.
Day 10 of #amiguruMAYchallenge. Your first ami. This is my first ami. Love this green amineko cat. Love his attitude. This was gifted to our niece’s daughter. If you check out #amineko you’ll see his flock.
Day 11 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. The biggest. Tooth Bunnies 🐇 . The bunnies are a pattern by @lanukas I renamed them ‘Tooth Bunny’ as the suffolk puff tail was sewn as a pocket for kids to leave their tooth and the fairy to leave a gold coin. They are not that big but the biggest I have made. I donated these to be sold in a craft stall at a school fete.
Day 12 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Safety eyes. This is my limited supply. I often embroider eyes. Or have have used not so safe brads. I like how the iris on the smaller ones are coloured and like the idea of potentially painting the bigger ones to suit the project they will be used on. Looking forward to seeing what other makers use.
Day 13 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Top tip. I have seen number of different ways to create an invisible decrease but I think like this one the best. Inserting your hook in the front 2 loops and then pulling yarn through. This great photo is by JustBCrafty on Pinterest. Am sure we’ll all learn a lot today reading everyone’s top tips. 📷 JustBCrafty
Day 14 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Fave pattern. Well, if you are like me your pinterest board will be busting with patterns you want to buy or try out. Or with ideas you want to explore. During a ‘research’ session on Pinterest I discovered this llama. Isn’t she adorable. This would have to be my current fave pattern that I would like to try. The pattern is by Nancy Anderson.
📷 @redheartyarns website
Day 15 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Hands at work. Sorry no manicure or nice polish but a little tute on how to create a magic ring for lefties. See we lefties crochet clockwise. Any questions let me know.
[This was a quick video – click on my instagram link below to see the clip.
Day 16 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Stash . I’m happy to say I have more than this 🌈 stash shown but not as much as some others, although am envious of some stashes out there. Showing this variegated collection I bought in Argentina🇦🇷. I bought 2 of each. They are Brazilian 🇧🇷 and called Camila (my nona’s name 😍). I made the #amineko cat out of this green one.
Day 17 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Texture. I finished my little #WIP the cactus🌵 pin cushion. So to add texture and thorns I tied some green yard randomly over the cactus. Thanks @deeacraftyboutique and for also suggesting a little saucer under the pot.
Day 18 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. The cutest. This has to be my cutest make. Pattern by @airali_gray I made this for the newborn of an Aussie friend who is living in Germany. It was so much fun to make and dress.
Day 19 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Creative goals🎯. My long term goal is to continue to learn. Discover new stitches. Whether they be crochet or embroidery stitches. Rediscover crafts. Learn new techniques. My short term goal would be to have a project published in my favourite magazine @homespunmagazine
Miniature Monday and day 20 of the #amiguruMAYchallenge. Fave book. I don’t have a favourite amigurumi book. So I asked Ms Celeste. She too said she didn’t have a favourite but was happy to share her collection with me. I’m secretly eyeing the Tunisian Amigurumi book 🙊. Sharing another of my interests, miniatures. I love making mini items, even mini amigurumi books📖. Ms Celeste was crafted by the talented @bettis_stitches go see her furry creations🐕🐀
Day 21 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Mark your rounds. I always use those 💚 green and 💛 yellow plastic stitch markers when working on the round and also in other crochet projects to secure the current stitch. But when I researched markers I found some pretty ideas on Pinterest. I used eye pins and seed beads and created these red ❤ stitch markers. They also double up ear piercings for my cow 🐄. I designed this cow but it’s a bit wonky. It then occurred to me eye and hook closures would make handy stitch markers too. The markers I saw on Pinterest were posted by Claudia Lowman on her blog ‘delights gem’ – by ‘floriental’.
Day 22 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Photography. This is a cheeky post. Sharing a ‘photo’ of my recent rescues from the op shop. And this time with patterns🤗. I shouldn’t start them just yet with other WIPs lingering…… said no crocheter ever 🙊 I take all my photos with my @samsungau note 9📱 and love the quality of the photos. I use brightness and contrast features to enhance if necessary and I use @canva to add pretty text. And am pretty organised once I transfer my photos to my computer💻. Sorting and filing into folders 🗂
Day 23 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Dreaming of….. holidays🏖, flying✈, Italy👢🇮🇹, Florence. I spotted this super cute window dressing 🐈☕in a tiny shop in Florence during our European trip in 2016.
Day 24 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Ami friends. I have a number of instagram friends who crochet and who have crocheted amigurumi but I am happy to say I met a new friend through this challenge who creates some wonderful creatures. Andreea reached out to me offering to share a pattern. I’m enjoying seeing her journey through the challenge and beyond. Go see her feed, she is very talented and sweet.
Day 25 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Stuffing. When I made these coat hangers there was no stuffing. I covered the wire and sewed it closed. Sometimes minis don’t require stuffing. But will be interested in reading the tips others post. Made with @dmc_embroideryperle cotton
Day 26 of the #amiguruMAY challenges. Sewing pieces together. My little monster is ready to endure a little surgery and come together. Pattern by Erinna Lee for Simply Crochet magazine.
Day 27 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. For… . I made these apples🍎🍏 for charity last year. Donated then for a school fete. I suggested they could be used as pincushions or end-of-year teacher gifts. Apparently they were popular and sold fast but had a cheap price tag 🏷I believe. They were fun and quick to make. I also made the stalks using wet felting technique. Pattern from Pinterest – 5 little monsters website.
Day 28 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Fave stitch. I don’t have a favourite stitch for amigurumi, or rather haven’t used anything other than single crochet/double crochet (depending on which pattern or which part of the world you are in). But I did go in search on Pinterest. And found this loop stitch. I thought it would be great for a shaggy dog. When I tried the stitch with my left over cactus supplies I created this. I thought this would make a great scary monster😈👹 eye👁. Do you agree?
Day 29 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Proud moment. Craft related but not amigurumi related. In addition to having many of my creations published in @handmademagaus my proudest crafty moment was winning the @brotheraustralia competition with this submission. A banner with my favourite quote embroidered and a little shelf of miniatures. The prize, a craft room make over, sewing machine and scanncut machine. Love my craft room.
Day 30 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Not only amigurumi. As my Instagram name suggests I love to dabble in many crafts. One of them being miniatures. Miniatures is challenging, eye straining 🤪 but almost all makes are irresistibly cute 🐇. My dad made a ‘room box/store’ for me and slowly I have been filling it over the years. It is now a mini haberdashery✂️ store. This is one of the items I made from scratch. The ‘wine rack’ style shelf was filled with the finest 😉 yarns. This project reflects why I enjoy making miniatures. It’s a combination of many skills and crafts. Using maths, design and painting I made the balsa wood shelf. Using covered quilled coils I created the yarn.
Day 31 of the #amiguruMAY challenge. Shelfie. It makes me happy I can’t take a shelfie of all my creations as most have been gifted, donated or sold. These owls 🦉 were photographed before being sold. Thank you @airali_gray for organising a fun challenge. Has been lovely meeting other artists, learning and absorbing inspiration.
You think you know someone until you make them this birthday card and they tell you, I don’t like eggs 🥚🍳 🤣 remember these mini tiny amigurumi eggs I made part if the #amiguruMAY challenge, I used them to make this card. Regardless, it was well received and appreciated.