Sunday, October 26, 2008

Adventures in Amigurumi

Last spring I played around a bit with amigurumi, which Wikipedia defines as"the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. Amigurumi are typically cute animals (such as bears, rabbits, cats, dogs, etc.), but can include inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features. Amigurumi can be either knitted or crocheted. In recent years crocheted amigurumi are more popular and more commonly seen." I started with squid, one for a fellow kendo student and one for older son Don, and then moved on to corgis, one for older son and one for younger son and his girlfriend. While I was making the corgis, younger son put in his request for an amigurumi hybrid with the head of a corgi, the body of a prawn, and the tentacles and whips of a squid. Younger son being younger son, he also asked that the squid tentacles and whips be detachable. I did the parts for the corgi head then, back in the spring, but only now got around to making the other components and assembling the creature. Is it too cute for words, an abomination, or just "possibly one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen" (I think this was how younger son said his girlfriend described it)? You be the judge.

Corgi Head:

Prawn Body:

Squid Tentacles and Whips:



Caroline M said...

Try buying one of those in the shops. It's not the sort of thing that you want to be seen working in in public is it?

Debi said...

OMG! I think it is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! Disturbing, maybe, but totally awesome nonetheless!

Janet said...

Very, very strange. Only you, Jean, of the people I know, would come up with this.

You are SUCH a nice mommy. :-)