I love making amigurumi, I pretend I’m making them for Rowan but really they are for me! Kira the Kangaroo has been on my list for ages and I had the perfect yarn, tiny hook and pattern all ready to go. I finally decided the time was right and at the start of September I made a tiny head with little beady black eyes!
The kangaroo is made up of:
- head in white yarn,
- two ears (a little fiddly but super cute!)
- two arms (mine are a bit long as I lost count but at least they are symmetrical),
- legs and body crocheted as one piece,
- and knitted scarf.
The hood is stitched to the base of the head and then the head to the body. Don’t do what I did and sew the head on backwards. Oops! The ears are stitched to the hood and the arms to the top of the body followed by the pouch and tail.
Kira the Kangaroo not only calls for a tiny head and body but another even tinier one! Her little baby follows the same basic pattern but on a minuscule scale. Once the pouch has been stitched in place, the baby nestles perfectly inside.
If you talk to toy makers, most will tell you they don’t enjoy stuffing their creations. I’m the opposite. I love it! The great thing about Lalylala’s patterns is that they require a good solid filling. I hate floppy toys or those with stuffing poking out through the stitches. I’m a tight hooker so this style suits me, even if it makes my hands sore!
I love the feeling of satisfaction when I complete an amigurumi piece. I can easily see how it can become addictive. Not only are they super cute but they don’t use much yarn and are a great way of using up oddments of your favourite hand dyed yarns.
Last year I made Dirk the Dragon. He is slightly larger as I used a 3mm hook rather than 2.5mm. For both I used hand dyed sock/fingering weight yarn. Dirk has lots his scarf somewhere in Rowan’s bedroom! It’s green to match his cuffs.
Next I want to make Vlad the Vampire Bat! I’m going to end up with a rainbow of little chaps and chapettes and I’m very happy about that!