Sackboy Gallery

Here’s a gallery of all the crochet Sackboy amigurumis I’ve made either through commissions or orders.

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Moogle Crochet Pattern

Create a playful Moogle amigurumi plush with this very easy to follow PDF crochet pattern. It has complete crochet instructions including an easy to follow photo tutorial for the wings as well as the antenna. Assembly of the parts are also covered in detail and there are plenty of photos for your viewing pleasure. Download it instantly via my Ravelry Shop.

Price: $5

  • Level: Easy
  • Finished Size: 11 inches (sitting and not including the antenna)
  • Format: PDF (4 pages long) in Amerian Crochet Standard
  • Notable Features: Bat-like wings, an antenna (created from pipe cleaners) with a red ball, and a round nose.

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Totoro Beanie Crochet Pattern


Know how to crochet? Well turn yourself instantly into a Totoro when you follow this cute crochet pattern for a Totoro Beanie hat! Soon you’ll be wearing a huge smile as big as Totoro’s because this is a very fun and easy project to do. You’ll be able to whip out your hat in a couple of hours. Download it instantly in my Ravelry Shop.

Price: $4

  • Level: Basic
  • Size: For Adults and Teens
  • Format: PDF pattern written in standard American Crochet
  • Notable features: Funny ears, round eyes, and black whiskers. Upon wearing this hat, you may suddenly have a strong desire to stand in the rain with a leaf on your head.

Don’t forget to share your finished photo with me on my Flickr Ami Amour group just for patterns!

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Pig Rabbit Crochet Pattern


Create your very own amigurumi crochet Pig Rabbit plush! You may have seen the very cute fusion of a pig and a rabbit if you’re a fan of the K-drama You’re Beautiful. Now you can buy the PDF pattern and download it instantly through my Ravelry Shop.

Price: $5

  • Level: Easy
  • Finished Size: 14 inches tall (sitting)
  • Format: PDF (4 pages) and written in American Crochet Standard Terms.
  • Notable Features: Cute Bowtie Accessory, funny Pig Snout, fluffy cottontail, and long bunny ears.

I offer pattern help on all my patterns ^^

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Cuddly Tiger Pattern


This crochet pattern came about as I was inspired by Hobbes, the incorrigible tiger created by Bill Watterson. I’ve been constantly asked about making this pattern available, and now it finally is! I’ve created it in a PDF format that is 5 pages long which includes easy to follow directions and plenty of photos. Use the buy it now button to purchase the pattern and you will be able to download the pattern instantly.

All pattern purchases are processed securely through my Ravelry Shop using Paypal. You do not need a paypal account to make a purchase as it accepts all major credit cards.

$5

  • Level: Easy / Intermediate
  • Finished Size: Approximately 14 inches tall.
  • Notable Features: Gold and Black Stripes, Elongated Body, and a Snout. Tiger may want to pounce on you when you enter through your door.

Pattern support is available on all my patterns.

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See me at Anime Conji 2011 and Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief

I’m going to be at Artist Alley at Anime Conji – San Diego’s very own Anime Expo. It’s held on March 25th-27th and should be lots of fun. It’s going to be my very first time going there. I believe Anime Conji is relatively new so it’ll be fun to watch it grow and develop. You can get a full weekend badge online for $45 online right now or $30 if you’re a student or teacher. Be sure to register online before March 19th as tickets are more expensive at the door.

Originally they had run out of Artist Alley spots as I had just found out about the show about a month ago, but luckily (I think) a spot opened up and I was able to get a half table. Now the only problem is I have about 2 weeks left to crochet up a storm and have my crochet plushies ready for you guys.

I’ve also been thinking about the Japan Earthquake and Tsunimi Disaster and been thinking about what I can do to help. So, I’ve decided to donate a part of my proceeds I make from artist alley to the Japan Red Cross.

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So yes, San Diego and southern California folks come on out to Anime Conji and let’s celebrate Japanese culture as well as lend our support for the people who are suffering from such a terrible natural disaster.

If you want to help out also, but cannot make it out to Anime Conji, please consider making a donation to the Japan Red Cross. You can make a contribution here:

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Amigurumi-mizer: The Experiment of the Pandas

I’ve been busy crocheting the days and nights away.  I feel very blessed these days that people are coming to me to buy their Christmas gifts.   So thanks everybody!  You guys are helping make my dream come true.

So… I wanted to introduce you guys to my new machine, the Amigurumi-mizer!  It’s my trusty machine that can transform any object into an amigurumi version – that is a crochet plushie.  It’s basically a magical cardboard box. Don’t ask me how it works, I haven’t figured it out yet. But this is what I do: I just place the object that I want to amigurumize inside the machine and then I place the dial on “crochet” and wait a few seconds as it does its magic, and ZAP! out pops an exact replica but in crochet form!  It’s pretty nifty and it’s been of great help to me as I do my commissions.

So without further adieu, here are some commissions I’ve been working on thanks to cool people I met at PMX.

Here is Pink Panda designed by artist Larissa.  She has a website called Royally Divine.  Check it out!  Her drawing was put into the Amigurumi-mizer Machine…

PinkPanda500 and I waited a couple of seconds, and out popped out its crochet counterpart in all it’s pretty pinkness!

Pink Panda with HeartThe Amigurumi-mizer than had a second go at another panda, but one with a completely different aesthetic.  It was Scary Panda, designed by Thea, cute but scary at the same time.  Here it goes again…vwoorp vwoorp vwoorp…

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But uh-oh, me thinks the Amigurumi-mizer got a bit confused.  It couldn’t decide which face to do! =(

Scary Panda

I guess it needs a little work still.  I’ll work on getting the kinks out.  In the meanwhile, thanks for reading about our very first adventure with the Amigurumi-mizer Machine!  If you want to have your object amigurumized, send your inquiries to info@amiamour.com and be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you won’t miss any Amigurumi-mizer Machine Madness!

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Black Friday to Cyber Monday 2010 Sale!

Introducing our huge Holiday Sale is Mr. Adipose!  Thank you very much!  It’s a big sale going on in the shop of Ami Amour from Black Friday till Cyber Monday!  I’m excited to bring this deal to all you guys who love my crochet plushies.  You can use the Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15 to get 15% off your entire order from my ETSY SHOP.

And I’ve listed many new items for your pleasure as well!  Here’s a look at some of them:

The most adorable baby penguin.  I’m very proud of creating this one.  I want to make a million of them!

Baby Penguin

You can also get your fill of Studio Ghibli goodies. Here’s my foray into accessories and hats with the ever fun Totoro Beanies.  It’s a Totoro Hat Family Set.  One for Daddy, Mommy, and baby too!

Totoro Beanies

I’m a huge fan of Spirited Away, so we have Ootori-sama, the Duck spirit as well as the whole gang of Spirited Away.

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The Spirited Away crew!

The 3 differenet Totoros you can get, Gray, Blue, and White.  Right now special offer in which if you buy either a Gray or a Blue Totoro, you will simply get the mini white Totoro for absolutely free!

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all 3Totoros: gray, blue, and white

Also available is the collectible line of the every cute and crazy ZBs.  Each have their own personality and their own story.

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A lovely Elephant as well with tusks.

Gray Elephant

And finally a small size and more affordable version of Pig Rabbit available at $25.  And with your coupon, it’s a lot less!  So order it while you can ^^

pigrabbit

Well hope you guys have a great weekend and find more awesome deals everywhere you go.  Happy shopping!

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PMX 2010 and Jang Dong Gun

It was my first time having a booth at PMX, but I’d definitely go again!  Cool Lolita outfits, delicious food trucks, Pocky everywhere, what’s not to like?  Put into the mix that everybody is so friendly (including the great staffers).  I found it to be much more relaxing time for me than Anime Expo.  So I thought I’d share some photos and my stories from the time there.

Ta-dah, here is my booth!  You can see my sister there in the pic.  She was there for all 3 days helping man the booth.  Thanks, sis!

A closeup of the Christmas tree I created for my artist alley booth.  Some lights, presents underneath and we are feeling the holiday mood already!

Amigurumi Christmas tree

Some close-ups of the cute crochet plushies in my booth.

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Our next door neighbor was Joanna selling custom doll costumes as well as cool wigs for the Blythe dolls.  She was very obliging and let us try some of the wigs on one of my plushies, Adipose! (Dr. Who fans may know what this is).

Rock on, Addy!

Adipose Funky Wigs

And here are some Totoro Beanies I was selling.  They were a hit!

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Let’s talk about the delicious food there.  There was first the Takoyaki truck which I stood one hour in line for!  But it was freshly made.  Next time tho I’ll let my sis stand in line.

Takoyaki

And the dumpling station.  Seriously, these were the best Korean style dumplings I’ve tasted, and I know because I’m Korean!  Too bad, tho that I missed the Goggi truck.  I’ll catch you next time, Goggi!

Dumpling Station

And finally on the last day of our trip, I got to meet the Korean super-star Jang Dong Gun.  He’s a huge star in Korea and is also coming out with a movie in the states called The Warriors’s Way, which I can only describe as Ninjas vs. Cowboys.  Artist Alley ended just in time for me to get into the autograph session in which the producer from Lord of the Rings was also there!

Here I am with the ninja cat plushie and Fortune Cat right before I gave them to Jang Dong Gun.

Ninja Cat and Fortune Cat

When I finally got up to give my crochet friends to Jang Dong Gun, his whole entourage of his photographers and videographers all of a sudden got into a flurry of activity and started filming me as I gave my gifts to him.  It was intense.  I wished him well in his movie and congratulated him on his wedding and recently-born child.  My sis was supposed to take a pic of all this, but she failed.  “EPIC fail” I told her =P!  She was right next to me and was a bit busy talking to the producer and did not want to appear rude.  Well my only hope is that somewhere in Korea there is some footage or photos floating about chronicling this adventure!

The only photo I was able to obtain was this right here.  You can see my crochet friends right there on the table, yay!

Jang Dong Gun @ PMX

And here’s my autographed poster from him and the crew!  He signed it out to my mom because she’s a big fan.  My name is near the bottom of the poster.

Autographed Poster by Jang Dong Gun

Great fun in all.  It was great spending time with my sis again, even though she failed in taking the photos, but I’m only teasing her. ^^

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Knitting with Dog Hair?

I was browsing around my local library and of course I always like to check out the knitting/crochet section. Take a look at this book I came across:

Whaaat? Now before you say “Ewww”, in a way it’s genius! Knitting with dog hair…think about it: How is dog hair/fur any different from the fur of a llama or sheep. All natural fiber comes from an animal after all. No one goes “Ewww” when you see alpaca or wool yarn. And actually, people have used dog hair to spin yarn throughout history and different cultures.

I love how the authors market this book. Check out their hilarious catchphrase. At the right of the book it reads:Knittin with Dog Hair Catchphrase 00

The book is on Amazon and has a new cover now. I guess the book was popular enough to call for a 2nd edition. The new subtitle reads, “Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love Than From A Sheep You’ll Never Meet.” Wise words, wise words, indeed.

But I’m offended by this book! How dare they try and knit with dog hair? That is disgusting! It’s disgusting because… what about us crocheters? Didn’t the authors think that crocheters may want to crochet with dog hair as well too? Crocheters are dying to crochet with dog hair too! This is a travesty that must be fixed! Thus, I give to you the brand spanking new cover of the book:
Crochet with Dog Hair

Now all jesting aside, by reading my past blogs, some of you might know that I have a pet dog, a great big brute of a dog in size but a bunny in temperament. He is an Alaskan Malamute. He sheds tons. Here he is:
Thor with Old Snake Sackboy
At the end of the book, they have a section where they discuss the merits of spinning yarn from various dog breeds. Here’s what they have to say about Alaskan Malamutes:

“If you ever wondered what keeps these babies warm during sled expeditions to the Artic (besides, of course, ferocious quantities of aerobic exercise) simply grab a comb and strip out some of their thick, downy undercoat. This stuff will keep you toasty.”

So my amigurumi brain got to thinking, “Hmmm wouldn’t it be cool if I created an amigurumi of him using yarn made from his own fur?” Of course it would be just for myself. I don’t really see many people lining up to buy things made from dog hair as of right now. But I want to do it for the novelty and fun factor. So I’ve decided that this will be an ongoing project for myself. I will collect his dog hair, find myself a spinner to create the yarn for me, and then create an amigurumi version of an Alaskan Malamute. It might take awhile, but once I do have it finished, I will post of my results!

So if anyone has some extra dog hairs lying around, please send them to me. Just Kidding! =P

So let me know, is this gross or genius? Have you ever crocheted or knit a project made from dog or cat hair? Would you even do it in the first place? Share your thoughts and stories!



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