A New Handmade Totoro Family - Crochet Amigurumi Totoro Toys
I´ve crocheted a Totoro Family before, oh, already two years ago, time flies :)
I used Lucy´s Totoro patterns again, I did some changes on White Totoro though.
I never get tired of this film: My Neighbor Totoro, total classic.
And of course Alpaca yarn, Drops Puna for Blue and Grey Totoro and Austermann Alpaca Silk yarn for White Totoro. 2,5mm crochet hook and black safety eyes and again, lots of stuffing.
It took ma a whole week to crochet them up, but I´m really pleased with the result.
Grey Totoro about 20 cm, Blue Totoro about 18 cm and White Totoro about 12 cm.
Opposites attract. Two cacti being in Kadrioru Park, before heading off to Art Museum of Estonia
It´s a beautiful park.
My Amigurumi Crochet Cactus plants are displayed in a shop of KUMU Art Museum . There´s an exhibition of an Estonian artist Andres Tolts, and one of his famous painting is called "Cactus" . Souvenirs and things related to Cacti theme. 1/3 of a my crochet cacti collection on this photo.
Taking a photoshoot of those new amigurumi crochet cacti on my little terrace. They make a very nice little design element. Handmade crochet cactus is also prickle-free. It is ideal to decore your home with them, also rooms where´s there may be no natural light like bathrooms etc. or just place it on a windowsill. Anyway a nice indoor plant. No water required, even I wouldn´t mind:) Green is my color, no doubt about that. I displayed two of the cacti into a glass terrarium to create a modern look. I like cacti because you can successfully mix them with all the other plants and interior elements, materials and colors.
I like to hand paint safety eyes for toys. This time, I also used glitter on most safety eyes. These eyes are great for handmade creations, amigurumi, stuffed toys, for dolls. I create these safety eyes mostly for people who want something else for their creations.
Quite many of those safety eyes are unique pairs, there´s no exact pair of eyes. Some photos of this weeks work. Now some hand painted safety eye sets for amigurumi toys can be found in my Etsy Shop: TinyAmigurumi
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Pink with pearl effect
Eyes with reflection effect, custom order
there´s like a universe in those blue glitter eyes
Halloween is getting closer. I like all cute and kawaii. It also includes Halloween.
My Halloween set - up for this year on photos.
It´s a season worth celebrating with handmade stuff, for example you could make a lovely bunch of little amigurumi crochet pumpkins and set up a scene with all those lovely colors. I also place real pumpkins, of course, there´s all shapes and sizes and what colors, OMG! (carved pumpkins to come) and my dear fuchsia is also taking part in this scene (in it´s autumn colors). We had the first snow as well in Estonia.
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This is the smallest pumpkin I´ve even made. I made it look like a real pumpkin with just a small touch of artist´s acrylic paint.
If you have an hour or so to spare and you´d like to make a quick DIY Pumpkin, I´ll give you a pattern for an Amigurumi Crochet Pumpkin – Works up really quickly and is fun to make.
You´ll need 2mm or 2,5mm crochet hook
DK or Fingering weight yarn (all shades of orange, even with a touch of brown and yellow). Some yarn for a stalk, something greyish.
Tapestry needle and here we go:
1) 6 sts. into magic ring (6)
2) 6 x Inc (12)
3) [Inc + 1 sc] all around (18)
4) [Inc + 2 sc] all around (24)
5) [Inc + 3 sc] all around (30)
6) [Inc + 4 sc] all around (36)
7-11) sc all around (36)
12) [Invdec + 4 sc] all around (30)
13) [Invdec + 3 sc] all around (24)
14) [Invdec + 2 sc] all around (18)
Do the medium stuffing
15) [Invdec + 1 sc] all around (12)
16) Invdec all around (6)
sc- single crochet
Inc- 2 single crochet into one
Invdec - invisible decreasing - 2 single crochet together.
and right through the ball again. Tighten it a bit.
Go all the way round for a total of 4 times. Make a knot, hide the yarn
Start making the stalk
You can leave a st. undone here and there
Hide the yarn like this and...you´ll have a lovely curved stalk
If you want a
lovely Kawaii Crochet Pumpkin, then follow the pattern, but place eyes instead
and there´s no need to tighten the pumpkin with the yarn . And that´s it. Add some pink cheeks and
little mouse to make it look like a kawaii:)
Lexie Lamb enjoys being photographed. I just felt like taking those photos this weekend, because everybody needs time for themselves and suddenly I discovered myself going trough Buddha quotes and found one for me for this weekend: "your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it."
I designed Amigurumi Sheep Pattern just a year ago and I like it a lot. This crochet toy doesn´t need much yarn and pattern is easy to follow with step by step photos.
And doing handmade gifts. It was a nice request from a 8 year old girl who wanted a purple storage basket for herself because I´ve done several for birthdays and one for her sister as well. It´s just lovely! Purple storage basket almost done. I´m using cotton tube (80% recycled cotton) and pure linen yarn (greenish) to make this storage basket.
It´s October in Estonia and nature is offereing beautiful colors this time of year! Hope to capture that as well :)