Monday, July 21, 2008

Orangekin

I've been learning how to create amigurumi for the past two months, and I admire the fun and challenge of this crochet artform.

Like many people, I work in front of a flat computer screen everyday, so it is refreshing to crochet something that exists in non-digital 3D space!

I was inspired to try amigurumi by many talented artists on the internet (especially Yummy Pancake). And I was encouraged to continue the craft by my supportive girlfriend (who can crochet a mean scarf) and family (who are used to my artsy, non-sporty pursuits).

My first crochet creation was an orange. But most people thought it was a pumpkin. I went with the flow and now describe my first amigurumi as a "genetically-modified pumpkin-orange hybrid". Or an "orangekin".


I'm hoping my amigurumi skills will improve, and I hope you'll enjoy viewing my future crochet creations on woowork.com!

11 comments:

  1. I found this blog through a click on another blog that led to your scissors post on Craftster.com. I came to the blog and read it (backwards for some reason) from finish to start. I love the things you make and the creativity that is shown in your work. I've been crocheting for almost 20 years now (I feel old and I'm not even 35 yet...) and I've never made anything nearly as creative as most of your stuff. You've inspired me to pick the hook back up (I've mostly been knitting these last few years) and try to make something fun for myself. I'm definitely going to try to make the ice cream cones in multiple flavors; they are beyond adorable. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see what you make next!

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  2. Thank you for the very kind and humbling words, Shannwa! I'm sure you could easily out-crochet me, but I'll remember your encouragement when I'm getting frustrated at my stitching mistakes. I'll keep an eye on your blog and the new crochet creations that will be joining your knitting/spinning work! :)

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  3. Totally looks like an orange! Great Job!

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  4. Thanks Rebekah :) I'm glad you see the orange side to the Orangekin haha

    In retrospect, I should have made the leaf smaller and the body rounder, but the Orangekin reminds me that every project is a learning experience, at least! :)

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  5. Hai! I've just read through your blog from the end till the beginning. Thank you for the really fun time I had. Looking forward to seeing your next project!

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  6. Melisa Sriwulandari: Thanks for traveling back in time through the blog, all the way to the Orangekin! I hope to keep you entertained in the future :)

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  7. Awesome, I looked at about 8 google images pages until I found an orange, but it was worth it! I look forward to following your blog...today I made up an orange (that I "invented" before I saw your page) as well as a lemon, lime and a bee...boy are my fingers sore!

    jt

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  8. RollerScrapper: I'm glad that Google sent you this way! Congratulations on crocheting some sour fruits and a buzzy bee...

    Beware, this orange may invite comparisons to a jack o'lantern! ;)

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  9. Thanks! I wanted to share my photo of my orange too (as well as his friends) the citrus are all gifts for my friend's daughter so hopefully she isn't too critical :)

    http://rollerscrapper.blogspot.com/2009/12/crocheting-like-crazy.html

    jt

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  10. I love your Orangekin :) I have never attempted to make anything like that yet, but hope to sometime this year or next year :)

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