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Look who made it as a cover model for the newest installment in the Zoomigurumi series!! I can’t believe that it’s the SIXTH Zoomigurumi book out there! It doesn’t seem so long ago when the first one was in the works!  I’m so proud that Rudy the Red Panda is included in this edition!!  Many people have asked me about this Red Panda pattern and it is only available in this new book!  The pre-sale started just a couple of days ago and if you order before February 25, you can get your copy for only $20.95 – what a fantastic price because it includes worldwide shipping!  As an added bonus, anyone who purchases the book now will receive the PDF version IMMEDIATELY! This means you can start crocheting your favorite character right away! So cool, right!?  For those of you who only want the PDF, that is an option too. BUY HERE

For anyone who’s been following me for some time, you will recall that it took me a really long time to finish this pattern. I think it literally took me over a year to complete it. It’s very different from my previous animals and the biggest challenge for me was figuring out how to make and write up the body and legs.  I can tell you there were multiple attempts and failures which often led to long non-crocheting periods where I was too discouraged to continue.  Thankfully I was able to finish it up and tweak it to my satisfaction before submitting it to be a character in the newest Zoomigurumi book.  I am so thankful to Joke Vermeiren for inviting me to be a part of her absolutely amazing series.  Just take a look at the adorable dolls that you can crochet from Zoomigurumi 6!!

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A dear friend of mine gave me a present over the holidays which I have been enjoying tremendously ever since!  I’ve posted about it on Facebook already, but it’s the video game “Yoshi’s Woolly World” for the Nintendo Wii U.  All the characters and backgrounds are made entirely of yarn – this is seriously my kind of fantasy world!  You should visit this official WEBSITE to take a look at the mind blowing creativity of this game!  I’m not kidding – your eyes will widen and your jaw will drop from the stunning details and vibrant colors!

The same dear friend who gave me the game (and game system), recently gifted me with these adorable Amiibos!  They are the cutest things ever and actually interact with the game system itself!

Looking at these little cuties, I was inspired to try my hand at knitting an amigurumi for the first time.  I did a bit of research to see what kind of easy patterns I could find and I was immediately drawn to all of the cute creations by the very talented Amy Gaines!!

I found a simple little design which I figured I could manage!  After all, one of my resolutions this year is to expand my yarn skills so what better time to try something new?

What do you think? My very first knit amigurumi!

I do have a little bit of knitting experience in that I can do some basic stitches and I do own a few knitting needles…I dug them out and dove right into this FREE PATTERN.  I was amazed at how quickly it all came back and I had a lot of fun!  I just love the stockinette stitch, which is what this pattern calls for.  The rows end up looking so nice and tidy and professional! My biggest challenge was sewing the seams. I definitely have a lot to learn there.   A huge difference between this doll and my usual creations is that the knit amigurumi is SUPER SOFT! I love squeezing it – I wish my crochet dolls could come out this plush!

Overall this bunny was a fun little project. I find it much harder to knit amigurumi vs. crocheting them so I’m not planning to hang up my crochet hook anytime soon!! I may venture to make another knit amigurumi in the future but for now, I’ll continue with crochet!

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