Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Amigurami dolls

One of my latest passions is to crochet Amiguramies. Hunting for good patterns, I found this fantastic blog (see By hoock by hand under My favorite blogs). On this blog I found several free patterns of different Amigurami dolls. Beth (who writes this blog) has also posted free patterns for clothing and pets for the dolls.

My challenge in making these dolls was to find all the right materials. First, I needed a thick skin colored acrylic yarn, which was impossible to find in Norway, as most shops and producers only sell wool yarn. Searching the net, I found an American net shop selling the exact same yarn as Beth used when making her dolls (see Craft Design 4 you under my Favorite Net Shpos). My next problem was that I could not find eyes that did not look like they belong to a teddy bear in my local craft shops. However, Beth had posted a couple of links to craft shops on the net selling several beautiful eyes (see e.g. Suncatcher Eyes under My Favorite Net Shops).

I made a version of Beth’s Free Spirit doll for my daughter for her nine year birthday. I tried to make the doll look like her, with blue eyes and blond hair. I also crochet several outfits for her. My daughter loved her doll.