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Friday, 18 April 2008

Octopussy - a Mother and Daughter Project


..... and very proud of it! :-D

My daughter came home for her 2-weeks semester break and asked if I can teach her how to make amigurumis. And I said ... errr.... I have not made one before, I don't know where to begin.

But, not wanting to let go of the interest that she is showing for crafts, and seeing that her brother and sister are not interested at all, I must give this a try. I asked a few friends, like Jullie, Janet and Sue who are familiar with amigurumis for sites that have tutorials in them.

My daughter browse through some of these sites and selected a few that she wanted to try out first. And the results are the slit-eyed Octopus with the wide grin and the bear head with the button nose. My daughter knows a little bit of crochet because I taught her to make a crochet tote bag before, but she can't read patterns. So I read the patterns for her and told her what stitch to use.

I started her off by making the first two rounds and she continued making the rest until complete. Then, I showed her how to start making the tentacles for the octopus and went off to bed. The next morning I saw the eight tentacles all done and laid out on the table. I continued by sewing all the parts together. As you can see I had to improvise on certain things, especially the eyes. I used beads in the bear head with a button for the mouth and nose. And I used yarn for the octopus' eyes. I don't have the proper eyes and don't know where to get them.

All things considered, we are very happy with this project.

12 comments:

  1. that's a very good first project. it's good to improvise, coz it makes a project uniquely yours. i'd say it's a job well done!

    so is ur daughter addicted to amigurumi now? hahaa...

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  2. I'm not a crochet expert, but I thought the stitches look even and the expression on the octopus looks friendly. Very well done in my opinion. Cheers!

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  3. Thank you Sue and Ellen.

    Well Sue, she goes back to college this weekend and won't be free for another two months. We'll see whether she is still interested after that, :-)

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  4. What a neat mother/daughter project. What a good job she did on that crochet and you I think you improvised very well. Isn't the internet great, you don't have to waste time running from store to store to find instructions.

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  5. Since I don't have children of my own, I'm slowly having my 4-year-old niece get use to needle craft. I have tatted in front of her. I'm thinking of getting a kit off counter for her first project.

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  6. Wow!!! Very well done... :) How envy... I wish I can do that with my mom too... :)

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  7. I think they are adorable! It's hard to believe this is a first-time project! I'd rather crochet doilies, but these are tempting!

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  8. These are very cute! Nice that you and your daughter were able to share this special time together.

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  9. I think they look great. The first things I learned to crochet were hotpads -- how boring compared to these two little guys. Your daughter did a good job!

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  10. Very cute. You did a good job! I hope your daughter will maintain her interest!

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  11. they are cute. My first ami also had the problem with eyes though I bought toys' eyes from craft shop. As I gave to kids , I use French knot to stitch the eyes, now I replaced with beads when the ami is for adult. I think your DD would try coz it is fun.

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  12. The octopus looks happy and using a button for the bear's nose is an excellent idea. Well done!

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