Belated Birthday Presents

Have you ever intended to make something for a friend for their birthday, but it never happened? Or worse, you started the project, just to find out that it wouldn’t be completed on time? I was in that pickle three weeks ago, when one of my best friends had a birthday at the beginning of this month. With good intentions but no present to show, I felt really silly promising to have some thing done that I hadn’t had time to start!  However, this Thanksgiving weekend allowed me to finish the project—and of course, to do the well-loved photo shoot. :D

The original pattern comes from a book called Ami Ami Dogs: Seriously CUTE crochet! by Mitsuki Hoshi. She’s a self-taught amigurumi creator who has been very successful in her work by creating pattern books for more than just crochet dogs, as you can see here:

Hoshi’s own website is located here, but the page does not translate into English. If you are interested in seeing other books/magazines with her work, see this link, which takes you to a Japanese “Amazon” of sorts. I’ve linked a page that will show you a menu of the different books.

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My interpretation of her humble pug dog provoked much laughter as well as frustration during the creation, for good reason: I had many problems manipulating sock yarn into the shapes I wanted for the head and other body parts I needed, and my counting problems led to three or four iterations of learning and re-learning (and ripping sock yarn out, which usually ends up in a knot, as many of you know) in an effort to complete the color work for the head. The entire project took a total of three days, not including the time spent preparing mentally (aaaaahhhhhh! Me No Like Charts!!!!), and seeking out YouTube videos to refresh my memory of crochet techniques.When I finally finished, it was in the wee hours of the morning, and I overstuffed the pug’s head in my moment of euphoria  for actually finishing the project. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Being that this is my first attempt at forming an amigurumi animal at an intermediate level, I consider my work an accomplishment! I have already put a teaser picture on my friend FB profile, because hopefully she will receive her present tomorrow. She’s excited to finally have her birthday present! It’s taken this long, so I am thankful she has been so understanding!

Be sure to check out my ravelry page for more pictures and more information on the pattern itself. And leave me a comment below!


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