In the beginning, I only made amigurumis for birthday and Christmas gifts. I’d like to tell you about the first few gifts that I made for my closest family. My favorite part was seeing their reactions when I gave them their gifts. That’s one of the reasons why I adore making amigurumis!
My sister-in-law, Christie, had a birthday coming up. Since she was born in Hawaii, I wanted to make her something special: a pineapple amigurumi. I had already made an apple and a pear, so a pineapple wasn’t that far off the fruit scale. I looked online for patterns, but I couldn’t find one I liked, so I made on up. This was my first pattern!
Before her birthday brunch, I gave Christie her present. When she opened up the gift, she looked so confused. It was the first time I had given one of my crochet toys to anyone and that was not the reaction I was expecting. I explained to her that it was a crochet pineapple that I made for her. Once she realized what it was, she loved it! Everyone at brunch took turns taking pictures with the pineapple. To this day, my sister-in-law still has the pineapple sitting on her shelf, smiling.
My niece, Chloe, also has a December birthday. I wanted to make her something sweet, just like her. In the book Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli, I found the cutest pattern for a cupcake. I had to change one thing for the cupcake though. Since my niece was only 2 years old, I didn’t want to sew beads on top of the cupcake for the “sprinkles.” I was afraid she’d pick them off and swallow them. Instead of beads, I sewed little knots of brightly colored yarn to the top of the cupcake.
When Chloe opened up her present and saw the cupcake, she was so happy that she giggled and then started to jump up and down with joy! Something I made was making someone very happy, which made me even happier!
Fast forward a year. It’s December again so that means it’s time to make Christmas presents for my niece, Chloe, and my nephew, Max. Up to this point I had only been making simple toys so I wanted to challenge myself to learn more crochet techniques.
By this time Ana Paula Rimoli had come out with a second book, Amigurumi Two! In the book there is was a pattern for a hot air balloon with a teddy bear. Max always loved flying contraptions, so I thought the hot air balloon would be perfect to hang in his room.
For Chloe, I found a pattern in Amigurumi Two! for a mobile with little birds. Chloe’s room was pink with a princess theme. The little birds were wonderful because even Cinderella and Snow White had little bird friends watching over them!
The kids loved their mobiles! Max immediately started spinning in circles to make his hot air balloon fly. Chloe wanted to be like her older brother, so she did the same, making the little birdies fly. The both laughed and played with their new amigurumi friends. This beats any store-bought toy I’ve ever given them!
Thank you for joining me on my trip down memory lane!