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31  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Amigurumi Addiction *Full* (sign up March 22-April 5) Sendout by May 5 on: March 22, 2010 12:28:30 AM
Dust off your yarn and let's get playing![/size]
For those who are interested..."Ami" means knit/crochet in Japanese and "nuigurumi" means stuffed creature, so amigurumi is a stuffed knit/crochetted creature.  Well, that is simple and can mean just about anything from a bobomb in your pocket to the little hooked kitty sitting on your shelf.  Often cute or fanciful and not commonly large, amigurumi is an enjoyable craft with a nice finished product even for beginners.  

Some previous Ami Galleries:

~Amigurimi~ Gallery https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289092.0
Anything Amigurumi I gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266505.0
Anything Amigurumi II GALLERY: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310775.0

Where do you find patterns for amigurumi? All over the internet are quite a few sites that have free amigurumi patterns.  Some require registration, some don't.  Of course Craftster is my favorite. But here are a few that I have found.
http://craftlog.org/craftingjapanese/archives/amigurumi/ -a diverse site with a lot of pictures and some good links.

If you can't find what you are looking for, but really prefer a pattern, you might try this site.
 Etsy is always an option also, or just "wing" it.

Swap name: Amigurumi Addiction Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: goldfishpollywog
Sign-up date range: March 22, 2010 through April 5, 2010
Date to send item by: May 5, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?N/A

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
In this swap we will be crocheting 1 medium or 2 smalls, we will have one month to complete the package for our partner and then we will send it by May 5th.   Not too stressful, but a load of fun!
You and your partner can always decide to exchange more, but this is all that you are required to do. If possible I will pair those that want more with each other.

By Time
-Big = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Price
-Big = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

***Tracking numbers are required in this swap***
I ask that you please post in this thread and/or PM your organizer ( goldfishpollywog) to help keep this swap flake-free.  Should problems come up, please let me know.  

If you want to participate, please PM this information to the organizer before 23:59 CST on April 5th.  Happy Crafting!

Name of swap: Amigurumi Addiction
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:

Mailing address including the country:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have any wist, FOC favorites, or similar website?  If so, where?

Can you take photos of what you send and receive?

Will you post on this thread or PM your organizer at least once a week?

Are you a beginner, average, or advanced maker of amigurumis?

Please list anything you are allergic to.

Please list any allergens that might be in your home or crafting area such as pets, smoke, fragrances...anythi ng someone might be allergic to.

What are you favorite colors or color combinations?

Are there any colors or color combinations that you do not like?  If so, please list them.

What would you like an ami of?  Any favorite movie/tv characters, animals, webcomics, etc...?

Is there anything that you would prefer NOT to receive?

Will the ami(s) need to be pet/child friendly?

Would you like to swap for additional amigurumis, patterns, supplies, or a "story" about your ami?

Anything I left out that you would like your partner or myself to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. goldfishpollywog
2. mamarose22
3. trix_ska
4. McBec27
5. Alchamy513
6. soshespeaks
7. sheriffkarli
8. opalgryphon
9. LimeRiot
10.Sherrie B, UT
13.styupe--Welcome FirstTime Swapper!
16.TheRobotSays--Welcome FirstTime Swapper!

32  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny Thing- Embroidery on: March 20, 2010 08:59:47 PM
Since the Tiny Swaps have been so popular lately, I was wondering if any Stitchers wanted to have one.

Maybe a swap for one item 4 inches or less in any direction.  It could be a patch, a magnet, a needlebook, a coin purse,  or anything else as long as the embroidery is featured. 

I didn't find anything like this by searching and think it would be a fun, low cost, low stress swap.

33  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES / Tiny Thom of the Rebel Alliance on: March 02, 2010 12:31:11 PM
Originally I wasn't going to enter this month, but one fateful car trip changed that.  Here is Tiny Thom.  He was a Rebel Alliance soldier on the Sanctuary Moon of Endor, but is now semi-retired.

Thom with his pet rainbow turtle.

Thom has a real sweet tooth, especially mini peanut butter cups!  He strapped his helmet on before chowing down on this one.

A better shot of the turtle, based on Angry Angel's pattern only slightly modified.
  This is what got me thinking small hooks to begin with.

Rainbow Turtle ran up onto the roof of their 3 story condo with the helmet....Thom followed, wanting to cover his bald head again!
Just to show, he is slightly less than 2", although it is hard to tell in this photo.  And his turtle is 1.5" from nose to toes.

I was crochetting to keep from backseat driving on a long drive and ended up accidently making Thom, my son decided his helmet looked like those from Star Wars VI which is how this all came to be.  Forgive the photos, I had to work around a helper that just wanted his toy back.. Cheesy As you see in this shot.
34  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Restuffing a loved rabbit on: September 04, 2009 04:21:48 PM
I'm restuffing ( and removing the music box) from a little ones lovie...Any tips on where to start....Any tips on anything?
35  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Everybody Walk the sock Dinosaur! on: April 07, 2009 04:48:01 PM
I've seen so many cute sock critters on craftster Grin and needed a gift for a 5 year old boy with a love of all things dino.  So I came up with Stomp.

He is really a bit of a lounge lizard instead of the ThunderLizard you would expect. Wink

Thanks to me not knowing much about sock animals, his head and body are one solid piece with only the legs added on.  If I had a sock that was a tad longer, he would have been only one sock, but alas, the second sock was needed so that he would have 4 legs. Undecided

Jumbo ric-rac was used for Stomp's dorsal ridge.

He was much loved and played many games of hide-and-seek while we were visiting. Cheesy

Comments are greatly appreciated!

36  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / To Keep a Hothead Warm on: January 27, 2009 06:21:59 PM
What do you make for a grown brother? Undecided  Always a fun question, lucky for me, my brother saw my dad's quilt and wanted one.  Only thing is, he wanted a MANLY quilt.  So, I sought out inspiration and came up with this idea... Cheesy

But how to find large enough flames?  So for months I sought out flames and measured them.  Finally success struck as I was visiting my mom...

I thought, hey this will be a cinch....Never think that to yourself.  Flannel flew...A lot of sewing later, this is the final result.

I left the flames edges raw so that it would fray slightly for a more masculine look.

The back

Detail of the backing fabric

Another front shot:

The ecstatic brother, he never smiles

He said all the volunteer firefighters are going to be jealous. Grin

Comments and Critiques are welcome, I'm still learning.
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Crabby Flash on: September 03, 2008 10:44:41 PM
This is my little electronic friend, he was a test run for a USB Flash I made for the Disposable camera swap. 

In the USB-along thread, I saw a turtle my partner had wisted and knew that I could make one.  I just wasn't sure how injured I would become in the process.  Happily, this craft was incident-free!

Another  view, showing the flash

Belly shot, just b'cause

AND here is the turtle one that I made, who has since gone on to live happily closer to the coast.

38  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Water Lily over a hot fence on: July 01, 2008 02:52:04 PM
Can't say that I am a good photographer, but I wanted to share some of my photos anyway.  We went to a waterlily garden, and I played with my macro setting....Of course it was near 100 degrees out and I had to balance on an iron fence, but I got the shots.

I think it was worth it Cheesy
39  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / It's a Dog, A Plane, No its Hippo Hero! on: June 19, 2008 09:40:56 PM
Christmas is a time for joy, and obscure references in my case.  Here is a gift I crafted last Christmas for one of my loved ones.  See there is a family story involving her and the song "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas" so I felt duty bound to give her one!  One of the lines says something like, I can't wait to look under the tree and see my Hippo Hero standing there.  Well, here came an idea!

He is made of fleece, with a fleece removable costume for his secret identity. 
There was a puppy pattern that I happened to have from Simplicity I think, so I did some modifying and ended up with the cutest hippo I know! 

Comments are loved even if my craft isn't.   Thanks for looking!
40  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / May He Live Long and Prosper on: June 02, 2008 09:13:12 PM
Here is my pointy-eared logic guru!

He was made for a Trek Swap.  My partner didn't want a jointed doll, so I used a traditional doll body of flannel and enlarged/modified the poppet head pattern since I didn't like the squared head that came with the pattern.
His hair is faux fur cut into pieces, glued in place and then stitched together...Ears were also a free-hand pattern that I machine sewed without injuring myself Grin and handstitched in place.

I added eyebrows and a serious mouth with a skewer and fabric paint.

And of course, no Spock doll would be complete without a hand that salutes.

His rank button is a shrinky-dink.

Thank you for looking!  Sorry the color is so off, my lighting wasn't that great.  

Live Long and Prosper!

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