Monday, February 15, 2010


As a friend of mine wrote down on my personal blog: Crochet is the new Yoga. Everybody is doing it, experiencing it and finding it really mind-inspiring and body-freeing. 

Truly. If you have recently had problems with concentration, self-esteem, depression, whatever, try and shop your hook or your needles, some colorful yarns and get to it. Youtube has some serious and trustworthy links on how-to's by professionals.

But if you truly want to do something else besides scarves, sweaters and headbands, try to crochet antropomorphic forms, cute animals or even ragged dolls the japanese way. Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed
animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. 



This is as further as the "modernize grandma's art" has gone. It is hip, it is new, it is cute. Amigurumi dolls can go from the cutest teddy-bear to full-sized sandwiches and tea parties for your eyes and hands delight.

Nothing screams "young & fresh" more as this japanese artistry with fans all over the world, and photographs and how-to's and patterns flooding the internet, it's about time we all joined the creative Amigurumi mayhem.

It's about time to make little pieces of "affordable art ".

Some links to get your inner Amigurumi started: