Yes, it’s title number 4 in the Zoomigurumi series already. I’ve been lucky enough to have some of my amigurumi designs included in both Zoomigurumi 2 and 3 in the past which were great experiences. Time has ticked inexorably on at its usual steady pace and I’m excited to tell you that the newest book in the collection is now available to order. You can meet my oh-so-friendly and really-rather-cheeky baby orangutan in this edition. His name is Orwell, and he’s my new favorite fur baby.
As you can see, he loves hanging about in trees. He also likes eating fruit and causing mischief – lots of both of those! Because of his debut in Zoomigurumi 4 he’s had to move to Belgium to be with the publisher. Parting was a bit on the sad side, but he was really looking forward to his new life and I’m sure he’ll do a good job of helping to promote the book. He’s a very confident and outgoing little chap.
Before Orwell left for his great journey via parcel mail I made another baby orangutan called Orson to keep me company. Here’s Orwell and Orson larking around just before Orwell emigrated.
They had lots of fun together before they parted ways and are now dedicated pen-pals. We get to hear all about Orwell’s life in Belgium with his new friends. I heard lately that he was a very well behaved model when it came time to take the portrait shots to go alongside his pattern. No-one said photographing wildlife was easy, just ask David Attenborough, but when you look inside this book, I think you’ll agree it went swingingly well!
Orwell says his new home is very comfortable and he’s loving his new celebrity status. Seeing all his colourful new friends from Zoomigurumi 4 I think you’ll understand the enthusiasm he has for his new life. Just take a look here. You can tell there’s never going to be dull moment with such a diverse range of pals to play with. Don’t they all look fun?
Orson, however, is glad that he got to stay at home as he’s a lot more reserved and much shyer than his brother. He likes a quiet life, hanging from the light fittings and watching TV – mainly educational nature programmes such as Life on Earth or Blue Planet. He loves to read too. Science and crochet books are among his favorites. They help him try to answer those age old questions that we all ask from time to time, such as ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Where did I come from?’
While the book was being prepared it was my task to proofread Lisa Jestes super cute Frog pattern. Time to get all the kit together (making sure everything is as color co-ordinated as possible!)
It’s not long until this cheeky gangle-legged amphibian – only known as ‘Froggy’ at this stage, but later officially named Kirk for his book appearance – is taking shape very nicely.
Eventually he’s all done. That’s another job finished and crossed off my list, and a new member added to our ever growing amigurumi family. Turns out Kirk and Orson are getting on splendidly. They particularly loved exploring the garden together. They’re both naturally gifted tree climbers with those languid long limbs of theirs.
Kirk is pleased to find some other frogs in the garden. Yes, there is a pond there somewhere, under all that duckweed! I agree it looks like it needs a bit of love before Kirk can fully appreciate it as his new swimming pool. Mental note to self to have a tidy-up-the-garden weekend soon.
And Kirk just loves Orson to give him a ride on his shoulders so he can take in all the sights. Hmm, I need to tidy up this bit of the garden too!
Finally we’re back inside so Kirk can get to meet the Moji-Moji frog fraternity. As you can see, he settles right in for a group hug and a rousing round of The Frog Chorus ‘We all stand together’, or to put it more accurately ‘sit together’ in this case. Happy days!
So there we have a few of the jolly japes enjoyed by two of the 15 cute characters from Zoomigurumi 4.
If you want to add this book to your collection, or check out the other Zoomigurumi books be sure to visit amigurumipatterns.net/books.
I wonder what adventures your Zoomigurumi creations will get up to? 😉
February 12, 2015 at 9:33 pm
February 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm
I actually bought this the other day, as soon as I saw your patterns for Orwell & Kirk!
I have always just adored Orangutans, and I know a little boy who would love Kirk – to go with the frog outfit I crocheted for him last year 🙂 Lol
February 15, 2015 at 11:24 am
I hope you enjoy the book! Kirk will be perfect for your little frog fan, it’s a lovely pattern to make!
March 1, 2015 at 10:09 pm
Hi! I bought the Zoomigurumi 4 PDF about two days ago and I absolutely loved your orangutan pattern. I can’t wait to give it a try! My only problem has been finding a reddish-brown yarn to make the belly and face. I live in a small town and my local stores don’t carry any shades similar to that. I decided to shop for it online but of course it’s hard to differentiate colors when shopping online; it’s not the same as doing it in person. If it’s not too much of a hassle, could you let me know the name of the yarns you used? Also, for the fur, did you use Eyelash Metallic Copper or just plain Eyelash Copper? Thanks in advance! 🙂
March 2, 2015 at 12:21 am
Hello Anna, I used the plain copper eyelash yarn (bought off eBay) and for the other yarns I used Robin Double Knit in Reddish Brown – 026 9268 and Beige – 073 230 .
I hope you can track them down OK. Good luck and happy crocheting!
December 29, 2015 at 5:18 pm
Love the pattern, but struggling with the beak of jaques the pigeon, are you able to post step by step piccys please?
December 31, 2015 at 3:46 pm
Ooh, I’m sorry I can’t help you there. This is a compilation book and that pattern isn’t written by me. The only one that I could help with is my own Orwell the Orangutan. I hope you get it sorted though. (The designers details will be at the back of the book somewhere)
January 1, 2016 at 9:14 am
Thank you very much for coming back to me anyway 🙂 I am looking forward to making your pattern next! So cute!
January 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm
Oh good, we need more orangutans in the world! Happy crocheting!
January 22, 2017 at 3:30 am
Would love to have your pattern book, where may I find it?
January 23, 2017 at 10:35 am
Hi There! You can find all of the Zoomigurumi books over at amigurumipatterns.net. This link will take you straight to the books page: http://www.amigurumipatterns.net/books/ 🙂
February 13, 2021 at 2:55 am
How much eyelash yarn did you use? I live in NZ and am going to import some, but was wondering whether i would get away with one pack (of 8) or if i would need 2? Regards