Papa Penguin and Baby Pierre are currently winging their way over to Belgium ready to be photographed for the new parent and baby animals themed book from amigurumipatterns.net. Of course we couldn’t let them go without a big send off so I helped the other penguins organize a little party at the local penguin parent and toddler group.
I’m sure Pierre is going to miss all his friends but I know he’ll have no trouble making lots of new ones when he gets settled in.
Papa is looking forward to a new life on the continent and will get to meet the other parents of the cute baby animals who are also featuring in the book. Papa and Pierre can always rely on each other for companionship too.
Now I’m looking forward to starting on my next design. I really do enjoy everything about creating a new amigurumi.
From choosing the colours…
…and sourcing the yarn…
…to sketching up the initial ideas…
…and searching my buttons and beads stash for embellishments.
If needs be I make a few different versions, tweaking the design each time until I’m completely satisfied that I’ve arrived at the simplest solution to make the desired shape and that the proportions are perfect. Here are some of the various incarnations. Sometimes I get it right first time when working on an amigurumi but this Papa Penguin was quite a challenge. I wanted him to look more realistic than cartoon-like so it took me a bit more time and experimentation to get him ‘just so’.
Then there’s the pattern testing of the final design.
And finally the finished penguins are all ready for their book debut. Into the photography area to strike a few poses and we’re done.
I get very fond of my amigurumis along the way, so you’ll understand that after we’ve shared such a long and convoluted journey together I was keen to help them have a jolly good leaving party.
First the toddlers enjoyed themselves playing with all the toys. Each little chick made a beeline for their favorite. Pierre loves making animals with Lego and Percy hardly ever leaves the ball pool. Paul likes to reads lots of books with his dad and can spell ‘penguin’ with the building blocks already, while Patrick goes everywhere on his ride-a-long reindeer toy.
After they had nearly worn themselves out it was time for some sweet party treats to replenish all that spent energy. Tea and cake for the grown-ups and iced Party Rings for the babies. Everybody posed for a last photo to remember each other by.
When the party was over Papa and Pierre nestled down into their comfy travelling box and after careful labelling and a trip to the post office, were put on a plane to their new destination.
I hope you’ll all join me and the other penguins in wishing them Bon Voyage.
I can’t wait to see them in the new book. I’ll be sure to come back later and share so you can have a peek too!
June 23, 2015 at 3:35 am
These penguins are so sweet and I love your design! The idea with the different colors on the neck make them very realistic and special!
June 23, 2015 at 9:13 am
June 23, 2015 at 6:34 am
I love these penguins. In the next time i will crochet one of them (or perhaps more).
June 23, 2015 at 9:14 am
Glad to hear you like them. The pattern will be available in the next few months 🙂
June 23, 2015 at 10:10 am
Coucou … Ils sont adorables … BRAVO !!!!!!!
Bises, bonne semaine
June 23, 2015 at 11:53 am
June 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm
What a lovely little story about the penguins and their travels. I hope they arrive safe and sound. x
June 24, 2015 at 8:50 am
I’ve just been informed they have arrived at their destination already. I aways worry before they arrive in case all that hard work goes missing. Now I can relax!
June 23, 2015 at 3:57 pm
Good Luck on the new book and the Penguins are just fabulous! Give them a big hug from Roxie in Colorado!!!
June 24, 2015 at 8:46 am
Thank you, I will do x
June 24, 2015 at 2:02 am
Yay! Another new book to look forward to – I look forward to seeing the finished result 🙂
June 24, 2015 at 8:55 am
Me too. I’m always excited to see the end result. Joke, the publisher, always does such a great job with the layout and I love this parent and baby theme. It’s going to be fab!
July 2, 2015 at 9:17 am
Do you know when it’ll be available to buy at all? 🙂
July 2, 2015 at 11:35 am
Hi katy, I think the book will be out in September. I’ll let you know when I have a more precise date. I’m working on the single pattern release too if you would prefer.
July 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm
I can’t wait for either of them, thanks – I always enjoy your patterns 🙂
June 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm
I rarely read an entire post but this one kept my attention. Not just your post but all posts seem to just get scanned by me so I can get on with my progects. This story was so imaginative I had to continue reading. Imagination is very important in my house. My 10yo. Has been published with green screen tv. We live in the country without cable or dish service. We do on occasion watch netflix. But I can say I will now be so excited to see you blog posts from this day forward. Thank you so much for bringing smiles to my family. Just a quick not I have been crocheting over 35 years and knitting only 5. I would feel so honored to be involved with your next testing group. I currently test for several designers but none of them make amagurumpatterns. I have a few projects on ravelry. But my favorite filets are not. If you request I will send pics. I will leave you now and please continue on with your imagination creations. 😅
June 27, 2015 at 9:40 am
Welcome to my blog! Thank you for your lovely comments and congrats on your 10 year old’s publishing success. You sound like a talented family 🙂 I sure could use some extra pattern testing skills, it get’s difficult to see the wood for the trees with your own patterns sometimes. I’m on Ravelry too so message me on there and we can get talk a bit more. ( http://www.ravelry.com/designers/moji-moji-design ) x