The long wait is finally over, and so is all the hard work! The new crochet book from amigurumipatterns.net is out at last.
I’ve been very lucky to have been involved in the proofreading of this one and so I’ve had an in depth look at every page of the book and can confidently say it’s a cracker!
Packed full of unique and imaginative designs, you’d have to be very hard hearted indeed not to let a few ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ out as you flick through the pages. Baby animals are cute alright but when they’re teamed up with their matching parents and various essential baby accessories then that cute factor just goes off the scale!
My Papa Penguin and his baby, Pierre, have made it to the front cover. Papa may look a little startled as he is not only not used to the limelight but he’s also a first time dad, and that takes a bit of getting used to as well!
Time flies – and sometimes penguins do too! I remember getting Papa and Pierre ready for their air mail journey to the publishers in Belgium – quite a few months ago now. Difficult to believe that all that time has passed and the book is finally finished. There is so much work involved to get everything just right, but it’s so much fun too. Joke does a lovely job of the compilation, layout and graphics so the book is really easy on the eye, and the patterns are a doddle to read.
Of course I had to help Papa and Pierre have a good send off. These penguins love a jolly party. It’s a great excuse for a huddle together and to indulge in some high calorie treats to fatten themselves up ready for the winter months.
What better place to have a party than at the local parent and toddler group. They’re certainly used to the noise and mayhem there!
Here’s a little peek at all of the other happy families created by designers from all over the world and photographed beautifully by Joost.
Below, from left to right, we’ve got: Rosy the T-Rex and her baby boy (Lia Arjano), Mama, Papa and Baby Bear (Tales of Twisted Fibers), and Mom Tilda and baby Earl armadillo (Patchwork Moose).
Dashy the Beagle and his baby boy (Enna Design), Mama Lulu and Baby Bea the sloths (Mevvsan), Maisie mouse and baby Charly (Erinna Lee).
Little Tim the Fawn and his mommy (Stuff the Body), Mama Octa and her baby octopi (Diceberry Designs), and Butterfly Bree and caterpillar Callin (Zabbez).
Mama Frida and baby Lila (Jamaica Y Tamarinda), Papa Penguin and Baby Pierre (me!), and July the Kangaroo and her baby Jumpy (Kamlin Patterns).
Aren’t they sweet? There sure is a great deal of variety in there, and that’s what I love about all of these books from amigurumipatterns.net. There’s so many different styles to choose from. They’re like the amigurumi equivalent of a fancy selection box of chocolates from Harrods! I’ve already made the butterfly by Zabbez as part of the pattern testing phase of the book. I made mine in sparkly midnight hues because I love Blue Morpho butterflies.
Presale is on until the 27th September 2015, so if you want to get ahead of the curve and order your copy right now you can do that here. You’ll also get the PDF version to download immediately so you can get crocheting while you wait for the actual book to arrive in the post.
Here’s a final photo of some of the penguins I made during the design/testing/tweaking processes. Now they’re just awaiting a new home. I’m hoping to attend a few local craft shows this year and I think these little fellas might prove popular in the run up to Christmas.
Not that I really want to be thinking about Christmas quite so early. I have a few ideas for this year’s Halloween collection to finalise yet. Oh where did the summer go!
I do love a cosy autumn though so there’s lots to look forward to in the coming months. I think I may have to start on another cosy blanket as the evenings draw in and the weather starts to cool. Well, the summer may be nearly over but I’m definitely looking forward to starting some brand new crochet projects inspired by the changing of the seasons.
September 11, 2015 at 12:06 pm
This is lovely. When will this be available to buy? thanks
September 11, 2015 at 12:38 pm
Hi Lorraine, You can order the book right away over at http://www.amigurumipatterns.net/ 🙂
September 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm
LOVE the penguins!!!! These might feature in my house this Christmas!!
September 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm
Thanks! I’ve been thinking Papa would look really nice as a Christmas ornament with a crocheted scarf and maybe even a bobble hat. Time to get the hook out again!
September 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm
These are gorgeous designs. How special to be a part of it! It’s nice to get a few more unusual animals in there 🙂 x
September 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm
Glad you like it. There is so much creativity out there. Joke, the publisher, is very good at finding great designs and then tying them all together in a beautiful publication. She works very hard and does a great job. It is fun to play a part 🙂
September 13, 2015 at 1:46 am
Hope you are well. I felt so bad shout not completing my test , I had a bad flare if my disease that I purchased $50.00 worth of your patterns lol. I just ordered the new book. Congratulations , you hit the cover and it looks awesome ! Amazing ! I wish you prosperity and good health. I will continue to follow your designs and wonderful imagination . Sincerely Cassandra
September 13, 2015 at 12:42 pm
Please don’t worry about that at all Cassandra. The feedback you gave me was useful and I know very well how life doesn’t always go to plan! Thanks for buying my patterns. I hope you get to make them all when you are well enough. I think you will enjoy the new book. It is fabulous to look at, if nothing else! x
September 15, 2015 at 2:14 am
I’ve got the e-patterns glaring accusingly at me whenever I switch on my computer, and I do admit to constantly looking at them, but I’m doing so many projects at the moment – and am due to go into hospital for an op this friday, so it looks like I’d better wait for my brand new book to come before I start any more projects! Lol
I do love all of the patterns, though, and the layout is wonderful, as usual, so it looks like yet another go-to book will be hitting my shelves very soon 🙂
Your penguin pattern will make a wonderful pressie for a friend who adores anything penguin, so that’ll be the first pattern I try from the book, no doubt 🙂
September 15, 2015 at 10:17 am
Joke always makes the books look beautiful. I have much admiration for her graphics skills and eye for detail. I’m glad you like the look of it too. I’m thinking that the penguins would make nice Christmas presents this year. Maybe with the addition of a little hat and scarf. I may have to write a free pattern add on for that soon and put it up on here. It seems we both like to be busy! Wishing you all the best for your op on Friday. I hope you make a speedy recovery so you can get all your projects done. Having so many lovely and creative things on your to-do list will help you strive to get better quickly I’m sure!x