When the AmigurumiPatterns design contest came around again and the theme this time was monsters, I felt a burst of bright colour and a whole lot of eyeballs coming on. Flicking back through my sketchbooks to see what was stored in my scribbly memory bank and rummaging through my half-started-amigurumis basket I soon found a few designs that hadn’t managed to either make it off the page yet, or that had been begun and then abandoned a while ago. I wasn’t short on ideas – the main problem, once I got into my monster stride, was knowing when to stop but that was luckily taken out of my hands when I simply ran out of time and the deadline was up!
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks immersed in a very strange world where creatures come in all shapes and sizes and all sorts of psychedelic colour combos. It’s been a monster-tastic amount of fun using my imagination and playing around with odds and ends of yarn from my stockpile. My sketchbooks are always full of odd creatures anyway. I particularly love making amigurumi monsters because there are so many possibilities to make exactly what you like without the constraints of earthly biology to tie you down!
Here is a little thumbnail gallery of my final monsters (centre graphic courtesy of Joke from AmigurumiPatterns.net). I’ll introduce you to them all individually in a while.
There were 427 entries for this years competition. That’s a lot of crazy creatures and makes for great viewing. Voting is open until December the 10th so if you want to give yourself a true fright you can find all the different characters on the Monster Gallery page. You can vote for five of your favorites. I cast my votes earlier and it wasn’t the easiest decision I’ve ever made as there are so many really, really creepy and cute designs to choose from (no, I didn’t vote for my own!). I can be horribly indecisive too – I blame that on being a Libran – so I was there for ages. I hope you have as much fun, but maybe a little less indecision when you go to pick your best of the bunch!
Letting my ideas run wild and getting creative with bright, bold colours has been a fabulous antidote to the seasonal grey skies and almost constant drizzle.
It’s always good to have an excuse to bring out the eight year old in me and start colouring in my doodles with a zingy rainbow of ink.
I’ve mostly been feeling like I’m being watched all the time due to all the big bulgy eyeballs that have been rolling around my desk for the last few weeks.
Deciding on the perfect eye colour for each character proved to be a challenge and so I made a load in lots of different shades and tried them all out.
Hairy Horace went through a purple eye phase…
…before eventually changing to a bright green. Not quite as bright as his fluffy bits though.
Whey hey! I think he likes his new contact lens!
If you ever want to know the latest monster gossip on Planet Fuzz then Hairy Horace is the one you need to talk to. He sees everything, even though he’s only got one eye (it’s a very big one), he hears everything, even though he’s got no ears (those strange cones on his head soak up the tiniest noises) and he’s very, very nosey, even though he’s got no nose (but then you don’t actually need a nose to be nosey). Monster biology is a curious business. It takes all sorts to make a universe.
Oh, and he’s a bit of a poser too.
After Horace came Florence…
She also lives on Planet Fuzz and you’ll probably have spotted that there is a vague planetary family resemblance between the two of them.
Fluffy Florence made it straight into the intergalactic space corps flying squad after just one week’s training. She credits her stellar success to having been born with three eyes instead of the one (or sometimes two) more common to most Planet Fuzz inhabitants. Her all round 3D vision is greatly enhanced by this genetic mutation. She can easily keep two eyes on the horizon and an extra one on the control panel which means she can steer her spacecraft at incredibly high speeds through the most difficult of alien terrains.
There is a two-eyed species indigenous to Planet Fuzz as well and it didn’t seem fair to leave him out so very soon Bristly Boris began his crocheted journey.
Poor Boris takes a very long time to get ready for school every morning. He has so much hair to brush and so many legs to squeeze into trousers that he’s often late leaving the house.
Luckily he can easily make up for lost time by running to the bus stop at lightning fast speed. Sometimes having ten legs is definitely an advantage.
Enough with the furry yarn for a while. These next two designs had been started over a year or so ago but somehow I never found the time to settle down and get them finished. There’s nothing like a tight deadline for improving productivity is there? So with just over a week to go I set myself the challenge to finish them both. The biggest problem was finding the matching yarn. I really didn’t want to have to start over so had a good rummage through the odds and ends baskets and managed to find all the oddments I was looking for. Hurray!
First to enrol at Moji-Moji Design’s finishing school were Jeepers and Creepers.
Have you ever lain awake at night and wondered what that noise was coming from under the bed? Were you ever brave enough to take a look? If you did and were also very quiet and very quick about it you may have spied Jeepers and Creepers staring back at you in wide-eyed wonder.
Their three big eyes help them to peer about in the under-bed gloom where they spend their time rolling up household fluff into dust bunnies to play with. Even if you’re not fast enough to see these shy little monsters for yourself you may well find a dust bunny or two (googly eyes optional) to prove their existence.
Last but not least are Lottie and Dottie. I abandoned these two a while back due to other work commitments but the time was right to pick them up again and carry on from where I left off.
My workspace started sprouting eyeballs again. Ooh I love making these colourful staring orbs!
Soon enough two new monsters had joined the gang.
Lottie and Dottie spend a lot of time together practicing their hoopla and coconut shy skills. They take aim at each other’s eye stalks with their hoops and try to knock each other’s eyeballs from their sockets with small wooden balls. As a result of all this dedicated practice they always win the best prizes when the fair comes to town.
I’ll leave it to Lottie and Dottie to wave you all goodbye with their stumpy little three fingered hands.
Thank you for sharing the journey with me. All the Moji-Moji monsters enjoyed your company too!
As for me, I’m all monstered out for a bit. Time to get back to the soothing neutrals and comforting repetition of my new winter blanket. One of the many things I love about crochet is the sheer variety in the types of projects you can get immersed in and after all the decision making that’s such an essential part of any design process, now is definitely the time for a less demanding type of hook wielding!
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite monsters (they don’t have to be mine and I’ll never know unless you tell me!). There are so many to choose from, I think you’ll have a blast clicking and scrolling your way through the weirdly wild and woolly imagination of all the designers in this years competition.
December 6, 2016 at 7:43 pm
They are all so adorable! ❤️
December 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm
December 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm
you are truly amazing, such wonderful talent, someday I hope to be as good as you, crocheting that is, not designing, lol love them all but the critters under the bed are my favorite, lol
December 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm
Thanks Frankie 😊 practice makes perfect and I’ve certainly spent a ridiculous amount of hours crocheting since I discovered this wonderful craft about four years ago now. My house cleaning skills have a taken a bit of a dive ever since though!
December 7, 2016 at 12:24 am
You are so cute and fun!
Ha ha! I love your monsters!!
December 8, 2016 at 9:34 pm
Glad to hear it 😊 they are a bit of a cheeky bunch, and so many eyes watching me now!
December 7, 2016 at 8:35 am
Your amigurumis are always so cool but what I love most are your stories about them 😊 your imagination is truly amazing 😊
December 8, 2016 at 9:30 pm
Monsters are a bit addictive for me. And their stories evolve slowly as I spend time making them. It’s all that time spent daydreaming while I’m crocheting that does it 😊
December 7, 2016 at 1:16 pm
oh wow! you are so talented with your sketching and your crocheting skills. Every single monster is simply adorable but I have to say Horace is my favourite! I hope you’ve got lots of small children in your family to gift these to, or will they all be hanging around your workshop and house?
December 7, 2016 at 5:24 pm
My boys are all teenagers/young adults now, but they still like a monster or two! These will be hanging around for a while yet, at least until the patterns are written then I sometimes sell stuff off at local craft fairs or give to friends or their kids. Parting with my characters is always so difficult but I haven’t got the space to become a dedicated amigurumi hoarder!
December 8, 2016 at 12:58 am
These are amazing amigurumi monsters! I’m wondering if I could feature some of your blog posts on my website Makers, Bakers, Movers and Shakers. I run a curated gallery for bloggers, http://www.makersbakersmoversandshakers.com/
I’ve been thrilled with the response from amazing bloggers who’ve already submitted their posts.
I’d like to keep populating this gallery so if you have any fantastic and creative blog posts, please share with me.
If you don’t want to spend the time to submit your own blog posts, I will (with your permission of course) feature posts for you… just let me know so I can get you up and running. I’d be happy to help!
All submissions that are posted will be linked back to your original post. My hope is that this site will eventually become a great traffic source for bloggers.
December 8, 2016 at 3:09 am
Funnily enough, I had already voted for your entries yesterday, so I was chuffed as anything to see this post just now 🙂
I do love your monsters, and was glad to read that you find them loving homes once you’ve finished the design process 🙂
December 8, 2016 at 9:14 pm
Thanks Katie. I like my amigurumi to go to good homes. They’re almost like children (or cats) to me!
December 9, 2016 at 11:33 pm
That’s how I feel about the ones I make, too – although I haven’t got that added feeling that comes from actually creating the pattern, too 🙂
December 8, 2016 at 11:58 am
Wow! I can’t even decide which of yours I like best, Horace, Boris, Lottie or Dottie? I guess if I want to vote I’d better get started I only have two days. Great stories for your monsters, which is half the fun! Keep up the good work. Sue
December 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm
It could take whole day to have a proper look at all the entries. I could easily have picked 20 if I was allowed! Thanks for voting 😊
December 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm
I love Boris, but all of them are sooo cute! This is a very nice idea and now we have a monster-family to vote for!
December 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm
Thank you so glad to hear you like them. I had a lot of fun letting my imagination run riot. I’m hoping to add to the monster family in the new year. One monster just leads to another!
December 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm
Hello Janine They are beautiful. The colors are sparkling. The monsters are very original. They will be all the rage. I want you to win the contest. Kisses. Mimi
December 8, 2016 at 9:24 pm
Thank you! They are really cheering the place up with their bright colours and goofy expressions 😊