The first thing anyone says when they see amigurumi is “That’s so cute!” The second thing they say is “Why crochet amigurumi?” It seems like a weird thing to do, right? To spend time and (a little bit of) money creating weird creatures.
Even if they are the most adorable creatures imaginable.
So why crochet amigurumi? I can’t speak for everyone, but I can try and shed a little light on the issue. For a start, they’re super-cute. The world can seem like a pretty grim place sometimes. There’s a lot of ugliness. Something like, I don’t know, a crocheted fried egg, can add a spark of joy.
Or they can simply be made for the joy of making. Playing with pretty colours, soft textures, to make a simple thing designed to bring joy. It’s wonderful.
How often do you get to make art in your day-to-day life? I don’t know about you, but even my “creative” day job is mostly about spreadsheets. That’s okay. But creating art is a wonderful part of our humanity. Amigurumi allows us to make art every day.
Unlike handknit sweaters, amigurumi also make great gifts. They can celebrate a fandom, make concrete an inside joke or favourite hobby.
Like this Darth Vader I crocheted for my sister in law. You bet she loved it.
They’re cheap to make. You can use scratchy acrylic yarn you wouldn’t want to wear. And each ami should take well under a ball of yarn, meaning you can create far more with less.
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