Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Amineko is the titular character from Hello My Name is Amineko, a pleasing crochet book/photo essay by Nekoyama. First published in Japan in 2005, Amineko shows you how to to crochet cats in three sizes. These instuctions only take about 15 pages, though -- the remaining 80 simply show photos of the cats in various poses and configurations.
It's a charming little book. The simply-worked toys are as expressive as cartoons, and their flawless execution gives them life and character. Once I made my own Amineko (medium-sized, made from charcoal Cascade 220 wool) I couldn't stop posing him.
To make an Amineko look like the ones in the book, you need to be very neat and very precise. The figure and face are so simple that minor changes alter the look of the whole thing. It took me a long time to make this toy, even though the instructions are fairly simple. You need to sew the limbs in the correct position, use the right amount of stuffing, and sew the eyes on just so.
I made this Amineko for a co-worker who laughed with delight when he saw the book, but restrained himself from asking me to make him one. I could tell he wanted one, though, so I traded him one crochet cat for the 90-day free gym pass he won at our work fun run.
Now Animeko lives in Alex's cubicle. He spends a lot of time sleeping.