However, several years ago I found my “calling” when I discovered a type of crochet called “amigurumi.” It is a Japanese style of making stuffed animals using crochet or knit. The word itself combines the two Japanese words “ami’ (meaning knit) and “nuigurumi” (meaning stuffed animal). Amigurumi is distinguished from Western style crocheted dolls and animals by the technique of work in spirals rather than in joined rounds. Typically, the creations will have oversized heads and low and wide eye placement. Though thousands of patterns are available in both Japanese and English, many designers like to just make up the project as they go along. This is also how I work. I often glean inspiration from images on the net, but ultimately just crochet and make decisions on the fly.
Immediately I was “hooked,” I began making all kinds of creatures.
At one point a friend asked me to make him a monkey that he could “stick [his] finger up its butt.” Never one to back down from a challenge and helplessly addicted to crochet, I quickly began working on the project.
Then I went back to crocheting animals without any special holes.
Well, before too long there was another request for a monkey with an orifice. This request came from a co-worker who wanted a creature that was half-frog/half-monkey and called a “Fronkey.” Again, I threw myself into the process with gusto. This little guy has both a mouth/throat and an anus. I figured he could double as a storage area for items you want to hide.
Flash forward past a couple of years of crocheting normal amigurumi, hats, scarves and baby blankets. Then came a big request for a big sock monkey with a big penis. Another co-worker had found a picture of a giant sock monkey with an oversized organ on the internet and brought it to me saying, “Can you please please please make me one of these.” I opted for a slightly smaller and slightly more colorful version (and of course gave it a “backdoor” as well).
He turned out really really well but I think he felt a little lonely.
Since then, I have incorporated anuses into several more amigurumi, though no more “boy bits” or “girl bits.” I enjoy the subtly of the lone anus. It can be used for storage or stress relief when needed and sit innocently on your desk, couch or shelf when not needed.
Two Heads are Better than One
See more of my amigurumi creations here.