Looking back over 2011, one of the most interesting craft trends to emerge for knitters, crocheters, and felters is a relatively new niche: the cute and sometimes quirky Amiguruni and Mochimochi. These tiny anthropomorphized animals, dolls and inanimate objects (knit pianos, and couches, for instance) now populate the landscape of this very imaginative world. Etsy, the popular online craft marketplace, considers this new niche a best seller.
Amigurumi derives from a combination of the Japanese words ami (crocheted or knitted) and nuigurumi (stuffed doll) and Mochimochi is a descriptive word meaning “squishy” like the traditional sweet made of sticky rice (mocha). You may want to check out these Amigurumi and Mochimochi authors as representative of this craft.
Mitsuki Hoshi’s recent titles both appearing in 2011 are Ami Ami dogs: seriously cute crochet and Ami Ami dogs 2: more seriously cute crochet! (They synchronize nicely with the current interest in all things canine).
Ana Rimoli has written three titles: Amigurumi world: seriously cute crochet (2008), Amigurumi two: crocheted toys for me and you and baby too (2009), and Amigurumi toy box: cute crocheted friends (2011).
Is there anybody who can resist even a slight smile when saying these titles out loud? That does seem to be the idea. Quirky, yes but at least a welcome diversion from the ubiquitous scarf or socks. This is a quick craft when the basics are mastered, many taking just a few hours to complete. Enjoy!