Posts Tagged ‘amigurumi’

A Different Amigurumi World

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Amigurumi Discworld view 2

I confess to not being very well read on Terry Pratchett. In a geek’s world, this is tantamount to blasphemy, but I have at least become familiar with his humor via the requisite Good Omens, which he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman. Just last week I reminded myself that it’s been a good long time, years in fact, since I’ve sat down and had a good read. The book I picked was Pratchett’s Feet of Clay, a book in his Discworld series I’d obtained quite by accident about 8 or 9 years ago as a result of not sending the card back to one of those hardcover book clubs I belonged to at the time.

They sent the book and a bill and on the shelf it sat until last week. I picked it up in my attempt to trick myself into reading again by diving into something different and surprising. I got through about 14 pages before I got very sleepy. Not the book’s fault, as this epiphany that I should start reading again struck me well after midnight. It got lost in a pile, and distracted with other things I completely forgot about it.

Last night, brainstorming for some ideas on how to bring some regular content along to this show, I remembered what I used to do when stuck for content–scour Etsy and Flickr. The things you stumble into at either of these places is often very unique, interesting, and in this case prescient and inspiring. I ripped through stacks and piles to find the book I’d started just a week ago and set it with my bag to take to work today.

On the bus and subway I read and am thrilled to have had that little jolt to my memory. Good Omens was very clever, and very british. It was sometimes outlandish, but that isn’t necessarily uncharacteristic of Gaiman alone. I’m getting a feel for how irreverent, whimsical and absurd Pratchett’s work can be. I have to admit that I like it. I like it a lot.

Photo Phriday 1

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Today I think I’ll start a new feature to keep the non comic related updates consistent. Every Friday I’ll post a photo I’ve taken of some of amu’s amigurumi. This is more or less strictly to keep me taking photos, which I’ve been neglecting to do lately if it isn’t related to the comic. Granted, this is a rather old photo, but then again I just thought this morning to do a feature like this. Phuture Phridays will see me creating new photos each week, hopefully displaying noticeable improvements in my grasp of photography as the weeks go on. For now, on to the very phirst Photo Phriday!

There ain't no party like a Ninja partay! Hay! Ho!

There ain't no party like a ninja partay! Hay! Ho!

Photo Phriday 2

Friday, November 21st, 2008

It’s the end of the week and thus time for another Photo Phriday. As it turns out, my short-term memory is a thing of useless complexity. You see, I somehow managed to forget about it until just now. The intention was to set up a super neato shot sometime during the week to keep up the old photography learnin’. Seems I had other things on the brain (I’m lookin’ at YOU new XBOX 360 Experience!)

What happens now is that I post yet another OLD photo, with promises to make next week’s a brand new one that’s better thought out. We can dream, yes?

Ultragurumi swoops in to same somebody's day. Probably some kid or another.

Ultragurumi swoops in to same somebody's day. Probably some kid or another.

Character Tease

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Amitown counts many different amigurumi as its citizens. We’ve been introduced so far to only two of them. In time, we’ll see all sorts of interesting characters pop into Ninja’s life.

This week’s comic will introduce new characters to Amu’s World. Who are they and what role do they play? Well here’s a teaser which includes what’s possibly the smallest hand-made prop cigar in amigurumi history, and perhaps the only one at that. We’re positive these guys are going to bring some awkward fun to the mix.

Be sure to check back this Wednesday to find out who these new guys are.

Photo Phriday 5

Friday, December 12th, 2008

It’s a late one because I’ve been very busy with craft shows and concerts and comics and such, and here’s another old photo taken with an even older camera. I’ve put some new photoshop tweaks I’ve picked up over the last year or so on it though, so it’s a rather different looking photo in the end.

The impetus behind having an amigurumi gang of some sort came from this photo. I took these guys out back in our yard to photograph them for fun and found a container of chalk that had been left out. The Gang was born, and birthed this photo, which in turn inspired the Bunny Peep Gang that live in Amitown. Ahh, roots. Anyone interested in seeing the original photo without the tired and cliched vignetting can check it out here.

Photo Phriday 8

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Slowly recovering from yesterday’s panic over an unexpected surge in traffic (thanks again, guys), I set to brainstorming what to do for this week’s photo. I am committed to making Photo Phriday for amigurumi ONLY, so for inspiration I went rummaging through old crocheted dolls that Amu had made in the past.

Meet Lil’ Baphomet. Baphy was made for one of Amu’s first shows outside of the convention scene where she was selling her amigurumi. This was the precursor to the Creative Alliance‘s Merry Mart show, and took place in an art gallery in Fell’s Point. She was selling some of her first amigurumi ninjas there as well.

Lil’ Baphomet came about as a joke, for at the time we were discussing our favorite Chick Tract. It stuck, and there he was. She never did sell him, but he represents what’s left of our first non-convention show.

Let Me OX You Sumpthin’

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Amu and I would like to wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year! We’re entering the year of the Ox, which is neither Amu’s zodiac animal nor mine. Still, we hope every Ox on the planet lives this year to the fullest. If you’re interested in your very own Ox amigurumi, look no further than edafedd‘s Etsy shop, where you can buy patterns to make your own amigurumi Ox.

Pizza Anyone?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

I promise that this week I’ll have a full write-up of my time at Katsucon. There’s a lot to talk about and a lot to share, so I’m taking my time collecting my thoughts. In the meantime, I’d like to point your attention to a little something.

These Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle amigurumi take a few things we really like and put them together. We love ninjas. We love amigurumi. We REALLY love TMNT. Truth told, I’m not entirely sure why I’m sharing this, because if you guys don’t buy them, I WILL!

Craft-Life 2

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I spend in inordinate amount of time on Flickr. There’s a lot I find that’s typical, some of it’s boring, but there’s also bits of priceless awesome thrown in for good measure. In search of this balance, I stumbled across this GORDON FREEMAN amigurumi.

After drooling over this particularly awesome bit of craft, take some time to peruse the rest of oddgumi’s Photostream. There’s a lot of pretty geeky, very sweet stuff there.

Spot-A-Ninja: Fanart Edition

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

More of a Make-A-Ninja than Spot-A-Ninja, Amitowner and DeviantART user Doridachi sent us this:

It’s her very own, handmade amigurumi Ninja Village inspired by Amu’s World! How awesome is that? Ninja parties in the Ninja Village are always roof raisin’ crazy. These guys are having too much fun.

There’s a part of me that wants to call this Fanart, and I’m absolutely giddy that someone would go through the trouble of making amigurumi based on something I’m doing. Thank you so much!

If YOU’VE got ninja stuff to show us, or you find yourself inspired by Doridachi’s ninjas, contact us and we’ll post about it.