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Amigurumi Octopi

Amigurumi Octopi

When I got back from my vacation, I found these little guys waiting in my mail. Aren’t they the cutest octopi you’ve ever seen? I have always loved cephalopods (it’s true, ask my mom), like octopi (octopuses?), squid, and cuttlefish. As I’ve explored more of the creative things people are writing about online, I’ve discovered amigurumi and fallen in love with that, too. Amigurumi is Japanese for “knitted or crocheted doll,” and from my observations, appears to also mean “terribly cute!” According to Wikipedia, “The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness. To this end, typical amigurumi animals have an over-sized spherical head on a cylindrical body with undersized extremities.”

I have been amazed with what can be created with crochet or knitting, which I had also associated with not-quite-as-cool scarves and afghans. Here are some of my flickr favorites:

Amigurumi on Flickr

Credits: 1. Flock of Amigurumi Birds, 2. Perita, 3. Amigurumi Crocheted Snails, 4. Hello Sapinho, 5. Toadstool amigurumi, 6. Amigurumi Dogs