It all started when I planned to give the kids at House of Blessings, an orphanage in Chiangmai, gifts that they would like. I did not want to give the usual stuff, like food and stationery sets. I was cracking my brain for days and finally arrived at the conclusion that what more kids like best? Of course it's TOYS!!!
I was so excited scurrying around and I realised it was not an easy task to get 135 different toys and have them stuffed into my suitcase, plus it would burn a big hole in my pocket. I still spent long hours everyday searching the net to look for ideas and I chanced upon 'Amigurumi'.
Just a brief explanation from Wikipedia:
Amigurumi (編みぐるみ, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture.
In simple text, typical amigurumi animals/dolls have an over-sized spherical head on a cylindrical body with undersized extremities. And, they are simply so cute!
I was so inspired and am still now, by just browsing through the different sites and went goo goo ga ga over all the super cute animals.
I will share with you in my next post of the toys I have made for the kids in Chiangmai.