Zoomigurumi 6 Review ~ Cuteness Overload!!

The Red Panda on the cover is adorable!

The good folks over at Meteoor Books sent me a free copy of their newest Zoomigurumi book, Zoomigurumi 6. I’ve reviewed a past copy and was very excited to see what new animals were getting the Zoomigurumi treatment.

There is a total of 15 animals in the book.

Just like the past version I received, the book is a collection of 15 patterns by a variety of designers (15 ones in this book, 12 in the previous). Though they are all by different people, you get the feel of a very cohesive vision throughout the book. I give lots of credit to the publishers for their great effort at this cohesion (I feel like Tim Gunn during Fashion Week).

Love the hairdo!

Each little critter is presented with step-by-step instructions with plenty of picture tutorials for difficult portions.

Picture tutorial shows how to add the hair to Alvin.

All the patterns use basic amigurumi stitches, so lots of single crochet. None of the patterns seem too difficult so that even a novice at amigurumi could make these. They are all well thought out and just plain cute!

Of course, the owl is one of my favorites.

I love that each little guy gets his own cartoon version of itself in the material section.

Oswald wants you to know that he is “2 stars” difficult.

There are so many cute critters I can’t pick just one favorite.

So adorable!

Do you have any of the Zoomigurumi books? Which one is your favorite? Let us know below and go check out Zoomigurumi 6 on sale now!

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Zoomigurumi 4 ~ 15 Super Cute Amigurumis ~ Plus A Giveaway!!!

The book was provided to me for an honest review.

The book was provided to me free of charge for an honest review.

 

Zoomigurumi 4 by Joke Vermeiren  is a compilation of 15 adorable animals by 13 talented crochet designers.

The first thing I noticed, and really loved about the book, is its clean, clear layout. The pictures are simple and highlight the creature being made.

Nothing to distract you from what you are making.

Each animal, though made many times before as amigurumi, had a very unique and original take on it. They don’t look like a carbon copy of what’s been made before. They seem to have their own personalities and quirks that make them special in a world of endless ami (short for amigurumi) animals.

Plus, even though the amis were made by 13 different designers, the animals have a cohesion like they were all planned by the same person. I’ve seen compilation books in the past that look haphazard and thrown together without a clear sense of direction. Before I realized that there were 13 different designers for this book, I thought the patterns were all made by one person. That is how well they all work together.

Looking at the actual patterns I was pleased to see consistent terminology throughout. The tech editior ensured that even though there are 13 different voices writing the patterns, we get one consistent voice for the written instruction. Also, even though the book is not from the US (it’s from Belgium)., the book uses US terminology.

Another thing I found helpful, which is great if you are new to ami making, is the photo tutorials for each pattern.

Almost all the patterns have these helpful close ups of difficult parts of the ami.

Almost all the patterns have these helpful close ups of difficult parts of the ami.

They  took the most difficult portion of each pattern and made short photo tutorials to help you in your construction.

Now for the actual animals. It is rare when I find an ami book where I liked so many of the designs.  This book was cute pattern after cute pattern. Each page I turned I liked the next animal better than the last.

I will be completely honest and say I didn’t love all 15, there were one or two I probably would never make, but they were still cute in there own right, just not my style. However there were a few that I absolutely loved.  The  sheep and seahorse were favorites, but there were about another six that came in close second.

So cute!!

So cute!!

I love the little detail of the cartoon versions of the crocheted project. They are dead on.

There are skill levels listed for each pattern which range from easy to advanced, so all levels will love this book. Looking through the patterns even the advanced patterns don’t look too difficult if you have enough determination. As with most amigurumi, once you are used to increasing and decreasing in single crochet, you can make just about anything.

I am definitely a fan of the zoomigurumi and will be checking out the other first three in the series. You can see pictures of all the critters in this book here.

Do you have any of the zoomgiurumi series? Which one, and how do you like it?

Zoomigurumi Showdown and Giveaway Time

So I thought I would have a cuteness showdown for you to vote on as your official entry for this giveaway.

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Will it be Sofi the rainbow spotted sheep?

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Or Sammy the sheepish seahorse?

Sofi the Sheep vs. Sammy the Seahorse

What’s at stake?

This super cute yarn holder.

You get the twine too!

You get the twine too!

It’s actually a twine holder, but as soon as I saw it, it reminded me of a yarn spool holder.

You screw the bird off the top, put your spool or cake of yarn on the spindle, and now you have a ball of yarn that won’t roll around as you crochet.

How to Enter?

In the comments below, tell me who is your favorite for cutest amigurumi: Sofi or Sammy. If you’re not a fan of either, check out the other critters in the book here and tell us which is your favorite from the pictures (don’t worry about their name, you can just way which animal.)*

*US residents only please. Entries are accepted until April 30th, 2015, midnight Pacific time. Winner will be chosen and announced May 1st, 2015.