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Henry’s Octopus Cousin Amigurumi

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2013 by Yarn Over New York

A few month’s back, I published a free crochet pattern called Henry the Hexapus (must scroll down aft following link).  Since then I’ve made several improvements on the design and created Henry’s Cousin- an Octopus Amigurumi.

The pattern is available (for FREE) at my ravelry store.  Please enjoy.

The pattern is written in US crochet terminology and is fully customizable to any size, any yarn and any numbers of legs you want your creature to have.

A 6-legged hexapus version

A view from the bottom side- a convenient hole


In My Dreams Crocodiles are Made of Rainbows

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit with tags , , , , on February 20, 2013 by Yarn Over New York

Is it a scarf or is it a croc’s tail?

Even though I live on the equator, I still often need to wear a scarf.  The air conditioning on bus, trains and in movie theatres is INTENSE.  I try to carry a scarf with me to use when needed.  The “croc-a-tail” scarf fits easily into my bag and is cuddly warm enough to keep my neck cozy.

I’ve made the pattern available at my ravelry store here.  It includes two variations.

Skoopy’s Rasta Hat

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit with tags , , , , , , , on January 8, 2013 by Yarn Over New York

This hat is by far my most popular design.  I have made dozens, sold several and had handfuls stolen/borrowed indefinitely.  I’ve made them in every imaginable fiber and in various sizes to accommodate different size heads and hair.

David Z wearing Skoopy’s Rasta Hat in Homespun

Styrofoam Head Model

Is that a zombie?

I finally have written and test-crocheted my pattern and now it is available at my Ravelry site here.

Sara the Capybara

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2013 by Yarn Over New York

A few years ago, my long-time/ long distance BFF, Sara came to visit me in Macau.  Since Macau is tiny and Sara traveled half-way around the world, we decided to also visit Japan during her stay.

Osaka Aquarium’s Capybara

During our trip (which I will blog about someday), we visited the Osaka Aquarium, which houses all sort of sea life and randomly several capybaras. The capybara is a South American giant (and adorable) rodent.

Even the sign is cute

In her comment on a recent blog post about my crocheted amigurumi animals, Sara challenged me (informally) to create a crochet capybara with a bumhole.



I present Sara, the Capybara

The business end

I took copious notes as I made her and plan to publish the pattern on Ravelry soon.

Merry Monkeys

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit, Esplanade, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

I posted earlier that I was doing a crochet/ amigurumi Monkeyful Christmas Countdown.  I had set my goal at 10 monkeys by Christmas.  As it turns out, I only needed to make eight.  (One for each of my 6 students, one for Tracey and one for Helen).

“Skinny Monkey” number 3 of 8

The first four monkeys went really quickly and I had completed them with weeks to spare.  Then wrist and finger pain caused me to pause for a few days.

Rainbow Monkey

Monkeys 5 and 6 happened eventually and then I paused again as my friends Marshall and Lionel came to visit.

Fuzzy Head (Tiger) Monkey


This resulted in me having only THREE DAYS to crochet my last two monkeys.  I did make it, but I had to stay up until 3am on the night of the 23rd to finish the last monkey for my students.

Sunrise Monkey- possibly my most favorite monkey ever!

The Finale Monkey- Watermelon

My students and their monkeys

Two New Designs

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

I’ve recently started publishing my crochet and knit patterns on  And I have two new patterns available.

Feeling Lucky?

I created this pattern in order to make a pair of Fuzzy Dice for my friend, Gemma.  She has a new apartment and has decorated it with lots of hot pink!  When I visited her for a house-warming party, I felt inspired to knit her some retro dice.

Fuzzy Dice for Gemma

She loved them, so I made another pair for a my co-worker for our Secret Santa party.

Smooth as Dice for Hock Hoe

You can find both patterns (for free!) at my Ravelry store here.

Henry the Hexapus

While visiting a friend in NYC earlier this year, she showed me a cute amigurumi octopus named Chutney.  I tried, unsuccessfully to steal him from her by hiding him in my luggage.  When I returned to Singapore, I decided to make my own cute octopus using some scrap yarn that my friend had given me.  My octopus had similar construction to hers except I added my signature “backdoor bumhole” to his underside.  AND…

As I was using scrap yarn, as luck would have it—I ran out of yarn while making the legs and now my octopus is a HEXAPUS.

The first of many Henries I made

I googled the word hexapus and found that there really is one in Blackpool, England.

The Real Henry

Here is a link to the Telegraph article about the original Henry.

Henry’s pattern is available (free) here.

Happy Crafting in the New Year!

A Monkeyful Christmas Countdown

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

I have set a goal for myself to crochet at least ten Backdoor Monkeys for various people as Christmas presents.  Two down, eight to go…

Moonlight Monkey

Sporty Monkey

Sporty’s Backdoor