Monday, October 20, 2014

Abominable Snow Monster Stop Animation

crochet snow monster

Bumble the Abominable Snowman,

He's not done but I've made quite a bit of progress since my last post about him. Today I got his face done. I started out with felt teeth but I thought those were too soft for the look I wanted so I gave him a set of polymer clay teeth instead.
Wow, those took me long time to do since I had to cut and shape each tooth, bake them and then glue each one in.
When I was done gluing his teeth in they seemed unfinished so I decided to give

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Video The Unnamed Monster Pattern

where the wild things are homemade doll crochet

And the Unnamed Monster is here, finally!

After a full day of youtube glitches the videos are uploaded and ready to view, yahoo!
I think youtube  is trying to strengthen my character or trying to bring out the monster in me. I swear if youtube would just upload a video without problems I might faint in disbelief! Anyway, lol it is done, whew!

The Unnamed Monster is ready for you to bring to life. You can give him a name or let whoever you make him for name him... or her :)
There is a full video tutorial, links below and the written pattern is down below with

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Please Don't Go!

crochet maurice sendak doll

Oh my Oh my, I do love monsters so much! And I especially love this one...

He's based on the Wild Things from the book by Maurice Sendak but with my own spin on the design. Most of the body pattern comes from my own Yarny Monster pattern that was based on a picture my daughter drew so in a way she's responsible for this pattern too! All I had to do was mix the colors, do the fuzzy parts and oh yes, change the face and add the tail.

Right now the video tutorial is being uploaded. And it's a long one, so long I decided to break the video up in 2 parts. Uploading to youtube can be a very long process. Once it's ready to view I will release the written pattern. Yes, free! UPDATE the pattern is now posted here

Once my daughter saw this finished monster she wanted Max, the King Of All Wild Things so I made her one. I won't be able to release a pattern for him for a long

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bumble the Snow Monster Amigurumi WIP

Last night I was working on a video tutorial for the Wild Thing and I got so so tired and decided to call it a night. I crawl into bed but all my yarn is still there... (haha it happens a lot) next thing I knew I was crocheting away and by 3am this morning I had Bumble almost completely done...I just need to finish his face and add in teeth but so much for calling it a night!
I definitely have OCD (Obsessive Crocheting Disorder)
Bumble is a project I've wanted to do since forever! He's one of my favorite characters of all time. Dad and I watched the movie "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" every year together the whole time I was growing up and living in my parents house.. then I grew up had kids and now my kids and I watch every year together. It's a family tradition!

So I've long wanted to make a Bumble that we can keep in the family.. I'm really happy with how he turned out. And look at those feet, I think I might have an

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Body Parts Video For Amigurumi Monster

monsters made with yarn

Ok Friends, how to crochet the Yarny Monster body parts is done and on youtube here and I make a personal appearance in this one...

sharon ojala crochet

Video was filmed in the following order:
  • A personal hello and a message to my mother
  • How to crochet the head, includes changing colors and stuffing
  • How to add the edge around the shirt
  • How to stuff and close up the body
  • How to add in the belly button
  • How to crochet the arms, sleeves and legs
  • How to crochet the tail, including how to make the end fuzzy
  • How to crochet the horns
Written pattern is here

And on a personal note,

I want to thank  all of you that leave such wonderful and kind comments for me here, on facebook and on my youtube channel. And also for sharing your pictures! It's such a thrill for me to see what you've done with one of my patterns. It has been and continues to be a wonderful journey. I'm so glad you all have joined me. What an honor!
Sharon Ojala xo

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Homeschool, Facebook and Yarny Updates

Hello Friends!

I know most signs will read "Crochet Makes Me Happy" and that's true for me too but it's the act of crocheting that makes me so happy.
It's the feel of the yarn as it glides though my fingers and working the hook while  watching the magic happen! Crocheting makes me so happy, how about you?
I post free amigurumi patterns everyday on my facebook page  Amigurumi Freely

I also have over 80 free patterns of my own and here's how to find them

And you too can make that Happy Elephant with my free pattern and video tutorial

Now for a couple updates:

First of all, I have a new routine as a first time homeschooling mom. I decided to teach my youngest son at home this year and I'm very happy to say so far so good! We have lots of help available to us and a teacher we can skype with whenever we need her. Any questions I have I just send off an email and she replies almost instantly and that's just awesome :)
It's been a while since I've been in school myself so the idea of teaching my own child was scary at first but with all the support we receive the fear is gone!

And with that said, my time is a little more limited than it was... of course. But I will do my best to better manage my time so I can still do all the things that I was doing before.
Today we had a bit of a break as we await more assignments to be sent to us so my

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Just Visited My 100 Year Old Aunt and Her Bear In Finland!

Hello friends!

It's been a while since I've updated  Amigurumi To Go but it's with good reason because I left Canada and went to Finland! I just returned home on the 17th and I have been fighting a bad case of jet lag. The 10 hour time difference takes a few days to adjust to but I'm happy to say that last night I managed to sleep through for the first time in 3 days, wahoo! I'm feeling more normal today :)

In a week or so I will make up a post with pictures and talk more of my trip. I will be putting that post on my other blog. I'll give you all the heads up when it's ready.
And today I thought I'd just share a bit about the reason I went and also pass on a

Friday, August 29, 2014

Yarny Monsters Pattern and Video

I love my yarny monsters!

These have been an absolute joy to design. Most of the design came from a drawing my daughter did a few years ago. I wrote up a blog post about it here  I think the first time I made this guy his head was a bit too small and the smile was wrong but with a few minor tweaks I'm pretty happy with the look now. What a difference small details like the color of felt can make!

Now a big thank you to my wonderful and creative daughter who is to credit for the design, I just yarnified everything. I love you Gracie, you make me smile :)

I put together a video tutorial as well so you'll have lots of help getting your monster made. Please read the supplies list as well as the *read me* sections on

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Got A Little Wild With Yarn Last Night

I was crocheting last night and I got a little wild!

He's got a bunch of pins in him and his eyes and teeth haven't been glued on yet but I'm just too excited to keep him to myself!

If you follow me on facebook then you would have seen my next pattern to be released which is an amigurumified version of  a drawing my daughter did. If you missed it, check it out here

Anyway, a member of my facebook page commented that the monster reminded her of the Wild Things so once I read that it kept swirling around in my head and one thing led to another and wa la!
I used the exact same pattern as the monster (not released yet) and just added a different tail/eyes/and a furry head and of course did the shirt in 2 colors. And I'm in love!
Thanks Katie (the lady who commented) and thanks to my daughter for the drawing!
Like I said in my previous post, keep watching 'cuz you never know what monsters you'll find lurking here. And yes, there will absolutely be a pattern. I have to get the monster pattern up first. This one will be a separate pattern since it requires a bunch of different steps. I can't say when it will be ready.. it might be later in September since I have so many other things going on in my life at the moment. I probably shouldn't have posted him yet, lol but I love him so much I wanted you to see too!

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Monster Tucked Away

Little monster tucked away,

I just crocheted him tonight after a 3 week break from crocheting anything. I can't believe it's been that long since I've played with yarn but I have 2 good excuses. The 1st being I burned my thumb with a glue gun while working on a dollhouse project for my other blog .  I didn't realize that it was a 2nd degree burn and within 2 days infection had set in but I thought I could just keep it clean and it would heal eventually. I had no idea what I was dealing with. It turned out to be an aggressive