Frequently Asked Questions




1) What type of yarn do you use?
Unless I say otherwise I am always using Red Heart Super Saver or Red Heart Comfort yarn. It's a worsted weight yarn, medium #4 and 100% acrylic. I like acrylic yarn because it has a "stretch" to it and the shape of amigurumi can be enhance with stuffing. With that yarn I use a 3.75mm or a 4.00mm or a 4.5mm crochet hook.
you can view a standard yarn weight chart here

2) Where can I find the safety eyes you use?
I buy mine online from Lisa & Ed Eyes and More. So far the best prices and s/h I've found anywhere. And these eyes have metal backs so no special tools are required to install them! You have to scroll down the page to find their link to the safety eyes page.

3) How much yarn do I need?
Unless I say otherwise in the supplies list, I am using Red Heart Comfort yarn which comes in jumbo rolls ~ Yardage: Solids: approx 792m (867 yds).
I do not measure out what I use unless I believe the pattern will use more than a regular sized package that people would buy. My example for a regular package is one package of  Red  Heart Super Saver
~ Yardage: Approx.364 yds (333 m).

4) Can I sell finished items made from your patterns?
Yes! You can sell any item you've made from my patterns.
5) Do you sell your amigurumi?
No, I do not sell my own amigurumi.
6) Where can I find all your patterns?
Look to the right hand side of this blog page and scroll down until you see the top 10 patterns of the week. Those have pictures you can click on. Then scroll a little further down until you see a label list. Click on each label to bring up the patterns. You can also look on my ravelry design page and most of my designs are laid out there in picture form.

7) Can I translate your pattern?
Yes, you can translate one of my patterns but only if you provide a link back to the original. A link that is visible at the top of your translation and clearly states that you are translating only. Do not take my photos. Translation is for the text. You can use one photo for your translation and that is all. Send your viewers to my original pattern for photos and assembly of patterns. That is all I ask. To see the perfect example of  an acceptable   translation click here This kind of translation is one I  will provide a link to on my sites.

8) Do you take design requests?
I will take design suggestions! But I've learned over the years to not make promises since I really need to be inspired by something before I can design anything. For example, at the beginning of this year (2014) my daughter broke her leg and after spending a huge amount of time in the hospital I designed a wheelchair, a drip pole and an injured monkey. Those designs came easy to me because I was in "the moment". I was inspired by the surroundings and that kept me motivated. Without inspiration I really am no good at designing. I can't force myself to design any one thing.. it has to happen naturally.

9) Why do you give away your patterns?
I recently wrote up a blog post called, "Why I love Amigurumi" and that pretty much sums up why I give away my patterns.
 10) Do you have a book out?
Not yet but I do plan on writing a book in the future. I'm just not sure when.
 11) Where can I  post a picture of something I made from your patterns?
On my facebook page Amigurumi Freely
Feel free to ask a question if I didn't answer it above :)

 Ok, that's a wrap on the Q & A  for  now and I'll add more frequently asked questions as they come in.

Now I'll add a few things about me that you might not know...

I am a Finnish girl born in Ontario, Canada in 1970. I have 3 children ranging in age from 23 down to 13. I taught myself to crochet in 2010 via youtube so I could make my son a sackboy for Christmas and I found this video.. it changed my life, literally!
When I began designing my own patterns it was a friend of mine who suggested I start a facebook page and thus Amigurumi Freely began on May 9, 2011 and today it has 47 thousand members and growing rapidly everyday!

I also build dollhouses out of recycled items like boots, dressers and even a walnut once so I  have a facebook page called "Dollhouses and the Things That Go In Them" it's got about 4,300 members and it's slowly growing. For that page I kept my original blog called Homemade Obsessions on www.sharonojala.com and I use that to post from when I have a new project to share.

I love to crochet and to craft. It brings me so much joy! I hope to inspire others to do the same. I truly believe a crafty world is a better world...

Thanks for stopping by and if you have a question leave it in the comment section below. I moderate comments to keep this site spam free so don't worry if your comment doesn't appear right away, all comments are hidden until approved.

Have a wonderful day!

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Many Blessings to you!



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 My hope is that you have enjoy all the patterns found here on my site. You may sell finished products.  


62 comments:

  1. This is very useful and great to have on blog!

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    1. yes! I'm so glad I added this page. I get asked the same questions a lot so now I can just give people a link. I've linked to this page many times already and it saves so much time. I love it :)

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  2. Quisiera que me ayudara para poder hacer en amigurumi la hormiga atomica. Gracias por su amabilidad. Ya le enviaré los amigurumis que he hecho con su ayuda.

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  3. Hi there! I wasn't sure where else to post this question.. but do you have a moose pattern, or have you ever thought of designing one? I absolutely LOVE your patterns and how you word them (as well as all of your video tutorials), they're really easy to follow, unlike some of the patterns I've tried before. Thanks so much! :)

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    1. Hi there, I don't have an amigurumi moose at the moment but there is one in the future.. just not sure when that will be. I do have somewhat of an ugly one that's part of the Critter Bits that are just meant as yarn busters, they could be used as cat toys. Look to the right of this page, scroll down until you see a label list and click on "Critter Bits"

      Thanks so much for the kind compliments, I appreciate that!

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  4. Hello! I am looking to learn to crochet and am so glad I stumbled upon your blog and youtube page! I can't wait to make some of your awesome projects! Where would you suggest I start as a complete newbie?

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    1. Thank you and welcome!

      Starting out I would go with any of the Little Bigfoot patterns or the small mouse. Use the label list below on the right side of this blog. I have 2 different mice, a small one and a character one, start with the small one. These all have full video tutorials to go with them. Have fun and keep me posted :)

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  5. I made a couple of your patterns, the panda and the pig, and my son wants a dinosaur but I see you don't have a pattern. I wondered if maybe you have been working on one or know of a good free pattern. I browsed through pintrest and couldn't find anything. I love your patterns, they are so easy to read and so fun to make.

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  6. Hi there. After needing a mouse pattern, I found yours a few days ago. I have now made three of the cute little creatures.

    I name most things I make. Among others, there is Miss Soxy Foxy and Miss Whoo Goes There (an owl). I thought and I thinked (LOL) but couldn't come up with a name for the mouse. Then I saw your profile. The perfect name popped into my head but I really need your permission to use it. I'd love to name the mice I make Miss Oyahlah Mouse, if that's ok with you.

    Best wishes from Australia

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    1. Hi Janii,

      I love the names you chose, they're perfect and so fun :)

      Yes it's ok to use that and if you name your mouse Miss Oyahlah Mouse I'd be so thrilled and honored at the same time... how wonderful!!

      Thank you so much, your message made me smile BIG!

      Sharon Ojala xo

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  7. Hello Sharon,

    I really love your patterns and tutorials. That is why I wanted to ask you about something. I have a blog with projects that I do where I link back to the original pattern and if I do any editing to make it easier for me when I print it for my giant book of patterns. As I am working on some gifts and would like to use two of your patterns can I link to them in my blog? Any edits I might make to the pattern are small like detailing more(Repeat from *) or just adding a key of terms at the top. I also included pictures of what it looks like as I work.

    Thank you for your time and use of your patterns.

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  8. Hi there... thank you, I'm glad you have been enjoying the patterns. I wouldn't agree to the writing of the entire pattern on your blog but writing out an edit, for example for row 12 I did such and such is perfectly fine... thanks for asking :)

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  9. Hi there! I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your video tutorials and your blog! I found it super easy to follow and very helpful! I especially like making the Bigfoot monkey (especially since the head and body are connected!) and the duck. I'm a college student, so even with the limited colors I can keep in my room, I can still practice making cute animals and I love learning these new patterns. I just had one question about the Bigfoot monkey pattern: I'm still new to trying to figure out stitching numbers and what not, so if I wanted to make it bigger and keep the same design pattern (maybe close to the size of the duck head, but without the cheeks) where would I add an increase or how would the rows differ? I am planning on making a monkey for my young cousin and I just don't want it to get lost. Is it possible to make it bigger? Thank you for having such an awesome blog with great designs!!
    ~Katie

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  10. Hey Sharon, I absolutely love your patterns and videos. I've recently decided that I would like to open an etsy account to help with university and I was wondering if I'm allowed to sell the creations I make from your patterns, I know you've already said it was OK to seek the, but I was wondering how far that goes due to the fact that on etsy I'll be making them when by order. Anyway I just wanted to check if that was cool or not
    thank you.
    -Kay

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    1. Absolutely Kay, you can sell any number of finished items already made or made to order. I'm thrilled that you will be helping yourself through university by selling handcrafted items, that's awesome!

      All the best to you and the best of luck in your sales,
      Sharon Ojala

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  11. Hi Sharon, my name is odey and I'm from israel. I'm so happy to find your blog and videos- they are the best for a beginner like me :) it was very difficult to find good tutorials in Hebrew that are free and so detailed - thank you so much for that!
    I'm just starting my affair with crochet as a tribute to my late mother, who loved knitting , and I want to make my baby girl some cool stuff like my mother made me :)
    I'm just finishing the cute duck pattern and its so hard! But I'm hanging in there... It's not exactly like yours but I'm doing my best and enjoying the process :)
    I wonder what is the size of the eyes you use? 2mm? Are there good replacement for this pattern?
    I can't wait to hear from you! Won't be able to post my duck because I don't have Facebook :(
    Thank you so much again,
    Odey

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  12. Where can I find the Alabama elephant keychain?

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    1. I've never heard of an Alabama Elephant key chain but I do have a tiny elephant pattern http://www.amigurumitogo.com/2012/05/tiny-elephant.html if you can't click the link then type "Gracie Tiny Elephant" (just typing "Gracie" will work too) in the search bar near the top of this page on the right hand side

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  13. Do you sell these ? I haven't the gift you do to make them.

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  14. Sharon
    Where did you buy the Bernat on the fringe yarn??

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    1. I got mine at walmart. You can find it on amazon as well so if it's not in a store near you there's places online that sell it

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  15. Hello Sharon. I need your advice on how to evaluate my work. If you would not mind to use the amigurumi duck as an example. Thank you.

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  16. Hello Sharon. I'm Fanny, swiss girl. (sorry for my english). I try to begin the crochet, and saw many of yours videos (lovely!!). I just have one question. You say you use one type of yarn, but you don't say the yarn size. If you use a 3.75 mm hook (for exemple totoro), the yarn size is very big, no? like 4.5 mm?

    because i test it with a 3, 3.5 yarn size (and 2.5 mm hook) and the begining was more smaller that yours.

    Tank you for your time!

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    1. I do say the yarn size. It's the very first answer at the top of this page. Red Heart Super Saver or Red Heart Comfort yarn is a worsted weight medium and that's a 10ply yarn. Those are the hooks I normally use, a 3.75 or a 4.0 or a 4.5.

      I also use a 5.00 and a 5.5 but those are large hooks. They work for me because I crochet fairly tight. If someone crochets loose stitches then a 5.0 or larger would cause gaps in their stitches.

      If yours came out smaller you might be using a lighter weight yarn. Have a look at this chart and see what weight yarn you are using. Yarn Weight Chart

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  17. Hi there! You create a beautiful and special toys world! Congratulations from Romania. I have two questions for you: Is this kind of toys safe for babies? I mean there is the possibility to get out some parts of the polyester stuffing? And what kind of polyester stuffing do you use? Thank you.

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  18. I don't recommend giving handmade toys to babies that are in the chocking stage. And I use 100% recycled polyester stuffing.

    Thanks for asking

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    1. Thank you very much for the reply :)

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  19. I cannot believe I found such a wonderful page! Thank you so much!!! Trying the elephant right now. You do great work! All the very best from Germany :-)

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  20. Bonjour sharon je ne trouve plus votre tuto " facon facile d'augmenter un modele d'amigurimi easy way to enlarge amigurumi pattern"
    merci d'avance de bien vouloir le reediter et merci pour vos modeles.
    cordialement

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  21. I love your patterns and have made more than one of them <3 I made sneakers for my dress-up bunny and would like to "pay back" some fun. Would you like the pattern? I'm sorry, I have no pictures. Thanks Again!

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    1. Hi Laurie,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the patterns, that means a lot!
      And for sure I could add the sneakers for other people to make, that would be much appreciated. My email is sojala@hotmail.ca

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    2. Thanks! Hopefully my missive(s) have made it to you. :O)

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  22. Hi Sharon!
    I have recently been inspired by your blog and I have fallen in love with making amigurumi! Thank you so much for sharing your techniques and providing such great tutorials to follow. You've made this craft so easy for me. I have just about completed my first project, a Little Bigfoot Pig, all I like are the saftey eyes. Since this is the first that I have made, I do not know what size eye would be appropriate. Could you guide me in the right direction?

    Thanks a ton! :)
    Micala

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    1. I'd say between an 8mm and a 10mm. It's all a matter of preference really. 8mm are the most common size for amis between 8 and 10 inches tall but some look better with a larger eye. If you want to test first before buying try pinning buttons on or cut pieces of felt in different sizes and see what size looks best to you. Hope that helps :)

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    2. Oh wonderful! Thank you for the help! :)

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  23. A love your patterns. I have made several monkeys so far and everyone loves them. I have also made two of your little Bigfoot elephants in cancer colors for family friends with cancer. They loved them. I am working on the lion right now. I wanted ti say thank you for putting these pattern up and I just love them. I also was wondering how you learned to make your own patterns? I just think that is amazing to be able to come up with your own creation.

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  24. Could you do a youtube video showing how you attach your eyes please? or maybe different kinds like buttons? :) thanks

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  25. Hi Sharon,
    I love your work. I have a question for you...I am new to the world of crochet but love your duckies. I was thinking about making some for a centerpiece for my sister's baby shower. I was thinking about maybe making it larger...how would I go about increasing the size of the pattern to maybe making it 12 inches or larger...is there are formula to apply to it? Thanks, :) Nina

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  26. I will be using your pattern (with credit) to sell for charity. Thank-you so much!

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  27. I was looking for a way to contact you and so decided this must be the best way to do so. I created an amigurumi-like Christmas ornament and am offering the pattern for free. I thought I'd post the link to my blog on the amigurumi freely facebook page but wasn't sure that would be appropriate. Is that OK or would you prefer I not. I can send the link with the ornament to you privately if I knew how to. LOL

    Thanks for all you do!

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    1. yes that would be great! That is what I do on facebook, I promote designers by sharing their free patterns, I do it everyday :)

      Please always feel free to post links to free pattern on Amigurumi Freely

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  28. Hello! :) I love all of your patterns. They are so cute and fun to make.

    I was wondering if you would consider releasing patterns for the characters from Astroblast and/or Paw Patrol. I know that they are a bit different from the amigurumi that you usually post but I do not like any of the patterns for these cartoon characters that I have seen from other people so far. Thanks in advance!


    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=astroblast

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=paw%20patrol

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  29. Hi Sharon - Thank you for your patterns! Everyone loves the ones I have made.
    Forgive me if you have answered this somewhere - I have not seen it. Does using pipe cleaners/chenille stems to make things bendable cause them to not be washable? Do you recommend surface washing to machine washing? I have recommended to put things in a ingerie bag - but wondered if the pipe cleaners cause a rust problem.

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    1. Hi Mary, I actually never even thought about that. I think if they dry thoroughly they would not rust. But they should be spot cleaned when possible and if really dirty then washed in a pillow case or lingerie bag on gentle. Hang to dry or dry in a bag. Hope that helps!

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  30. Hi, Sharon. Have you ever thought about making a pattern for a kangaroo or other Australian animals? I was looking online for such patterns when I discovered your site. You have some lovely patterns, including a beautiful koala, but I didn't notice other Aussie creatures. We have a wildlife refuge and sanctuary here on Kangaroo Island, Australia, and I'd been thinking of trying to sell crocheted or knitted kangaroos, koalas and perhaps possums and echidnas, to raise funds to finance urgently needed maintenance and improvements. A pattern for a female kangaroo with her joey (baby) in her pouch is what I'm especially looking for - (then if possible to find kindly crocheters who would be willing to make and donate amigurumi Australian animals to our fundraising efforts.) I have a public Facebook page at "Shalom Valley Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary" if you're interested in seeing it. Sending you greetings and blessings.

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    1. Hi Lori,

      I haven't got any lined up for the near future as I'm booked solid for at least the next 4 months with patterns on the to do list. I do know of a crochet kangaroo with a joey pattern by Kim Lapsley right here

      Thanks for asking! And if anyone from your group makes the kangaroo or any other amigurumi using a free pattern feel free to post on my facebook, Amigurumi Freely, and I will share from there.

      All the best!
      Sharon

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    2. looks like that link I gave you didn't work, sorry about that! But it will bring you to her blog, from there scroll up and look for the free patterns tab then scroll down until you see the Kangaroo and just click that photo.

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  31. Hi Sharon, This is Else Logan in PA. I've been watching my funds with an eye to sending an appreciation donation and in trying to adjust what I chose, I lost the site. Everything was filled in, but I think you will get only $50 American which is less in Canadian money. So I was trying to change the figure to more reflect what I wanted to do. I was changing it to $65 US. But it just shot out of my computer like a magician's trick. grrrr Please let me know what you get so I can make it right.... Oh... IDEA!!! I could just do another for $15, right? I'll do that. My email address is emloganpa@aol.com ... in case you want to reply that way.
    Your admiring fan, Else

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  32. Hello Else!

    First of all thank you so very much, that is very generous, wow! But I was just checking and there has been no funds today. I checked paypal and nothing has been sent to me. So you will have to go and check now your end and make sure you sent it. My paypal email address is sojala@hotmail.ca but it goes directly if you click the donation button found here on my blog.

    Thank you again!
    Sharon

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  33. Hi Sharon I'm lookin for a bunny with a nurse outfit and a figure skater can you help me I love your work and videos are great easy to follow

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  34. Sharon, I love your work. I stumbled across your site one day by accident and I absolutely adore your work; so much, in fact, that you taught me how to crochet. My first ever crochet project was with your crochet along elephant (and when i take pictures, i will post them to your site). I owe you a tremendous thank you because this is something that i have wanted to do for a really long time and you make it so understandable. With that being said, I have a question that you may or may not be able to answer; i tried locating an email address, but I could not find one, so I am leaving it here in hopes that you will see it. How well are you at looking at a picture of something and trying to replicate it without a pattern? I am obsessed with the Mario Bros. franchise; specifically, Princess Peach. I googled "paper mario shadow peach crochet" and an awesome Shadow Peach amigurumi came up, but, the person does not have a pattern, nor do they want to create it again. Would you be able to create a pattern by looking at the picture ( i would have attached it but, i could not find an email address for you ^_^). my email is mattpancake@yahoo.com if you choose to respond that way, if not, ill check back for responses. I know it is a weird inquiry, but I think what you do is fantastic and you might have the skill set to pull it off....that would make my day, you have no idea.

    Thanks again for being wonderful and inspirational,

    Matthew

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  35. Hi Sharon, have just discovered you wonderful little people amd animals. Please can you show me how to make a magic circle? Thank you Anne


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    1. for sure! On any of my written patterns, in row 1 at the very beginning of the pattern, I say make a magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st. If you look there, each one is actually a link that you can click on and those will take you to a video where I teach you how to do them.

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  36. Hi Sharon, Love your patterns! I'm working on the Little Big Foot Monkeys for my grandsons..How do you crochet the tongue that's in the picture? Your patterns are going to be keeping my busy making things for my grandchildren! Thank you, Debbie

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    1. it's a piece of felt that I just glued in place

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  37. Hi Sharon, I pick up crochet by learning through your videos. Thank you so much.

    I tried to look for your email on this page and facebook but could not find. Is there anyway I can reach you?

    I am working in a special needs school in Singapore and a student really loves a particular character that is not sold anywhere. I am thinking of making one for him but I am not able to find the pattern online. Would like to seek your advise on this.

    Thank you.

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  38. Hello Sharon! I am a young disabled woman, and am hoping to start up a business selling my crafts. I learned crochet through your videos and want to thank you for your kindness letting us sell the finished product. I will definitely be making a donation if my business is successful. I would now but I can't afford it..

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  39. I love your Little Bigfoot patterns! I've finish several of them and some of your other patterns and they look good but I have a couple of problems:

    I know there is no specific "gauge" when making amigurumi but I've noticed that my animals end up either with holes so the stuffing shows or as a stiff kind of "shell" that doesn't stretch so I can't shape it. Do you have any suggestions that could help me fix this.

    My bigger problem is that after I've sewn together 2 or 3 different pieces the inside of the animal becomes a hard ball with some areas on the surface becoming flat or puckered. I know this is probably from running the yarn in and out of the body. How do I fix this so that my figures keep their round, squishy shape?

    If these questions are unclear let me know I will elaborate on them.

    Thanks so much for all these wonderful patterns and especially your awesome video tutorials!

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  40. First I would like to thank you for all that you have taught me. I am new to crocheting and I totally love making the animals.

    I have been searching for a Snoopy dog pattern have you done one of these?
    Thanks again for everything

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