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...
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...
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Many Blessings to you!
Many Blessings to you!
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