About Me

Updated April 2018,

amigurumi designer

Who I am,
My name is Sharon Ojala, (a Finnish last name pronounced O-yah-lah).
I'm a Finnish girl born in Canada.
I'm in my 40's and have 3 children, 2 cats. I'm a positive thinker who usually finds the silver lining in any dark cloud.

Some struggles,
In Sept of 2016 I became extremely sick, in fact, almost died a couple times. I was in and out of hospital until the middle of 2017.  I have since been diagnosed with an unknown auto-immune disease that attacked my heart, lungs and other organs. I was also diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. Both diseases are now under control with infusions every 8 weeks and a medication daily.

I refuse to say "my disease". These diseases are not mine. I believe that my body got confused and soon I will be in complete remission. It's been a long road with many ups and downs but right now I am feeling good and getting stronger everyday.

These things make me happy,
Family, my cats, coffee, designing yarny toys, Harry Potter, LOTR, anything Jane Austen, Junk Journals, and all things miniature.

When the crafting began,
I taught myself to crochet in 2010 via youtube and it changed my life, literally! My son really wanted a character doll from a platstation game that  I couldn't afford. I found a crochet pattern called, Make Your Own Sackboy by GoldenJellyBean on youtube. I never crocheted before that but I was determined to give him this gift for Christmas. I did it! (forever grateful)
He freaked out when I gave it to him and he kept that doll close by him for years. Now it sits on a shelf of honor and remembrance.
After that, I began making my kids their favorite movie characters. I designed my own when I couldn't find a pattern, or one I could understand.
Around that same time I was already building dollhouses and things that go in them for my kids. I ventured into the world of making it myself because I couldn't afford the store bought things.
I was a single mom with 2 small kids to care for. Making them things became a part of us. They spent countless hours playing with things I made them. That's a feeling that can not be fully described. I wanted to share that feeling with the world so I started blogging to do just that.

What I'm working on today,
Today I have a very large Gnome Home and one very large tree in my craft room that I am furnishing and making  characters  for. My kids are now too old for these things but I'm old enough to enjoy them! (Some of you will totally get that). 
Check out my other youtube channel, Where The Gnomes Live
Of course, I'm always making something with yarn too. I have new designs always in the works that I add to this blog on a pretty regular basis.

Crafting is like breathing,
I truly believe a crafty world is a better world. I want to share crafting and  amigurumi with as many people as I can before I leave this planet. It can change lives. It changed mine! Crafting is more than just knowing how to do something, it's about learning, growing and sharing. It's about creating our own worlds, no matter what's going on around us, one filled with creativity, positivity and love. These aren't just fun words I've chosen. I believe them to be true. 

Our community,
I believe in the crafting community. By giving and sharing with that community it builds, not just one, but everyone up. It's never-ending. I get countless messages from all over the world how crafting has changed a life, how it has brought joy to another, how it is helping to supplement an income. I treasure these messages. I feel blessed and honored to be part of this creative, giving, and ever-growing community.

My blogs,
a) Where The Gnomes Live is my crafty blog, mostly about my miniature builds and creations.
b) Amigurumi Freely is a free pattern directory. There you will find patterns from other designers that I share on my facebook page Amigurumi Freely everyday.
c) Amigurumi To Go is the blog you are on now. Here you find only my own designs.

Much Love and Happy Crafting!

https://www.facebook.com/AwesomeAmigurumi https://www.youtube.com/user/SharonOjala/ http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sharon-ojala http://instagram.com/sharon_ojala


  1. Just a brief message of support. I, too, am a new crocheter. The first thing I made was one of your ducks and was only able to do that because of your YouTube videos. There is no way I would have been able to complete it without them. I have since made a few monkeys and one of the diary of a wimpy kid boys (tricky). Your patterns are wonderful and my 4 year old granddaughter loves the things I make for her. Good luck with your health and your patterns are really appreciated.

  2. Hello. Thank you for teaching me to crochet. :)

  3. Thank you for sharing these amazing pattern with us.

  4. Mi nombre es María y soy española, nací en Valencia.

    Me alegro mucho de que encontraran una medicación para que pudieras llevar una vida "normal".

    Siendo muy joven me diagnosticaron fibromialgia y síndrome de fatiga crónica. Los médicos siguen desconociendo la enfermedad pero con medicamentos sigo adelante.

    Tengo marido y dos hijos jóvenes. Lo único que lamento es que desde bebés me han visto mis hijos enferma y, venir el médico de urgencias a nuestra casa, para seguidamente desplazarme en ambulancia al hospital. Mi marido siempre ha estado a mi lado y ha tenido que hacer muchos sacrificios.

    Intento llevar una vida "normal" y llevo unos meses, este año, viendo tutoriales para aprender ganchillo, macramé, costura, tejer con dos agujas, bordar, etc. Quiero aprender a hacer ropa para mi familia y cosas pequeñas para vender. Quiero ayudar a mi marido con la economía de la casa u sé que lo lograré.

    Gracias por leerme.

    Un enorme abrazo de algodón. (el algodón no duele).

  5. I want to thank you for sharing your absolutely fantastic designs, and your video tutorials are so clear and easy to follow too. Thank you Sharon!

  6. Sharon I love crafting and indeed a world without crafting will be a very boring and sad place. It was through crafting that I was able to over come many difficulties and challenges in my life. From the bottom of my heart I wish you and your family well and I pray for your complete recovery.
    Now my question to you is... do you sell finished products? If so I would like to place some orders for amigurumi goats. Purple Goat. I am hoping that we can work together. I live in Los Angeles and I am starting a business called Purple Goat Apothecary, I craft cold pressed soaps and body care products. Visit my website www.purplegoatmarketplace.com my mission is to help people lead and live a healthier life style free from diseases. I think in collaboration we can change lives. I hope to hear from you soon thank you Isabel