Congratulations to Toni "Wool Hoarder" Bing - winner of the "Amamani Puzzle Balls" giveaway! Thank you to Dedri Uys for sponsoring this giveaway, and thank you to all who entered! Purchase your own copy at these affiliate links:
I am so super excited to have gotten my hands on this book - and one of the sweet creatures featured inside! And now I get to tell you all about it, share some thoughts from the fabulous author - and give away one free paperback copy of Amamani Puzzle Balls by Dedri Uys!
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Amamani is short for Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animals - and it's a mouthful and a handful! These animals are so cute, and so fun! I got to play with the turtle - putting it together and taking it apart, and it put a smile on my face every time. I can't wait to make one for the next little ones to join the family!
And the book is really well done too. There are lots of full color step by step photos, and links to video tutorials as well. There are some basic shapes, and then it's all in the details and combinations. And the fun and challenge of putting them together! Annie's has put out a video showing just how they work:
One of the reasons Amamani Puzzle Balls is so exciting to me is that I've gotten to know the designer and author over the past year - her patterns are hard to miss! In fact, you've probably noticed her patterns here on Moogly in various roundups, and I've shared lots of them on the Moogly Facebook page as well. Dedri is a fantastic and generous designer with an amazing eye for color - be sure to check out her Ravelry page for a list of all her designs, as well as her blog, Look At What I Made!
So I had to use my "in" to ask Dedri a few questions! Here's our interview:
What do you love about making puzzle balls?
These patterns usually cause a roller-coaster of emotions.
There is often frustration - the wedges can be a tad boring. It's like eating your veggies before you are allowed your pudding.
There is an increasing sense of excitement when you realize that you have almost made all the required parts, coupled with confusion - "How will all these pieces ever come together???"
That is followed be a sense of achievement when the segments come together. And then perplexity - "Now how the Dickens am I meant to build this thing?"
And finally there is delight when the animal is built!
This delight is what I love most about making the puzzle balls. And it is not limited to the person actually making it. I love nothing better than taking one of these apart and then shoving it at someone, going: "Build it!" I love watching their faces as they go through the whole gamut of emotions again.
What inspired you to go from crocheter to crochet designer?
I started crocheting again when I was pregnant with my second son. I soon realize that I couldn't find that many crochet patterns aimed at boys, at least not toy patterns. So I decided to design some of my own. My first designs were rudimentary to say the least. They consisted of a crochet car, tractor, and digger-loader.
I find inspiration in everything and once I started designing things, it was a like a continuous flow. With every design I thought of three or four more. It was never a conscious choice. The ideas just don't seem to stop. And as long as I have ideas, I guess I will be designing.
What do you love most about designing?
Definitely the joy other people get from making something I have designed, but also the opportunity to inspire and encourage others to pick up their crochet hooks. I don't, for a moment, thing that my designs are any more special than anyone else's, but different people find resonance with different designs. You never know what someone might find irresistible. And if one of my designs or tutorials is the push they need to start on the journey of becoming "hooked"... well, that is the best reward there can be!
What can we look forward to from you next?
I slowed down on designing quite a bit while I was working on the book, so there are plenty of puzzle animals and Little Zoo animals waiting to be released. I hope to get those patterns trickling out.
I also have been side-tracked a bit by Sophie's Garden and I am working on a pattern to turn Sophie's Garden into a full-sized blanket. But that is a project for next year.
Other than that, who knows what might catch my fancy next.
Ok, so are you excited yet? This crochet pattern book is too great for words! And you can win your own copy of Amamani Puzzle Balls by filling out the Rafflecopter entry below! Or if you don't want to take your chances, you can purchase it at the following links... and lemme tell ya, this book is a *bargain*!
Now for the GIVEAWAY! The Amamani Puzzle Balls giveaway is open WORLDWIDE. The giveaway ends 9/9/14 at noon, 12pm Central US time. The winner will be sent one paperback copy of Amamani Puzzle Balls by Dedri Uys. ONLY the email entry is mandatory - all other options are for bonus entries, and are NOT required to win. Comments are not considered entries, and the Rafflecopter form below can take a moment to load. If you cannot get it to load on your mobile device, please try a desktop/laptop. If you have trouble in one browser, please try another.
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