I received a copy of Dedri Uys's incredible Amamani Puzzle Balls book for Christmas, and I am IN LOVE with these patterns. They are complicated to make, but Dedri's tutorials are amazing and I think all crocheters should give these a try. I just can't believe how adorable these amigurumi puzzle balls are!!
Elephant Puzzle Ball:
Dedri designed the pattern so the entire thing is crocheted (NOT WHIP-STITCHED!!) together. Even the adorable ears and the cute little tail. I don't mind whip-stitching here and there, but like most crocheters, I would much rather use my hook than a sewing needle.
The cute little feet make me smile.
Here is the "puzzle" aspect of the puzzle ball: it comes apart into three pieces! It's a little complicated to put together, so before I give this to someone as a gift, I think I might make a YouTube video showing how to do it.
Because the entire puzzle ball is crocheted together, as long as you use tough yarn (like 100% acrylic), these puzzle balls can withstand a lot of pulling and smooshing as you disassemble and reassemble them. Amazing!!
Turtle Puzzle Ball:
How handsome is this dude? I didn't get a great picture of his nose to show the absolutely perfect shaping (there's a slight point at the tip), but trust me when I say that Dedri must have studied the turtle form for a long time while designing this guy. So stinkin' cute!
One of my mother's life-long friends, Sharon, commissioned me to make another of Nipiti's My Summertime Dolls, and I think it turned out SO adorable. Sharon chose great colors and I really enjoyed watching this little doll take shape. Nipiti's pattern is so fabulous! I have a third My Summertime Doll about 75% done and will post pictures of it when it's finished. It might be the cutest one yet!
Weeeeeeell, this last amigurumi isn't all that recent, but I'm going to mention it anyway. This past summer, to thank my dad for all the work he did on our new (to us) house, I free-handed an amigurumi of one of his favorite Saturday Night Live characters of all time: Mr. Bill. The reason that I haven't posted pictures of this little dude yet is that I wrote down the pattern and have big plans to present it for free here on Roonie Ranching, but I haven't yet sat down and typed it up. I'll get on that soon, I promise.