Tiered Skirt from Cucito Magazine

frontal tiered skirt for my 6 year old daughter
close up of tiered hem at 1 cm

hem of skirt

gathers on tiered skirt

frontal view length: 34.5cm
tiered and gathered; three tiers

I want to be honest with you: I am very proud that I managed to finish this project with zero understanding of Japanese words.  I am sure this statement has given the highest credit to the Japanese Craft Books in the market globally.  I read so many blogs across the globe and they all say the same thing.  “You do not need to know Japanese Language to be able to sew, so long you are a crafter or seamstress or know and understand basic sewing skills and techniques.

Nonetheless, I did owe purlbee and movinghands a lot of credit too.  Thank you so much to these people that TOOK their PreciOUS time to blog on Japanese Sewing/ Crafting terminology to the whole world.  Thank you so Sew much.


I did it! (sort of ;p) Choc Banana?

my little daughter playing with her first amigurumi; Choc Banana

Last night, I finally finished my first amigurumi; Banana Ami by Barbara S.  All in all, it took me 2.5hours to crochet this cute little banana.  Mine was no where close to the original banana pattern.  What I used?

Here is the list:
Tulip hook size 4.0mm
acrylic yarns; brown and cream color 8-10ply
embroidery needle
the free pattern of course
Allow me to share my experience working on this pattern.
I have to say choosing the right size yarn and a matching hook was a little adventure for me, as the pattern did not mention any recommended size for yarn nor hook. And me having to crochet or amigurumi on a budget was not helping either. 🙂
Nonetheless, I decided I wanted to go a little crazy: Choc Banana?  Is sure reminds us having yummy chocolate drizzles or chilled onto a piece of banana would really make us go banana!
I have to say this pattern is great for anyone who has already know the simple abbreviation of US/ Canada crochet system.  By now, I am sure you know Australia and UK have their own sets of abbreviation too.  Once you know those meanings to the abbreviation then, you are ready to hook away.
But, I have to say, since this was my first amigurumi, there were a a few instructions that I did not understand.
Nonetheless, I only need to communicate with Barbara and I will find out the meaning of those instruction. The other thing I found out is to stuff my amigurumi really …. STUFFed!!!  Then is time to seal it up.  What did I use to stuff my banana? Fiber fill Of course! LOL!
And…voila! I got my Choc Banana ready to be cuddled by my children.  This sample banana is dedicated to my youngest daughter, Nayomi.  She is only 6 months old.  Lastly, stay tune with me to see more banana coming out in a very peculiar look.

“Now all I need is a cowboy hat!”, said Choc Banana