“Hi! I’m an amigurumi bird in the nest. Momi Nell called me Roja. As you can see, I’m not the typical bird you can see around. I am multi-colored red and my beak is blue! Am I too cool for you? I am just a thumb big and a thumb wide. But I’m not related to Thumbelina. Have you seen my wings? Aren’t they the cutest?” – Roja
Hello! Good everyone! This is Roja, named her after the spanish word for red. I made him a few weeks ago for my little son. Since I made Yoona (the kokeshi doll amigurumi) for my daughter, my 6 year old son demanded an amigurumi for him too. And this is what I made for him.
It’s my first time to used mercerized cotton yarn for my amigurumi dolls. And I tell you I get my fingers sore. Maybe because of the crochet hook and also I have the tendency to crochet tightly. Personally, I do not recommend this yarn for beginners.
I use mercerized cotton yarn for this one. A polyester fiberfill, I actually use my rarely used pillow as stuffing material, saves me a little then buying a new one. Don’t worry , it is washed first and then use. I also use a 3 mm crochet hook. A tapestry needle for sewing the parts together. A paper clip as stitch marker and can you recognize the rainbow loom bands in my picture? Yes, those were limited edition rainbow loom bands in Enchanted Glitter pack. Wonder why is it there? I asked this through my friends and followers on instagram and none has dared to answer. Maybe they were shy, or really haven’t got a clue. One answered, “For keeping you sane.” Haha! She’s funny right? Though, yes, it maybe one of the reasons why, but it’s for another purpose!
Since amigurumi needs a lot of counting, I used those bands to help me keep track of the rows that I made. For someone like me who’s still relying on patterns, this is one of the best way to track your rounds. Though you can also use a pen or pencil and paper. I wasn’t always able to locate where those are when I needed them. And since my rainbow looming materials are at hand, I decided to used my rainbow loom bands as a counter. Serves it’s purpose. How do you keep track of your rounds? You can share it with me at the comments box below.
The first part to make is the body and head. It is actually a very simple base for body and head. starting with the usual magic ring and then progress to series of chains (ch) and double crochet (dc). Stuff it and close it by sewing with a tapestry needle. By the way, the eyes I use for Roja are the 3mm black fuse beads.
I confess! I had a hard time making the beak. It’s tiny and my hands are tiny too. and I don’t have a long fingernails. Now I’m wondering how could those amigurumist that make really tiny, as in tiny-tiny have done theirs when I was complaining with just a beak, that is not really tiny as compared to those I have seen around the net?
Next to do are the wings. It’s supposedly stuff, but I didn’t do on mine. I think it has enough puff if that’s what it should try to do. Maybe if I used another yarn, it should really need the stuffing part. After making two of those wing, sew it a the back and viola!
Part 3 is the nest. The nest’s base is done the same with how I made Roja’s body just a different count on the rounds.
Finished bird on the nest! The naming part is actually fun. My kids and I usually do this to things. It’s fun and helps my kids to somehow care for them, because like people, things need care too. For example, My hubby has a motorcycle that we named Poipoi. So everytime we are going to ride, we don’t say we ride on a motorcycle, my kids would say, “Can I ride with Poipoi?”. Or one time, my son says, “Mommy, it’s raining outside, would Poipoi be alright?”. Simple things like that.
That’s it! The story of Roja the amigurumi bird. Hope you all liked it! More to come soon!
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