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New Amigami Hat Designs – Keep Your Head Warm!

Amigami has been hard at work creating the 2011 Winter-Spring line, which includes several new hat designs to keep you warm on those cold spring mornings.

This pink & black striped hat is made of durable, machine-friendly acrylic, and features an oversized slouchy design and thick black ribbed brim.  The differing stripe widths and contrasting colors really make this beanie pop, and it is truly a wonderful addition to almost any winter wardrobe.  This hat is currently available for sale in our Etsy shop, and of course, I am always open to custom color and size requests.

This second hat made of ultra soft & warm alpaca, harvested personally from local alpacas by my partner.  This hat features black & blue stripes arranged in alternating clusters which allow the wearer’s head to breathe.  Although this specific hat has already been purchased, more will soon be available – contact me to place a custom color order.

Happy New Years from Amigami!!

Amigami has been very busy over the holiday season and new year, and I can’t thank all my wonderful friends and customers enough.  The local auctions and eBay sales have been a complete success, and it has granted me the opportunity to expand more into the medium of stone jewelry, which is an area of design I absolutely love.

The beginning of the 2011 Jewelry Line is already up, and can be viewed in full at the Amigami Etsy Shop.  And of course, I will be showcasing pieces on the website regularly, so check back soon and often for updates.

This Christmas we made several gifts for our friends, but the most exciting was what has been lovingly dubbed “The Rasta Scarf.”  Using the Catherine Wheel method and heavy gauge worsted acrylic yarn, this GIANT scarf is over 9 feet long!!  The picture doesn’t even do it justice, and it was near impossible to take of picture of it stretched, but I hope to get the owner to model it in a picture for me soon.

Alpaca Pinwheel Scarf and Hex Slippers

Upon searching the Ravelry pattern databases for fun scarf ideas, I came across a technique known as the Catherine Wheel, which creates a wonderfully eye-catching pattern.  The pinwheel effect is achieved by mirroring two rows of bunched crochet stitches, with narrow intermediary segments which are shaped by subsequent rows, forming this wave-like design.  It’s also very practical – the bunches become epicenters of warmth which shield against even the sharpest winter winds.

For these reasons, alpaca was the ideal material for me to create the Amigami Pinwheel Scarf.  The yarn used to craft this piece was created entirely from animals living in the Upper Ohio Valley regions of West Virginia and Pennsylvania, on farms we know personally.  My partner Ramon was the shearer responsible for collecting the raw fiber from these animals, and the white and two-tone yarns were handspun by the animals’ owners.  From hoof to hand, this beautiful scarf is the epitome of regional handmade crafts, and is truly a must-have for any winter wardrobe.  And lucky for you, they are available in my Etsy shop!

From the same skeins I’ve also created these ultra-warm Hexagon Slippers, named for the 6 sided panels which are used to form the shoes.  The three hexagons, stitched together in the center, are then stitched around a double thick sole, creating a durable and comfortable cushion for your foot.  I need to work with adjusting the sizing on these slippers before they are ready for sale, but if you are interested in some let me know and we can get started on a custom order.

Amigami Introduces the Mage Hood!

As the winter chill begins to creep in around us, my thoughts have been increasingly focused on creating a line of warm outdoor wear.  This is especially true since we have recently obtained a fairly sizable array of luxurious alpaca yarn.

This hood is the first of my proto-types.  I’ve often felt myself wishing the hoods on my jackets were larger and more voluminous, and this crocheted hood definitely towers above the rest.  It was made using a whopping half pound of violet acrylic worsted yarn.  I wanted to work in acrylic for the first of the hoods, so as not to squander any alpaca on unknown territory.  The structure of the hood has foundation in this precious Russian baby hatIn the Mage Hood however, the hood’s point is greatly enlarged & tapered, and the shoulders are tailored to lay flat against the wearer.  Additionally, the front of the hood was folded inwards & attached, allowing for  a thick plush brim which adds definition to the piece.

To take this hood to the next level, I’ve relinquished it to my partner Ramon, who is currently felting the garment with alpaca fiber.  It’s looking Amazing, and I can’t wait to post pictures once it’s completed.  He is also carving antler toggles to secure the hood, which I think will be the perfect accent for the violet & natural colors.  So keep watching for more pics and more hoods in my Etsy shop soon!

Taylor’s Custom Piggy Pouch

Upon seeing the crochet items Amigami has for sale, particularly the Mushroom Pouches, my longtime friend came to me requesting a piece of custom work.  He loved the idea of a plush lined pouch, and wanted to know if I could make a pig.  This darling piggy pouch is the result.

Made using the spiraling Amigurumi crochet technique, this super soft piggy is made from Lion Brand Baby yarn, and measures about 8″ x 5″.  The ears, feet, and snout were crocheted separately and attached during the construction process, along with the black button eyes (with white embroidery floss).  The pig’s curly tail doubles as a drawstring – when it’s pulled tight & knotted closed, not only does it appear pig-like, it also disguises the pouch’s opening!

The inner liner is actually a continuation of the crochet work.  Once the opening is completed, I simply continue crocheting a tapered oval shape, then turn  it inside-out into the pig and use the yarn’s slack to tack it down through the snout.

This little pig is super cute, and I’m absolutely inspired to delve further into the animal kingdom.  If you have any ideas for my next animal pouch, please share!

2 Tone Suri Alpaca Beanie – 100% Handmade, From Cut To Crochet

This is hopefully only the first of many in a very special series of crochet work.  My partner Ramon travels the countryside each spring shearing alpacas, and a few weeks ago he returned with some of the fruits of his labor.

Mother Rasha & cria Morningstar, donors for the White fiber in this hat!

Amongst his clients is Vision Acres Ranch of Berkeley Country, West Virginia.  After the 2009 shearing season, Judy of Vision Acres began processing this high-quality alpaca fiber into exquisite hand-spun dual-toned yarn.  And it’s not just the dual coloring which makes this yarn unique – it is composed of 100% Suri Alpaca fiber.

Herdsire Scimitar (a.k.a. "Sam") contributed the brown yarn for this hat!

Suris, unlike their more popular fluffy Huacaya counterparts, feature fiber which forms natural locks, giving the final product an altogether different consistency and feel than your standard alpaca fiber.  Thank you to the Judy & everyone at Vision Ares Ranch for caring for these beautiful animals & creating the yarn, as well as to Ramon for shearing the alpacas and for bringing me spoils.

The hat is created using a modified version of a stylish beanie pattern I found in the Ravelry databases.  Unbelievably soft & warm, it’s also extremely breathable, making this hat a great year-round accessory.  Accented by a large natural-colored button I found in my mother’s vintage sewing supplies, this luxurious hat has certainly been given the personal touch from start to finish.

Speed Racer and Butterfly Bucket Hats

I’ve been working on some techniques, such as the front post double crochet, with the result being some truly awesome new hat designs!  Here we have my new favorite, a white newsboy style ribbed cap with a contrasting red stripe and built-in brim.  The brim is an addition I’m particularly excited about — many patterns  I’ve reviewed suggest using a plastic canvas insert to create a sturdy brim, until I found one with the suggestion of simply doubling the yarn (thank you to Hannah’s original pattern at Ravelry for such a great solution).  Between the color scheme and the overall architecture of the design, this hat is very reminiscent of Speed Racer’s pit crew, but the versatility of this design would make it look great with any color scheme.  There’s also a child’s size all white cap available.

I’ve also re-worked the inset butterfly concept into this lovely black cloche, with a roll-able brim and large floppy style that allows one to readjust the hat’s style.  Although it’s black, it’s made with a large diameter hook, which allows for a looser, more breathable weave.  This hat looks great on women of all ages, and of course, as with all my crochet items, can always be requested in a custom color scheme.


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