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Ami Ami Dogs 2: More Seriously Cute Crochet Paperback – September 27, 2011
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This Amigurumi handbook is filled with new breeds of adorable miniature puppies. Photos inside reveal the secret, devilish world of your little friends, along with easy-to-follow patterns to help you create them. These sweet creatures are perfect additions to any Amigurumi collection.
The world needs more Ami Ami Dogs
About the Author
Mitsuki Hoshi started her journey as a self-taught amigurumi maker when she purchased her first Mickey Mouse amigurumi kit. In 2002, she launched a website dedicated exclusively to amigurumi dogs. The site caught the attention of several dog magazines and became a huge hit. Today, as an accomplished amigurumi artist, her goal is to crochet everything from foods to animals. In her spare time, she works as an instructor, teaching students how to make amigurumi.
Her published works include Life of an Amigurumi Dog, Life of an Amigurumi Dog 2, Life of an Amigurumi Dog 3, Ami Ami Restaurant, Mitsuki Hoshi's Amigurumi Zoo, Amigurumi Cats and Friends, Mitsuki Hoshi's Traveling Amigurumi, and Adorable Amigurumi with Giant Heads.
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The contents contains the following dogs: Chihuahua, Jack Russell Terrier, Toy Poodle, Shih Tzu, Dalmatian, Papillon, Boston Terrier, Bernese Mountain Dog, Hokkaido Dog, Japanese Shiba, and Bull Terrier.
The Chihuahua and Papillon patterns are almost identical. The Bull and Boston terriers look also very much alike, and both are reminiscent of the pug pattern in the first book. The Japanese Shiba and Chihuahua appears in both books 1 & 2. Methinks the publisher just pushed the author for another quick book to turn out without giving her the time to really develop fundamental differences between the dogs. Also, there seems to be a huge group missing from these books: bigger dogs. Mitsuki Hoshi seems to focus on toy breeds rather than bigger breeds, which has me scratching my head only because bigger breeds are quite popular too. Golden Labs, German Shepherds, and St. Bernards are all popular dogs and are left out.
If I had to suggest one of the two books, I would suggest the first one. Having both is just oddly disappointing.
Some of you may already be familiar with Mitsuki Hoshi's work from her website. According to the Visitor counter, which is about the only thing on her website I can actually read, most of her visitors (over 35,000) are from Japan (not surprisingly), but she also has about 1,400 visitors from the U.S. Her books have been translated from Japanese into several languages, including English, Dutch, and French. Mitsuki Hoshi's work has appeared in pet magazines as well as craft books, and she also teaches amigurumi classes.
Ami Ami Dogs 2 is the follow up to her Ami Ami Dogs: Seriously Cute Crochet, which was published in English by Harper Design in February. My amigurumi book collection is fairly small (Annie Obaachan's Amigurumi Animals: 15 Patterns and Dozens of Techniques for Creating Cute Crochet Creatures, June Gilbank's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi, and Amy Gaines's Cute Little Animals (Leisure Arts #4271)), so I was looking forward to seeing the review copy for Ami Ami Dogs 2.
Ami Ami Dogs 2 is a great little book. As the name suggests, it is focused entirely on dog related patterns. There are "full size" (a strange word to use for amigurumi, I know!) versions of 11 different breeds (Bernese Mountain Dog, Boston Terrier, Bull Terrier, Chihuahua, Dalmation, Hokkaido, Jack Russell Terrier, Japanese Shiba, Papillon, Shih Tzu, and Toy Poodle), and patterns for magnets and cell phone accessory projects to make with the same breeds.
The first section of the book is a two-page photo gallery of each pattern, which includes variations of each dog or project in multiple colors and poses. Most of the "full size" dogs would be between 2-1/2 and 4 inches tall (depending on whether they are seated or standing), and the accessories and magnets would measure about 1-1/2 to 2-1/4 inches.
This section is followed by a fourteen page technique guide. The technique guide includes numerous step-by-step color photographs, and demonstrates working in the round, changing colors, proper stuffing, and assembly. This guide would definitely be clear enough for most crocheters new to amigurumi, and might even be enough for some complete beginners who learn well from still images.
The remainder of the book is the pattern section. There are several things I really like about it.
Each pattern is shown through international stitch symbols.
Each pattern includes step-by-step written directions explaining the progression of tasks (e.g., "Crochet each body part. Stuff cotton inside the head, body, and legs. Attach the eyes to the head.").
Patterns include illustrations of variations (e.g., dog sitting, standing, or reclining; various ear poses, etc.).
The stitch symbols are annotated to indicate eye placement and other important assembly guidelines.
There are a few things about the book that could be improved.
There are no pattern abbreviations, so if you are uncomfortable using stitch symbols, this book may be hard for you to follow.
The supplies have not been well adapted for the American market. For example, when a pattern indicates that you need 0.64 ounces of white thread, should you use crochet cotton, sewing thread, embroidery floss, or a light weight yarn? Similarly, I haven't seen mohair thread readily available in the U.S. Obviously, you can adjust the materials but that might turn off some beginners.
Overall, I think Ami Ami Dogs 2 is a really cute amigurumi book. It has a really fun photo gallery that will inspire you to pick up your hook and make a little puppy of your own. If you are an absolute beginner to crochet, you will probably need an adventurous spirit to tackle the patterns. But if you have crocheted for a while, are familiar with stitch symbols, and/or have made amigurumi before, you will be able to make the necessary modifications and get started on a pattern right away.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Overall, it is a visually stimulating amigurumi book. Even though all of the patterns are of dogs, the skills covered are applicable to any type of amigurumi.