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Hello My Name is Amineko: The Story of a Crafty Crochet Cat Paperback – September 1, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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About the Author

Born in Tokyo 1967, Nekoyama has been a life-long lover of cats. Cats and their endearing mischief have never failed to cheer her up. She created her first Amineko by accident and has never looked back. Today, she and her husband are the proud parents of many Aminekos. Nekoyama’s first book, A Day In the Life of Amineko, was published in Japan in 2005.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l; Reprint edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589235711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589235717
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first bought the Japanese version of this book in Japan in 2005, not knowing any Japanese, but managing to crochet some really cute cats from it nonetheless despite the fact that I am a novice crocheter. I am so pleased it has been made available in English and that none of the original book was changed to appeal to different cultural tastes, and I quickly snapped-up this English version to supplement my Japanese version.

This English publication is exactly the same book translated from Japanese, and the fact that I was able to crochet a cat from the Japanese version tells you just how easy it is to follow Japanese crochet instructions such as are in this book. Why? Because the key crochet instructions are written in chart format. With the remainder of the book translated, the reader has the added bonus of being able to follow suggestions for variations and instructions for sewing accessories like a futon, a pillow, sardine, or maybe squid for crocheted cats.

This book isn't so much about liking cats or not (and I do like them), nor is it about getting 104 pages of instructions to make different kinds of cats, it's about easy-to-follow crochet instructions for the basic crocheted dolls (Japanese word: amigurumi) that look like funky cats pictured on the book cover, and fun artistic photos of crocheted cats doing silly stuff. Think of it as part crochet pattern book and part coffee table book, but in softcover format, as opposed to the expensive and wasteful hard cover books as most Americans think of when they think of coffee table books. Open your mind and loosen-up, this is a fun little book, and use it as a launching point to create your own crocheted animals or dolls as you desire.
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I'm a huge fan of cats, so when I saw this book at a fabric store I just had to get it. Strange thing is, I didn't even know how to crochet. (This book has crochet instructions.) So a week after picking up this book, I have my very own Amineko. He has so much personality (he poses well) that I have to carry him with me almost everywhere like I'm a child attached to the toy. I'm now making them for my nieces and nephews, who are sure to love these guys. They will make splendid birthday and holiday gifts. I'll probably make a lot of them to donate to Toys for Tots come Christmas.
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By Cici on July 19, 2011
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This book is super cute. I realize that if you are looking for a wide variety of patterns, this may not be the book you're looking for. However, I think the pictures give some great ideas about what can be done to customize the pattern. If you are a die-hard amigurumi fan, I think this should definitely be added to your collection. If you just want to make the amineko, the author does offer the pattern in chart form, for free online. You just need to do a search for it.
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First of all, I have to admit to a deep dislike for cats - but even I cannot resist this little book. Subtitled 'The Story of a Crafty Crochet Cat' - this book is very much about a cat who loves to pose. Put this cat in front of a camera and boy, he's happy. This book is partly about your own imagination, inventing your own story, but it is also about creating expression in crocheted toys. Brilliant, I love it. First we see the cats in their many disguises, role playing and characterful. Included are instructions from selecting yarn to making the all important features of the face - choose from a selection of features for different characters. Includes a full crochet pattern for two sizes as well as accessories and tips on designing your own character. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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I am not a cat lover but I couldn't resist purchasing this book as I love to create amigurumi and who can resist this cute feline? This book is divided into two sections: the front section is a series of mini photo essays with aminekos in various colors and poses. The captions are very funny and reminded me of Aranzi Aronzo. The back section of the book contains instructions for creating cats in various sizes as well as the cat's accessories--a mini futon, various little pillows in fish shapes, and some clothing (these are mostly patterns without measurements, so this is for more experienced sewers, imho). I made the cat as explained in the directions and she came out looking great! The instructions were fairly clear and the book does contain stitch explanations if you need them. I would recommend this book to crocheters who have some experience making amigurumi. But even if you don't crochet, but love Japanese culture and cats, you will enjoy this book!
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Not only is the pattern cute the little storys and pictorials with the finished cats are entertaining. The author has a great sense of humor. The yarn and crochet hook requirements are "open ended". This can be a good or bad thing. Good you can use any yarn and hook. Bad if you don't know how to gauge how much yarn you need, you may not have enough to finish project. Of course you can improvise and use up left over yarn from other projects for a more "festive" kitty. Love the book
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