♪♫♪ Tiiiiih ti ti dididididi di diih di, ti tididiiih di, ti tididiiih di…♪♫♪
As you might know, every year, amigurumipatterns.net organizes an amigurumi contest around animals. Last year, the theme was parent and baby animals. I did participate with Babet and Boba Fet, the ferrets, and I liked it a lot as it made me step out of my comfort zone. Indeed, animals are rarely geek or pop culture related (except if they are pink, with a horn on the head and a Darth Vader shirt of course). So this year, I couldn’t wait to read the email which would announce the new theme : the Circus !
For the record, my final-year project at school was an anti-fur campaign for Peta, I’m vegan, I get up at 5 in the morning so my cat can go out when she wants to, and my heart breaks a little when I kill a mosquito (well, ok, this one is a bit exaggerated). Anyway, I’m concerned about animal rights and I have a “tiny” ethical problem with zoos, animal parks, Marineland & co, and of course…Circus.
So, my Little Angel and my Little Devil started a long argument. I finally make them come to an agreement when I convinced them it was better to let children play with stuffed yarn animals than to bring them see “real” ones (and by “real” I mean, standing animals in a human costume of course).
I got down to work, and I loved it ! As for last year, it was a real challenge for me (I don’t think I would ever had made a ringmaster if it wasn’t for this contest – nor a bear in a pink tutu by the way). Plus, I loved to see all these work around the same theme from all these different horizons crocheters ! It’s so inspiring ! It’s just like seeing through somebody’s imagination through a tiny porthole.
I knew I wanted to make a ringmaster. Sketches after sketches, his shapes got simpler and simpler and he became this colorful jolly man.
I didn’t plan on making 2 entries but my pencil drew this dancing bear on the paper ! My crochet followed the lead and gave birth to Barry and his pink tutu !
Note : It’s not that clear on the vote page, but you’ll have to choose 5 different entries to complete your vote :)
See you soon !