Friday, January 15, 2010

crocheted maneki neko

i just finished hooking this maneki neko (japanese for "beckoning cat") for a colleague, who is leaving my company to set up a company of her own. to make this, i combined 2 patterns together: maneki neko by Mountain Weaver and jiji the cat by a gamer's wife.

i made it a red cat because red symbolizes 'luck' in chinese. i also gave her a golden salmon tucked under her arms, gold symbolizing 'wealth' or 'fortune'.

 somehow, my maneki neko looks less 'beckoning', and more like saying "yeah! i found
a golden fish!" and the large eyes made her look like she's wearing a pair of spectacles!

instead of jiji the cat's long tail, i gave her a bob-tail instead... i find bob-tails
so much cuter than long swishy tails, but that's just my own weird preference! :P

i'm not quite satisfied with her facial expression, but because i ran out of time (it's my colleague's last day today!), i had to make do with it. given more time, i think i'll remove the big white eyes and just weave in a pair of chinky eyes to show her beaming happily and also a rounded 'w' shaped nose. ah well, there's always next time...

Monday, January 04, 2010

crocheted keropi coaster

feel free to use this pattern and share it with your friends, but please do not sell the pattern nor the finished coaster!

it'll be great if you could share with me some photos of your own finished coasters from working on this pattern. just copy your link onto the comment field. likwise, if you found any mistake or would just like to give me your feedback, drop me a comment!

download crocheted keropi coaster pattern