Interview with Twinkie Chan

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Get the Scoop on Amigurumi with Twinkie Chan!

Interview By: Salena Baca & Danyel Pink

We called the fashion food queen, Twinkie Chan, and she gave us the scoop (Haha, get it?) on mastering the art of amigurumi, and how to pull off these sweet and savory accessories.

First, youve got to know that Twinkie is our all-time favorite crochet fashion foodie, and the leading expert on tiny, cute crochet! Shes the iconic crochet designer who sports her signature food creations, such as a giant pretzel brooch, ice cream scoop hair clip, and jelly bean scarf. A brilliant designer with a great sense of humor, Twinkie has a knack for turning delicious foods into scrumptious crocheted wearables, and has been cooking up her own brand of designs since 2005. Twinkie is definitely an authority on fun fashions and amigurumi, and she helped us demystify a few of our misconceptions to help make amigurumi more palatable.

Now, we know what youre thinkingAmigurumi is adorable, and you love it dearly, but its way too tiny and complicated to pull off properly. After all, we value our eyesight and the feeling in our hands way too much to consider those projects, right? Were worsted-weight yarn kind of gals, so we didnt think we could be bothered to work on anything with less than a G hook.

Twinkie Chan had us eating those words like a sprinkled donut though, and we now have some really functional tips to help you tackle your first ami project, too! Twinkie says that the misconceptions on amigurumi projects are pretty universal:

  • Youll need really thin thread, to pull off these designs, right?

Wrong! Twinkie says that a lot of her designs are made with worsted weight yarns!

  • Grab your tiny D hook; its gotta be tight!

Not true! Turns out, you can get great results with as little as a G or H hook, depending on your comfort!

  • Amigurumi patterns arent functional.

Really? Not even close! Sure, these tiny treasures do make great little plush toys and fun décor, but Twinkie shows us just how fun these can be! Turn donuts and upside down ice cream cones into hair clips, caterpillars into headbands, and flaunt an animal cookie or salty pretzel as your favorite brooch or pendant!

Feel better now? We definitely did! This whole category feels so much more approachable, and were looking forward to our first amigurumi projects soon! Well show you ours if you show us yours, and Twinkie has a buffet of designs that you can use to test your newly found courage. Good luck!

Visit Twinkies Yummy You!shop to see her collection of crocheted goodies!

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