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Amigurumi Contest Question Answered

I have a question about this contest. Is it only open to knitted or crocheted creations, or are felted items welcome too? I.e., anything made of wool/yarn?



The contest is open to anything amigurumi-related or -inspired! So let your imagination run wild. To me, the main draw to amigurumi is the anthropomorphic element. What does everyone else think?

Personal opinion: no. The main draw to amigurumi is their knittedness.

Wikipedia (with my emphasis):

Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture.

We have had several contests where the eligibility criteria have been stretched to the point of irrelevance, and that causes upset amongst the members who have gone to the effort of making sure their entries fall within the expected bounds of the contest.

Yes to everything you said! If we allow things outside the definition of Amigurumi, it becomes a plush toy or fiber art challenge.

Making small round things from knitting or crochet takes a lot of skill and trial-and-error to get just right.

I agree, and prefer contests that are more clearly defined. I think there's enough flexibility without including entries that are merely inspired by the concept.

I also agree with Kiteman's statement regarding previous contests. When the rules are relaxed, there doesn't seem to be a point on which to draw the line. As a result there have been contest winning entries (that at least in my opinion) didn't fall within a literal interpretation of the rules.

I agree with Kiteman that it would be a good idea to limit it. To allow things outside of knit and crochet kind of shifts it from an amigurumi contest to a stuffed animal contest. I also know that in my personal experience felt projects are a whole lot faster than the equivalent in knit or crochet.

Do you mean felt, or felted? They are two very different processes. It can take me eight hours or more to felt a little sculptural animal.