*Stands up and solemnly looks around the room*
Hello. My name is Jennifer Wang, and I’m an amigurumi addict.
“Hello, Jennifer” . Most don’t even look up from their work. The rest are are busy counting stitches.
This is what pops into my head whenever I’m asked by well-meaning friends and family what it is I DO all day (besides living in a perpetual mum-zombie state). What started as a feeble attempt to learn a new hobby has now led to an amigurumi obsession – one which has given me peace and purpose, and has gotten me through some of my hardest moments.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Back in February 2013, I was a newly-married uni graduate living with my husband in Aalborg, Denmark. I remember being cooped up in a dilapidated inner-city apartment with four male students, dreading to make eye-contact on the way to the bathroom, and wishing I was miles away back home in Australia. I needed an escape!
With only a single room and a mattress on the hardwood floor, it didn’t take long before I started to go batty (don’t even get me started on the biting winds and legions of blonde Scandinavian goddesses outside).
With my husband busy writing his final thesis, it was all too easy for me to wither away watching trashy sitcoms online. And after weeks of binge-watching Calista Flockhart while scoffing European chips and pizza, I eventually came across a series of free crochet lessons online.
Crochet, you say? And I only need one hook? What was this sorcery?
Having had the experience of picking up a pair of knitting needles exactly ONCE, I was deeply skeptical that I could ever do anything creative with yarn, but under the careful guidance of a baby-faced Michael Sellick who promised to teach me the “ins and oots” of crochet, I finally found the sense of peace and purpose I so desperately needed.
Now, after many months of learning and experimenting, I feel it’s my turn to give back and share my love of this wonderful craft. I hope you will join me!
WHAT IS AMIGURUMI?
Amigurumi is the Japanese word for “crocheted or knitted stuffed toy”.
Amigurumi are often simple in appearance, with big heads, wide-set eyes, and anthropomorphic features. There’s a LOT of room for creativity when making ami, so don’t be surprised if you come across some very unusual-looking specimens!
As an amigurumi activist (which is pretty much just a fancy way of saying someone who wants to see the world covered in cuddly toys), I want to inspire you to think beyond your surroundings and use your awe-inspiring talent to change the lives of those around you.
You heard me. You have AWE-INSPIRING talent!
It takes skill, patience and discipline to create cuddly critters out of single strand of yarn. You are an artist. Never forget that.
AND SO, ON THIS WEBSITE I PLAN TO...
If you've ever had the joy of witnessing a toy come to life in your very hands, then you know EXACTLY what I mean when I say making amigurumi is like making magic, wands and all!
There are so many kind-hearted, generous people around the world using their gifts to bring hope, joy and cuddly critters to countless others. Whether it’s:
Amigurumi CAN and DOES make a difference. You only need to open your eyes to see it.
Look around you and spot a void that a token of squishy love can fill. Who knows, you just may change the world for one person.
Start something BIG by making something small. #AmigurumiMovement
Since first creating Jennifer Wang Bears in 2014 (before I learned to crochet, I used to make bears), my idea of what a ‘successful blog’ should look like has dramatically changed. Instead of placing the focus on myself, I hope (with God’s loving guidance) to strive to use my talents to serve others and glorify my Creator.
In effect, the focus of my blog is no longer on Jennifer Wang, but on bears. Jesus Himself says:
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;
for without Me you can do nothing.
I can design. I can create. I can crochet. But I should never lose sight of what is most important to me, and that is my relationship with my Savior. It is through Him alone that I am able to “bear” anything – be it good fruit or the weight of my own cross.
Wishing you much love,