Annie Obachaan's crochet animals are created in Amigurumi, a Japanese art of making stuffed crochet animals.
Obachaan's passion for Amigurumi came from her grandmother, who taught her how to crochet at a young age.
Though Japan holds a Doll Festival in March every year, Obachaan is convinced that making cute little dolls is truly in her blood.
Crochet Animals is her first book since being one half of the Cast Off Knitting Club, when she moved from Tokyo to the UK in 2004. The book is well written and a step-by-step guide to making your own crochet animals.
Not only are you a student of choice while studying the knitting charts and directions, but you are given the freedom to come up with your own designs that can be easily created.
If you are a first-time crochet enthusiast it might take you a while to understand the basics, but you will definitely be taken with the cute creations in the book.
With clear explanations on how to make crochet dolls, the type of materials required, reading patterns and crochet techniques, you are bound to pass the knowledge on to a friend without any reference.
You are also guided on designing crochet animals from sketches, making shapes with circular crochet as well as the finishing touches to give your dolls that lively magic.
Amigurumi can be a great hobby but the Japanese are not to blame if it turns into a passion. Whether you intend to make money or bring some happiness into a child's room, you will enjoy every step of the process.
Like classic music, this art of creation can centre you and have you feeling like a child again when you look at the cute and colourful l animals you have created.
This is the ideal hobby to learn months ahead of Christmas.