Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Tale of the Totoros

                Remember the Totoro I made for my sister’s Christmas present? When I posted a picture of it on Facebook, I got requests to make more of them. I was amazed that so many people knew about “My Neighbor Totoro”! For a movie made in 1988, it’s still very popular.

                My friend from high school, Cindy, saw the Totoro and wanted me to make one for her. She and her husband are big fans.

Then my friend Randy wanted me to make a Totoro for him too. His daughter is a big fan of Japanese cartoons/Manga and attends ComiCon each year in San Diego. He wanted to buy one for her birthday present.

When I started making the Totoros, I made 1 large one (which seemed too big), then a small one (which seemed too small), then I made the medium (which was just the right size). I sent the large one to Cindy and the medium one went to Randy. Randy said that when his infant son, Kyle (who now has new owl friends) saw the Totoro, he was fascinated. Kyle loved looking at the Totoro, smiling at it, and playing with it. So the small Totoro will be going to Kyle!

Large Totoro  9” tall
Medium Totoro 7.5” tall
Small Totoro 6.5 “tall

Then my friend from college, William, also wanted a Totoro for his kids. On a trip to Japan, William and his wife, Jinny, visited the Ghibli Musuem, in Mitaka Japan. The museum features creations from Studio Ghibli, the company behind Totoro. The best part about the museum is their giant-sized Cat Bus! William and Jinny love Totoro so much that their daughter’s middle name is Mei, named after the little sister in the movie! Since William has 3 kids, instead of making 3 separate Totoros, I suggested making one giant Totoro instead. This one is double the size of the largest one I made before. I used the same concept of the owl, which is to use thicker yarn and a larger crochet hook to make the same toy in a larger size. William says his daughter loves the Totoro!

Giant Totoro 18” tall
Large Totoro 9” tall
I think my Totoro phase is almost over but I still love making them. If you want one too, just let me know! For now, I'm moving on to my next projects because there's still so much to learn! Thanks again for joining me this week! See you next week!

1 comment:

  1. These are by far the best handmade I've ever seen! Could you please post a partern for this totoro? Thank you so much.