Meet Coby! He’s had a busy play day and now he’s ready to get some sleep! He’s brushed his teeth, put on his jammies and bounced onto his bed! Uh oh… something’s wrong… Coby’s tossing and turning in his bed. It seems he can’t sleep. I wonder what’s wrong?
“Are you hungry, Coby?“
“No… wait… my teddy! I can’t sleep without it!”
“Ah. Here it is. Sweet dreams.”
I made Sleepy Coby five years ago when I was just learning about amigurumi. In fact I was inspired to make him after my son. I wanted to get better at amigurumi so I had decided to make a doll for every letter of the alphabet. When I got up to the letter C, I decided to name it after my son. Now my son’s name is Jacob, and well J is nowhere near C, however, Coby is a nickname for Jacob. I was also thinking of a name that rhymes with onesie 😝 My son was 3 years old at the time and he was very attached to one of his plush toys. I think it was Ernie from Sesame Street. He brought it with him everywhere. We couldn’t leave the house without it. It was also around that time that I was making so many things for my kids – beanies, scarves, play food. Sometimes the kids would fight over who gets to keep what. I have to admit, I made quite a few dolls so my daughter got most of the toys.
My original design for Coby is a little different. He was smaller and his hair was embroidered. I remember that took me a very long time! I always had problems doing hair. I suppose the only similarity would be the blue onesie/jammies and brown hair.
I didn’t get to write up the pattern for Coby because I was free-styling it. He didn’t have a teddy or slippers, I was just practicing my single crochets, half doubles and doubles, decreasing and increasing. I used to always lose count of my stitches and I could never stuff them properly. Anyway, I wasn’t 100% happy with it and I knew it will need to be re-designed one day.
So here is the new Coby 5 years later! 😄
He’s still in his jammies but now super adorable with his green teddy bear and bunny slippers. Just like my son, he too can’t sleep without his plush toy! I feel like giving him lots of hugs and kisses!
Oh, as for the other amis I was going to make for every letter of the alphabet – I stopped at F. I know, I didn’t get far at all. I was working full time for a finance company and things got hectic. Work got extremely busy and stressful and I realised I wouldn’t be able to reach my goal. However by the end of 2015, I had my Etsy shop up and running and made the decision to become a full time amigurumi designer! So I guess it kind of worked out a little bit 😄