Daniela’s Crochet Courses

Since Daniela received the amigurumi taiyaki from her friend Sophie in the mail, she has been trying to learn crocheting on her own, and now she has finally mastered the basic techniques! She is offering classes to teach other girls the art of crocheting, because from the research she did at the library, crocheting comes with many benefits to the mind and body. Check out Daniela’s notebook with all the details that she has jotted down. She can’t wait to start teaching and make new friends!

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Daniela Goes to the Library

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It was her third trip to the library this week. Daniela visited the library so often that she knew the place like the back of her hand. This time she was there to do some research on “amigurumi” and “taiyaki” from Sophie’s letter, and here was what she found:

Amigurumi [ah-mee-goo-roo-mee] is the Japanese art of mainly crocheting yarn typically into small stuffed animals, artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features with a pervading aesthetic of cuteness. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words “ami”, meaning crocheted or knitted, and “nuigurumi”, meaning stuffed doll.

Taiyaki [tahy-yah-kee] is a traditional Japanese snack. “Tai” is a type of fish, while “yaki” means fried. It is made by pouring regular waffle batter into a fish-shaped mold for each side. The filling, commonly being red bean paste, chocolate or custard, is then put on one side and the mold is closed. It is then cooked on both sides until golden brown.

As Daniela walked home from the library after finding out all she could about the two Japanese words, there was only one thought circling her mind. She wanted to learn how to make amigurumi!

Daniela Receives Mail

Daniela was lying on the floor of the living room reading a book when she heard a noise at the front door. She recognized it as the sound of the mailman dropping off the post, so she got up and proceeded to collect the mail. Upon opening the door, Daniela was surprised to find a parcel addressed to her.

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Bringing it back with her into the living room, Daniela opened the package and pulled out a letter from Sophie.

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Dear Daniela,

I am currently on vacation with my family in Japan. There are so many wonderful forms of arts and crafts here, and I’ve especially fallen in love with amigurumi! We’re on a tight schedule so I’ll have to keep this letter short. Hope you like the amigurumi taiyaki (I ate a real taiyaki yesterday and it was delicious). Tell you more when I’m back.

Love,
Sophie

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Daniela tipped over the envelope and out came a fish made of yarn. Now she was confused and full of questions. What is “amigurumi”? What is “taiyaki”? Is this brown fish taiyaki? These puzzling thoughts whirled around in Daniela’s head. She decided that a trip to the library was needed again to do a bit of research.

Stay tuned for next week’s story on how Daniela visits the library to find out what “amigurumi” and “taiyaki” are.

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