If you’ve watched “My Neighbour Totoro“, you’ll understand how easy it’s to fall in love with the tree spirits.  If you’ve never watched it, it’s a lovely Japanese anime, especially for kids.  Since we wound up watching the rental DVD 3 times, I ordered the movie for keeps.  Meanwhile, I made this cute guy:

Pattern: Blue Totoro by Lucy Ravenscar (free, on Ravelry)

Yarn: Northfield by Valley Yarns

It’s a really good pattern and very easy to follow, and I’m pretty much a novice amigurumi crocheter.  It takes a DK yarn, crocheted at a tight gauge.  I used up 2 balls of the blue grey and a fifth of a ball of the white.  He’s about 9″ tall to his ear tips.  Absolutely darling.  And, he has a big fat tale to keep him upright.

I made the embellishments after the big Totoro, rather than the middle one.  (The big one from the movie:)

I got a “good job” from my son and a big smile, and Totoro got hugged all night.  Happy happy.