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What had originally started out as a hobby quickly progressed into something much larger. Quickly growing tired of knitting my own scarfs and leg warmers, I decided to venture into the art of toy making.

I’ve always enjoyed doodling various cute characters into my sketchbooks or on random post-it notes, and I’ve always loved the idea of one day being able to turn those drawings into something more. I don’t consider myself to be amazing at illustration (although I wish I was), but I’ve always loved drawing. Seeing my characters being brought to life though this form of media is quite satisfying. The whole production process involves a lot more work than I had originally expected, but the end result makes me happy.

I created “yOomii” almost 2 years ago, unsure of what to expect, but fully excited to learn as I go on this journey…

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  • Born on March 19
  • Joined January 28, 2009

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About

What had originally started out as a hobby quickly progressed into something much larger. Quickly growing tired of knitting my own scarfs and leg warmers, I decided to venture into the art of toy making.

I’ve always enjoyed doodling various cute characters into my sketchbooks or on random post-it notes, and I’ve always loved the idea of one day being able to turn those drawings into something more. I don’t consider myself to be amazing at illustration (although I wish I was), but I’ve always loved drawing. Seeing my characters being brought to life though this form of media is quite satisfying. The whole production process involves a lot more work than I had originally expected, but the end result makes me happy.

I created “yOomii” almost 2 years ago, unsure of what to expect, but fully excited to learn as I go on this journey. Through a bunch of experimentation, the right tools, and with the help of some really great “do-it-yourself” books, the scarfs and leg warmers that I used to make, slowly evolved into the oddly cute characters that I currently make today.

I hardly ever use a set pattern when I first make my toys. The process involves taking a drawing from my sketchbook, and trying to recreate it through knitting or crocheting with yarn, using basic shapes adapted from how I used to make my leg warmers. A lot of experimentation with increasing and decreasing stitches are involved. I usually take notes (create patterns) when making something new so that I’ll remember how to make them in the future, as well as which areas I need to fix up and improve. It’s a constant learning cycle and there’s always room to improve. Of course, adding in some felt here and there do make things look even more cute!

I think I really enjoy the challenge of taking one of my drawings and bringing it to life in the form of a physical plush toy. I also believe that people often underestimate exactly how much work goes into making these characters, since everything is literally made stitch by stitch with my two hands. Sometimes I wish that my characters would actually come to life and help me with my work, but for now, that remains a dream.

Thankfully, my customers (new and old) really love my work, and continue to be really patient with me when I have a lot of orders to complete. Thanks to them, I’ve gotten to ship out my toys to many different parts of the world (Australia, Sweden, USA, just to name a few). It’s also given me an opportunity to work on wholesale orders for some shops based in the US and Australia.

Although this is not my full-time job, I will gladly continue making these oddly cute characters. After all, they are made for you by me.

Other interesting facts:

❯ I taught myself how to knit a scarf because they were sold for ridiculous prices in stores, and I had the mentality that I could make something much better

❯ My sister was eager to help out with my orders, so I’ve recently taught her how to crochet; she helps me when she has some spare time in between studying for her biology and chemistry courses

❯ I learned how to knit before I learned how to crochet, and I found crocheting to be really difficult in the beginning

❯ I doodle a lot in my sketchbook when I cannot fall asleep

❯ I graduated from university in 2009 with a BA in Psychology and International Studies; I’m 24 years old as of writing this

❯ My owls seem really popular




For more behind the scenes info, please check out the following links:
- Visit my blog at [ http://y0omii.blogspot.com ]
- Follow me on Twitter at [ http://twitter.com/y0omii ]
- Check out my lookbook at [http://y0omii.tumblr.com ]

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Shops that sell y0omii toys:
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❤ http://sweetcharitynyc.com
❤ http://kumquatbaby.com

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