My cousin in Taiwan recently had a baby boy in this lovely 2013 year of the snake, so in keeping with my Chinese traditions and customs, it was practically mandatory that I crochet a baby snake amigurumi for my new nephew!!
Aren’t they just the cutest pair ever?! I was actually not totally satisfied with my baby snake amigurumi when I finished it. I think it was mostly because the snake was so plain, just one solid color, and just one loooooong piece of…you know what haha. I was even whirling it in the air like a lasso as if I were a cowboy for a little bit…just because I can…(you know you wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation either if it were you!).
So my cousin sent me a series of pictures of my nephew with the snake amigurumi, and I imagine it happened in this sequence.
First, she placed the snake in his arms while he was sleeping, so as not to frighten him right off the bat with a snake! Here he is, opening his eyes gingerly only to find…a snake in his arms staring back at him?
“Zzzzz….<snort>…Huh, what’s this creature, Mom??”
“A snake?! Ewwww, get it away from me!”
“Say whaaaaat? I’m a snake too??”
“You think it looks like me? And you say he’s my new friend?”
“Hmm, I guess you’re right…I could use a new friend. AND it’s a snake just like me. Why didn’t you say so sooner!”
“Come here and gimme a hug, my friend! This isn’t as bad as I originally thought.”
“I guess I do like my new snake friend after all. Thanks Auntie! :)”
…At least, that’s how I hope the introduction of my baby snake amigurumi went with my nephew. This is going to be his first impression of me as his aunt for a while, until I can find time to go visit him in Taiwan. I would like to think that I haven’t terrorized him without having even met him in person!
So, to keep the snake from looking like a long tapeworm, I had to twist it like a pretzel and sew it in place to keep some shape. I imagine you could shape it any way you like, but it does take a few stitches to make sure the shape keeps fastened in place. I probably could have made it longer too, but took the advice of my sewing machine sister that if I went any longer it’d end up looking too serpentine and scary for a little baby haha. I also skipped out on giving it pink cheekies, because we wanted to make sure it was babyproof. The yarn we used is also one of those baby soft kinds that are thick and super soft.
It was also kinda funny that my sewing machine sister, who also happens to be a snake, wanted to keep the baby snake amigurumi for herself! I guess for a snake, I did a pretty good job of cute-ifying it for even my sister to like it! Hope all you other snakes out there enjoy it too! :D Happy snake year to everyone!!