One of my favourite things to make these days are Mameshiba. These are characters from Japanese cartoons & their name means "bean dog". They are personable little beans with dogs' faces & ears, who like to share "mamejishiki", which means trivia!
I created a crocheted pattern for Mameshiba in worsted, DK, & fingering weight yarns & have made well over 100 of them since April. I made 60 this summer that I sent to Knit for Japan, which collects all sorts of things for the survivors of the 2011 Touhouku earthquake & tsunami.
I fill all of my Mameshiba with polypellets, so they are like little bean bags, & I always put a small gemstone heart bead in each one, so they all have hearts!
I thought it would be fun to post some pictures of the Mameshiba that I've made!
Boiled Bean (Nimame)-