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FO: Tomo

Yarn: Lion Brand :: Lion Wool Solid [Dark Teal (178)]; Lion Brand :: Lion Wool Solid [Lemongrass (132)]
Hook: Susan Bates Silvalume Aluminum Crochet Hook :: US G/4.0mm
Start: December 2009
Finish: December 2009
Made for: Andrew
Pattern: Thinker :: Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make [Nelly Pailloux]

Tomo is the second of the pair of robots I made for Andrew as holiday presents this past year.  His name is Japanese for wisdom or knowledge and, true to his name, he has an insatiable thirst for knowledge.  Much to Andrew’s chagrin, he is currently into reading about knitting and crochet…

I made some changes to the pattern when making Tomo, mostly to fit within the confines of what materials I already had on hand.  Most notably, I changed the color scheme from white with burgundy accents to blue with green and white accents.

Another noticeable change are the buttons used on his Leia-esque buns.  In the original pattern, these are sequins with little seed beads.  I didn’t have any sequins on hand and felt, since I don’t use them on a regular basis, it would be a waste to purchase an entire bag.  I admit that I momentarily had visions of walking around the women’s department of my local Target scouring the floor for some sequins that may have detached themselves from their original garments, but then thought about how suspicious this might look, not being a toddler who might naturally take to this sort of activity…  So, I dug through my box of buttons and came across these teeny tiny buttons that I think work rather well.  I really enjoy the little bit of extra color they add.

I think that my favorite part, however, are Tomo’s fingers, which you can see a bit better in this photo:

They make him look very serene and content…  like he’s had a good meal and is now ready to settle down and dig into some intense reading…