Ribblr of the week: say hello to Amy! 🏅

Say hello to Amy (@curiouspapaya) our Ribblr of the week!

Scroll down to read our interview with Amy and learn more about her unique designs.

Hello Amy! Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! I’m Amy, the designer behind curiouspapaya. I’m a Taiwanese-Korean-American crocheter and I love sharing about my culture through my creations. I’m also a full time teacher!

That’s awesome! So how did your craft journey begin?
I’ve always enjoyed making crafts and picking up various hobbies but it wasn’t until 3 years ago that I learned how to crochet. I found it so amazing that you could take a ball of yarn and transform it into anything imaginable - and so, I hopped onto Youtube to learn. Learning to crochet turned out to be very therapeutic too. It saved this very tired/stressed out teacher, ha!

And how did you start designing?
I never thought I could design something until I found myself working from someone else’s poorly written pattern. As I was forced to make modifications (some parts were completely missing altogether!), I realized that I understood how to make various shapes better than I thought! I took a huge leap of faith and started sharing my first designs, which to no surprise, were very slow to pick up traffic at first. It took quite some time and consistent effort to gain traction as a pattern designer :slight_smile:

Is Crochet your favorite craft? What other crafts do you enjoy?
I’m obliged to say crocheting - specifically, amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed animals. I just love all things cute and chibi and there’s so much you can do with amigurumi! Aside from crocheting, I also like hand lettering and paper crafts.

What’s the most recent project you’ve worked on?
It’s a secret… it’s for an upcoming Halloween themed CAL during the month of September… (which I invite you all to join!) But I’ll give you a hint. It rhymes with bot dog.

Which of your designs are you most proud of?
Oh, this is a tough one. I think it’s got to be Gertrude the Grumpy Chick because she’s the first original character I created that gained a lot of popularity! I’m so thankful that people love her (and her spunky attitude). It makes me so happy whenever I see photos of her tagged by makers from all around the world. I love that people have bought into taking care of this sassy girl too by making her little props like her favorite icecream flavor or making her other hats and outfits.

So cute! :hatched_chick: What is your usual process of designing?
So… this isn’t entirely great… but I typically picture everything in my mind and “build the plane as I’m flying it.” I do sometimes draw a rough sketch of the generic shapes I want to achieve but I don’t spend a ton of time making it look pretty or coloring it in like some other folks do - mostly because things always end up changing or new things come to mind as I’m working). Color selection influences which type of yarn I decide to use and takes a lot of time and intentional thought because it’s basically like choosing your weapon! It’s undoubtedly my favorite part of the whole process of designing.

What inspires you to create?
Oh, what doesn’t! I feel like I’m a sponge, constantly absorbing inspiration wherever I go. I’m drawn to pops of color and eye-catching yet simple designs. Things in nature, commercials on TV, and the students I teach inspire me daily.

On that note, any favorite song, book or movie you would like to recommend?
The song that always puts me to ease and hits the perfect rainy day vibe would be “I’ll Treat You Good” by Gabe Bondoc. It was also our wedding song :slight_smile: As for a movie, I recommend “White Chicks”. It’s one of those silly movies that I can’t get tired of, no matter how many times I’ve watched it.

Can you share a story, something that happened to you recently, that give us a good laugh? :sweat_smile:
Hmm… does trying to open our front door with the automatic car keys count? Yeah… mom brain…

That’s hilarious! :rofl: What is your favorite feature on Ribblr?
It’s gotta be the interactive feature that allows you to keep track of your progress. I mainly work on patterns on my laptop and if I ever close out of the window or restart my computer, I lose track of where I am. It’s such a headache counting and recounting trying to figure out where I left off!

Last week’s Ribblr of the week, @stitchingwithsab gave you a shoutout. So you can now pay it forward to another Ribblr! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:
Blue Sparrow Handmade (@BlueSparrowHandmade) - her photography is immaculate!

Thank you for sharing Amy! :purple_heart:

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Love your patterns and congratulations and a question i dunno if you take requests but could you make a lil mochi pattern maybe for free you dont have to. Thx again and congrats


Awesome! I love your unique designs.
I love Korean and Taiwanese food so it’s maybe not a surprise I got a little hungry when I saw some of your patterns :sweat_smile: This one in particular:

Creative and beautiful!


Hi @curiouspapaya ! Nice to meet you!! :purple_heart:

That totally sounds like something I would do :laughing:


Haha! Glad to know I’m not alone!


Thank you so much for your kindness and support! Mochi sounds fun… hopefully one day in the future!


Ooh! I’m glad you are a fan of yummy food :slight_smile: If it made you hungry, my mission has been accomplished!