Hi, I’m Stephanie. Contrary to popular belief, my name is not Ami, though I completely understand why people would think that given my blog name! “Ami”, pronounced ‘ah-mee’, is actually short for amigurumi, the Japanese art of knitted/crocheted stuffed animals. I discovered the beauty and joy of amigurumi after grad school and after getting married, although *technically* I started making amigurumi since I was 10 years old (see my first blog post). I’ve been crafting ever since I was a little girl, from making friendship bracelets and doing beadwork, to knitting and crocheting afghans and clothes for my teddy bears. My loving husband Ryan fully supports me in my new hobby and even helps me assemble and put the finishing touches on my amigurumi! Ryan is also the official photographer of “All About Ami” as he takes most of our photos…the rest are usually Instagram photos snapped on my iPhone :)
I work through patterns I have found on-line and in amigurumi books, showing step-by-step pictures of the process along the way. I also design my own original creations and post my patterns for free. I have been blessed to have my work featured on CRAFT, Craftgawker, Crochet Pattern Central, Angry Asian Man, and to have been interviewed by Shopaholic. My amigurumi have also been featured in magazines such as Simply Crochet, Nintendo Power, Audrey Magazine, Malaysia Home and Decor Magazine and Crafts Beautiful Magazine. We are so thankful that All About Ami was also awarded 3rd place in the Ninjamatics`2012 Canadian Weblog Awards for`Crafting`! My blog is an outlet for me to express my creativity and love of crafts, as well as a journal and portfolio of my work!
Ryan and I are also very blessed to be parents to our baby girl Myla, born in October 2012! Our lives have certainly changed and we cannot wait to continue sharing about our adventures and crochet projects in the future!
I feel very strongly about using your God-given skills and passions to help and love those in your life and around the world. I love to hear that I have inspired others to take up crocheting or to pick up their crochet hooks once again to make these kawaii stuffies or other crocheted pieces, like cup cozies, headbands, beanies and cowls! I also write about my other interests, such as baking, style and traveling, as well. Journey with me as I blog about these adorable Japanese knitted/crocheted friends, mes amis!