Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since my last Crochet Corner post, but I thought it’d be another great opportunity to highlight YOUR work based on my patterns since Valentine’s Day was this week!Valentine Teddy still remains very popular, and I absolutely love seeing photos of your teddies since everybody has a different take on him (see my first Crochet Corner post on Valentine Teddy here). Here is my fuzzy cutie in case you haven’t seen him before:
I love how Ziale of Florence, Italy gave her teddy red pants to match his red bow! Her Valentine Teddy looks very suave and ready to go out on the town, doesn’t he? What a great idea! A matching girl teddy wearing a red dress and a red bow on her ear would be perfect!
Emilee of California gave this sweetie to her Mom for Valentine’s Day, and she tells me that her Mom absolutely loved it! Who wouldn’t? Emilee even used the same yarn that I did, which is why they look so similar! She didn’t have a dog slicker brush, so she fluffed up her little guy with a brush they use for their cats! This is only Emilee’s second amigurumi project and fourth crochet project ever. She did such a great job! Beginners can do absolutely beautiful work :) I would’ve guessed Emilee had years of experience by looking at her Valentine Teddy!
Shannen of Sweet N’ Cute Creations is another amigurumi artist who I’ve become friends with since since starting my blog (we’re both on tumblr!). She is a sweet girl who is only 16 years old- she is definitely inspiring the younger generation! Shannen provides many cute free patterns on her blog here, and is very prolific as she’s done many many amigurumi projects! Here’s a big-eyed teddy that she made using my pattern :) Keep up all your great work, Shannen!
Julie of One Little Red Foxmade a grey Valentine Teddy with a snazzy gingham bow. What a great idea to use a different colour! Julie says that she loves to crochet since she finds it easy and because it helps her with her insomnia. Crochet certainly helps pass the time away…
Lastly, Malarie from California was looking for a gift for her boyfriend, so she decided to give my pattern a try even though she was new to amigurumi. Malarie loves to crochet, but her carpal tunnel hinders her from crocheting all the time. And so, she spread out her crocheting over time and was very happy with the results. Her boyfriend absolutely loved him! You did a wonderful job, Malarie, and I love the little buttons you added. Thank you for sharing your story with us! Keep on crocheting with all your love and patience!
If you’re interested in making your own Valentine Teddy, check out my free pattern here! It’s neat to think that these Valentine Teddies are being made and loved all over the world :) Thank you so much to everyone who’s taken the time to send me photos! I still have more photos to share, so if you didn’t see your work yet, it’ll probably be featured in the coming weeks! Happy crocheting :)
Make this adorable Sweetheart Bunny for your friends and family to show them your love this Valentine’s Day! Or make one for yourself ^__^ This little sweetie with her dainty heart and pretty bow will warm your heart!
My sister Ashley came to me almost half a year ago, asking if I could design and make a special amigurumi for a silent auction that she was helping to organize. The proceeds of this special evening were going to a local children’s hospital, and the theme was the “Queen of Hearts" of Alice in Wonderland. Of course, I happily obliged and started thinking what crocheted creature I could make to tie in with the theme. I thought about the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and thought it was the perfect opportunity to make this cutie on my pencil case:
I found this pencil case at a store along CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood and had been itching to make this sweet bunny ever since. Thus, we began planning how to turn this two-dimensional cute picture into a three-dimensional amigurumi!
I crocheted a wide, round head and Ryan added the sweet pink cheeks and petite nose/mouth.
I crocheted these long, relatively narrow ears and attached them to the head. Then we added pink felt for the lining!
This body was crocheted differently than my other amigurumi as I wanted to create a flat circular base that would serve as the bottom of her dress. I expanded outwards into a circle, crocheted in the back loops only to give it a distinct edge, and then decreased my stitches.
Once I reached my desired height for the dress, I fastened off my yarn. Then I reattached the pink yarn into any stitch, crocheted about 3/4 of the way around, turned, and then crocheted around the raised edge I had just created. The gap in the dress serves as the neckline for the bunny!
Next, I crocheted a small white panel as the bunny’s neck. We then glued this panel into the gap, making sure to leave a long end of white yarn to attach this part to the bunny’s head later. We also inserted a circular piece of cardboard into the base of her dress to give it more structure (see my Crocheted Desserts post to see this cardboard tip).
First I attached the legs onto the base of her dress. Next, I used the white yarn to attach the white neck to the head, and then the pink yarn to attach the rest of the dress to her head.
I attached her arms around the same level as her neck so it looks like she’s wearing a cute dress or jumper!
We decided to use fabric to make her bow. Does anyone recognize this fabric? Once again, it’s the same fabric I used for the Spring Bunnies and as the lining of my cell phone cozy. That material sure has been well-used! You could also crochet a bow using your desired yarn colour by following the videos here or here.
And now the finished Sweetheart Bunny with her bow :)
Thus, I actually made this bunny back in September/October, around the same time I made the Minion from Despicable Me and the Scarecrow. I was so sad to see this little bunny go, as I really felt like she exemplified all that my blog is about: cuteness, sweetness, hearts, bows, pinkness and bunnies! And so, I decided to quickly whip another one up so I could keep the original and still give Ashley an item for the silent auction!
She’s pretty cute without a face too, hey?
Double the cuteness and sweetness!!!
I was so excited to hear how my Sweetheart Bunny did at the silent auction! Apparently there were two moms in particular who were outbidding each other, and you’ll never guess how much she went for in the end! I was STUNNED when Ashley told me: Sweetheart Bunny went for a whopping $200! I was ecstatic to hear that my little crocheted creation had raised so much money! Bless their generousity- they knew their money was going to a great cause. Ashley told me that the little girl presented the money to them and happily walked away with her new crocheted bunny in hand :)
Even though I made her so long ago, I knew I wanted to save her as my Valentine project on my blog since Valentine Teddy was such a hit last year! Time certainly flies by, and I can’t believe it’s February already…
I absolutely LOVE this picture! Doesn’t she look adorable sitting on the edge of our island? She looks like she’s waiting patiently for someone to give her a hug :)
A sweet bunny and some beautiful flowers…wouldn’t that be the perfect Valentine’s gift?
Here are some close-up’s of the Sweetheart Bunny: her floral bow and pink-lined ears!
Her cute smile and pink cheeks
Red heart and jumper
The bottom of her structured jumper and little legs :)
Her relative size! How perfect was it that I was sporting pink nails when taking this pic?
White bunnies galore! It certainly was a challenge getting all these cuties to balance on my arm, but Ryan thought it’d be such a great shot. Needless to say, I tried to stay as still as possible and not move a muscle. I was so worried I was going to sneeze or cough, but I managed to hold still long enough to get a couple shots! From left to right we have Sweetheart Bunny, the girl Spring Bunny, the Bunny from Ana Paula Rimoli's book, and the tiny little bunny that was held by the Chinese New Year Doll last year for the Year of the Rabbit!
As you can tell, I do love my teddies and bunnies! We had so much fun creating this bunny based on the picture on my pencil case, and I am still beyond thrilled with how much money she raised for the children’s hospital! It makes me so happy when I can put my love and talent of crocheting to help benefit such a great cause. I’ve received e-mails from some of you who also use your love and talent of crocheting to raise money for charity, and I love hearing your stories. I commend you all! It’s amazing what we can do with our hobbies and passions! ***The free pattern can be found HERE, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Also be sure to check out my Valentine Teddy from last year too!
Here’s a photo journal of some of the highlights from our trip to Paris, mostly taken by Ryan (some from my point-and-shoot and iPhone too):
L’Arc de Triomphe (1) at sunrise, (2) at night [with cars traveling at the speed of light], (3) on an overcast winter day and (4) from underneath.
Getting off the Metro on our way to the Eiffel Tower.
Eiffel Tower. So iconic. Fun playing with the shadows :)
Place de la Concorde. Absolutely love the fountains!
The Louvre at night.
Notre Dame at night. So romantic walking across the bridges along the Seine.
The Catacombs of Paris. Underground ossuary holding the remains of about 6 million people. Very dark and eerie.
I Love You Wall in Montmartre. Over 311 written declarations of love in 250 languages. Thanks to the reader who gave us the tip to pay it a visit!
Longchamp store. One of my few purchases in Paris given how expensive shopping can be. A good buy since my LePliage tote was cheaper here than in North America!
Shopping in St. Germain-des-Prés. Excited to use my new tote right away! Incredibly lightweight, easy-to-clean and folds up into a small pouch.
Fragonard Scribe Museum. Purchased some perfume at the request of some friends. Had an interesting, free guided tour where we learned about the origins of perfume and how they extract the fragrances.
La Case de cousin Paul. Beautiful lanterns in such fun colours. Great home decor ideas.
Champs-Elysées Christmas market. Very festive with plenty of delicious food and interesting vendors.
Street photography. The streets of Paris are so full of character and life. Ryan couldn’t resist snapping photos with every corner we turned.
Sacré Cœur. Stunning view and amazing soccer performer.
Hope you’ve enjoyed some of the photos of our trip to this beautiful city so full of history, romance, and charm! Check out my blog post here to see the macarons and other desserts we tried. I’ll be doing a post about the wonderful restaurants we visited as well. I miss this city, but I’m thankful for these photos and how we can reminisce about all our experiences there :) Bonne journée!
To tell you the truth, I was hesitant about making a dragon. Life got really busy as soon as we came back from our Christmas holidays, and Chinese New Year was fast approaching. I didn’t think we’d have the time, and it seemed challenging to make a cute dragon since I was so used to making my cute bears and bunnies. Ryan, who is always up for a challenge, strongly encouraged me to give it a try, saying that we’d have enough time and that it would be really special since it was Chinese New Year. It had been exactly a year ago since we had created our first original design and pattern: the Chinese New Year Doll. With his support and encouragement, we began brainstorming ideas of what our dragon would look like. The only dragons that came to mind were “Mushu” from Mulan, “Toothless” from “How to Train Your Dragon”, “Puff the Magic Dragon”, and the Dragon from Shrek. We looked for images of inspiration on-line by googling “cute dragon” and this adorable picture immediately jumped out:
We thought this little green dragon was so sweet! We initially had difficulty trying to find the artist who drew this picture as no one who used this image was able to locate the source. However, an astute tumblr reader informed me that the artist is actually Kim Rountree of Oborocharms (check out more of her kawaii art here). We based our amigurumi dragon on this image since he was so unbelievably adorable!
This Dragon’s head is different than all the other amigurumi I’ve made since it is not spherical or ball-shaped. Rather than starting off with the magic circle, I crocheted around a series of chain stitches to create an oval shape.
As you can see, I then started widening the head and then sharply decreasing. Ryan added the eyes and then stitched this cute mouth with a little fang!
Ryan then excitedly began working on the wings. He cut out two pieces of beige felt shaped like isosceles triangles. Next, he cut pieces of the same green yarn that I used to crochet his head and splayed them outwards from the tip of the triangle. Using fabric glue, he secured the yarn in place. He then trimmed the felt cutting from one piece of yarn to the next and then scalloped the edges between the yarn pieces. Ryan secured the wings onto the Dragon’s head using a glue gun. He did all this as I was checking my e-mail since he wanted to keep it a surprise…I squealed with delight when I saw how awesome his wings looked!
Next I worked on Dragon’s legs/body. I crocheted two circles and then joined them together. I then continued crocheting around these two joined circles, similar to how I made the baby P.J. Teddy's legs.
I continued for a few rows until the cute little body was complete!
Ryan then worked on the four horns for our little Dragon. He cut out these pieces from dark brown felt, applied glue with a glue gun, and then rolled them into cone shapes.
I was so happy with how Dragon was turning out since he had so many cute details! After adding the horns, the pink cheeks and the body, I crocheted two small arms and attached them to the sides. On a completely unrelated note, Dragon matches perfectly with the pattern of my armchair!
Ryan then used felt and embroidery floss to add this scaled detailing to his body. Ryan is so adept at using felt :) I then crocheted a little tail and attached it angling a little higher up than normal so that it appears that Dragon is leaning back (visible in upcoming pictures). This tail also gives him balance so he can stand all by himself!
And now, may we present to you our finished little Dragon!
In the Chinese culture, dragons are symbols of power, strength and good luck. Because of this, the Year of the Dragon is very popular!
With his tail positioning, our little Dragon is leaning back…doesn’t it look like he’s about to let out a puff of fire? As you can see here, we also added a little spike to the tip of his tail!
We are so thrilled with how he turned out, particularly with all the details that Ryan added…
Here is a close-up of Dragon’s face: I love the shape of his head and his cute expression :)
And here is a really close-up view of his mouth. Haha, the little fang could also look like some drool coming down from this little guy’s mouth…
The four felted conical horns: the two in the front are smaller than the two in the back.
Another close-up view of his wing:
And another close-up view of his scaled body:
Isn’t he precious? I am sooo happy that Ryan encouraged me to make him. He brings a smile to my face whenever I see him…
I can’t believe it’s been a year since we made our first original design. We’ve come so far and made so many amigurumi since then, but Chinese New Year Doll is still very unique and will always hold a special place in my heart. They make a cute pair, don’t they?
So now you have two ways to celebrate Chinese New Year! The Dragon would be a great gift for any babies who are born this year or for anybody who is the Year of the Dragon :)
I was trying to think of different ways to photograph our new Dragon, and I thought it’d be special to whip out my Chinese dress (cheongsam or qipao) that I bought in Hong Kong. I actually wore this dress during the tea ceremony of our wedding where we received a lot of red pocket money and jewelry. I love the detailing and pinkness of my dress since it is different than the traditional red ones!
As Ryan and I were working on Dragon at night, we noticed the scary shadow that he was casting… Wouldn’t it be funny if you saw this ominous shadow at night but then turned the corner to find this little cutie?
“Gung Hei Fat Choy” or Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! I hope you like the Dragon we made, and thank you for the wonderful response to him so far :) Ryan and I really enjoy reading all your comments on the blog, facebook and on tumblr, and it’s so rewarding being able to share our love of crafting with you all! I always enjoy working through the whole amigurumi process with Ryan, and I feel very blessed and fortunate that I have such a supportive, creative, crafty and encouraging hubby! The pattern for this little dragon can be found HERE while the pattern for the Chinese New Year Doll can be found here. Don’t forget to send me photos of your finished products through e-mail, facebook or twitter! Let me know what you think of him! Our dragon is also in desperate need of a name…any ideas?
[Note: People have been sending me photos of their baby Dragons, and I’ve compiled them into a Crochet Corner post here!]
Ryan and I both LOVE desserts, so Paris was the perfect place for us to satiate our sweet tooth. I tried to research exactly where we should go and what we should try in order to maximize our short stay in Paris. Armed with our cameras (our DSLR, point-and-shoot and iPhones), we documented our dessert adventures along the way. Ryan and I are both macaron aficionados as we enjoy trying macarons in different cities and comparing different textures and flavours. Imagine our delight and excitement when we got to visit Ladurée, the famed pastry shop along the Champs-Élysées. Louis Ernest Ladurée founded his bakery in 1862, and the pastry shop rose to fame when Pierre Desfontaines, the second cousin of Ladurée, had the original idea of the double-decker macaron in 1930. This is the macaron that we know and love today with two macaron shells filled with creamy ganache.
This place has so much history and is one of the most well-known (if not the most well-known) macaron makers in the world! I loved the beautiful, elegant storefront.
Unfortunately, the restaurant was being renovated while we were there, so we could not dine in for breakfast or for tea. Instead, we picked out some desserts from their shop and had to take them elsewhere to eat. Apparently there is usually a very long line-up, but there was none when we visited (probably because the restaurant was closed).
Everything looked so beautiful and delicious! It was very difficult to choose what to order. Interestingly, Ladurée was the one who made the pastries in Sofia Coppola’s film “Marie Antoinette”- I still remember the scene where the beautiful, colourful macarons are shown!
We were also very hungry this morning as it was our first official full day in Paris. We had had an early start to our morning to take some sunrise shots, so we could’ve gobbled up everything in a minute!
Armed with our delicious treats in hand, we went to go find a warm place to enjoy and savour them.
We ended up going to a nearby McDonald’s! We ordered a tea and coffee to go with these sweet treats. I love the elegant packaging and branding.
My all-time favourite flavours are still pistachio and salted caramel: thus, we ordered these flavours in the larger macarons and also picked up some blackcurrant, raspberry, chocolate and rose macarons.
We were told that their pain au chocolate amande was one of their best-sellers, so we decided to give it a try. We were delightfully surprised as this chocolate almond croissant’s filling was delicious and tasty with its bits of almonds and hint of chocolate. The texture was very unique, and we were really glad we tried this special croissant.
Next came the moment we had been waiting for: trying the famed Ladurée macarons! First up was pistachio! Their macarons were delicate with a crispy exterior. The flavouring was wonderful and the ganache was light and fluffy. Many people hail these as the best macarons they’ve ever tasted with perfect texture. Everybody has their own tastes and preferences, and I myself prefer a chewier macaron. I loved the chewiness of the macarons of Miette Patisserie in San Francisco, but Ladurée’s did have better flavour. I remember also really enjoying the macarons of Bouchon Bakery in New York City as they were both flavourful and chewy.
Mmm….look at all that delicious fluffy ganache filling! The salted caramel also had a wonderful taste, and we ended up saving the others to eat in our hotel so we could enjoy them later.
One of my favourite things to do on the trip was hop into bakeries to pick up some croissants to snack on along the way! This place was near our hotel and along the way to the Metro station.
The croissants were so fluffy, soft, and buttery. Since they were so light, I could eat a lot in one sitting!
This baguette was a delicious snack on the go in the Metro station. The crispy exterior contrasted the soft, warm and chewy interior. Mmm…I love bread :)
Next on our macaron tour was a stop at the famed Pierre Hermé. Pierre Hermé was dubbed “The Picasso of Pastry” and was the youngest person ever to be named “France’s Pastry Chef of the Year”. He worked with Ladurée before opening his own boutique in Paris in 2002. His storefront is noticeably different from Ladurée’s as it is more modern and sleek.
You can see me in the reflection, eagerly anticipating more of these Parisian treats! There was a line-up to get in, but the line-up went fairly quickly.
Once again, there were so many beautiful desserts on display. The “Ispahan”, a beautiful pastry made of rose macaron biscuits with rose petal cream, whole raspberries and lychee flavour is apparently one of Pierre Hermé’s masterpieces (you can barely see it in the back of this picture below- it’s visible in one of my Ladurée pics as they sell it too). I will have to go back to try this next time as I only read about this recently…I suppose I was too fixated on the macarons!
Pierre Hermé is known for his unusual and unique macaron flavour combinations, from olive oil with mandarin orange to chocolate and foie gras. We had to quickly choose which of these unique macarons we wanted to try after the sales associate rattled off all the flavours available.
Once again, we took our macarons to go as we wanted to enjoy them as we continued our sight-seeing of Paris.
We ended up picking four very unique flavours: Mogador (passion fruit chocolate), Creme Brûlée, Truffe Blanche & Noisette (white truffle and hazelnut) and Chocolate & Foie gras.
The colours and presentation of these macarons were absolutely gorgeous! I loved the elegant powder dusting on the macarons- they looked so fancy!
All of the macarons were exceptionally flavourful and intense and unlike anything I had ever tasted. Some have hailed these macarons as the best they’ve ever tasted. The texture of these macarons differed from Ladurée’s as we found the shells to be very soft and much less crispy. Once again, I prefer a chewier macaron, but I definitely appreciated Pierre Hermé’s unique and creative flavours. Look at the beautiful colour inside the Chocolate and Foie Gras macaron!
We also stopped by Angelina, a famous tearoom founded in 1903 near the Louvre and the Jardin de Tuileries that was frequented by many famous individuals, such as Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and King Henry V. There was a very long line-up outside, and since we had to catch our plane in a few hours, we opted to grab a few items from their store rather than dining in.
Angelina is famous for their ‘Chocolat L’Africain' (hot chocolate), and I was so happy that we could take it to go in a portable cup. This hot chocolate is incredibly thick, rich, and dark…it tasted like I was drinking pure melted chocolate! Apparently when you have this in the tearoom, it is accompanied by a bowl of whipped cream to complement it and a glass of ice water on the side to offset the richness!
Angelina is also famous for their legendary Mont Blancs, made of chestnut purée, vanilla chantilly and a merengue base. Don’t they look unique? I had never tasted a Mont Blanc prior to this. The gentleman in front of us ordered 6 of these to go! This was a good indication that they were indeed delicious and were going to live up to their hype…
We ordered one and enjoyed it back at our hotel as we waited for our taxi to come drive us to the airport.
I had no idea how it would taste, and we were excited to dive in!
I managed to snap a quick pic before we completely devoured the Mont Blanc. The chestnut puree ontop had a delicious texture and flavour, and the vanilla cream was incredibly light. The merengue base added a delightful crispy, sweet contrast to the rest of the dessert. Ryan and I were both very pleasantly surprised with how much we loved it, and we actually concluded that it was our favourite new dessert in Paris! I hope that we can dine in and enjoy the full tearoom experience the next time we go!
Writing this blog post has made me incredibly hungry and I wish I had some sweet treats with me now. Thankfully, we actually have some exceptional macaron establishments where I live, such as the Duchess Bake Shoppe and Mirabelle Macarons, so I can enjoy these delightful Parisian treats without having to hop on a plane! My good friend Connie of Mirabelle Macarons has done a wonderful job of perfecting her macaron recipes and has experimented with some very unique flavors too. I have yet to try making macarons on my own, but I am definitely excited to give them a try :) Stay tuned for more pictures and posts about the restaurants and other famous attractions we visited on our whirlwind trip to Paris!
We feasted on so many beautiful and scrumptious desserts while we were in Paris. I hope you enjoyed my tweets as we traveled, and we can’t wait to share more photos with you soon! In the meantime, I thought I’d share a project I worked on before Christmas with you. I have a good friend who is a wonderful baker and cook, so when I saw this adorable crocheted dessert trio in Ana Paula Rimoli's “Amigurumi Toy Box”, I knew I had to make these for her!
I first started on the dainty little cake by alternating between white and tan for the layers.
We made some modifications to our little cake. To make the layers more flat and solid, we cut out pieces of cardboard and glued them onto the white parts so they would not be as puffy when filled with stuffing. I only recommend doing this if you are making these pieces for an adult who will be putting the amigurumi on display rather than for a child who will be playing with them and probably getting them dirty. The cardboard will not fare so well if you will be washing the amigurumi! As you can see in the pictures below, we cut out a circular piece of cardboard as well as a doughnut-shaped piece. We also put some stuffing between the layers of cardboard.
The layers are much more flat and defined now, just like a real cake :) We then added the eyes and the dainty little smile!
Next I crocheted a pretty pink cherry adorned with a green leaf to sit atop the cake!
Here is the finished little cake! The pink cherry adds such a cute touch :)
The flan was very easy to make as I switched from brown to yellow and added the face. I love how these desserts have such big eyes and how minimal sewing is required!
This little flan gets a red cherry…
Here is the finished flan! We got these beautiful dessert plates as a gift, and I love their vibrant colours and wise quotes.
To finish up our dessert trio, I then worked on the hot cocoa. We once again added a circular piece of cardboard so that his base would be flatter. Then we added the eyes, smile and rosy cheeks!
Next I sewed on the brown hot cocoa part and added the curved little handle. He’s so dainty and tiny!
A melting marshmallow finishes off the look of this little hot cocoa! Working on him reminded me of the two amigurumi cups I made when I first started making amigurumi!
And here is my dessert trio altogether, displayed on my three-tiered platter :) I love using this platter when serving jello and other desserts at parties. Wouldn’t you be happy if you walked into a potluck or party and saw these three cuties staring back at you?
I love how the flan, cake and hot cocoa each have something special to decorate them ontop. These desserts would be the perfect gift for someone who has a sweet tooth or perhaps for someone who loves high tea (like me)! These three were quick and easy to make, and my friend loved them! They are proudly sitting atop her shelf in her office :) It’s fun not only making amigurumi animals but amigurumi food too! Adding faces to household objects and food make them look so cute (like my amigurumi Siu Mai)!
You can get the patterns to make the flan, cake and hot cocoa in “Amigurumi Toy Box”. If you haven’t checked out Ana Paula Rimoli's three books yet, I highly recommend buying them or borrowing them from your local library. I went through her patterns when I first started making amigurumi, and they are very easy to understand and follow. Her patterns are always adorable! Who is your favourite? Do your friends have any favourite foods that you could perhaps amigurumi-fy? Thank you for reading!
Ryan and I have absolutely loved getting all your wonderful feedback about our Christmas teddy ornaments through our facebook page, twitter, tumblr and blog. I’ve never received so many comments or tumblr hearts for a post before, and I want to thank each and every one of you who took the time to stop by and leave a kind message! I know a lot of new people have been introduced to my blog through other sites and through Ravelry, so I would like to welcome you all here! It’s wonderful seeing people explore all my previous projects and I really appreciate the support I’ve received for my blog overall :)
Within a day of my posting the pattern, people already started sending me photos of their own teddy ornaments! We were absolutely blown away to see how popular they were! It warms our hearts to know that these teddies are being made and hung on trees all around the world! In this Crochet Corner post, we have a whopping twelve teddy ornaments to share with you :)
Catherine made her own rendition of the brown teddy complete with a festive red scarf and attached red bell! He’s a perfect addition to her Christmas amigurumi set with her absolutely adorable snowman and penguin :)
Jill of Dapper Toad made a brown teddy for her tree as well! See those cute little mini snowmen also hanging on her tree? Jill provides a free crochet pattern for them here! You can never have too much amigurumi for your tree, right?
Grace also made a brown teddy for herself, and she might make some to give away as presents! Cute brown and white loop to attach him to the tree!
Emily made an adorable little matching hat for her brown teddy! It’s cute how he’s posed with her cat :) She says she’ll be making more for her co-workers as Christmas gifts!
Stephanie of the UK made her own panda ornament with a red scarf and has been requested to make another one for a friend’s tree! These teddies are popping up everywhere :)
Camille said she saw my teddies and made her very own the same day! Her panda has extra big eyes with her big eye roundies :) I love how she positioned him next to an orange to show his relative size!
Theaie of Micca Design from Germany also made a panda. Doesn’t he look so sweet sitting in her mug? Adorable!
Jourdan made both the brown teddy and the panda, and she tells me that the recipient of these teddies loves them both dearly! Who wouldn’t? Love their facial expressions with their cute smiles and big eyes. I love how our teddies have similar scarf colours!
Irina of the Ukraine made these teddies as presents for her friends. Her teddies are so colourful with the variegated yarn and bright scarves!
Michelle's koala is very unique: instead of crocheting her koala, she knitted the body and then turned it inside out. She then placed the knitted piece around an actual ornament ball instead of filling it will stuffing! What an interesting idea!
Nng House Adm of Malaysia posted this pic of a Snowman ornament she made using my pattern! It’s neat how you can easily adapt my teddy ornament pattern to make many other ornaments :) Love his carrot nose, wide smile, and red scarf!
And lastly, Bunny of Malaysia made this sweet brown teddy complete with a Santa hat! Love his big eyes and how she positioned him atop her furry white carpet and in front of the Eiffel tower in this photo. The Eiffel Tower is getting me excited for Paris!
Thank you for sending me all your photos and for posting them on Ravelry, everyone :) I see that the brown teddy and panda are popular to make! Are there any others out there who have tried to make the koala?
It still amazes me that something we’ve worked on in our home is spreading to homes all around the world, and that people are following the patterns I’ve written up! We’re very thankful for all your support and encouragement and we can’t wait to share more projects with you all and see where this journey takes us. Hopefully you’ve been inspired to make your own teddies after seeing all these cuties too! I know some people have already made plans to make them for next Christmas! Check out my step-by-step photos here and the free pattern here! And keep sending us photos of your ornaments because we absolutely love seeing them :)
Get ready to “amigurumi-fy” your Christmas trees with these adorable round teddies all bundled up in their colourful scarves! Whether you prefer pandas, koalas or ordinary teddies, they’re sure to add a touch of cuteness and craftiness to your trees this season!
Lightweight yarn (3): brown for the teddy, grey for the koala, black and white for the panda; turquoise, pink, green and white for the scarves (I used Patons Grace mercerized cotton all throughout except for the brown)
2.00 mm crochet hook
Black felt (around eyes of panda and koala’s nose) and white felt (around eyes of koala)
6 mm safety eyes (for brown teddy) and 7.5 mm safety eyes (for koala and panda)
Black embroidery floss (for brown teddy and panda nose)
Metal ornament hooks
Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).
R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)
R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (24 sts)
R5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (30 sts)
R6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (36 sts)
R7: *Sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (42 sts)
R8: *Sc 6, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (48 sts)
R9-20: Sc 48 ***For Panda, change to black yarn after finishing Row 11. Then switch to white yarn after finishing Row 19.
R21: *Sc 6, dec 1*, rep 6 times (42 sts)
R22: *Sc 5, dec 1*, rep 6 times (36 sts)
R23: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 6 times (30 sts)
Attach safety eyes (for panda and koala, cut eye roundies from felt, make a small x, and place safety eyes through before attaching). Embroider nose and smile with embroidery floss. Begin stuffing head.
R24: *Sc 3, dec 1* rep 6 times (24 sts)
R25: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)
R26: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)
R27: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)
Fasten off and weave in end.
(For Panda, R1-11 are white, R12-19 are black, and R20-27 are white).
Using desired colour,
R1: Starting in third chain from hook, half double crochet (hdc) 60. Fasten off.
R2: Join middle colour (white for my scarves) with sl stitch in first stitch. Ch 1. Sc 59. Fasten off.
R3: Join original colour (from Row 1) with slip slitch in first stitch. Ch 2. Hdc 59. Fasten off.
Add fringe. See my photos here or video here on how to do this. Trim fringe to desired length. Glue or sew scarf around bear just below mouth to make them cozy and snug.
TEDDY & PANDA EARS (make 2)
Using brown or black yarn,
R1: 5 sc in Magic Ring.
R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sts)
R3-4: Sc 10.
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Sew open end together. Sew ontop of head.
KOALA EARS (make 2)
Using gray yarn,
R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring.
R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sts)
R3-5: Sc 12.
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Sew open end together. Sew ontop of head.
* Loop black cord through top of teddy’s head. Tie the ends in a knot and hide it in teddy’s head. Attach teddy ornament to tree with ornament hooks.
* Or, make a series of chain stitches and use it to attach teddy to the tree.
Have a very blessed and Merry Christmas, everyone :) May these teddies bring some warmth, joy and love into your homes this season! I would love to see your versions of these teddies on your tree, so please send me photos of your work through my e-mail (email@example.com), facebook page or twitter!
[Update #1: People have been sending me photos of their own teddy ornaments, and I’ve compiled them all in a Crochet Corner post! Check out everyone’s own rendition of my teddy ornaments here.]
[Update #2: Anne of “A Gamer’s Wife" has modified my pattern using thicker, worsted weight yarn. She has clearly laid out her edits in her blog post here. Check it out if you want your ornaments to remain the original size but you want to use thicker yarn!]
This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (December 2011). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.
This was our first year setting up our Christmas tree in our new house. We bought our tree last year at Walmart after Christmas when all the prices were heavily reduced, so we had to wait almost one whole year before we could set it up! As we assembled our tree and placed the lights and ornaments upon the branches, Ryan and I thought how it’d be so adorable if we could somehow incorporate our love of amigurumi onto our tree. I had been wanting to make some sort of Christmas-themed amigurumi, so we came up with the perfect solution: make amigurumi ornaments! Our tree had round ball ornaments, so we thought of making round teddies- you all know how much I love my teddies! To play up the Winter/Christmas theme, we talked about adding colourful scarves to show these teddies all bundled up!
Ryan did a preliminary sketch of our design. I thought it was so cute how the scarf was positioned so high up! We ended up omitting the arms since we thought they looked cuter without :)
I had ALWAYS been wanting to crochet a panda bear, so now was our chance! I absolutely melted when Ryan sketched this little guy up!
And so we began! I worked on crocheting a very round ball first starting with white, then switching to black, and then switching back to white.
Ryan used his phenomenal attention to detail to help add the safety eyes by first placing them through oval pieces of black felt, and then stitching the nose and mouth. Who could resist such a sweet face? We then stuffed him up to give his full roundness :)
Next I worked on the scarf. I started with a green row of half double crochets, a white row of single crochets, and then another green row of half double crochets. These striped scarves add a nice pop of colour to the teddies!
I added some fringe to the ends of these scarves. You can watch a video on how to do this hereor follow this series of pictures below:
I added five strands of fringe on each side, alternating between green and white. I then trimmed the strands to my desired length.
Then we wrapped the scarf around our panda, overlapping the ends and making sure it was positioned very close to his eyes, nose and mouth (adding to the snuggliness look)! You can either sew or glue the scarf on. It’s nice that the scarf covers the transition from the white to black yarn of the body.
I crocheted some ears and then sewed them onto his head. We added the ears after the scarf to make the positioning easier.
Next we got ready to attach him to our tree! We used this black cord and ornament hooks to do so…
We used a needle to thread the black cord through…
And tied a knot on the top.
We then hid the knot within the panda’s stuffing. With this loop, he’s now ready to be attached to the tree with the ornament hook! Of course, you could also attach these ornaments simply by looping some yarn through their heads or making a loop with a series of chain stitches.
Here are some step-by-step photos of the brown teddy. I really like the colour of his scarf: it’s called “Aquifer”.
And here is the Koala ornament! Ryan used white felt around his eyes, black felt for his nose, and also gave him a tiny smile. Once again, I LOVE his scarf because pink is my favourite colour :) Pink and grey make such a great colour combo!
Did any of you notice any differences in the quality of the sneak peek photos? Up till now, I’ve been using my point and shoot camera to take photos for my blog. But recently, Ryan and I got a digital SLR camera! Ryan has taken a keen interest in photography and has been learning how to use it over these past few days, soaking up information like a sponge. I have no doubts that he’ll be a great photographer as he is very creative and has a great eye. He’ll have to teach me how to use it too!
Now, may I present to you these beautiful photos that Ryan graciously helped me take :) First up, we have Panda!
Next is Brown Teddy!
And lastly we have Koala! Koala has slightly bigger and more curved ears than the other two…
Here are my three teddy ornaments together! I love their different facial expressions and their colourful scarves together!
The actual ornaments from our tree are in the background. Don’t you love the roundness of all these ornaments?
The overlapping scarf and fringe gives the side a cute look :)
This is one of my favourite shots. I always try to take pictures of me holding my amigurumi so you can see the relative size. I’m obsessed with this gold nail polish at the moment because it’s perfect for the Christmas season with its beautiful shimmeriness!
And now to finally hang our amigurumi teddy ornaments!
Using the black cord and ornament hooks adds a more discrete way of hanging them as the focus is more on the ornaments themselves (the cord and hook blend in).
They all stand out so nicely against our white tree!
Last week I tweeted a picture showing our very first Christmas tree, and now you can see it with our special additions! Don’t the blue, silver and white ornaments + our new amigurumi teddies look stunning on our tree?
They all look so cute together! Maybe we’ll have a new Christmas tradition where we design some new amigurumi ornaments every year :) Then we’ll eventually have a fully “amigurumi-fied” tree! How cute would that be?
I hope you all like these teddy ornaments we designed and created! They’re relatively quick to make since you only have to attach ears and a scarf (no arms, legs or tails). I wanted to post them in early December so you would all have enough time to make them for your own Christmas trees! These crocheted ornaments would certainly add a splash of cuteness and craftiness to any tree. They’d make pretty cute stocking stuffers as well! ***The free pattern can be foundHERE!***
I had to end off with a photo of me wearing a colourful scarf with these three cuties :) Thanks for reading and for your wonderful response so far to these teddies! Leave a comment below and let me know who your favourite teddy is and whether you’ll be making any for your own tree! We love reading each and every single comment :)
[Update: People have been sending me photos of their own teddy ornaments, and I’ve compiled them all in a Crochet Corner post! Check out everyone’s own rendition of my teddy ornaments here.]
My mom absolutely loved the beautiful puff stitches of the crocheted slouchy beanies I made for myself and my brother and sister. Because my mom does not wear hats, she asked if I could make her a scarf using puff stitches! I thought this was a great idea as I loved the texture and staggered rows of these stitches, so I knew that a scarf using them would turn out beautifully!
My mom and I went to Michaels together to pick out the yarn for her scarf. One of our biggest pet peeves is “itchy” material for scarves and sweaters: we went down the aisles in search of soft yarn that would not irritate the skin. She also wanted a neutral colour that would match with all of her outfits. In the end, we bought the wonderfully soft and luxurious Bernat Satin yarn in “Sandstone”.
I made up my own pattern for this scarf and started off making a series of 26 chain stitches.
Next I worked 12 puff stitches in the first row with ch-1’s in between.
Then I worked twelve puff stitches in the chain-1 spaces.
I continued with this simple pattern for a couple more rows…
And then many more rows…
Until the scarf was our desired length! If you want, you could always add some fringe to the ends of your scarf. See a simple video on how to do this here. My mom did not want any fringe, so we left it as is :)
Can you guess how many balls of yarn I used?
My mom wanted her scarf quite long. After three balls of yarn, it ended up being 94” long.
Here is the very simple pattern I made up for this Puff Stitch Scarf.
Puff Stitch: Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), [yarn over, insert hook in same stitch and draw up a loop] 3 times (9 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through first 8 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops on hook. *Watch video showing how to make puff stitch here.
R1: Work puff stitch in fourth chain from hook. *Ch 1, skip next ch, puff stitch in next ch*, rep 11 times (12 puff sts).
R2: Ch 3, turn. *Puff stitch in next ch-1 sp, ch 1*, rep 11 times. Puff stitch in last ch-3 space (12 puff sts).
Repeat Row 2 until desired length (for my scarf, until Row 150 or 94”). Finish off and weave in ends.
Before I gave my mom her scarf, I thought I’d model it so you all could see what it looks like on! We went for lunch at a Japanese restaurant and I loved the beautiful floral pattern of this booth :)
It was a good thing I brought this scarf along because it turned out to be quite chilly and windy that day…
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been wearing your scarves in a limited number of ways. I highly recommend checking out Wendy’s “25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes" video if you haven’t seen it yet! Who knew there were so many different ways to wear a scarf? Wendy of Wendy’s Lookbook is one of my favourite bloggers because of her exhuberant and quirky personality, impeccable style, and creative and beautifully-edited videos and photos. She also has a great story behind her as she overcame so much growing up in foster care to get where she is today. Check out Wendy’s inspiring blog and her helpful videos :)
Here I am wearing my scarf a number of different ways: this is “The Twist & Pull”!
Next up is “The European Loop"…
Here we have “The Basic Loop”:
And here I wrapped the scarf around multiple times since it’s long enough to do this :)
Another great option is to sew the ends together to create a circle or infinity scarf, which is very popular nowadays. The textured look of the many folded layers really frames the face nicely. I absolutely love wearing circle scarves this season! I just may have to crochet myself one of these, maybe in a bright pink or green or some other fun colour :)
[UPDATE: I made a “Puff Stitch Cowl" for my sister where I did sew the ends together. Check it out HERE. It is 2/3rds the length of the original scarf I made for my mom!]
Do check out my “Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" post here if you haven’t seen it! This beanie also uses the puff stitch, and a free pattern is available on-line. You can create a matching set with the puff stitch beanies and my puff stitch scarf :) They’d make great Christmas gifts!
Well, the folks over at “Illumination Entertainment" (the film production company behind "Despicable Me") loved my crocheted Minion so much that they wanted to send me some “Despicable Me One-Sheets” for my efforts :) To tell you the truth, I didn’t know what a “one-sheet” was, but a quick search on Wikipedia answered my question:
"A one-sheet is a specific size of film poster advertising (27" x 40"). Since a one-sheet is used in the official advertising for films, they are prized by both collectors of memorabilia for specific films and of film posters themselves. Film posters sold in general retailing are in poster size, which is 24" x 36". Most prized are posters which have been rolled and shipped in tubes instead of being folded.”
With this new knowledge, Ryan and I excitedly headed over to FedEx to pick up our tube shipped all the way from Santa Monica, California :)
We brought the tube home…
And began to take our one-sheets out: look at those minion eyes!
This one-sheet is so cute since it’s filled with minions of all different personalities and expressions :)
They also sent over this super shiny one-sheet. I love how the whole family is in this one with the catch phrase “Superbad. Superdad.”
Here they are together:
I thought it was neat that you could still see the images when you flip them over :)
I’d like to send my thanks over to the people of Illumination Entertainment and Universal Studios for taking the time to send me these beautiful one-sheets :) They’re great collector’s items, and they’ll always remind me of the crocheted Minion that Ryan and I spent hours upon hours making!
In this week’s edition of “Crochet Corner”, we will be looking at the cup cozy. When I first made these cup cozies, I had no idea how popular they would become. My cup cozy tutorial is now the most popular tutorial/pattern on my blog :) I was thrilled to see them all over Pinterest and to hear everybody’s glowing comments. I had fun making the tutorial taking step-by-step photos and adding in arrows and instructions. I think their popularity is due to their simple, modern design that beginners can whip up in no time!
Alex of All Things Alex had just learned how to crochet a few weeks prior to making her own cup cozy. She posted about it here. I absolutely love the fuscia colour she used :)
Cody of Simply Homemade used my tutorial to make this cup cozy for her daughter’s teacher, who is a tea drinker. Read her blog post about it here. Cody said that she was thinking of sticking some special teas into the cup when she gave the gift. What a wonderful idea! The variegated colour gives this cozy a lot of texture!
Lillie sent me a picture of her Christmas cozies that she made in less than 30 minutes! She said she had a lot of fun making them and that she’ll soon be making more :) Love the very Christmas-y colours of these cozies!
Jessica of Designs from Scratch made these black and white cozies for her stunning stainless steel mugs. She documented the whole process with photos here.
Jessica even took it an extra step by adding a bottom to her cozy! Her mugs look super snug now :) Jessica says that she is still getting compliments about them!
I think these cup cozies would make great Christmas gifts for the tea and coffee lovers in your life (perfect for Christmas gifts for teachers too, as in Cody’s case). Fill them up with chocolate, candy and packets of tea and coffee. Use their favourite colours and find unique and fun buttons that pop- who can resist such a lovely gift? Find out how to make them here! And keep sending me photos of your work for more upcoming “Crochet Corner" posts :)
Ever since I took up crocheting again, I wanted to make myself a hat. Crocheting amigurumi is fun and all, but once in a while it’s nice being able to wear something you’ve crocheted rather than having it sit on a shelf :) Crochet Pattern Central has a great directory of free hat patterns here. I wanted to find a pattern for a modern, trendy hat, and after looking at countless photos, I found this absolutely beautiful pattern found HERE by Vicki Howell for CARON Yarns. The “Urban Jungle" is a slouchy beanie that is fairly simple to make because it essentially uses one stitch: the puff stitch! Once I learned how to do the puff stitch (Vickie demonstrates this in a video here), I became obsessed with it and made several other items using this beautiful stitch. Puff stitches look gorgeous with their texture and staggered rows. Since I’m used to making amigurumi with only the single crochet, it was nice learning and using something so different :)
Before getting to the puff stitches, however, I needed to make a ribbed band. The ribbed look is created by crocheting in only the front loops. In Vickie’s pattern, she provides instructions on how to make a small/medium hat or a large/extra-large hat (number of stitches required for larger hat in brackets in her pattern). I went with the large/extra-large instructions because I notice that many hats sold in stores are a tad too tight for me. That’s one of the benefits of crocheting your own hat! You get to customize the size PLUS the colour :) I decided to go with this beautiful mustard colour (Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Mustard) which I thought would contrast with my hair nicely and still be easy to match with given its earthy tone.
And so, once the strip measured about 22” (56 cm), I sewed the short ends together to form a band.
Next I worked single crochets around the edge of the band. Then came the fun part: the puff stitches! I continued with these puff stitches row after row.
Aren’t the puff stitches gorgeous? I love the texture!
About 16 rows of puff stitches and one and a half balls of yarn later, I was ready to close off the top of the hat!
You close off the top of the hat by pinching the edges and single crocheting them together in a star formation. Vickie has a great video demonstrating this here.
Here is my hat all seamed up! I love the look of the scrunched-up, gathered ends :)
By now I was itching to try it on…
So we did a little photoshoot with Ryan as my photographer! In addition to reading craft blogs, I’m an avid reader of numerous fashion blogs, so I took this opportunity to style some outfits to show off my brand new Urban Jungle slouchy beanie :)
I thought this old fence had so much character- I had to pose beside it!
In case you’re wondering, we used the Hipstamatic app for the iPhone to take these pictures. I love the vintage feel it gives to photos :)
I wanted to capture the beautiful fall colours of our surroundings before winter came! I’m so glad we did because we had our very first snowfall this past weekend. Doesn’t my hat complement the fall colours beautifully?
I absolutely love the slouchiness of this hat! It feels very modern with a touch of grunge…
(Blazer: Zara, Sweater: American Eagle, Scarf: American Eagle, Jeans: True Religion, Boots: Aldo, Purse: Marc Jacobs, Hat: Stephanie Jessica Lau & Vickie Howell, heh heh).
My sister Ashley liked my hat so much that she wanted one for herself! We went and chose this purple yarn and I quickly whipped one up just for her :)
And we did another photoshoot! We thought it’d be cute modeling it together as Urban Jungle twinsies :) I love this trail covered with leaves…
Ryan said we also looked like garden gnomes, haha…
(On Ashley, Dress: Forever XXI, Sweater: Forever XXI, Boots: Aldo, Purse: Accessorize. On me,Dress + Belt: Papaya, Sweater: American Eagle, Boots: Aldo, Purse: Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: H&M)
I really think these hats are gorgeous from the back..
Funny story: my brother Corey came along with us on this photoshoot and hopped in some of the pictures…
We took a few pics without our hats and told Corey to hold them for us. We were joking around a bit, saying it’d be funny if Ryan and Corey wore our hats. Corey ended up putting on Ashley’s hat and looked FANTASTIC in it! I told him he looked like he stepped out of a Japanese magazine. He’s totally rocking the Urban Jungle beanie if I do say so myself. Who knew it’d look so great on guys too?
So then of course Corey requested I make one for him, so we went back to the yarn store and picked up some of this beautiful taupe yarn.
Try making these beautiful hats for yourself or perhaps for a loved one! I think they’d make wonderful Christmas gifts, don’t you? And now you know both women AND men can rock these beanies :) Once again, the free pattern can be found HERE. Now you have a very stylish way to keep warm, and you can proudly say that you made this hat yourself if anyone asks!
[Update: I’ve made a Puff Stitch Scarf that you can crochet to match with this Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie! Get the free pattern HERE!]
I’m so excited to begin my “Crochet Corner" series where I feature YOUR work using my crochet patterns and tutorials! I put a lot of effort into trying to create the right shapes and meticulously writing down my patterns, and I always wonder if people will be able to follow them or if anyone will even try them at all! And so, I’m always delighted to hear that people have indeed tried my patterns and I LOVE seeing pictures. I think it’s wonderful how people can interpret the same pattern differently and how each crocheted creation looks unique since people put their own touches on them!
The very first Crochet Corner will feature none other than Valentine Teddy! This is the second original pattern I made and it was very soon after I started my blog (I started my blog in January 2011 and posted him in February). I loved using the dog slicker brush to fuzz this guy up, and I’m so happy that he was well-received :) Many people fell in love with him…
Kay of I’m Hooked was the very first person to show me her work using my patterns. Since I had just recently started my blog, I was ecstatic that someone had actually used my pattern and was successful in creating their own teddy! Kay had previous crochet experience making purses, clutches and mini makeup bags, but she had never made amigurumi before. When she came across my pattern, she decided to try her hand at it with this teddy! She even documented the whole process step-by-step in her blog post herewhich was also her first official tumblr post! Kay was also the one who provided the pattern I used to make my Penguinhere. Kay has been on hiatus from her blog because she just gave birth to a baby girl in June- congrats, Kay! I love the gray colour she used for this teddy since it’s different from the typical brown. His huge eyes make him look super adorable :)
Irma of Our Useless Blog made her own rendition of Valentine Teddy all the way from Holland. She used yarn that was fuzzy to begin with and in her blog post she talks about how challenging it was to use since it would frequently become tangled. Despite having to make the body parts numerous times, she persevered and finished this super soft teddy! I love how he turned out, Irma :) He looks so cuddly!
Yolanda of Alberta, Canada wanted to crochet a teddy bear for her boyfriend when she stumbled upon my pattern. This was the very first amigurumi she ever made! I love how she even made the dapper red bowtie and red heart to accompany him :) Yolanda said her boyfriend absolutely loved this teddy she made just for him!
Serena of Malaysia made these two adorable teddies named Lexie and Ace during the summer when she had no school. I absolutely love how she made Lexie a girl by placing the bow on her head :) Serena actually went and found the exact same yarn I used which is why they look so similar to mine! It’s amazing because Serena had no previous crochet experience, but she watched many videos on youtube just so that she could learn to make these teddies! Isn’t that remarkable? When Serena left the country for school, her mom asked if she could keep the teddies since she loved them so much. She tells Serena that everytime she sees these teddies, she’s reminded of her :) Isn’t that sweet? Lexie and Ace make such a cute pair!
I love hearing the stories behind all these teddies, from what it was like making them to who they were given to. All of the people in this post had very limited amigurumi experience, but look what they accomplished! I find that very inspirational, and I hope you do too :) If you’ve been hesitant about starting or wondering if you could do it, I’d strongly encourage you to give it a try! Be sure to check out my “Amigurumi for Beginners" blog post if you don’t know where to begin. Making amigurumi is a fun hobby, and they make such great, personalized gifts. Everyone’s creations turn out differently, and even people with no crochet experience can make such beautiful amigurumi!
If you did not see your Valentine Teddy in this post, that means he’ll be featured in another upcoming post :) Please feel free to keep sending me pictures and telling me the stories behind them (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, post on my facebook page or tweet me)! Or, try making them for the very first time! The pattern for my Valentine Teddy can be found here. Happy crocheting, and thanks for sending in your pictures and sharing your stories, everyone!
I loved making the Spring Bunnies for CRAFT a while back, so when they asked me to design an amigurumi for Halloween, I very happily and excitedly obliged! The first things that jumped to mind were witches, cats, and pumpkins. I scoured the web for images to see what had already been done. As Ryan and I were brainstorming together, we thought of making a scarecrow since we could include more detail and we were seeing a lot of them during this time of year. After we went out to buy some yarn in fall colours, we excitedly began designing our scarecrow!
I used gold yarn to crochet a round ball for the head, placed the safety eyes, and embroidered a small smile.
We cut strands of gold and tan yarn for the hair to add dimension. We knotted the ends of the strands and threaded them through the head. When we were done threading them, we cut them to our desired length. Notice how he kind of has side-swept bangs?
I crocheted a ring and ran a running stitch through the inner portion, causing it to frill up. This ring served as Scarecrow’s collar :)
We used orange yarn for the Scarecrow’s sweater and sewed a tiny green patch of felt to add more detail!
I then crocheted two blue pant legs and two orange sleeves.
Next, I worked on the hat. I started with a pointy tip and then started expanding. Then, I started crocheting in the other direction to make it flare out on the bottom. Notice how the top part of the hat has the “right side" showing while the bottom part is the "wrong side" (see my post on "The Right Side of Amigurumi" here). This hat could also be used if you were making a witch or maybe a wizard!
I then crocheted little balls for the hands and feet and got ready for assembly!
We draped gold and tan strands of yarn over the hands and feet to serve as the straw. Next, we glued the hands with the straw into the sleeves, and then the feet with the straw into the pant legs.
I then sewed the pant legs onto the sweater. To help the sweater keep its shape, we placed a circular piece of cardboard inside to provide a sturdy base (otherwise it might round too much after stuffing). Then we stuffed the sweater and sewed it onto the collar.
Now with his arms attached…
And now with his hat and pink cheeks…
We had one more finishing touch: a beautiful daisy to adorn his green hat! We added another yellow circle in the middle to have it pop out more.
Here is the Scarecrow all complete! He doesn’t look very scary though, does he? I don’t think he’d be able to scare away any crows…
Here he is from various angles:
Here is a close-up of the fringe or “straw” coming out of his hands:
He’s so cute and friendly! Here’s a picture to show his relative size:
I wanted to take a picture of him with some fall props :)
We also picked up this scarecrow on sale over the weekend to decorate our house outside. Don’t they match nicely together?
This scarecrow would make a great decoration not only for Halloween but for Thanksgiving too! I’m also a HUGE fan of the musical Wicked. I saw it for the first time in New York at the Gerschwin Theatre and I absolutely L-O-V-E-D it. Everything was so magical, from the unforgettable songs to the captivating storyline, the beautiful sets, the costumes, and the vivid characters. I saw it again when it toured in my hometown. I pretty much know all the songs by heart and it isn’t uncommon for Ryan and I to burst into song singing “Popular" or "For Good”. This scarecrow would make a great gift for any “Wicked” or “Wizard of Oz” fan too :D Get the free pattern on the CRAFT site HERE, and please send me pictures if you end up making him! Have a Happy Halloween!
When we first moved into our new house last year, I was so excited to have my very own room set aside as my workspace. We had a blast furnishing the main floor so that we could invite and host people over. It was a challenge picking out pieces from different stores, trying to figure out how it would all look together. We really focused our attention on the den as we knew I would be spending a lot of time in there, and it actually became the first fully furnished room of our house. I absolutely adore my workspace, and it’s where I do all my crocheting and blogging!
We call my workspace our “Ikea room” because all the major items were purchased from Ikea, with the exception of my chair. We love walking around Ikea and getting inspired by the beautifully designed and decorated rooms. It was great starting with an empty room since we essentially had a blank canvas to work with! Let me give you a tour around…
We love the look of various sized picture frames placed together on a wall, so we headed over to Ikea. Ryan was running around the frame section trying to piece all the different sizes together to see if they would fit. He did a great job and carefully hung them on this wall for me! They remained empty for a while until we ordered our wedding photos. I love how my fuscia bouquets and fuscia wedding shoes add a pop of colour to this wall.
My desk has a glass top, and it’s great because I can see where everything is and easily access them. This is where I sit to crochet and do my blogging! As you can see, Chinese New Year Doll and Link can also be found on my desk :) I wanted some more storage space, so we purchased the drawer unit to the left. I can also store some items on the sides of the legs of the desk. You can never have enough storage space!
These shelves came built into the wall. I love how chunky they are! I store my work materials and work binders on the top two shelves. I keep my fiberfill, crafting books, embroidery floss and scrapbooks on the bottom level. Most of my yarn can be found in that green box, although I’m running out of space in there…
This is what the other side of my workspace looks like!
I love these shelves we got from Ikea! As you can see, this is where I display my amigurumi. I’ve given many away, but these are the ones I’ve kept. I store loose papers (such as crochet patterns) in these white magazine files. In the top left corner, there are two graduation figurines: Ryan surprised me with them when I graduated, and I was blown away by how much mine actually looked like me. In the bottom right corner, there are two Vinylmation figurines from the Muppets series (I used to love the Muppet Show and movies). These bring back fond memories because we got them on our honeymoon in Disney World! You don’t know who you’ll get when you purchase them in a box, so we were delightfully surprised when we got Beaker (LOVE HIM!) and Rizzo the rat.
I wanted this light as soon as I saw it in Ikea. Isn’t it beautiful? I love the paper shapes…it looks like a burst of flowers or snowflakes! It was fairly easy to assemble and it looks beautiful when lit up as it casts shadows on the ceiling. It’s called the “PS Maskros pendant light" if anyone is interested (there is also a larger version available)! However, it doesn’t provide much light at night (otherwise the paper pieces might burn up!), so we got an extra floor lamp. I need to see clearly, especially when crocheting! We also purchased a small round side table where I can place my tea and my Kindle when reading. You can also store small items in there as the top part pivots! I also frequently photograph my amigurumi on this little table :)
I wanted to have somewhere to sit, relax, drink tea, read and crochet in my workspace, so we picked out this armchair (the Karlstad). I love the pattern of the fabric and how deep the chair is. I can curl up in my armchair to crochet and read for hours and hours :) We purchased the pink and green felted pillow, but I’m sure many of you talented crafty people could also make it! The lime green clock adds a pop of colour to this grey wall. We also added these glass noticeboards so I can display items of importance, such as cards, drawings given to me, and current crochet patters I’m working on.
And because I wanted even MORE storage, we added these storange units that can be attached to the wall.
I place all my felt and fabric in the big drawer.
And in the small drawers, I store my works in progress. It’s great because the drawers can actually fully come out! When I took this picture, I was working on Koala as you can see :) There are always so many little parts when making amigurumi, so it’s nice to keep them all together, safe and sound. I also store smaller materials such as buttons and keychains in these drawers.
During the day, my workspace is very bright as it fills with light because of the large window. I love the white, airy look and feel of my workspace, and it definitely keeps me motivated!
I think having your room reflect your own style and personal taste is very important, particularly if you spend a lot of time in there. So if you’ve been thinking of redesigning or redecorating your rooms or house, I’d encourage you to go for it! If you need some help imagining how your room will look, try using this free resource. You can enter the dimensions of your room, choose furniture, change the colours, and see a top-down view of your room as well as a 3-D view. It’s pretty awesome! I hope you enjoyed the tour of my workspace and maybe got some ideas for your own! Thanks for reading :)
Who doesn’t love the minions from “Despicable Me”? Make your very own detailed minion with removable goggles and removable overalls with my free crochet pattern!
yellow yarn (for head, body, arms and embroidering overalls), blue yarn (for overalls), black yarn (for hair, goggle straps, gloves and boots), grey yarn (for goggles)- I used “Red Heart Super Saver" yarn
2.00 mm crochet hook
white felt (for teeth and eyes), tan felt (for eyes), red felt (for tongue), black felt (for eyes, mouth adn logo), blue felt (for “G” on pocket)
small black buttons (2)
Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds). I strongly recommend checking out my blog post here to see step-by-step photos and accompanying descriptions if you are attempting to make this minion. This pattern is quite intricate and is recommended for those with some amigurumi experience (not a beginner’s project). It takes some time to crochet all the different parts, but it’s well worth it in the end!
Using yellow yarn,
R1: 7 sc in magic ring. (7 sts)
R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (14 sts)
R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (21 sts)
R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (28 sts)
R5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (35 sts)
R6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (42 sts)
R7: *Sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (49 sts)
R8: *Sc 6, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (56 sts)
R9: *Sc 7, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (63 sts)
R10-55: Sc 63
***Work on hair. Cut strands of yarn measuring about 2”. Tie knots on one end. Pull yarn through head so knot remains on underside. When finished adding hair, trim as needed. Rub ends with glue to prevent fraying.
R56: *Sc 7, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (56 sts)
R57: *Sc 6, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (49 sts)
R58: *Sc 5, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (42 sts)
R59: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (35 sts)
R60: *Sc 3, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (28 sts)
Begin stuffing body.
R61: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (21 sts)
R62: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (14 sts)
R63: *Dec 1*, rep 7 times. (7 sts)
Fasten off and weave in end.
Using blue yarn,
R1: 7 sc in magic ring. (7 sts)
R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (14 sts)
R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (21 sts)
R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (28 sts)
R5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (35 sts).
R6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (42 sts)
R7: *Sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (49 sts)
R8: *Sc 6, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (56 sts).
R9: *Sc 7, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (63 sts)
R10-22: Sc 63
Working in rows (vs. continuously around in a circle):
Row1: Sc 17, ch 1, turn. (17 sts)
Row2-7: Sc 17, ch 1, turn. (17 sts).
Fasten off and weave in end. Now make same panel on opposite side of overalls. Count 14 or 15 stitches across left side of panel (when panel facing you). Attach yarn with slilp stitch.
Row1: Ch 1, sc 16, ch 1, turn. (17 sts)
Row2-7: Sc 17, ch 1, turn. (17 sts)
STRAPS (make 2)
Using blue yarn,
R1-28: Sc 2, ch 1, turn.
Once measures about 6.5”, strap splits to form hole for button:
Ch 2 on one side. Fasten off. Attach yarn on other side. Chain 3, sc 1 to join to other side. Ch 1, turn, sc 2. Fasten off and weave in ends. Strap measures about 7” in total.
Using blue yarn,
R1-4: Sc 8, ch 1, turn. (8 sts)
R5: Dec 1, sc 4, dec 1. (6 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
SIDE POCKETS (make 2):
Using blue yarn,
R1: Sc 8
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Assembly of Overalls:
Sew two black buttons onto front of overalls.
Sew straps onto back of overalls. Place buttons in holes.
Using yellow yarn, embroider overalls, front and side pockets.
Cut “Gru” logo out of black and yello yarn. Glue it onto front pocket.
Glue/sew pockets onto overalls.
ARMS (make 2)
Using yellow yarn,
R1: 7 sc in magic ring.
R2-24: Sc 7
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.
GLOVE BASE (make 2)
Using black yarn,
R1: 5 sc in magic ring. (5 sts)
R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sts)
R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times. (15 sts)
R4-5: Sc 15
R6: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 5 times. (10 sts)
R7: Sc 10
Fasten off and weave in ends.
FINGERS (make 4)
Using black yarn,
R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)
R2: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 2 times. (8 sts)
R3-4: Sc 8
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.
THUMBS (make 2)
Using black yarn,
R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)
R2-3: Sc 6
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.
Assembly of gloves:
Attach two fingers and one thumb to glove base as shown in pictures (spread out and curved).
Attach/glue arm into glove.
Attach arms onto sides of body.
BOOTS/LEGS (make 2)
Using black yarn,
R1: Sc 6 starting in second chain from hook (choose one side), then work 6 sc on opposite side of chain. (12 sts) [If you are confused about this part, please see this blog post HERE for a visual on how to work on both sides of the chain!]
R2: Sc 12
R3: Sc 2 in each sc around. (24 sts)
R4: Sc 24
R5: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep around. (36 sts)
R6-7: Sc 36
R8: Through back loops only, sc 36.
R9: Sc 14, *dec 1* 4 times, sc 14. (32 sts)
R10: Sc 12, *dec 1* 4 times, sc 12. (28 sts)
R11: Sc 10, *dec 1* 4 times, sc 10. (24 sts)
R12: Sc 24
Switch to blue yarn,
R13-15: Sc 24
Fasten off and stuff. Attach to body.
Cut 2 big circles of white felt and 2 smaller circles of tan and black felt for eyes. Glue onto face.
Use black felt to cut out shape for mouth.
Use white felt to cut out individual teeth. Glue on upper part of mouth.
Use red felt to cut out tongue. Glue on bottom part of mouth.
Glue whole mouth onto face.
EYELIDS (make 2 upper and 2 lower)
Using yellow yarn,
R1: Sl stitch to first ch from hook, sc 9, sl st 1.
Fasten off. Glue/sew onto top of eye.
Using yellow yarn,
R1: In second ch from hook, sc 9.
Fasten off. Glue/sew onto bottom of eye.
GOGGLES (make 2)
Using gray yarn,
R1-2: Sc 30, ch 1, turn. (30 sts)
R3: Sc 30
R4: Join yarn in third ch from hook with slip stitch. Chain 1, sc 25 (26 sts with two extra stitches on each side from previous rows). Ch 1, turn.
R5-7: Sc 26, ch 1, turn. (26 sts)
R8: Sc 26
Fasten off. Leave long end for sewing. Fold strip lengthwise and sew ends together. Bend ends together and sew to form a circle. Sew two goggles together (see pictures to see where).
Using black yarn,
R1-63: Sc 4, ch 1, turn.
R64: Sc 4
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Strap should measure about 11” (check to see if it fits snugly around head when attached to goggles). Sew straps to goggles.
GOGGLE SIDE DETAIL (make 2)
Using gray yarn,
R1: Sc 4, ch 1, turn.
R2: Sc 4
Fasten off. Fold lengthwise and sew together. Attach to sides of goggle.
Now you have a minion to do your bidding and accompany you everywhere you go! Try out different facial expressions (surprised, suspicious, scared) or make them cyclopses :) Each minion has their own personality! The sky’s the limit!
[Update: People all over the world have been using my pattern to make absolutely AMAZING Minions with lots of variation! Check them all out in my Crochet Corner posts HERE (from 2012) and HERE (from 2013)!]
The minions from “Despicable Me” are copyright of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment. This pattern is copyright of Stephanie of All About Ami (October 2011). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.
When we first saw "Despicable Me" back in July 2010, we absolutely fell in love with the movie. We didn’t really know what to expect going in to see it, but we were delightfully surprised with how heart-warming and thoughtful the movie turned out to be. We found ourselves laughing out loud all throughout, usually because of the antics of the hilarious minions.
Fast forward more than a year later, some good friends asked if I could crochet a minion for them. I took on the challenge as it was somewhat of a departure for me: I was so used to making my teddy bears and bunnies, and the only other major “character” that I had previously made was Link.
Ryan and I searched on-line for pictures and patterns of crocheted minions and found numerous ones as they are indeed very popular (see Wolfdreamer's version here and Sweet N’ Cute Creation's version here). It’s wonderful to see that everyone has a different take on these little guys. We decided to make our own pattern and to make him quite large so that we could include plenty of detail.
Warning: this is a very picture-heavy post, but bear with me if you want to see the detailed step-by-step making of one of Gru’s minions :)
I started off by crocheting his head/body. It looked like I was crocheting a giant yellow pill!
Before closing him up, we added hair by cutting strands of black yarn and tying knots on one end. We threaded the yarn from underneath so the ends stuck out. We trimmed the strands to our desired length, and it felt like we were giving him a hair cut!
To prevent the ends from fraying and to ensure that each hair was more defined, we rubbed each strand with white glue.
Next we stuffed him and closed up his body.
Ryan cut out circular pieces of white, brown and black felt for the eyes…
And glued them to his face!
Ryan noticed that in many pictures, the minion’s upper and lower eyelids are visible under the goggles they wear. So, we crocheted some narrow strips to add above and below the eyes!
I really like this series of pictures that shows us adding the eyelids, one by one!
Next, we worked on the goggles. This turned out to be quite the ordeal as we tried to figure out how to make them look realistic and more three-dimensional. It took us a while to get the right size, but in the end we figured it out. I crocheted a long strip (longer on the bottom and shorter on the top) and sewed the ends together lengthwise to form a tube.
We were left with these tubes with flat ends on either side:
We bent the tubes to form a circle by sewing the flat ends together.
Then, we sewed the two circles together, with the junction being where the flat ends were sewn together. This ensured that the thickness of the goggles was consistent throughout (if we had just sewn two regular circles together, the junction would have been twice the thickness).
Then I attached a long black crocheted strap..
And added some side detailing to the goggles as well!
His goggles are looking pretty intricate!
Next I worked on his blue overalls. I started off as though I was crocheting a blue body (same pattern when making yellow body/head). Then I started working in rows (vs. in a circle) to create the front and back parts of the overalls. Ryan used yellow yarn to add stitching to the edges :)
Next came the minion’s boots! I decreased unevenly around the oval to create the front foot part and then switched to blue yarn for his pant legs.
We added some more detailing to his overalls by adding front and side pockets, also embroidering them with yellow yarn.
He’s looking good!
We decided to make this little guy really expressive with a wide open smile! Ryan cut out the mouth, teeth and tongue using black, white and red felt.
He looks pretty happy even though he’s still missing limbs! We also added little black buttons to the front of the overalls for the straps to loop through.
Here we have the skinny blue overall straps with a hole on the end for the button!
The last part to make were the arms and gloves. I crocheted a skinny yellow tube for the arm, a black ball for the glove base and three black tubes for the fingers. Betcha didn’t know that minions only had three fingers!
Ryan did a fantastic job with the gloves as he positioned and sewed each finger onto the glove base. It looks like he’s ready to grab something or do some of Gru’s bidding!
We then inserted the yellow arm into the glove.
Finally, after hours upon hours of hard work, the finished product!
Here you can see what he looks like from either side and from the back. We positioned his arms higher so that the straps of the overalls curved upwards and then downwards.
We were so happy with how he turned out!
What’s amazing is that he can also stand by himself! His boots have a wide enough base to give him support :) Wouldn’t you be surprised if you walked into a room and were greeted by this minion?
And, of course, his goggles can come off! This is probably what minions look like after a hard day’s work, for example after stealing the Statue of Liberty (the small one from Las Vegas), finding unicorns for little girls, you know…the usual ;)
His overalls can be removed too! Scandalous :P
Here is Minion with all his removable parts :)
Don’t his overalls look awesome? Ryan did such a great job adding all the detail!
I love that his straps are functional too…
Here is Gru’s logo: a blue “G” ontop of a black circle.
Here is Minion displayed in my room…
Up till this point, Valentine Teddy was the biggest amigurumi I ever made. However, as you can see, Minion is much bigger!
Before we had to give him away, we took some quick photos with him. Here he is chilling next to Ryan. Minions make great company :D
I was sad to see him go, so I had to snap a picture with him! P.S. I did not intentionally try to match with Minion…it just so happened I chose to wear grey and blue that day :)
Haha, love how Ryan is mimicking Minion’s friendly wave :D
It’s awesome that there are so many different minions, each with a different personality and different facial expressions. You can totally customize your own minions and make them personalized! See all the different minions depicted in this picture below? On our honeymoon, Ryan and I went to Disney World and Universal Studios. As soon as we saw this minion, we made a beeline to take a picture with him!
Thanks for journeying with us to see how we made this minion! It was definitely a challenge trying to figure out how to make each part, but Ryan and I had a lot of fun working on this together. He is the biggest and one of the most intricate projects we’ve worked on, and we are so proud of how he turned out. I tried to take as many photos as I could and be diligent in writing out the pattern I made so I could share it with you all. The detailed pattern can be found HERE. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below! Thanks :)
Last month, Ryan and I celebrated our one year anniversary! I still cannot believe that one year has passed by. Last year was very momentous for me with the wedding, moving into a new house, picking up my old hobbies again, and starting this blog :D To celebrate our one year of marriage, Ryan whisked me away on a quick surprise visit to Banff (in Alberta, Canada)!
Ryan had booked us a visit at the spa for a couples’ massage, and we didn’t want to be late! It was my first time ever getting a massage, and it was so relaxing with the soothing music they played in the background. One and a half hours went by incredibly fast. This was our gorgeous view at lunch.
After our massage we ended up napping before heading off for our fancy dinner at Eden. This amuse-bouche seemingly looks like a cherry but it was actually delicious foie gras!
They also started us off with this tasty seared fish…
I had the Tartare of Yukon Territories Arctic Char as my appetizer.
Ryan tried the Rabbit Two Ways.
For my entree, I had the BC Sablefish ‘Grenobloise’.
Ryan had the Angus Beef Tenderloin and 72 Hour ‘Birch Bark’ Short Rib.
This was our stunning view from our hotel room :)
Down below is where the spa is located. After our massages, we actually sat outside in our robes for a little bit to soak in the breathtaking beauty around us.
The next morning for breakfast, I was delighted by a certain menu option that was available: Lobster Eggs Benedict! I had never seen this served before, and given my affinity for lobster, I knew I absolutely had to try it! It was delicious.
We walked around town and browsed through the cute little shoppes.
Banff is so picturesque.
Haha, we quickly ran across the road to take pictures on the median :)
Banff is very popular with Japanese tourists, and many shops sell Japanese items and souvenirs (plenty of Hello Kitty!). Look at what I saw in one of the display windows: a giant Amineko (crocheted cat)! I went inside and found out that it was made by a local Japanese artisan who was selling it for $70. It was pretty neat seeing such a big amigurumi :)
To end off our trip, we headed to Cows, famous for their creamy ice cream. Apparently they were named “Canada’s best ice cream" (surveyed by readers of Reader’s Digest) and named the "World’s top place to get ice cream" (Tauck World Discovery)! I tried their signature flavour "Wowie Cowie”, a blend of vanilla, caramel, chocolate and heath bar pieces. It was indeed very good…I also really enjoyed the delicious waffle cone.
This was a very quick trip to Banff filled with food and relaxation. There is always a lot to do in Banff, including riding the gondola to Sulphur Mountain, outdoor and water activities (mountain biking, hiking, fishing), skiing and of course, the Banff Hot Springs. It was a great trip and a wonderful way to celebrate our one year anniversary. Thanks for planning everything, Ryan!