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Make It! The Handmade Revolution

I love attending craft shows, and I have many fond memories of my parents taking me to Christmas craft shows growing up and allowing me to pick out something to buy.  I was always astounded by the things that people could make and I thought it would be so neat if one day I could have my own booth of handmade goods, meeting many interesting people along the way!  Although I never ended up having a booth, I do have this blog to display my projects and I have indeed met MANY interesting and wonderful people through it :)  I still enjoy attending craft shows and seeing people’s creativity and handiwork displayed in full force! 

This past weekend, we attended “Make It!  The Handmade Revolution”,  a large, hip, urban craft show in Western Canada that takes place in Edmonton and Vancouver.  It was the very first craft show that we took Myla to when she was less than two months old and we perused the booths with her strapped to us in the carrier a year and a half ago.  It was our first time attending their spring show this past weekend and I was very excited to see what vendors were participating!  I wore this pink crop top that I got from Forever XXI over my long black belted maxi dress from Old Navy.  I brought along the “Crochet Mesh Bag" that I made last year and hoped that I would be able to fill it with some wonderful handmade goodies!  The step-by-step blog post and link to the free pattern for this mesh bag can be found HERE in case you didn’t see it before!  It is the perfect accessory for all your spring and summer adventures coming up at the beach or farmer’s markets!

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"Make It" has a beautiful venue as the high glass ceilings allow natural light to pour in, giving it a very open, bright, airy feel.  It’s also a very popular event, so it was hard to maneuver around at times.  I wish I could’ve spent more time looking at each booth, but time was of the essence with a fidgety toddler!  Pictured below are some of the items that we purchased- we were looking for some gifts for friends, so this craft show was the perfect place to buy them!

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- Wooden Bow Tie by Dear Fawn Inc: I first met Loan at a different craft show last summer, and Ryan and I were really impressed by her crocheted handiwork and sewing skills (and killer sense of style :D).  She has since focused her company to selling bow ties, and she offers fabric bow ties with some really fun prints (Star Wars, Ninja Turtles) as well as fresh and modern wooden bow ties!  We couldn’t resist picking up a wooden one for a stylish little boy who we know :)  If you act fast, you could win two Storm Trooper baby bow ties by vising the Dear Fawn Inc facebook page HERE (giveaway ends tonight [Wednesday, April 16] at 8 PM MST)!

- Bunny Earrings by Foe and Dear: We were really impressed by Katherine’s beautiful booth as her jewelry was gorgeously displayed on books and vintage trays.  I love wearing stud earrings and I was immediately drawn to these adorable little bunny studs!  They are incredibly cute and lightweight as I can’t even feel them when I wear them (I hate wearing earrings that are too heavy!).  Katherine does a great job with packaging too!

Spring Shoes by WildCotton Gifts: We picked up these pretty little shoes for our friends’ baby girl and had a fun time looking around Kara’s booth.  Her sewing skills are amazing as she had beautiful boots, blankets, bibs, onesies and shoes on display with gorgeous prints and designs.  I really admire people who can create so much with their sewing machines….I have yet to use mine again since sewing the curtains for Myla’s nursery -_-‘

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We absolutely fell in love with the work by Caitlin Bodewitz of “CMBPrintWorks" as they all had a beautiful, romantic, ethereal feel to them.  It was fun choosing what to get and hang in our house, and as soon as we saw this wood print, we knew it was perfect!  We love the quote and the beautiful image.  We hung it up in my workspace as soon as we got home and it reminds us that we’re adventuring together as husband and wife through love, faith, family, travels, crafting and life till we’re old and grey, paving new territory and taking risks along the way!

We had a great time at the craft show, and I enjoy connecting with local crafters and hearing them excitedly and proudly explaining their work and what they make.  I would LOVE to hear about what your favourite craft shows are from your hometowns or places you’ve visited!  Wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing to attend craft shows all around the world and see what the local artisans are doing in each city?  Thanks for reading, and I’ll be blogging about an amigurumi that I think you’re going to love next week!

Pattern: Spring Bunnies

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Spring has arrived!  It’s been 3 years since I designed the Spring Bunnies and I know that this pattern has been dearly loved and used many times all over the world since then.  If you never jumped on the bunny bandwagon, now’s your chance to join in on the fun and make your own Spring Bunny as the weather warms up and Easter approaches!  This pattern originally appeared on Craftzine HERE and it is my pleasure bringing it to you on my blog for the very first time!

Materials:

  • Yarn [beige or white medium weight (4) yarn for the body; pink lightweight yarn (3) for the flower]
  • 2.00 mm crochet hook and 1.25 mm crochet hook (for the carrot)
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiberfill
  • Brown or pink felt (for the feet)
  • Patterned fabric (for lining of the ears)
  • 12 mm safety eyes
  • Embroidery floss (brown or beige for the nose and to attach felt for the feet; orange and green for the carrot)
  • [For new bunny: 9 mm safety eyes, yellow embroidery floss for flower, pink embroidery floss for nose, beige felt for feet]

Note:  I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).  ***Please follow along with my blog post HERE to see step-by-step photos!   

HEAD

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)

R2: Sc 2 in each sc around. (12 sts)

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)

R9-13: Sc 48

R14: *Sc 6, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (42 sts)

R15: *Sc 5, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (36 sts)

R16: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (30 sts)

R17: *Sc 3, dec 1* rep 6 times. (24 sts)

Place 12 mm safety eyes towards bottom half of head.  Begin stuffing head. 

R18: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)

R19: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

Continue stuffing head firmly.

R20: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Using brown or beige embroidery floss, sew nose onto head using following tutorial:

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For new bunny nose variation:

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EARS (make 2)

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 5 sc in Magic Ring (5 sts)

R2: Sc 2 in each sc around. (10 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times. (15 sts)

R4-8: Sc 15.

R9: *Sc 3, dec1*, rep 3 times.  (12 sts)

R10-11: Sc 12.

R12: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 3 times (9 sts)

R13-15: Sc 9.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Cut fabric lining in shape of ears.  Sew fabric lining onto ears.  Attach ears either on top of head pointing up or towards back of head pointing down.

BODY

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 7 sc in Magic Ring. (7 sts)

R2: Sc 2 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)

R5-8: Sc 28

R9: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (21 sts)

R10: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (14 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Stuff body firmly.  Sew body to head.

ARMS(make 2)

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)

R2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 3 times.  (9 sts)

R3: Sc 9.

R4: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 3 times.  (6 sts)

R5-7: Sc 6.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Attach to sides of body.

LEGS (make 2)

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)

R2: Sc 2 in each sc around. (12 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)

R4-6: Sc 18 sts.

Begin stuffing legs.

R7: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

Continue stuffing firmly.

R8: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

R9: Sc 6.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Cut ovals out of brown or pink felt.  Sew oval pieces onto feet using embroidery floss.  Attach legs to bottom of body.

TAIL

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)

R2: Sc 2 in each sc around. (12 sts)

R3: Sc 12

R4: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew onto bottom-back of body to give the bunny balance. 

ACCESSORIES

  • CARROT:

Using orange embroidery floss,

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)

R2: *Sc 2, 2 sc in nex st*, rep 2 times. (8 sts)

R3-7: Sc 8.

Fasten off and sew open end together.  Tuck ends in.

Using green embroidery floss,

Ch 3, sl st to any middle stitch on top of carrot, ch 3.  Fasten off.  Sew ends back into chains.

  • FLOWER

Using pink yarn,

Ch 21.

R1: *Dc, ch1, dc* in fifth ch from hook.  *Ch1, sk1. Dc, ch 1, dc in next stitch* till the end (repeat 8 times).  [Result is 9 sets of double crochet ‘V’s.]  Ch 3 and turn.

R2: In first ch1 space between the double crochet V’s, dc 4 times.  *Sl st in next ch1 space between the double crochet v’s.  Dc 5 times* till the end (repeat 9 times).  Sl st in last stitch in row.  Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  With long end on the right side, roll the flower inwards (clockwise motion), placing the petals how you would like.  Use yarn needle to sew the long end through the layers of the flower to fasten them in place.  Attach the flower to the side of the bunny’s head.

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 This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (April 2011) and originally first appeared on Craftzine.  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.  You may sell items made from this pattern but please give credit or link back to “All About Ami” as the original designer!

Aren’t these Super Bunnies AMAZING?  If they look vaguely familiar, it’s because they were made using my “Spring Bunnies" pattern!  Cathrine Johansson originally from Norway and currently living in London, England adapted my pattern to make these heroes including Super Bunny, Spider Bunny, Bat Bunny and Robin Bunny!  When I first saw her work on Instagram (@kittycatknit), I squealed with delight and told her that I HAD to feature them on my blog since they were so amazing!

Cathrine has been crocheting for 6-7 years, but she only started making amigurumi earlier this year.  She found out about my blog through my feature in the magazine “Simply Crochet" and has already made my Dragon and Teddy Ornaments.  Cathrine loves superhero films, and she was watching “The Amazing Spiderman” when she was working on a Spring Bunny.  This gave her the inspiration to try and make some little Super Bunnies!  I love how creative Cathrine was with the colour changes and felt shapes, and it really shows how you can adapt a pattern to make it your own!  Cathrine says that she plans on making the Avengers sometime in the future too!  

Please follow Cathrine on Instagram @kittycatknit to see more of her work, and don’t forget to tag me (@AllAboutAmi) and use the hashtag #AllAboutAmi to show me your crocheted creations using my patterns!  I love seeing them and featuring them on my blog :)  See the free Spring Bunnies pattern that these Super Bunnies were based on HERE!

[All photos in this blog post courtesy of Cathrine]

Two years ago on this day, I wrote my very first blog post!  I still remember how excited I was to finally start a blog and share my brand new hobby with the world :)  I never in my wildest dreams imagined how far we would come in this amigurumi-making and blogging journey!  We feel so blessed and thankful to God that we can share our passion and creativity with you all through “All About Ami”.  Thank you to all our readers who have been with us since the very beginning and to those who have recently found out about our work, in large part due to Pinterest, Craftgawker and Ravelry!  It is always such a joy reading your thoughtful, encouraging comments and even getting ideas of what to do on our travels (e.g. Paris & Tokyo)!
I spent the vast majority of this past year pregnant, so my crochet blog took somewhat of a turn with many baby-related projects!  “All About Ami" has been such a wonderful way for us to chronicle where we are on our life journey, from being a newly married couple, to expecting a baby, and now as new parents!  Thanks for coming along this journey with us and uplifting us in your prayers, thoughts and messages!  God has blessed us with such a precious gift in baby Myla this past year and we are so thankful to be given the opportunity to be parents.  She is growing up so quickly before our eyes as she is almost 3 months old!!!
253 posts, 3700 Facebook fans, 599 Twitter followers, 633 Instagram followers and 5649 Tumblr followers later, here we are.  I’ve blogged about 15 original amigurumi designs and on my Facebook page I asked which ones you thought were my most popular!  Many of you guessed correctly: the ones pictured above are my most popular amigurumi, namely Dragon, the Spring Bunnies & the Teddy Ornaments!  Which one of our designs is your favourite?  Surprisingly, our most popular blog post is not an amigurumi!  Can anyone guess which crochet project garnered the most views? 
Thanks again for all your support, and we pray that “All About Ami" will continue to inspire you to take up a new hobby, try out new projects and go beyond what you think you can do!  Let’s continue to use our God-given talents and passions to love and connect with others!  We hope that we can continue to bring smiles to your faces and help bring some positivity and love into your lives, especially on those days when you need it most!  God bless :) 
~ Stephanie, Ryan & Myla

Two years ago on this day, I wrote my very first blog post!  I still remember how excited I was to finally start a blog and share my brand new hobby with the world :)  I never in my wildest dreams imagined how far we would come in this amigurumi-making and blogging journey!  We feel so blessed and thankful to God that we can share our passion and creativity with you all through “All About Ami”.  Thank you to all our readers who have been with us since the very beginning and to those who have recently found out about our work, in large part due to Pinterest, Craftgawker and Ravelry!  It is always such a joy reading your thoughtful, encouraging comments and even getting ideas of what to do on our travels (e.g. Paris & Tokyo)!

I spent the vast majority of this past year pregnant, so my crochet blog took somewhat of a turn with many baby-related projects!  “All About Ami" has been such a wonderful way for us to chronicle where we are on our life journey, from being a newly married couple, to expecting a baby, and now as new parents!  Thanks for coming along this journey with us and uplifting us in your prayers, thoughts and messages!  God has blessed us with such a precious gift in baby Myla this past year and we are so thankful to be given the opportunity to be parents.  She is growing up so quickly before our eyes as she is almost 3 months old!!!

253 posts, 3700 Facebook fans, 599 Twitter followers, 633 Instagram followers and 5649 Tumblr followers later, here we are.  I’ve blogged about 15 original amigurumi designs and on my Facebook page I asked which ones you thought were my most popular!  Many of you guessed correctly: the ones pictured above are my most popular amigurumi, namely Dragon, the Spring Bunnies & the Teddy Ornaments!  Which one of our designs is your favourite?  Surprisingly, our most popular blog post is not an amigurumi!  Can anyone guess which crochet project garnered the most views? 

Thanks again for all your support, and we pray that “All About Ami" will continue to inspire you to take up a new hobby, try out new projects and go beyond what you think you can do!  Let’s continue to use our God-given talents and passions to love and connect with others!  We hope that we can continue to bring smiles to your faces and help bring some positivity and love into your lives, especially on those days when you need it most!  God bless :) 

~ Stephanie, Ryan & Myla

The blog will be quiet for a while as we travel to Tokyo, Japan!  Thank you so much to everyone who gave such thoughtful tips and recommendations for our trip!  Hopefully we’ll be able to get lots of inspiration for future projects, and we can’t wait to share our adventures with you when we get back :) 

The blog will be quiet for a while as we travel to Tokyo, Japan!  Thank you so much to everyone who gave such thoughtful tips and recommendations for our trip!  Hopefully we’ll be able to get lots of inspiration for future projects, and we can’t wait to share our adventures with you when we get back :) 

I will be starting a new series called “Crochet Corner”, where I feature the work of you, my lovely readers, using my crochet patterns.  I absolutely love seeing your photos, and so far the Spring Bunnies, Valentine Teddy, the cup cozy and the cell phone cozies seem to be the most popular to make.  Please send me photos of your work using any of my patterns/tutorials by posting them on my facebook page (here) or sending them to all_about_ami@hotmail.com  I will link to your blog if you have one :)

I will be starting a new series called “Crochet Corner”, where I feature the work of you, my lovely readers, using my crochet patterns.  I absolutely love seeing your photos, and so far the Spring Bunnies, Valentine Teddy, the cup cozy and the cell phone cozies seem to be the most popular to make.  Please send me photos of your work using any of my patterns/tutorials by posting them on my facebook page (here) or sending them to all_about_ami@hotmail.com  I will link to your blog if you have one :)

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