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Hello my crafty friends!  As you all know, I love amigurumi, and it was my pleasure being featured in a wonderful amigurumi article found in Issue 20 of “Simply Crochet" magazine.  "We Love Amigurumi”, written by Judy Darley of Future Publishing, is about the joys of making amigurumi toys, and I am so honoured and happy that I could be a part of it!

I was interviewed alongside fellow amigurumi artists Maike van den Dries of the Netherlands and Mei Li Lee of Malaysia.  I really enjoyed reading this delightful article, seeing all the beautiful pictures, and hearing what Maike and Mei had to say as well.  In this “We Love Amigurumi" article, we talk about why we think amigurumi stands out from other kinds of toys, advice on getting started, amigurumi challenges, and what we all love about amigurumi!  It makes me so happy to see features such as these that promote amigurumi and introduce this beautiful art to people who may have never heard of it before!  Yay for amigurumi  

I am so honoured that Dragon is the cover photo of this article and that they included pics of my “Knotted Headband”, “Spring Bunnies”, “Cotton the Lamb”, and the “Fluff Bears: Coco & Mochi”!  If you’re interested in reading this article for yourself, you can buy digital copies of Simply Crochet magazine HERE and also find hard copies in Barnes & Nobles and Chapters Indigo stores!  Let me know if you end up picking up this issue and what you think!

[Note: When I first blogged about this feature, I had initially posted the entire article, but I have now taken it down since we don’t have legal permission- sorry about that!]

Hand Made Toys Bookazine

Hello everyone!  I wanted to share about an exciting feature that my amigurumi Dragon has in a beautiful new bookazine called “Hand Made Toys”!

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When Helen, the editor of “Hand Made Toys”, asked if my Dragon could be included in this special edition, I happily said yes.  Helen is an editor at Future Publishing in the UK, and this publishing company is behind “Simply Crochet" and "Mollie Makes”.  As some of you may remember, Dragon was also previously featured in the premier issue of “Simply Crochet" magazine last year!  I was very impressed when I received my own hard copy of this bookazine as all the projects included are incredibly cute and whimsical!

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Hand Made Toys" contains 40 toy designs to crochet, knit and sew.  I loved seeing the different crafts put together in one magazine, and some of the sewing designs really caught my eye…I have already forgotten how to use my sewing machine, but there are some hand-stitched toy patterns that I could possibly try!  The crocheted hedgehogs seen on the cover look absolutely adorable too- I might have to make some :)

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The bookazine is divided into 5 sections: (1) “Once Upon A Time" containing fairytale and rhyme characters including my Dragon; (2) “Busy Bees" containing indoor toys for children; (3) “Special Friends" containing a variety of adorable animals; (4) “Let’s Pretend" containing delicious play food and treats; and (5) “Just For Fun" containing mini toys for big craft and play happiness!

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I am so happy to have my amigurumi Dragon featured in “Hand Made Toys" along with some of my other crochet blogger friends including Mei of “Amigurumei" and Tanya of “Little Things Blogged”!  Thank you for including my work in your bookazine, Helen!  It truly is a delightful magazine with such a wide variety of cute toys!

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If you’re interested in getting your hands on your own copy, you can order “Hand Made Toys" by mail HERE or find copies in WH Smith stores and leading newsagents in the UK and in Barnes & Noble stores in the US.  You can also buy a digital copy of “Hand Made Toys" through the Apple Newsstand (download the free Simply Crochet container app, and the digital version of Hand Made Toys will be available there).  I think it’s so special how people all over the world are continuing to discover my amigurumi Dragon pattern, often through features such as these, and I truly adore seeing all the Dragons who have been crocheted with so much love 

2013 Most Popular Blog Posts

Today is the last day of 2013 and out of curiosity, I checked my Google Stats to see which were my most popular blog posts this past year!  I thought I would share the top 5 with you all in case some of you are new to my blog or are curious too!

5) Amigurumi for Beginners

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4) Dragon

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3) Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie

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2) Knotted Headband

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1) Despicable Me Minion

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We had over 1 million visits and over 2.5 million pageviews in the year 2013!  Thank you for reading and supporting my blog from around the world, and we look forward to 2014!  What designs and patterns are you looking forward to in the new year?  Let me know in the comments below!  HAPPY NEW YEAR, my fellow crafty and amigurumi friends!

Every first Friday of the month is “Bring Your Amigurumi To Work Friday" (BYATWF), a fun initiative started by Dennis, a graphic designer and amigurumi artist from the Netherlands (check out his work here)!  I participated in the first one on Instagram (@AllAboutAmi) by photographing my little Dragon while playing with Myla since I have the best job in the world as her Mama :)

This Friday is the third “BYATWF”, so choose a special amigurumi, have him/her follow you around for the day, snap a photo and upload it onto your blog, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag “#BYATWF" so we can all see!  It’s fun seeing other people’s creations and what environments they’re in!  And don’t worry if you don’t work on Fridays- you can snap your work photo on another day and upload it on Friday OR your amigurumi can tag along with you as you go grocery shopping, to the library, to the gym and so forth!  What a great way to bring the amigurumi community together :)  Can’t wait to see what all our little crocheted friends around the world will be doing and where they’ll be going this Friday!  

Malaysia Home & Decor Magazine Feature

I have some very exciting news to share with you all!  I was featured in the June 2013 issue of Malaysia’s “Home & Décor” Magazine!  This is the beautiful cover…

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Mei of Meimoirs, a fellow amigurumi artist who is extremely talented and creative, first contacted me in March and told me that she was doing a story about the “Global Handmade Movement" for the magazine.  I was so honoured that she wanted to feature me!  Mei did a wonderful job with the story as she talks about the rising popularity of handmade items, Pinterest, DIY tutorials and Etsy, as well as how social media has really helped spread the popularity of crafting.  Handmade items are definitely a breath of fresh air in a world of mass consumerism and big-box stores! 

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The story features five artists from around the world, including Canada (me), France, Australia and Malaysia!  I really enjoyed reading about the other artists and seeing their work :)  It is definitely neat to see and hear about what is going on around the crafting world!

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My feature includes pictures of Snuggles, Dragon, Sweetheart Bunny and my Long Double Crochet Cowl!

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Here is my feature in the magazine!  Give it a read…perhaps you’ll learn something new about me!

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Thank you to Malaysia’s Home & Décor Magazine for the lovely feature, and thank you so very much to Mei for writing up such a great story and including me!  Check out Mei’s amigurumi work on her blog HERE!

[All photos in this blog post courtesy of Mei!]

Simply Crochet Magazine Feature

As some of you know, I was recently featured in a beautiful new crochet magazine called “Simply Crochet”!  I was thrilled when Debora, the editor-in-chief of “Simply Crochet" first contacted me in early November about being involved with a secret new magazine they were launching in the new year.  The magazine sounded very promising and interesting, and I jumped at the chance to be a part of it! 

The first issue of “Simply Crochet" came out in the UK and on Apple Newsstand in January 2013, and we immediately bought a digital copy of it on our iPad.  I was very impressed by the beautiful lay-outs, pretty patterns and picture guides for those who were new to crochet.  I absolutely couldn’t wait to get my hands on a hard copy of it so I could share my magazine feature with you all!

I wasn’t able to find a copy of the first issue of “Simply Crochet" at my local bookstore until last week!  Chapters Indigo was kind enough to call me as soon as they received copies of the magazine.  Since it is from the UK, it took a while for it to come to Canada.  I know the US got it earlier at Barnes & Noble- thank you for your tweets, Facebook and Instagram messages letting me know that you had spotted me in the magazine!  That was very sweet :)  I was so incredibly excited to see the magazine in person!

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It’s surreal picking up a magazine and seeing your work and picture in it!  I never in a million years thought that I would be featured in a magazine.  Haha, part of me wanted to go around the store and say, “Look…that’s me!” (I didn’t end up doing this :P). 

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Here is Simply Crochet’s youngest reader, five and a half month old Myla!  I think she spotted some familiar faces…

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Myla was only 5 weeks old in our family photo in the magazine.  How time flies…

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This is the front cover of the first issue of “Simply Crochet”!  It’s such an honour that my amigurumi Dragon was featured on the cover and in the top right corner!  This makes him very visible when the magazine is stacked behind other magazines. 

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The first issue also came with two crochet hooks: a pink 4 mm crochet hook and a bright yellow 6 mm crochet hook.  This gives the magazine a little more value since it is pricey at $13.99 CAD (£4.99 in the UK). 

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Here you can see a picture of me holding Dragon in the Table of Contents!

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I was very honoured that they listed me as one of the “Contributors” for this issue!

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They included an article entitled, “What is Amigurumi?" to introduce people to the Japanese art of crocheting stuffed animals in case they had never seen it before…

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And on the next page there was a big picture of my Dragon!  Doesn’t he look so sweet?

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It was neat seeing my Dragon pattern typed up nicely in a magazine.  They did a great job with the lay-out as the steps coincided with the pictures along the bottom.  At first when I read the pattern I was a little taken aback as I saw all the double crochets.  I momentarily forgot that single crochets are double crochets in UK crochet terminology! 

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On the following pages was the feature of our family!  I was very flattered by the title of the article: “An Amigurumi Sensation: Creating adorable amigurumi while caring for an equally cute newborn?  It’s all in a day’s work for crochet devotee Stephanie Lau”.  A colleage of Debora’s named Judy sent me about a dozen interview questions to answer back in November.  Myla was less than a month old and I was very sleep-deprived and recovering from labour.  I slowly chipped away at those questions when I felt like I had a little energy and was somewhat coherent, but it felt like an eternity before I finally finished answering all of their questions to the best of my ability.  I think Judy did a wonderful job writing up the article based on my answers!  Some of you said that you learned some new things about me (e.g. my husband Ryan takes all of the lovely photos for the blog!) and that you enjoyed the feature too :)

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It still astounds me how popular Dragon is!  He is definitely my most popular amigurumi and I’ve really enjoyed seeing your versions and hearing your lovely feedback about the pattern.  Some of you have stated that it’s your favourite amigurumi pattern and that you’ve been inspired to learn how to crochet just to make him! 

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Simply Crochet" introduced some new readers to my blog and I am so thankful to have been a part of the launch of such a beautiful new crochet magazine.  The bright images, aesthetic lay-outs and great project ideas (jewelry, items for the home, fashion) make this a very modern magazine that makes crocheting appealing to all generations…no longer is crocheting just a "grandma’s hobby" anyore!  (Side note: I remember teaching my classmate in Grade 6 how to crochet and a boy laughed at us and called us old ladies when he saw what we were doing!).  “Simply Crochet" also has a very lovely blog that you can keep up with here

Thank you so much to the staff of “Simply Crochet" for featuring me and for letting me be a part of your magazine!  And thank you to all our readers for continuing to support, encourage and help inspire us to keep being creative- Ryan and I cannot thank you enough!  We have more new projects coming up (including a new amigurumi that we will be unveiling next week!), and we can’t wait to share them with you :D

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

I am super excited to share the cover of a new magazine called “Simply Crochet" that will be launching soon!  "Simply Crochet" is "a celebration of all things crochet, and is packed with inspiring patterns, gorgeous photos and helpful advice for those who love or would love to learn to crochet”.  Do you spot someone familiar on the cover?
The first issue will contain my Dragon pattern as well as a feature of my blog and I!  “Simply Crochet" launches in England on January 10 and will be available in the US and Canada in February.  According to their website, you’ll be able to find “Simply Crochet" at Indigo in Canada and at Jo-Ann’s and Barnes and Noble in the US.   It will also be available for purchase from the Apple Newsstand on January 10 as well! 
I am incredibly excited to get my hands on a copy and see what the first issue of “Simply Crochet" looks like since little Dragon and I are being featured and since I love all things crochet :)  I will blog about it once I do!  In the meantime, you can check out a sneak peek of the magazine HERE to get an idea of what projects and patterns will be featured, as well as a special offer where you can get the first 3 issues for £5 if you live in the UK and $10 if you live in the US or Canada!  You can also check out the beautiful "Simply Crochet" blog HERE and follow them on facebook and twitter for their updates!  Can’t wait!

I am super excited to share the cover of a new magazine called “Simply Crochet" that will be launching soon!  "Simply Crochet" is "a celebration of all things crochet, and is packed with inspiring patterns, gorgeous photos and helpful advice for those who love or would love to learn to crochet”.  Do you spot someone familiar on the cover?

The first issue will contain my Dragon pattern as well as a feature of my blog and I!  “Simply Crochet" launches in England on January 10 and will be available in the US and Canada in February.  According to their website, you’ll be able to find “Simply Crochet" at Indigo in Canada and at Jo-Ann’s and Barnes and Noble in the US.   It will also be available for purchase from the Apple Newsstand on January 10 as well! 

I am incredibly excited to get my hands on a copy and see what the first issue of “Simply Crochet" looks like since little Dragon and I are being featured and since I love all things crochet :)  I will blog about it once I do!  In the meantime, you can check out a sneak peek of the magazine HERE to get an idea of what projects and patterns will be featured, as well as a special offer where you can get the first 3 issues for £5 if you live in the UK and $10 if you live in the US or Canada!  You can also check out the beautiful "Simply Crochet" blog HERE and follow them on facebook and twitter for their updates!  Can’t wait!

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 :) 

Hey everyone!  Guess where our travels are taking us next?  To JAPAN, the Land of the Rising Sun and where amigurumi originated!  We are incredibly excited as we will be leaving soon!  We will spend most of our time in Tokyo :)  Does anyone have recommendations on good places to eat and visit?  I would LOVE to get some tips from you and hear about some of your favourite places!  I would greatly appreciate it if you left a comment here, tweeted me or sent me an e-mail at all_about_ami@hotmail.com!  Thank you so much :)

Hey everyone!  Guess where our travels are taking us next?  To JAPAN, the Land of the Rising Sun and where amigurumi originated!  We are incredibly excited as we will be leaving soon!  We will spend most of our time in Tokyo :)  Does anyone have recommendations on good places to eat and visit?  I would LOVE to get some tips from you and hear about some of your favourite places!  I would greatly appreciate it if you left a comment here, tweeted me or sent me an e-mail at all_about_ami@hotmail.com!  Thank you so much :)

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