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Hmmm…what are Ryan and I reading?

Some super awesome magazines we’ve been featured in!  I was thrilled when Anna M. Park, the editor-in-chief of Audrey Magazine contacted me, saying that she loved my crochet designs and wanted to include some of them in their upcoming spring issue!  Audrey is the “Asian American Women’s Lifestyle Magazine”, and I was so excited when my hard copies came in the mail.  Growing up, I used to read magazines such as “Cosmo Girl”, “Seventeen" and "Teen Vogue”, and I would get very excited whenever I saw an Asian face on a page, which of course was rare.  Audrey highlights Asian-Americans in entertainment, sports, and pop culture in general, and they also feature Asian-American models in their beauty and fashion sections.  I think it’s exciting where the Asian-American community is headed as the cultural landscape diversifies and more Asian-Americans are visible in the media!

Hannah Simone, of Indian and German-Italian-Greek-Cypriot descent and co-star of New Girl is on the cover of the Spring issue!  Previous stars who have graced the cover of Audrey include Jenna Ushkowitz of Glee, Jamie Chung, Freida Pinto, Tia Carrere, Mindy Kaling and Olivia Munn :)

My feature is on the very last page!  They included a large picture of my Dragon as well as a picture of my Spring Bunnies in the corner.  The feature also includes a little bit about me, including my inspiration, my blog name and how I got started in crocheting.  I am so thrilled and honoured to be featured in this great pioneering magazine!

My brother Corey is a big Nintendo fan (I’ve crocheted a Bob-omb and Luigi amiguurmi for him as well as a Pokemon cell phone cozy) and he’s always loved reading Nintendo Power.  I used to flip through his magazines as we played our fair share of Nintendo games together growing up (e.g. Super Mario 64, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Luigi’s Mansion, etc).  Corey told me about the “Community" section at the back of every issue of the magazine which features fanwork from all around the world.  I thought I would submit the amiugurumi Link I made since I was so proud of how my Hylian shield and accessories turned out!  I was thrilled when I heard back from Nintendo Power as they were very interested in my amigurumi!  Freelance writer and game journalist Nathan Meunier asked me some questions and began writing his article.

I did not know when my Link would be featured, but one day I got an excited message from Corey, telling me that he found Link in the March 2012 issue with Sora of Kingdom Hearts on the cover!

I quickly went out to the store and bought myself a hard copy!  I love the title of our feature: “Lover’s Link" with the description, "This Zelda-inspired amigurumi makes for matrimonial harmony”.  The article highlights how we work as a great husband and wife team and how we wanted to create our own accessories after following Japanese artist Becchin’s original design.  It’s so exciting being featured in a magazine that we used to read growing up! 

Lastly, I was contacted by the wonderful people over at CraftgawkerCraftgawker was being featured in a crafts magazine in the UK called “Crafts Beautiful Magazine" (haha I’ve probably never used the word "crafts" so many times in one sentence before :P).  This magazine wanted to use some images from Craftgawker, so Craftgawker asked if they could have my permission to send them the photo of my amigurumi Dragon!  Of course, I happily obliged and was excited that such an awesome site with so many beautiful images wanted to use one of mine!  Craftgawker has been very instrumental in introducing people to my blog, and I highly recommend you check out their site if you haven’t so already: there are so many gorgeous images of inspiration for free tutorials and wonderful craft ideas.  You can see my Dragon featured on the page that appeared in the magazine!

We are so thankful to be featured in these wonderful magazines, particularly since Nintendo Power and Audrey Magazine are not targeted towards craft or crochet audiences.  They are mainstream magazines that can be bought in stores!  Hopefully some new people will be introduced to the wonderful world of amigurumi and crochet!  Thank you so much for all your continued support, everyone :)

Crochet Corner: Spring Bunnies

Since this past Tuesday was the first official day of Spring, I thought I would do a Crochet Corner post on my Spring Bunnies!  I’m hoping the weather will be Spring-like, but we’re known to have unexpected blasts of winter where I live *fingers crossed*.  It was also exactly one year ago when my first pattern for CRAFT got published on their website.  I was beyond thrilled when former editor-in-chief Natalie Zee Drieu commissioned me to design a Spring project even though I had only been blogging for two months.  After it went live, Natalie told me that the Spring Bunnies pattern was extremely popular, and I’ve seen more final pictures of the Spring Bunnies than any of my other amigurumi designs!  So, without further ado, let’s check out some Spring Bunnies that have been popping up all over the world!

First up, we have Grace of Craft by Grace from Indonesia.  It’s neat because Grace used my “Amigurumi for Beginners" post and the Spring Bunnies project to teach some people to learn how to crochet!  She started from the very beginning, teaching the basic stitches and how to read a crochet pattern.  Below is Grace’s first Spring Bunny. 

Grace taught Erni how to crochet, and here is her first ever amigurumi project!  They took this picture during their last class together.  Great job, Grace and Erni!  You make a wonderful teacher-student combo!

Oraflana made this beautiful pink Spring Bunny.  I love how everyone chooses their favourite fabric for the lining of the ears, so each Spring Bunny looks very unique.  What a lovely bunny!

Christine of Oh So Pathos from Montreal, Canada made this bunny for her mom.  Her mom was going through a rough period at work and wanted something ”comfy and warm-hearted” to remind her that her job wasn’t everything and that there was more to life.  Christine made her mom this bunny so that she could take a moment to breathe and relax whenever she saw it.  I’m sure Christine’s mom loves her handmade bunny and is always reminded how much her daughter loves her too!  I love the funky fabric that Christine used and how black, white and pink contrast so nicely together. 

 

Hilary of Buzz & Lola from Ireland made her own Spring Bunny and plans to make him a smaller friend once she masters using a smaller crochet hook!  People are always surprised to hear what a tiny crochet hook I actually use, but that’s how I get those tight, small stitches :)  I love the colours that Hilary used with the grey felt and pink nose on his cream body.  He looks very snuggly and cute!

Bogee made her own Spring Bunny with both a flower and a carrot- lucky bunny!  Bogee found it difficult to sew the felt on the feet and ears, so she actually sewed the stitches on the felt pieces first and then used fabric glue to stick the felt pieces onto the crocheted pieces.  What a great trick!  This bunny looks very well-made, and the stitching looks so even :)  Great work, Bogee!

Kitty of Belgium used my Spring Bunnies pattern for her very first amigurumi project.  She made a pair of bunnies and used yarn for the eyes.  Kitty says that working on these bunnies made her fall in love with crochet all over again.  I’m so happy to hear that your love for crochet has been reignited, Kitty :)

Candy from Singapore crocheted some bunnies and donated them to the Rabbit Society who is helping abandoned bunnies.  I think it’s very sweet how these plush bunnies are helping their live counterparts in Singapore :)  Candy did a wonderful job with her pink bunny with ears sticking straight up!  So adorable! 

And here is Candy’s floppy-eared bunny.  Love the dainty floral fabric she used for the lining of the ears.  What a sweetie!

Victoria of YarnRoundHook from the UK made these two Spring Bunnies, Flower and Petal, for her two children.  Victoria writes that they are so well-loved that some stuffing is even escaping!  She also points out that Flower turned out bigger than Petal- it’s interesting even how a little difference in the weight of the yarn can make a difference in the overall size of the amigurumi.  They both look very well-made and very cute, Victoria!  I’m so happy to hear that Flower and Petal are getting so much love from your children!

As always, I have many more pictures of Spring Bunnies to show you, but I’ll save them for a future post.  Be sure to check out my Spring Bunnies step-by-step blog post here and download the free pattern on the CRAFT website here.  Keep sending me your pictures on facebook, twitter and e-mail!  I hope your Spring has been off to a great start and that you’ve enjoyed reading about all these amigurumi bunnies who’ve been brightening up people’s days all around the world :)

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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