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Studio Ami Pig

Last week I blogged about how I was crocheting some amigurumi gifts for the daughters of some of our good friends.  One of the girls loves elephants (see the one I made for her here) while her sister’s favourite animal is a pig!  And so, I scoured Ravelry to look for a free and cute pig pattern.  I really liked the look and simplicity of Studio Ami's “Micropig”, so I decided to give it a try!  

However, I knew that the original pattern would yield quite a small pig, and I wanted to give the girls an elephant and a pig that were similar in size.  I also wanted to use the same yarn that I used to make the elephant (Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids) so that the amigurumi would match!  Instead of modifying the pattern to make it bigger, I wanted to keep it simple and follow the existing pattern but hold two strands of worsted weight yarn while crocheting.  I used a 5 mm crochet hook to accommodate for the thickness, the largest hook I’ve ever used to make an amigurumi!  As you know, the thicker the yarn and the larger the crochet hook you use, the bigger your amigurumi will turn out!

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As you can see, the stitches are massive but no holes are visible and the piece has a sturdy feel to it because of the thickness.  

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This pig works up really quickly!  I love how simple this pattern is as the body/head is already complete :)

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With the eyes in place I thought this little one was starting to look like a Sackboy!

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Next I crocheted the pointy ears…

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And then the four stubby legs!  When attaching the ears and legs to the body, I only used one strand of yarn as it was simply to thick and difficult to use both strands to sew the pieces together.

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After attaching the ears, legs and also the felt snout, here is what our pig looked like!  

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The original pattern does not include a tail, but I thought it would be fun to add a little curly tail!  I crocheted the tail as follows:

Ch 5.  3 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across (12 sc).  Fasten off and leave long end to attach tail to bottom-back of pig.

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To make our elephant and pig amigurumi match even more, we added a cute floral bow to the pig using the same fabric we used for the lining of the elephant’s ears!  What do you think of her?

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She is a ball of cuteness, so round and sweet!

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The curly little tail adds a nice touch, don’t you think?

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I was really happy with how this pig turned out and how it was similar in size to the elephant I blogged about last week!

Have you ever tried holding two strands of yarn together to make amigurumi before?  What have you done to make your amigurumi larger?  If you’ve been looking for a cute amigurumi pig pattern, I highly recommend checking out the free one provided by Sylvia of “Studio Ami" HERE!  Thanks for sharing your free pattern with us, Sylvia!

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Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Pig by Studio Ami
I made this amigurumi bigger by crocheting with two strands of worsted weight yarn at the same time!  Have you ever done this before?  Full details coming up soon!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Pig by Studio Ami

I made this amigurumi bigger by crocheting with two strands of worsted weight yarn at the same time!  Have you ever done this before?  Full details coming up soon!

Boxyskirt Bunny

A couple months ago some friends of ours told us that they would be traveling to Guatemala and visiting the children they had been sponsoring through Impact Ministries.  They asked us if we could perhaps crochet something for their little girl.  I took this as the perfect opportunity to try out a free pattern I had been eyeing on Ravelry.  I love bunnies (see my Spring Bunnies, Sweetheart Bunny and this bunny by Ana Paula Rimoli), so when I saw the “Boxy Skirt Bunny" pattern by Minazara, I knew had to make it!

I thought it was neat that this bunny was not your typical shape…it was rectangular and hence “boxy”.  I first started crocheting the head.  For some reason I had difficulty making the stitch count work and look even in Row 2, so I did this instead: “Turn, and then work 2 sc in the 2nd chain from hook, then 13 sc, 2 sc in next, then 13 sc [here, you’re working along the bottom chain] (30 sc)”.  At the beginning it looked like we were making a sock cell phone cozy :)  We then added the eyes and Ryan did a beautiful job stitching the pink nose!

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My least favourite part about making amigurumi is attaching all the pieces together, so I loved how the legs are simply a continuation of the body!  No need to attach them later on :)  Here it looks like we’re crocheting a little tooth…

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Next I sewed the gap between the legs shut after the fiberfill was stuffed in!

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I then crocheted the rest of the parts: the two dainty little ears and arms.  Now she’s looking more bunny-esque and less tooth-like :)

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After attaching the ears…

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You’ll notice that there is a line around the bunny’s body where I crocheted in the back loops only.  This is where the skirt will be attached!  I love how there’s no guess work of where it should be attached, and this makes it a lot easier picking up stitches for the skirt :)  Great design!

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I used this coral colour for the skirt (left over yarn from Myla’s granny square baby blanket!) and began crocheting around the body.  I did 30 sc for Rows 1-3 and 60 sc (2 sc in each sc around to increase) for Rows 4-6.

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I then attached the arms after the skirt was completed!  Ryan embroidered this little pink heart on the skirt, and then I crocheted a tiny yellow bow using embroidery floss and attached it to one ear.  Doesn’t she looks oh so pretty and cute?  Very ladylike!

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I liked this bunny so much that I decided to make one for Myla too :)  I was curious how this Boxy Skirt Bunny would turn out if I used thinner mercerized cotton (I used worsted weight acrylic yarn for the first bunny).  Here is how our second little bunny turned out with a tiny mint green bow!

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Here is a side by side comparison so you can see the difference in size!  The same pattern can yield very different results when you use different yarn!  I also used a 3.5 mm crochet hook for the first bunny and a 2.00 mm crochet hook for the second bunny.

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Here’s a pic to show how big they are when I’m holding them!  They’re both pretty small and dainty :)

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Haha, I wanted to pose them somewhere cute, so we put them in our kleenex box.  Looks like they’re saying farewell and about to set sail on a big adventure!

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Our first Boxy Skirt bunny did go on a long journey to Guatemala!  I asked our friends to take a picture once they delivered the little bunny to their sponsor child, and here it is :)  Our friends had a very memorable, touching time meeting the children they sponsor in person, and they said that she loved it!  It’s neat to think that something we crocheted is so far around the world and being loved by this special little girl.  I am so happy and proud of our friends for the work they do in showing God’s love and grace to these children through Impact Ministries.  Can’t wait for them to get back to hear more of their stories!

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The Boxy Skirt Bunny pattern is a great, versatile pattern as you can use any colour for the bunny, skirt, and nose…you can add buttons, beads or bows to the ears or skirts, and you could make a wavy skirt, miniskirt or even shorts!  Making this into a little ballerina bunny by adding lace-up pointe shoes with a frilly tutu would be so cute too!  You could easily change the ears to make this into a Boxy Skirt Bear as well :)  The possibilities are endless!  Check out Minazaram’s free pattern on Ravelry HERE.  Hope you liked seeing how we made ours!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: “Boxy Skirt Bunny" by Minazara

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: “Boxy Skirt Bunny" by Minazara

Here is a matching mommy & baby “Knotted Headband" set I made as a gift!  You can get the free pattern for the adult version HERE.  For the newborn version, I followed the same basic pattern but chained 45 in the beginning (increase this number for older babies with bigger heads) and made 3 rows of double crochets.  For the knot, I chained 7 and made 4 rows of double crochets. 
If you’ve always wanted to make my Knotted Headband, now is a great opportunity as it is the March Crochet-Along project on “The Curious Pug”!  You can participate by visiting Alycia’s blog HERE to link up your finished projects and see how everyone else’s turns out!  Can’t wait to check back and see all the finished Knotted Headbands at the end of March too!

Here is a matching mommy & babyKnotted Headband" set I made as a gift!  You can get the free pattern for the adult version HERE.  For the newborn version, I followed the same basic pattern but chained 45 in the beginning (increase this number for older babies with bigger heads) and made 3 rows of double crochets.  For the knot, I chained 7 and made 4 rows of double crochets. 

If you’ve always wanted to make my Knotted Headband, now is a great opportunity as it is the March Crochet-Along project on “The Curious Pug”!  You can participate by visiting Alycia’s blog HERE to link up your finished projects and see how everyone else’s turns out!  Can’t wait to check back and see all the finished Knotted Headbands at the end of March too!

Do you have any super bulky yarn from previous projects that you would like to use up?  I had a quite a bit left over from making chunky cowls for myself and for my friends this winter.  After looking through the Ravelry database, I came across this adorable baby hat pattern by Catherine Wiggins.  These super bulky newborn hats work up extremely quickly with only 8 rows and a 10 mm crochet hook.  I love the addition of the ribbons to finish off these hats- the ribbon bows give a very sophisticated and polished look!  Get the free pattern HERE!  You may recognize these yarns since I used the pink yarn to make my “Long Double Crochet Cowl" and the beige yarn to make my "Chunky Double Crochet Cowl”!   
And for all you nursing mamas and mamas-to-be, don’t forget to enter my $30 Momzelle giveaway (closing February 28) and access the discount codes for Momzelle nursing clothing and beautiful nursing scarves called CoverBoos in my blog post HERE!

Do you have any super bulky yarn from previous projects that you would like to use up?  I had a quite a bit left over from making chunky cowls for myself and for my friends this winter.  After looking through the Ravelry database, I came across this adorable baby hat pattern by Catherine Wiggins.  These super bulky newborn hats work up extremely quickly with only 8 rows and a 10 mm crochet hook.  I love the addition of the ribbons to finish off these hats- the ribbon bows give a very sophisticated and polished look!  Get the free pattern HERE!  You may recognize these yarns since I used the pink yarn to make my “Long Double Crochet Cowl" and the beige yarn to make my "Chunky Double Crochet Cowl!   

And for all you nursing mamas and mamas-to-be, don’t forget to enter my $30 Momzelle giveaway (closing February 28) and access the discount codes for Momzelle nursing clothing and beautiful nursing scarves called CoverBoos in my blog post HERE!

Minnie Mouse Ears Headband

I am a HUGE Disney fan and I’ve actually lost count of how many times I’ve been to Disneyland and Disney World as my parents used to take our family very frequently during our summer vacations.  Thankfully, Ryan is ALSO a big Disney fan and we actually went to Disney World during part of our honeymoon two years ago!  We wore our Cinderella and Prince Charming ”Just Married” pins wherever we went and had a very magical time :)

When we were planning our family trip to Tokyo this past June, we knew we HAD to pay Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea a visit as they were very highly rated.  Part of the fun of going to Disney parks is getting into the Disney spirit, so I thought I would crochet a special set of Minnie Mouse ears that I could wear during our visits to the theme parks!

I picked up a set of Goody headbands that I could crochet around.  The “no-squeeze” tips of these headbands were quite comfy, but of course any headband would do for this project!  The little teeth at the top of the headband also provided some grip for the crochet stitches later on…

Materials:

  • headband
  • worsted weight yarn in black and red
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook

Here is a step-by-step picture tutorial I made showing you how to crochet around a headband!  I used pink yarn for this tutorial so it would show up better on camera, but for my actual headband I used black yarn.

This is what my actual black headband with black yarn looked like as I was crocheting around it:

Next I crocheted my mouse ears!  I actually crocheted four round circles… 

Ears (make 4)

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc 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 36

Finish off and leave long end for sewing.

I sewed two ears together (right sides facing outwards) to give the ears more thickness so they would not flop down or be as flimsy.  I sewed the two circles together by leaving the braided edges visible

Then I sewed the two thick black ears onto the headband.  Of course, you can always adjust the size of your ears if you want them to be bigger!  If you want to make a Mickey Mouse Headband, you can simply stop here :)

[Update: Some people have been asking me tips on how to attach the ears to the headband so the ears stand up straight!  I made sure to attach the ears to the headband by going through both loops of the single crochets of the headband with a good chunk of the ears (the whole single crochets of the last round of ears).  I connected about 5-6 single crochets of the ears (or as much as possible) with the headband so it had a steady base without flopping too much. I sewed together these parts multiple times to try and make it more secure too.]

Since I wanted a Minnie Mouse headband, the last part was Minnie’s delicate little bow!  Here is the pattern:

Bow:

Ch 11

R1: Starting in second chain from hook, Sc 10

R2-4: Ch 1.  Turn.  Sc 10

From there, single crochet up the right side of the resulting rectangle, across the top, down the left side and across the bottom, doing three single crochets in each corner.  Please see the bow picture from my slippers post HERE for clarification.  Scrunch the bow slightly and wrap yarn around the center.  Tie a couple knots and attach the bow to one of the ears on the headband.

And here is the finished product: my crocheted Minnie Mouse Ears Headband!

I was so incredibly excited to wear these ears in Tokyo Disneyland, and I knew I had to take a picture in front of the castle!

I had also previously purchased these Hello Kitty frames a couple days before in Shibuya, so I thought I would whip them out for a quick picture too.  Little red bows make everything so adorable!  It just so happened that both bows were positioned on the same side as well…

I thought I might as well share some photos of our visit to Tokyo Disneyland in this post too since most people are probably more familiar with the American Disney parks!  Tokyo Disneyland is extremely popular and can fill up very quickly.  Everyone was recommending that we visit during a weekday (trying to avoid weekends or holidays) and go as soon as the park opened.  There was already quite a line-up formed when we arrived early, and guests ran into the park as soon as they opened the doors!  A big difference between Tokyo Disneyland and other Disney parks is that their “World Bazaar" (their alternative to "Main Street") is covered by a glass Victorian-style conservatory roof to protect guests from rain and snow.

One of the most popular attractions in Tokyo Disneyland is “Pooh’s Hunny Hunt”, and it differs from the American versions because it uses a “trackless” ride system.  There is a master computer that generates random paths for the honey pots that you ride in, and since there are many different variations possible, apparently each journey through this ride is unique!  We really enjoyed this cute ride, and the technology was very cool!

This ride typically has one of the longest wait times in the park, so we ran to get a Fastpass for “Pooh’s Hunny Hunt” as soon as the park opened.  The park filled up so quickly that we were only allowed to get one fastpass for the whole entire day! 

Snacking on Disney treats is another highlight for us when visiting the parks!  While they did offer the typical churros, popcorn stands were everywhere and were extremely popular as it was common to see long line ups and many people carrying commemorative popcorn buckets.  Their variety of flavors was very unique and unlike those typically offered in North America!  We tried our best to sample most of the flavors :)  Just outside of Pooh’s Hunny Hunt was the honey popcorn

The soy sauce and butter popcorn had the longest line-up out of all the stands!

This flavor seemed to be the most popular, but we weren’t blown away by it…

Even though caramel popcorn was not a unique flavour, we had to buy some since it’s such a classic!

We ended up really liking the curry popcorn!  We loved eating Japanese curry on our trip, and the tasty savory flavour of this popcorn made it one of our favourites :)

Some more sweet popcorns that we tried included strawberry popcorn and milk tea popcorn.  Both were very good.  We love drinking milk tea, so the milk tea popcorn ended up being one of our favourites as well!  Overall, we had a fun time locating different popcorn stands and snacking on such a variety of flavours.

Another treat that I really loved in Tokyo Disneyland was their apple popsicle!  It was incredibly sweet and refreshing.  We snacked on this while waiting in line for an attraction called “Monsters Inc Ride and Go Seek" in which you use a flashlight to search for hidden monsters (making it different than the Monsters Inc ride in California Adventure).  We ended up waiting the longest for this popular ride (more than 1.5 hours) since all the fastpasses had been distributed early on…

Here are some more photos in front of the castle, taken with the Hipstamatic on my iPhone :)  I ♥ Disney!

Ryan and I in front of the castle…this trip brought back memories of our honeymoon two years ago!

My sister Ashley and I!  Ashley sported these little clip-on Winnie the Pooh ears she bought from Hong Kong Disneyland when we visited a couple years ago (I bought matching Piglet ears during that trip).  Don’t our dainty little ears look so cute?

Everyone visiting Tokyo Disneyland really got into the Disney spirit as the vast majority of guests were sporting some sort of Disney headwear.  I saw some people wearing hats like this one pictured below which I thought was hilariously cute!  The characters had massive heads with tiny little bodies in the back….it reminded me of amigurumi with the disproportionately large head and undersized extremities!

Many Japanese girls were wearing these oversized floppy bows and they looked incredibly kawaii!  I ended up buying this light pink polkadot bow headband (the bow is detachable) and sparkly red bow scrunchie to wear for future Disney trips.  I wasn’t sure if they were selling them in the American theme parks, so I thought I might as well pick these up as my Tokyo Disney souvenirs!

Tokyo Disneyland also had a baby gift store in Fantasyland and I saw this cute pajama dress that was very fitting since I was 21 weeks pregnant when we visited the parks in early June!  I didn’t end up buying it, but my parents bought an adorable Winnie the Pooh outfit for our baby :)  Even though I wasn’t able to go on some of the “high thrill” attractions because of my pregnancy, I still had a very fun time in Tokyo Disneyland with the yummy snacks, fun attractions and great shows.  I would love to visit again…if only it weren’t so far away!

The neighbouring park Tokyo DisneySea was VERY unique and unlike any Disney park we had visited before.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate when we visited this park the next day as it rained the whole time.  I can do a separate blog post on that park if anyone is interested!  We have many many photos from our Tokyo trip so perhaps I can do more travel blog posts in the future…

I hope you enjoyed this long post showing you how to crochet your own Minnie Mouse Ears Headband as well as our experiences in Tokyo Disneyland!  It’s neat being able to put your own touch on the iconic Mickey/Minnie Mouse Ears, and many people definitely did a double take when they saw me wearing this headband walking around the park.  It felt very special since I was the only one wearing these!  You can easily adapt this pattern to make different ears (e.g. yellow yarn for Winnie the Pooh, make triangle shapes for cat ears).  Try making these for your next Disney trip or even as a part of your Halloween costume!  Let me know how it goes, and I would love to see pictures :) 

I know there are other big Disney fans out there!  What are some of your favourite Disney rides and snacks?  I love “Peter Pan’s Flight”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Indiana Jones Adventure”, and some of my all-time favourite snacks are the Dole Whip Float, honey-roasted almonds and blue raspberry slush!  Let me know in the comments below :)  You can follow me on facebook, twitter and instagram (@AllAboutAmi) for more updates as well!  Have a magical time making these ^-^

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Something special I crocheted for our trip to Tokyo Disney this past June….. a Minnie Mouse Ears Headband!  Step-by-step tutorial and pattern to come soon!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Something special I crocheted for our trip to Tokyo Disney this past June….. a Minnie Mouse Ears Headband!  Step-by-step tutorial and pattern to come soon!

36 Weeks Maternity Shoot

Hi everyone!  We are 9 months pregnant and one month away from our due date!  It feels kind of surreal how life is going to change so drastically soon and how baby could really come anytime during the next few weeks.  It’s been so fun preparing the nursery, shopping for baby items, squealing over the cuteness of tiny baby clothes and of course crocheting baby projects!  We’ve also been trying to do belly shots throughout the pregnancy, and it’s been really neat seeing the progression and growth throughout the months.  I thought I would share some photos from our 36 Weeks Maternity Shoot we did a couple days ago, especially since it involves some crocheted goodness!

We shot these photos by a pond near our house!  Don’t the beautiful reeds and trees provide a gorgeous background for this green and gold photoshoot?

I was thrilled to find this pretty green maxi dress from a Banana Republic outlet at the end of the season for more than 75% off the original price :)  I love the ladylike ruffles on the top and the flowiness of the bottom.  Maxi dresses have been some of my favourite pieces to wear while being pregnant!

I wanted to display these little crocheted button booties I blogged about recently.  They look so tiny and dainty in my hands!

We really can’t wait for our baby to wear these!

The idea for the big crocheted bow belt was inspired by this lovely maternity session I found on a blog called “Onto Baby”.  I knew I wanted to make one for myself as soon as I saw how pretty and adorable the bow looked wrapped around the belly!  It makes the belly (and the little one growing inside) look like a beautiful gift adorned with a bow!

Once I found this green dress, I decided that I would crochet a gold bow to provide a beautiful accent against the green.  I ended up using the rest of the gold yarn that was left-over from my Scarecrow amigurumi and the gold baby booties.  I think my green and gold ensemble is perfect for the fall, especially with the green and gold glow in the background! 

Ryan helped me make this beautiful “36 Weeks" sign!  Doesn’t he have nice writing?  I’ve always admired how neatly he writes, but this really looks like a computer font!  You can see how he was practicing in pencil first before going over it in ink…

As for the bow, I crocheted a rectangular piece, folded it in half and then sewed the edges together.  I then crocheted a narrow strip to wrap around the middle to give it a puffy ruched look.  The belt was made by double crocheting row after row, and we added a wooden button for closure.  Since the belt is made of double crochets, it is essentially adjustable since the button can fit between any of the double crochets on any row!

We are so thankful for this gift from God and we cannot wait to meet our little baby soon!  Thank you for your kind e-mails and messages, warm wishes and prayers for our family :)  We feel very blessed and are very appreciative of you all!

Here is a recap of all the crochet slippers I made!  Detailed blog post coming soon :)  All slippers were made using the free pattern by Little House by the Sea with modifications!

Here is a recap of all the crochet slippers I made!  Detailed blog post coming soon :)  All slippers were made using the free pattern by Little House by the Sea with modifications!

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