Look who accompanied to the yarn store! Sweetheart Bunny is helping me choose yarn to make a new amigurumi! She’s a great helper :) We are excited to work on our newest project! What are you and your amigurumi up to today?
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…
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!
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!
Here is my feature in the magazine! Give it a read…perhaps you’ll learn something new about me!
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!]
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]
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!
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…
Next I sewed the gap between the legs shut after the fiberfill was stuffed in!
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 :)
After attaching the ears…
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Here’s a pic to show how big they are when I’m holding them! They’re both pretty small and dainty :)
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!
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!
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!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d do a round-up of special Valentine crocheted projects that you could make for your loved ones or for yourself to celebrate ♥ The free patterns are available for all of these projects (click through the links to access them)!
Row 1: Valentine Teddy by me (my second ever original design!), Hearts by Little Birdie Secrets (I LOVE using these hearts to embellish cards- see here and here), Valentine Popsicles by Jennygurumi (her first original design!)
Row 2: Lovebirds by Lion Brand (a cute set that you can personalize with your own special colours, a hat, or maybe initials), Amigurumi Hearts by Roxycraft (perfect if you want a 3-D heart instead of the 2-D ones above), Sweetheart Bunny by me (my Valentine project from last year!)
Row 3: Heart Box of Chocolates by Red Heart (How amazing is this? These chocolates will last forever…and are calorie-free ;D), Valentine Envelopes by Lion Brand (such a cute way to send a special letter or photo), Chocolate Truffle Scarf by Twinkie Chan (super kawaii for chocolate lovers to wear proudly!)
Hope these give you some ideas of how you can add some crocheted touches to your Valentine’s Day! They’re a fun take on your traditional chocolate, flowers, and stuffies that are typically gifted for the occasion! Much love to you all ♥
Thank you all so much for participating in our giveaway! We loved reading all your creative suggestions for cute amigurumi pairs/sets :) We will definitely keep them in mind as we dream up our next amigurumi projects!
Without further ado, here are the WINNERS of the giveaway:
Madison Parish (Blog comments)
Monet Bellow (Facebook)
I will get into contact with each of you, but if for some reason you do not get my messages, please e-mail me at email@example.com so we can arrange for you to receive your goodies!
It’s time for a GIVEAWAY since it’s been a year since I hosted my last one! While in Tokyo, I picked up some very kawaii items for myself and bought some extra so I could give them away to my loyal and supportive readers! There are three prizes:
(1) A Sheep Felt Mascot Kit (love his adorable expression!)
(2) A Teddy Bear Measuring Tape (press his nose so the tape retracts; metric-system only)
(3) A Bunny Wool Felt Kit (the little smile and striped body are so sweet!)
There are 5 ways to enter (I will randomly choose three of the following groups, one winner from each):
(1) Blog comments: Leave a comment on this blog post, suggesting cute amigurumi pairs/sets (e.g. milk and cookies). One comment per person please (if you comment more than once I will just count one of your comments :D).
(2) Tumblr: “Like" this post. Reblog this post for an additional entry (only once please). For an additional entry, reply to this post and suggest a cute amigurumi pair/set. Winner must be a follower on tumblr.
(3) Facebook: Leave a comment on the giveaway photo on my facebook page here, suggesting a cute amigurumi pair/set. Like and Share the photo for additional entries. Winner must be a fan of the All About Ami Facebook page.
(4) Twitter: Reply to the giveaway tweet here, suggesting a cute amigurumi pair/set. Retweet the giveaway tweet for an additional entry. Winner must be a follower on twitter.
(5) Instagram (allaboutami): Comment on the giveaway photo, suggesting a cute amigurumi pair/set. Like the photo for an additional entry. Winner must be a follower on instagram.
You may enter all five ways! If you are under 18, please ask your parents’ permission before entering. The contest is open worldwide and will run until Sunday, August 5 at 11 PM, MST. Winners will be announced on Monday, August 6! Thank you for supporting my blog, everyone :D Can’t wait to hear your wonderful ideas and ship these goodies around the world!
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!