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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!

I wanted to share about this birthday cake that Ryan and I made for my sister recently!  My sister loves home cooking and my baked goods, so it was our pleasure baking a cake to help her celebrate!  I love trying out new recipes and I turned to one of my favourite baking sites, Bakerella, to see what cake recipes she had.  When I stumbled upon her “Red Velvet Cake”, I knew I had to give it a try since it seemed quick and easy to make!  Indeed it was, and it turned out really well as it was very moist and delicious combined with the cream cheese frosting.  As a last minute touch, we quickly went out to Michaels and bought some pink sugar pearls and icing flowers to decorate the cake and make it look more elegant!  My sister loved how it turned out :)  You can find Bakerella’s Red Velvet Cake recipe HERE!  Just adding a few decorations can really transform a cake from plain to pretty!

Remember those grey infant button boots I crocheted more than a year ago when I was pregnant?  Well I am one proud Mama because our little sweetheart Myla can wear (and walk!) in them now!  I still remember crocheting them and wondering what our baby would be like, and they seemed sooo big at the time (especially compared to the gold baby boots I had just finished)!  
Doesn’t Myla look super cute and stylish in them?  It’s so special being able to make these items for Myla and I am SO GLAD I crocheted bigger items for her to grow into as well since I knew how busy I would probably be after she arrived!  Check out my step-by-step blog post for these boots HERE and the free pattern HERE!

Remember those grey infant button boots I crocheted more than a year ago when I was pregnant?  Well I am one proud Mama because our little sweetheart Myla can wear (and walk!) in them now!  I still remember crocheting them and wondering what our baby would be like, and they seemed sooo big at the time (especially compared to the gold baby boots I had just finished)!  

Doesn’t Myla look super cute and stylish in them?  It’s so special being able to make these items for Myla and I am SO GLAD I crocheted bigger items for her to grow into as well since I knew how busy I would probably be after she arrived!  Check out my step-by-step blog post for these boots HERE and the free pattern HERE!

Pattern: the Fluff Bears

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These little fluff bears are warm, fuzzy, and oh so sweet!  Coco and Mochi are made of a special novelty yarn called eyelash yarn that is more difficult to work with than your typical acrylic or cotton yarn, so embark on this project if you are up for a challenge!  Even though the individual stitches are difficult to see when working with eyelash yarn, this also means that it is more forgiving since it is harder to see mistakes!

These teddies would make wonderful gifts this winter, and why not personalize them by having them hold or wear different objects (e.g. guitar, book, hat, ballerina tutu) based on your interests or the interests of the person you are gifting them to! 

Materials:

  • Eyelash yarn: (1) for Mochi: white bulky (5) yarn [I used Patons Allure in “Diamond”]; (2) for Coco: beige medium (4) yarn [I used Loops & Threads Luxurious Fur in “Lynx”]
  • Beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton yarn [I used Patons Grace in “Natural”]
  • Embroidery floss: brown for Mochi’s nose, light pink for Coco’s nose, deep pink for Mochi’s yarn ball and Coco’s scarf
  • 2.00 mm and 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiberfill
  • 9 mm safety eyes
  • Beige felt for noses
  • Glue gun
  • Wire (for crochet hook) and scrapbook flower

Important Notes:

  • I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).  Feel free to follow along with my blog post HERE to see step-by-step photos.
  • I used a 3.5 mm crochet hook when working with the eyelash yarn and a 2.00 mm crochet hook when working with the lightweight yarn and embroidery floss (for Coco’s scarf).
  • When working with the eyelash yarn, be sure that the “wrong side" is facing outwards as it is fluffier than the "right side" (read about "The Right Side of Amigurumi" HERE).

MOCHI [male bear made of bulky yarn]

HEAD

Using white bulky (5) yarn,

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)

R4-7: Sc 18

Place safety eyes and begin stuffing head.

R8: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

Finish stuffing head.

R9: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.  Cut circle out of beige felt and embroider nose using brown embroidery floss.  Glue onto head.

BODY

Using white bulky (5) yarn,

R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

R2-4: Sc 6 (6 sts)

Stuff firmly.  Sew open end together.  Sew body to head.

EARS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 3 sc in magic ring. (3 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (6 sts)

R3: Sc 6 (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of head.  

ARMS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-7: Sc 4. (4 sts)

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

LEGS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-5: Sc 4. (4 sts)

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

Mochi’s Details: 

  • Using embroidery floss, tie several knots to form base of yarn ball.  Continue wrapping embroidery floss around base of knots, adding glue from glue gun periodically to help floss stay in place.  Once desired size is achieved, cut off.
  • Shape wire to form crochet hook (I used wire that is used to hang our ornaments to our Christmas tree).

COCO [female bear made of medium yarn]

HEAD

Using beige medium (4) yarn,

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)

R5-6: Sc 24

R7: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R8-12: Sc 18

Place safety eyes and begin stuffing head.

R13: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

Finish stuffing head.

R14: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.  Cut circle out of beige felt and embroider nose using pink embroidery floss.  Glue onto head.

BODY

Using beige medium (4) yarn,

R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

R2-9: Sc 6 (6 sts)

Stuff firmly.  Sew open end together.  Sew body to head.

EARS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (8 sts)

R3-4: Sc 8 (8 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of head.  

ARMS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-7: Sc 4. (4 sts)

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

LEGS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-5: Sc 4. (4 sts)

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

Coco’s Scarf 

Using deep pink embroidery floss,

Chain 31

R1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across (30 sc)

R2-3: Ch 1.  Turn.  Sc in second chain from hook and in each st across. (30 sts)

Fasten off.  Add fringe to edges of scarf (see photos here or video here).  Trim fringe to desired length.  Tie scarf around Coco.  Place flower or other object on Coco’s hand for her to hold :)

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Now your sweet teddies are complete and ready to be snuggled :)  I would love to see your finished fluff bears!  You can e-mail your pics to me at all_about_ami@hotmail.com, upload them to my Facebook page, Tweet me, or tag me on Instagram (@AllAboutAmi).  

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This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (November 2013).  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, or sell items made from this pattern.

The Fluff Bears: Coco & Mochi

Two years ago Ryan and I came across some white eyelash yarn while shopping at Michaels, and we decided to pick it up along with some other yarn since we thought it would be so cute to make a fluffy bear!  I’m embarrassed to admit that this white eyelash yarn remained in a Michaels bag on a shelf in my desk as months and months went by.  I continued to work on other projects and once in a while Ryan would say, “Hey, weren’t we going to work on that bear with that special yarn we bought a while ago?”  It wasn’t until this past summer that we decided to finally pull out this yarn and use it to make an amigurumi!

This was my very first time working with eyelash yarn which is a type of novelty yarn that “appears as a thread base with several long strands spaced at even intervals that jut out at an angle from the main strand” (according to Wikipedia).  The particular brand that we had purchased two years ago was “Patons Allure" in "Diamond" and more recently we purchased "Loops & Threads Luxurious Fur" in "Lynx" to make a second bear!  It’s interesting because both eyelash yarns are made of 100% nylon whereas previous yarns I’ve worked with are typically cotton or acrylic.

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As you can see, eyelash yarn is very fuzzy!  The white yarn had a more scraggly look to it…

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The beige yarn was less scraggly and actually had a beautiful shimmer to it!  It’s neat how various eyelash yarns have different looks to them which help give the resulting amigurumi different looks too!

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I was unaware of this at the time of purchasing the yarns, but they were of different thicknesses.  And so, I ended up not being able to use the same pattern when making both bears because of this.  As shown in the picture below, the white yarn ontop was bulky (5) while the beige yarn underneath was medium (4).  

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I started off making the white bear and since the white yarn was bulky, the whole pattern worked up very quickly!  I began by working on his head…

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When working with fluffy yarn, it is important to leave the “wrong side" of amigurumi on the outside as it is actually fluffier than the "right side" (read about "The RIght Side of Amigurumi" in my blog post HERE).

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I must also warn you that working with eyelash yarn is not for the faint of heart or for beginners as it is extremely difficult/nearly impossible to see the individual stitches.  Using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round is imperative!  I used a bobby pin before purchasing actual stitch markers as you can see in this picture below.  If the next round was supposed to have 12 stitches, I knew that directly across from the bobby pin I should be at around 6 stitches and so a quarter of the way around the circle I should have about 3 stitches.  This is how I estimated where to stick my crochet hook round by round :)  Working with this yarn is also very forgiving, so even if you miss a stitch here or there or make a couple of mistakes along the way, it will not be visible!

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When I was about to close up the ball we added our safety eyes!  He looked so cute, and kind of reminded me of a soot sprite from Totoro!

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Ryan then embroidered this sweet little nose on felt and glued it onto his face.  I love how different noses can give amigurumi various expressions and character.  Ryan always does a great job with the noses, and here he is showing off his handiwork!

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I crocheted these tiny ears and then sewed them onto the teddy’s head!

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Next came the fluffy body!

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For the limbs and the ears I used a lightweight (3) mercerized cotton (“Patons Grace”).  This type of yarn contrasts nicely against the fluffy eyelash yarn and really helps the limbs and ears stand out!  The arms are actually longer than the legs which gives a really cute look!

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We knew we wanted to have this teddy hold something and we brainstormed different ideas….  I thought it would be SO cute if he was a crocheting bear so we quickly made some accessories for him with items we already had around the house!  For the crochet hook we used some wire that we use to hang our Christmas ornaments onto our tree- Ryan cut and shaped the tip to make it look like a hook!  And for the yarn, we used embroidery floss: Ryan tied many knots to form the base and then wrapped the embroidery floss around the knots while adding glue from a glue gun along the way so the floss would remain in place.  To give you some perspective on how tiny his accessories are, this next photo shows a comparison of the yarn and hook with a Canadian penny:

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Once we placed the yarn and hook into the teddy’s hands he was all finished, and I absolutely fell in love with him!  I love his sweet face and how fluffy he is, and of course I adore how he’s doing my favourite hobby…crocheting!  I decided to name him “Mochi" with the help of "artsysketchpaper" on Instagram!  Mochi is one of my favourite foods and it is chewy and fluffy….I thought it would be the perfect name for this little cutie!

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Here is a side view of Mochi!  

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As soon as we finished Mochi we knew we wanted to crochet him a little companion.  Ryan came up with the idea of having a second female bear wearing a scarf using the same embroidery floss that Mochi was holding!  Mochi would express his love by crocheting a scarf for his sweetie!  And so, I quickly whipped up a second bear using the beige medium (4) yarn and adapted my pattern along the way.  We gave her a pink nose and had her hold a flower for Mochi so that she could give him a gift too (the flower is from one of those scrapbook accessory kits)!

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We decided to name the girl bear “Coco" which is short for coconut since it’s fluffy and continues with the food theme :)  Thank you to Betty, both Emmas, Kim and "disqus_bqN3KZ6mig" (I don’t know why your name didn’t appear, sorry!) through the blog comments and "iamanhera" on Instagram for helping me name her (as you can see, this was a popular name choice)!  Here is a side view of Coco- I love how fluffy she is!

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And here is a pic of Coco and Mochi together!  I really appreciate your help in naming these two…. I could not think of any creative names for them and I am SO GLAD I could draw upon the collective minds of my blog readers!!!  So many of you suggested very cute and meaningful names- I hope you’ll use them for your own bears!  I decided to call these two “The Fluff Bears" as a set!  Who knows…maybe we’ll be adding more bears to the Fluff Family in the future :)

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To give you some more perspective on just how tiny these two are, here’s a picture of me holding them!  They fit nicely in the palm of my hand!

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Aww, Coco and Mochi are so very much in love :)

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[Arrow x Heart Flowy Tank Top by “The Steppie; Necklaces by “Loft 82]

Here is one last picture of the two Fluff Bears Coco and Mochi lounging in my crocheted basket (check out the blog post for the basket HERE).  Aren’t they just adorable?

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Ryan and I wanted to show Coco and Mochi in action so we shot this little stop motion video for you to enjoy!

Prior to making Coco and Mochi, the only fuzzy amigurumi I had made were “Valentine Teddy" and "Fuzzy White Bear”.  The fuzzy look for these two was achieved by using a dog slicker brush to fuzz up the yarn.  Using eyelash yarn gives a very different look as the individual stitches are not visible at all.  This results in a very plush and furry amigurumi that does not even look crocheted!  I really enjoyed working with eyelash yarn and I am excited to work with it again :)  

I think it would be so cute to personalize these teddies by having them hold or wear different objects (e.g. guitar, book, hat, ballerina tutu) based on your own interests or the interests of the person you are gifting them to!  The free pattern for these two teddies can be found HERE!!!  Follow me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get my updates :)  Thanks for reading the story behind Coco and Mochi and I hope you’re excited to make your very own fluff bears!  

Here is a sneak peek of our newest amigurumi design!  Aren’t they cuties?  They need names though (either individually or as a set)….do you have any ideas?  We’d LOVE to hear your suggestions so please comment below!
The step-by-step blog post and free pattern will be up next week!  

Here is a sneak peek of our newest amigurumi design!  Aren’t they cuties?  They need names though (either individually or as a set)….do you have any ideas?  We’d LOVE to hear your suggestions so please comment below!

The step-by-step blog post and free pattern will be up next week!  


Here is our little sweetheart Myla wearing her Shell Stitch Beanie, the first baby item I ever crocheted!  Doesn’t she look simply adorable wearing it?  We are so blessed and thankful that we have this playful cutie to make us laugh and smile every single day!  This beanie is one of my favourite hats, and I love the beautiful open design and the pretty two-tiered flower with the wooden button!  Betsy of “The Dainty Daisy" offers sizing from 0-3 months all the way up to child size (3-10 years).  You can access the free pattern HERE!

Here is our little sweetheart Myla wearing her Shell Stitch Beanie, the first baby item I ever crocheted!  Doesn’t she look simply adorable wearing it?  We are so blessed and thankful that we have this playful cutie to make us laugh and smile every single day!  This beanie is one of my favourite hats, and I love the beautiful open design and the pretty two-tiered flower with the wooden button!  Betsy of “The Dainty Daisy" offers sizing from 0-3 months all the way up to child size (3-10 years).  You can access the free pattern HERE!

Granny Stripe Headband & Vancouver Visit

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We went to Vancouver for a couple days last week and I made these “Granny Stripe Headbands" as gifts!  Aren’t they pretty, especially with the layered flowers as embellishments?  Working on these granny stripes reminded me of the "Granny Square Blanket" that I had so much fun making for Myla last summer :)  You can find the free pattern for the headband HERE on “Tangled Happy”.  I absolutely adore this free flower pattern HERE, and it’s a great way to dress up a hat or headband!

I’ve traveled to Vancouver many times throughout the years as I have family who live there.  This, however, was Myla’s first trip and I was a bit nervous…  She did very well on the flight though!

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I thought I would share about some of the delicious food we ate in Vancouver!  Ryan and I always LOVE stopping by the food court at Aberdeen Centre in Richmond for some of our favourite dishes, so we went as soon as we arrived.  The crispy chicken wings are incredibly flavourful and piping hot as they make them fresh each time- we saw many tables enjoying this dish.  The Hainanese Chicken is so moist, tender and delicious with the special rice.  We always get these two dishes whenever we visit this food court!

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We love shaved ice, and I am so happy we decided to try out “Frappé Bliss (also in the Aberdeen Centre food court) that specializes in Taiwanese shaved ice!  The first time we went we customized our own dessert with milk shaved ice, coconut milk, condensed milk, and rice balls.  This was sooo good and it was my favourite dessert of the whole trip!  We went back towards the end of our trip and ordered “The Garden of Eden”, consisting of mango shaved ice, mango ice cream, strawberries, kiwi and mango.  This shaved ice is especially delicious because the ice itself is flavoured (without adding extra syrup or flavouring) and so finely shaved that it is very light and fluffy!

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We always stop by Daiso when we visit Aberdeen Centre as well.  I stocked up on cute packaging as I love giving away crocheted goodies in these adorable bags :)

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That night our friends took us to “Sushi California" for some well-priced, delicious sushi!  Look at how thick those slices of sashimi are!  Vancouver never disappoints with its variety and freshness of sushi!

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The next day we went for afternoon tea at the “Truffles Café" in the VanDusen Botanical Gardens.  I looove going for high tea as it’s always such an elegant affair.  The sandwiches were delicious and the view was lovely- I imagine this place would be very popular in the Spring and the Summer when the flowers and trees are all in bloom!

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In the evening we went to “Sura" for some delicious Korean dishes!  This was some of the best Korean food I’ve ever had, and the decor inside was beautiful.  The chab-che and grilled beef were sooo yummy…

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For lunch the following day our friends took us to a little French place called “Salade de Fruits”.  It reminded me soo much of the French restaurants we visited in Paris last year!  The waiters, waitresses and much of their clientele were all speaking French, so we knew this place was very authentic!  I had their mussels and fries and they were very tasty.  As you can see, there were generous portions as well!

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After lunch we took a stroll towards Granville Island.  Vancouver is known to be quite rainy, but we are very thankful that it was sunny and clear for most of our stay!  

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We enjoyed this beautiful view with our strollers :)

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We ate dinner at a wonderful restaurant called “Sandbar" on Granville Island, and it was situated under the Granville Bridge!  I had the most delicious ahi tuna that I’ve ever tasted, but I didn’t get a picture of it unfortunately…Myla started crying so we had to eat quickly!

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The next day we visited “Bella Gelateria" for their world-famous gelato!  I had the salted caramel gelato.  I wore this beautiful cape sweater that I bought the first day we arrived in Aberdeen Centre- I really love its beautiful pattern and design!  It also pairs very nicely with my Momzelle nursing tank that I blogged about here!

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For our last meal before we headed to the airport, our friends took us to “La Brasserie" for oysters!  They were so fresh and tasty….I knew I wanted to eat oysters on this trip, and this definitely hit the spot!  The Brasserie Burger that I ordered was also very good :)

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Here are some other shots that Ryan took of beautiful Vancouver…

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Vancouver Convention Centre

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Granville Bridge (Ryan calls this photo “Daddy Long Legs" ;P)

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Seagulls on Granville Island

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Waterfront SkyTrain Station

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We are so thankful to our good friends in Vancouver who brought us to all these wonderful food spots!  They are big foodies and are always in the know of new restaurants popping up in their diverse city.  Our friends have babies as well, so most of these restaurants were stroller and baby-friendly (“Salade de Fruits" and "La Brasserie" were the only ones that didn’t fit our strollers since they were smaller establishments).  We had a great little trip to Vancouver full of good food and wonderful company :)  Vancouverites, have you been to any of these places?  What are your favourite food spots?

Do you all remember the stork pouch/hanging cocoon that I blogged about months ago HERE (click on this link to also access the free pattern)?  I was soo excited to finally put it into action for Myla’s newborn shots!  I initially crocheted the stork pouch thinking it would cover Myla’s entire body (with just her head poking out), but as you can see, it barely covered half of her!  We have one tall baby on our hands :)  Of course, we did not want to hang the stork pouch since Myla was so big for it, so instead we lay it on our carpet!  Doesn’t she look so sweet with her pretty flower headband and cute arms?  I will be sharing more photos from Myla’s newborn photoshoot, each with a different crocheted prop, so stay tuned!

Do you all remember the stork pouch/hanging cocoon that I blogged about months ago HERE (click on this link to also access the free pattern)?  I was soo excited to finally put it into action for Myla’s newborn shots!  I initially crocheted the stork pouch thinking it would cover Myla’s entire body (with just her head poking out), but as you can see, it barely covered half of her!  We have one tall baby on our hands :)  Of course, we did not want to hang the stork pouch since Myla was so big for it, so instead we lay it on our carpet!  Doesn’t she look so sweet with her pretty flower headband and cute arms?  I will be sharing more photos from Myla’s newborn photoshoot, each with a different crocheted prop, so stay tuned!

Here is another baby hat that I really love!  This is the “Cluster Hat" by "Alli Crafts" made for newborns.  It reminds me of the "Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" I made last year with the beautiful texture and staggered rows.  Sizing is available for premies, newborns and 6 month olds on her blog for free :)  Isn’t this little hat so dainty and pretty?

Here is another baby hat that I really love!  This is the “Cluster Hat" by "Alli Crafts" made for newborns.  It reminds me of the "Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie" I made last year with the beautiful texture and staggered rows.  Sizing is available for premies, newborns and 6 month olds on her blog for free :)  Isn’t this little hat so dainty and pretty?

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