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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!  

This past weekend we attended a lovely wedding that had the colour theme of grey and pink!  Beautiful cherry blossoms, birds, trees and birdcages could be found in their invitations, program and wedding decor, and I made this special card for them to match!  I always keep ribbon from presents or packaging to use in my cards, and I adore using this sweet little heart pattern HERE to add some crocheted goodness!

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?

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?

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

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

Pattern: Sweetheart Bunny

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! 

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Sweetheart Bunny

My sister Ashley came to me almost half a year ago, asking if I could design and make a special amigurumi for a silent auction that she was helping to organize.  The proceeds of this special evening were going to a local children’s hospital, and the theme was the “Queen of Hearts" of Alice in Wonderland.  Of course, I happily obliged and started thinking what crocheted creature I could make to tie in with the theme.  I thought about the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and thought it was the perfect opportunity to make this cutie on my pencil case: 

I found this pencil case at a store along CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood and had been itching to make this sweet bunny ever since.  Thus, we began planning how to turn this two-dimensional cute picture into a three-dimensional amigurumi!

I crocheted a wide, round head and Ryan added the sweet pink cheeks and petite nose/mouth.

I crocheted these long, relatively narrow ears and attached them to the head.  Then we added pink felt for the lining!

This body was crocheted differently than my other amigurumi as I wanted to create a flat circular base that would serve as the bottom of her dress.  I expanded outwards into a circle, crocheted in the back loops only to give it a distinct edge, and then decreased my stitches.

Once I reached my desired height for the dress, I fastened off my yarn.  Then I reattached the pink yarn into any stitch, crocheted about 3/4 of the way around, turned, and then crocheted around the raised edge I had just created.  The gap in the dress serves as the neckline for the bunny!

Next, I crocheted a small white panel as the bunny’s neck.  We then glued this panel into the gap, making sure to leave a long end of white yarn to attach this part to the bunny’s head later.  We also inserted a circular piece of cardboard into the base of her dress to give it more structure (see my Crocheted Desserts post to see this cardboard tip).

I then crocheted a dainty red heart using this pattern from Little Birdie Secrets and then some skinny arms and legs…

Ready for assembly!

First I attached the legs onto the base of her dress.  Next, I used the white yarn to attach the white neck to the head, and then the pink yarn to attach the rest of the dress to her head.

I attached her arms around the same level as her neck so it looks like she’s wearing a cute dress or jumper!

We decided to use fabric to make her bow.  Does anyone recognize this fabric?  Once again, it’s the same fabric I used for the Spring Bunnies and as the lining of my cell phone cozy.  That material sure has been well-used!  You could also crochet a bow using your desired yarn colour by following the videos here or here.

And now the finished Sweetheart Bunny with her bow :)

Thus, I actually made this bunny back in September/October, around the same time I made the Minion from Despicable Me and the Scarecrow.  I was so sad to see this little bunny go, as I really felt like she exemplified all that my blog is about: cuteness, sweetness, hearts, bows, pinkness and bunnies!  And so, I decided to quickly whip another one up so I could keep the original and still give Ashley an item for the silent auction!

She’s pretty cute without a face too, hey?

Double the cuteness and sweetness!!!

I was so excited to hear how my Sweetheart Bunny did at the silent auction!  Apparently there were two moms in particular who were outbidding each other, and you’ll never guess how much she went for in the end!  I was STUNNED when Ashley told me: Sweetheart Bunny went for a whopping $200!  I was ecstatic to hear that my little crocheted creation had raised so much money!  Bless their generousity- they knew their money was going to a great cause.  Ashley told me that the little girl presented the money to them and happily walked away with her new crocheted bunny in hand :) 

Even though I made her so long ago, I knew I wanted to save her as my Valentine project on my blog since Valentine Teddy was such a hit last year!  Time certainly flies by, and I can’t believe it’s February already…

I absolutely LOVE this picture!  Doesn’t she look adorable sitting on the edge of our island?  She looks like she’s waiting patiently for someone to give her a hug :)

A sweet bunny and some beautiful flowers…wouldn’t that be the perfect Valentine’s gift?

Here are some close-up’s of the Sweetheart Bunny: her floral bow and pink-lined ears!

Her cute smile and pink cheeks

Red heart and jumper

The bottom of her structured jumper and little legs :)

Her relative size!  How perfect was it that I was sporting pink nails when taking this pic?

White bunnies galore!  It certainly was a challenge getting all these cuties to balance on my arm, but Ryan thought it’d be such a great shot.  Needless to say, I tried to stay as still as possible and not move a muscle.  I was so worried I was going to sneeze or cough, but I managed to hold still long enough to get a couple shots!  From left to right we have Sweetheart Bunny, the girl Spring Bunny, the Bunny from Ana Paula Rimoli's book, and the tiny little bunny that was held by the Chinese New Year Doll last year for the Year of the Rabbit!

As you can tell, I do love my teddies and bunnies!  We had so much fun creating this bunny based on the picture on my pencil case, and I am still beyond thrilled with how much money she raised for the children’s hospital!  It makes me so happy when I can put my love and talent of crocheting to help benefit such a great cause.  I’ve received e-mails from some of you who also use your love and talent of crocheting to raise money for charity, and I love hearing your stories.  I commend you all!  It’s amazing what we can do with our hobbies and passions!  ***The free pattern can be found HERE, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Also be sure to check out my Valentine Teddy from last year too!

Sneak peek of upcoming Valentine amigurumi: Sweetheart Bunny

Sneak peek of upcoming Valentine amigurumi: Sweetheart Bunny

Crochet Corner: Valentine Teddy

I’m so excited to begin my “Crochet Corner" series where I feature YOUR work using my crochet patterns and tutorials!  I put a lot of effort into trying to create the right shapes and meticulously writing down my patterns, and I always wonder if people will be able to follow them or if anyone will even try them at all!  And so, I’m always delighted to hear that people have indeed tried my patterns and I LOVE seeing pictures.  I think it’s wonderful how people can interpret the same pattern differently and how each crocheted creation looks unique since people put their own touches on them!

The very first Crochet Corner will feature none other than Valentine Teddy!  This is the second original pattern I made and it was very soon after I started my blog (I started my blog in January 2011 and posted him in February).  I loved using the dog slicker brush to fuzz this guy up, and I’m so happy that he was well-received :)  Many people fell in love with him… 

Kay of I’m Hooked was the very first person to show me her work using my patterns.  Since I had just recently started my blog, I was ecstatic that someone had actually used my pattern and was successful in creating their own teddy!  Kay had previous crochet experience making purses, clutches and mini makeup bags, but she had never made amigurumi before.  When she came across my pattern, she decided to try her hand at it with this teddy!  She even documented the whole process step-by-step in her blog post here which was also her first official tumblr post!  Kay was also the one who provided the pattern I used to make my Penguin here.  Kay has been on hiatus from her blog because she just gave birth to a baby girl in June- congrats, Kay!  I love the gray colour she used for this teddy since it’s different from the typical brown.  His huge eyes make him look super adorable :)

Irma of Our Useless Blog made her own rendition of Valentine Teddy all the way from Holland.  She used yarn that was fuzzy to begin with and in her blog post she talks about how challenging it was to use since it would frequently become tangled.  Despite having to make the body parts numerous times, she persevered and finished this super soft teddy!  I love how he turned out, Irma :)  He looks so cuddly!

Yolanda of Alberta, Canada wanted to crochet a teddy bear for her boyfriend when she stumbled upon my pattern.  This was the very first amigurumi she ever made!  I love how she even made the dapper red bowtie and red heart to accompany him :)  Yolanda said her boyfriend absolutely loved this teddy she made just for him!

Serena of Malaysia made these two adorable teddies named Lexie and Ace during the summer when she had no school.  I absolutely love how she made Lexie a girl by placing the bow on her head :)  Serena actually went and found the exact same yarn I used which is why they look so similar to mine!  It’s amazing because Serena had no previous crochet experience, but she watched many videos on youtube just so that she could learn to make these teddies!  Isn’t that remarkable?  When Serena left the country for school, her mom asked if she could keep the teddies since she loved them so much.  She tells Serena that everytime she sees these teddies, she’s reminded of her :)  Isn’t that sweet?  Lexie and Ace make such a cute pair!

I love hearing the stories behind all these teddies, from what it was like making them to who they were given to.  All of the people in this post had very limited amigurumi experience, but look what they accomplished!  I find that very inspirational, and I hope you do too :)  If you’ve been hesitant about starting or wondering if you could do it, I’d strongly encourage you to give it a try!  Be sure to check out my “Amigurumi for Beginners" blog post if you don’t know where to begin.  Making amigurumi is a fun hobby, and they make such great, personalized gifts.  Everyone’s creations turn out differently, and even people with no crochet experience can make such beautiful amigurumi! 

If you did not see your Valentine Teddy in this post, that means he’ll be featured in another upcoming post :)  Please feel free to keep sending me pictures and telling me the stories behind them (e-mail all_about_ami@hotmail.com, post on my facebook page or tweet me)!  Or, try making them for the very first time!  The pattern for my Valentine Teddy can be found here.  Happy crocheting, and thanks for sending in your pictures and sharing your stories, everyone! 

Striped birthday card adorned with three dainty crocheted hearts.  Learn how to make them here.

Striped birthday card adorned with three dainty crocheted hearts.  Learn how to make them here.

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