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My “Yarn Ball & Crochet Hook Pin" has been featured in Issue 23 of “Simply Crochet”!  Did any of you end up trying your hand at making monkey knots for some yarn ball accessorizing?  You can find the full step-by-step tutorial HERE!  Thanks for the lovely feature, Simply Crochet!

My “Yarn Ball & Crochet Hook Pin" has been featured in Issue 23 of “Simply Crochet”!  Did any of you end up trying your hand at making monkey knots for some yarn ball accessorizing?  You can find the full step-by-step tutorial HERE!  Thanks for the lovely feature, Simply Crochet!

Yarn Ball & Crochet Hook Pin

During our California Blog Meet Up (read all about it HERE), we had a delightful pin exchange in which we prepared crafty pins ahead of time for each other!  As soon as fellow amigurumi artist Jo suggested that we do a pin exchange, I knew exactly what type of pin I wanted to make!

I love perusing Craftgawker, and there was a particular project that had caught my eye from December of last year.  Francesca of “Fall for DIY" had made some beautiful "DIY Monkey Fist Knot Earrings”, and I absolutely loved how they looked like little yarn balls!  For our pins, I thought it would be so cute to make a little yarn ball with a crochet hook similar to the one pictured in my blog logo!  In Francesca’s blog post on how to make her earrings HERE, she includes step-by-step instructions, and she also filmed an extremely helpful video entitled “How to Tie a Monkey Knot” HERE (I’ll embed the video at the end of this blog post too!).  Rather than reiterate her instructions, we recommend that you visit her blog post and watch the video to see how it’s made!  

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We searched for the perfect pink yarn, and we ended up going with Lion Brand Yarn’s “Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend in Gerbera Daisy”.  Ryan is actually the one who mastered the monkey fist knot, and to keep the yarn balls consistent and similar-sized, he made them all!  It was such a whirlwind leading up to our California trip since we were making our costumes for Anime Expo as well, and I am so thankful that I have such a supportive husband who helped me make these pins!  Here are some step-by-step photos showing how Ryan made our little yarn balls and crochet hooks :)

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We bought some brass jewelry pins from Michaels (came in a set of 10) and hot glued the little crochet balls onto the pins after tying the ends of yarn into a knot.  To make the crochet hooks, we used these ornament hooks that we purchased from Walmart a couple years ago (we have a large stash of these since we use them to hang the baubles from our white Christmas tree every year)!

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Ryan used pliers to shape the ends of the ornament hooks to resemble crochet hooks!  You may recall that we made a similar crochet hook for Mochi our Fluff Bear to hold (read about the making of our amigurumi Fluff Bears HERE)!

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Ryan placed the crochet hook through the yarn ball so that the yarn ball was at the bottom of the hook.  He then added some hot glue to the middle of the crochet hook and then slid the yarn ball upwards into the glue in order to secure the hook in place.  After each pin was complete, we mounted them on cardboard and were so excited to give these out at the meet up!

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To see the making of a monkey knot in action, please see this wonderful video below filmed by Francesca of “Fall For DIY”!  We paused this video many times as we followed along to learn how to make this special knot!

Here are some notes about making your own yarn ball:

- Instead of wrapping the yarn around the hand three times, we did it four times to make a bigger yarn ball (depends on thickness of yarn).

- Towards the end, try and pull each strand of yarn evenly and with consistent tension to make a uniform yarn ball.

- Don’t pull the strands of yarn too tight or else the yarn ball will be squished.

- Ryan made many “failed” monkey knots/yarn balls before getting the hang of it and achieving the right look, so just keep trying and practicing and don’t be discouraged!

These little yarn balls are so cute, and once you’ve mastered how to tie this special knot, they are inexpensive and relatively quick to make!  Wouldn’t yarn ball earrings or a yarn ball necklace pendant be the perfect gift for us yarn lovers?  The addition of the little crochet hook helps us proudly display the love of our craft too!  I hope you enjoyed reading about the making of our “Yarn Ball & Crochet Hook Pin" and I want to extend a big thank you to Francesca for inspiring this idea!  We are giving away one of these pins on my Instagram page (@AllAboutAmi) since we reached 5000 followers recently- if you would like to win one, just follow me on Instagram and leave a comment on the picture of the pin to enter!  Happy monkey knot and yarn ball making :)

Congratulations to Dominique who is the big WINNER of my 3 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!  Thank you so much to everyone who scoured the archives of my blog and participated- it’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the hunt, read some of my old posts, and discovered some new projects and pages along the way!  I really appreciate everyone’s kind e-mails filled with so much encouragement and support :)  
In case you were wondering, here are the answers to the giveaway questions:
1) What was my very first original amigurumi design? Chinese New Year Doll (“Jigglypuff" was the first amigurumi I blogged about it, but I was following Wolfdreamer’s pattern.  "Cupcake Bear" was modeled after "Amigurumi Kingdom’s" work and I never blogged about the pattern.  "Chinese New Year Doll" was the first amigurumi we designed from scratch as we made a sketch of her, figured out her parts and wrote and released the full pattern for her.  It’s listed as my first original amigurumi creation under my "Patterns" page!)
(2) What was the title of my very first blog post? "And so it begins…"
(3) About how old was I when I first started crocheting? 10 years old
(4) What size crochet hook do I like to use for most of my amigurumi? 2 mm
(5) In the “Amigurumi & Crochet Blog Directory” that I compiled, how many blogs are from South America? Seven
BONUS: What is my favourite video game?  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (I loved making my “Link” amigurumi and designing his Hylian shield, and I stated that this was my favourite game in the “Animethon 2013” post!)
Many people answered all of the above questions correctly including the bonus- thank you so much for following and supporting my blog, and for being so attentive!  Congrats again to Dominique and stay tuned this week for another giveaway and a project that I had a lot of fun working on!

Congratulations to Dominique who is the big WINNER of my 3 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!  Thank you so much to everyone who scoured the archives of my blog and participated- it’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the hunt, read some of my old posts, and discovered some new projects and pages along the way!  I really appreciate everyone’s kind e-mails filled with so much encouragement and support :)  

In case you were wondering, here are the answers to the giveaway questions:

1) What was my very first original amigurumi design? Chinese New Year Doll (“Jigglypuff" was the first amigurumi I blogged about it, but I was following Wolfdreamer’s pattern.  "Cupcake Bear" was modeled after "Amigurumi Kingdom’s" work and I never blogged about the pattern.  "Chinese New Year Doll" was the first amigurumi we designed from scratch as we made a sketch of her, figured out her parts and wrote and released the full pattern for her.  It’s listed as my first original amigurumi creation under my "Patterns" page!)

(2) What was the title of my very first blog post? "And so it begins…"

(3) About how old was I when I first started crocheting? 10 years old

(4) What size crochet hook do I like to use for most of my amigurumi? 2 mm

(5) In the “Amigurumi & Crochet Blog Directory” that I compiled, how many blogs are from South America? Seven

BONUS: What is my favourite video game?  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (I loved making my “Link” amigurumi and designing his Hylian shield, and I stated that this was my favourite game in the “Animethon 2013” post!)

Many people answered all of the above questions correctly including the bonus- thank you so much for following and supporting my blog, and for being so attentive!  Congrats again to Dominique and stay tuned this week for another giveaway and a project that I had a lot of fun working on!

3 Year Blogiversary & GIVEAWAY [CLOSED}

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This week I am celebrating my 3 Year Blogiversary!  I can’t believe it’s been three years since I wrote my first blog post, and as each year goes by, it continues to amaze me that I have this outlet to share my creativity and crochet projects with you all!  Some of the highlights from this past year include being featured in the premiere issue of "Simply Crochet" magazine, and winning 1st place in the “Design/Home/DIY/Craft” category of the Canadian "2013 Made in Blog Awards"!  I also really enjoyed putting together the “Amigurumi & Crochet Blog Directory" where I learned about so many fellow crochet artists around the world!  

Thank you to my readers who have followed and supported me throughout the years, and welcome to my new readers as well!  It always warms my heart and brings a smile to my face every time I receive an encouraging comment or e-mail, and it is my honour that I have provided some inspiration on your crocheting and crafting journeys!  

330 posts, 7780 Facebook fans, 970 Twitter followers, 2804 Instagram followers and 10 780 Tumblr followers later, here we are!  To thank all of you for your support, we are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY!  I have been collecting items throughout the year that I have loved, and one lucky person will WIN THEM ALL!  I purchased all of the items in this BIG PRIZE which include:

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(1) Mikaylove Double Wrap Bracelet in Olive (read about my Mikaylove jewelry here)

(2) “Keep Calm and Carry Yarn” pendant and necklace by “Pieces of Me Pendants" (read about it here)

(3) 2.75 mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook (read about my hooks here)

(4) Big Dark Brown Wood Button by AnnyMayCraftSupplies [2” or 50 mm] (perfect for crocheted cowls and similar to the one I used here)

(5) Clover Stitch Markers (see mine here)

In order to win this big prize, you will need to answer the questions below correctly by going through the Archive and different pages of my blog!  I will make a list of people who have answered all the questions correctly and randomly draw a winner from that list.  Below are the questions:

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(1) What was my very first original amigurumi design?

(2) What was the title of my very first blog post?

(3) About how old was I when I first started crocheting?

(4) What size crochet hook do I like to use for most of my amigurumi?

(5) In the “Amigurumi & Crochet Blog Directory” that I compiled, how many blogs are from South America?

BONUS: What is my favourite video game?  [Your name will be entered twice if you get all of the above questions correct as well as the bonus!]

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Please E-MAIL me your answers by sending an e-mail to {all_about_ami@hotmail.com} with the subject heading “3 Year Giveaway Answers”.  Do NOT write your answers in the comments below since everyone will be able to see them!  If you would like, you can leave a comment below saying that you have entered the contest after you send your e-mail so that I can verify that I have received your response in case some e-mails end up in my junk folder!

This contest is open worldwide and will close on Sunday, January 19th at 8 PM, MST.  If you are under 18, please ask your parents’ permission before entering.  Check back on Monday, January 20th to see who the winner is and what the correct answers are!  Good luck, and I can’t wait to receive your responses and choose a winner!

[NOTE: This giveaway is now CLOSED!  Congrats to Dominique who is our big winner!]

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).  

***P.S.  If you haven’t done so already, please help vote for me in the "Made in Blog" Awards HERE with just one click!  I appreciate your support- thank you in advance!***

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!  

Clover Amour Hooks

The right tools are important for any craft, and hooks are one of the basic necessities for our beloved crochet!  Ever since picking up crocheting again a couple of years ago, I had been using aluminum hooks.  I was unaware of the many different types of hooks available as well as the basic anatomy of the crochet hook.  Nerdigurumi put together a very handy guide addressing these topics HERE.  I first caught a glimpse of the beautiful and colourful Clover hooks when Jo of “A Morning Cup of Jo" posted a picture of them on her facebook page as she had received them as a surprise birthday gift!  They looked so fun and comfortable!

As many of you know (and often question, haha), I usually use a very small 2 mm hook when crocheting my amigurumi.  I like to have very small, tight stitches and I just grew accustomed to using my skinny aluminum 2 mm hook.  At times I did notice that my hand would cramp up as I crochet quite tightly and I had to take breaks since I did not want to develop any injuries.  In addition, since becoming a new mom, I learned that “Mommy thumb" (or De Quervain’s Tendonitis) is quite common, especially to people who engage in repetitive hand or wrist movement (such as crocheting and lifting a baby!).  When Mother’s Day rolled around, Ryan said he wanted to get me a very special gift….a new set of ergonomic crochet hooks!

At first I wasn’t sure if I should get the Clover set I had previously seen since I had slowly been accumulating hooks over the years…none of them were ergonomic, but was it worth it since I already owned many of the same hook sizes?  We decided to take the plunge since I do crochet a lot and they could prevent future injury!  I started researching Clover Amour hooks and discovered that there seemed to be two sets, each with varying sizes.  

The “Clover Amure" set consists of 8 hooks ranging in size from 2, 2.3, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 5 and 6 mm (see here).  The “Clover Amour" set consists of 10 hooks, ranging in size from 2.25, 2.75, 3.25, 3.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6 (see here).  With the “Clover Amour” set, you have the option of purchasing it as a basic set or as a gift set with a case (price difference of about $10-15).  I decided to go for the “Clover Amour” set since it included more hooks and I liked the range more ….and I had to get the case too since I knew it would be a great way to store my hooks!  I compared sellers on eBay and went for the cheapest one at the time.

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I excitedly checked the mail everyday, waiting for my crochet hooks to arrive!  When my Clover Amour gift set finally came, I ripped open the package to examine my new Mother’s Day gift!  I absolutely love the bright green case with pink edging- what a fun and eye-catching colour combination!  The back of the case has a zipper compartment that you can use to store stitch markers or needles too.

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When you unzip the case, you can see all ten of the beautiful Clover Amour hooks that were made in Japan!  It makes me happy seeing all these fun colours whenever I reach in to grab a hook.  The colours help me remember which size is which as well (e.g. I always remember the red one is my 3.5 mm hook!).

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As soon as I started using one of my new Clover Amour crochet hooks for a project, I could immediately feel the difference.  The soft, rubbery handles are very comfortable and easy to grip.  It felt so different holding the rubber handle compared to the hard aluminum hooks that I was accustomed to.  I noticed the biggest difference when using the smaller hooks since my previous aluminum 2 mm hook was so skinny and difficult to grip.  Even though the hook size may be small, the Clover handle is big, making it so much more comfortable.

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The smooth aluminum hook glides through the yarn easily and is more “inline” compared to the previous hooks I was used to (read about the difference between “inline" and "not inline" hooks here).  I feel I can grip and hold the yarn well without much splitting of the yarn because of its shape!

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These hooks look so sleek, and I really like the shape and contour of the elastomer rubber handle.  I use the knife hold when crocheting (see knife hold vs. pencil hold here), so the flat wide part in the front is a great thumb rest.

Here are the pros of these Clover Amour hooks: they are very comfortable, easy-to-grip and oh so pretty.  The cons are that they are expensive (especially if you buy the whole set) and once you start using these you cannot go back to using your other non-ergonomic crochet hooks because your fingers will notice the difference!  My Clovers were in another room recently so I started a project using my old aluminum hook.  It felt so foreign and I was wondering why my fingers were hurting, haha!  I wish the range of sizes was a little larger too as I don’t know how much use I will get out of the 2.75 or the 3.25 mm hooks.  Having larger hooks than a 6 mm would be great too!  

If the sets seem like too much of an investment, you can also purchase the Clover Amour hooks individually so you can simply buy the one or two sizes that you use the most (see here).  Be sure to check different sellers on eBay, Etsy and Amazon to scout out the cheapest prices for the sets or hooks at any given time (we bought our set on eBay)!

I LOVE my Clover Amour set and have been using them for the past couple of months.  My hands, fingers and wrist do not get as tense as they used to and it feels so comfortable whenever I’m working on my projects.  I think they are worth the investment and I get excited whenever I get to use them!  Let me know about your experiences with different crochet hooks,  if you also have any Clover Amour hooks or if you’re interested in getting them too!  I’d love to hear about it!  

***If you end up purchasing the Clover Amour hooks through Amazon, you can check out my affiliate link below:  Thanks :)

Clover 3673 Amour Crochet Hook Set with Zippered Case, Size 10, Neon Green with Hot Pink Trim

I have been loving my new crochet hook case that I picked up in Tokyo!  It’s the perfect size with vibrant colours and a zipper that slides like a dream ;)  I picked it up at Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, and it’s by a company called United Bees Japan.
I would also be delighted if you checked out this lovely interview and feature of me by Sunny of Oh So Sunny HERE.  Her post made me smile from ear to ear and I felt so humbled and blessed to have such loyal and kind readers.  Sunny hails from Valencia, Spain where she is part of a group called “Knit and Fun” that promotes crafty living. They organize free weekly gatherings in different cozy cafes in Valencia where crafty people can gather to chat and exchange knowledge while enjoying drinks and cupcakes! They also organize workshops with local artists to promote various crafts such as creative sewing, amigurumi, ceramics, and more.
I’ve always wanted to visit Spain, and Sunny graciously offered to give us an amazing tour of her city should we ever visit!  What “Knit and Fun” is doing sounds absolutely wonderful, and I hope I can join them someday!  Once again, please check out my feature HERE (there is also English translation for the non-Spanish speakers!). Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words and support, Sunny!

I have been loving my new crochet hook case that I picked up in Tokyo!  It’s the perfect size with vibrant colours and a zipper that slides like a dream ;)  I picked it up at Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, and it’s by a company called United Bees Japan.

I would also be delighted if you checked out this lovely interview and feature of me by Sunny of Oh So Sunny HERE.  Her post made me smile from ear to ear and I felt so humbled and blessed to have such loyal and kind readers.  Sunny hails from Valencia, Spain where she is part of a group called “Knit and Fun” that promotes crafty living. They organize free weekly gatherings in different cozy cafes in Valencia where crafty people can gather to chat and exchange knowledge while enjoying drinks and cupcakes! They also organize workshops with local artists to promote various crafts such as creative sewing, amigurumi, ceramics, and more.

I’ve always wanted to visit Spain, and Sunny graciously offered to give us an amazing tour of her city should we ever visit!  What “Knit and Fun” is doing sounds absolutely wonderful, and I hope I can join them someday!  Once again, please check out my feature HERE (there is also English translation for the non-Spanish speakers!). Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words and support, Sunny!

Gather round, everyone!  Check out my most recent amigurumi projects if you haven’t so already!  We’ve got Dragon, Sweetheart Bunny, and the Teddy Ornaments (who would be just as cute as non-ornaments as well :D)!

Gather round, everyone!  Check out my most recent amigurumi projects if you haven’t so already!  We’ve got Dragon, Sweetheart Bunny, and the Teddy Ornaments (who would be just as cute as non-ornaments as well :D)!

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