Two Peas In a Pod Amigurumi

 

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TWIN GIRLS!  Yay, my friend recently had 2 beautiful twin girls and they’re sooo cute!  As a congratulatory gift, I made these 2 peas in a pod for her.  She really liked it!

I got the pattern for FREE here.  You can also find it on the Lion Brand website if you’re a member.

Lately, I’ve been enjoying crocheting with a larger 4.5mm hook opposed to my regular 3.5mm hook.  I used “myboshi” No 1 yarn.  I’m currently in Germany and purchased it at Müeller.

To make the bows (if you’re familiar with crochet terms) I chained 4, did 3 rows of 3sc then wrapped yarn around the centre a few times before sewing it to the pea.

I think I’ll continue with this Amigurumi food trend that I’ve started.

Until next time, Happy Crochet’ing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

 

 

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Amigurumi Banana

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Something different!  A banana!  I thought I’d start making a few baby friendly fruits and vegetables for my daughter to play with eventually.

I got this banana pattern FREE on ravelry – you can find it here.  I LOVED how it turned out and I finished it so quickly.  The pattern had a really useful diagram to make the banana peels just right.

I used a chunkier yarn and really like how textured it turned out.  It will be great for teething/chewing and it’s washable!  I used “Boston Sun Classic Yarn.”

I used black yarn to sew the baby friendly eyes and mouth (no plastic pieces.)  You can find a great video on how to embroider faces from Planet June here.

I tried something new with the blush on the cheeks!  I used a “Stabilo 3 in 1 crayon.”  I drew directly onto the yarn which was a little intense – luckily, it rubbed off fairly well.  Next time I will colour on a piece of cloth first then gently blot it onto the project.  I’m learning new tricks all the time.  Still, I like the added colour to the face!

Overall, I’m thrilled with how it turned out and am looking forward to start a small collection of fruits and veggies for my little one.

Happy Crochet’ing

-AFriendLikeBen-

2nd Year As A Blogger!

 

Wow – it’s amazing that 2 years have gone by already.  I’ve really enjoyed working on this blog.  Last year, in particular, flew by.  It was a great year of continuing to try new things and I think I really upped my sewing game!  It’s been a pleasure interacting with so many crafters out there through this blog and through Instagram.

If you’re following my blog – thanks so much for your support.

Find me on instagram: @afriendlikeben

Looking forward to a creative 2016.

-AFriendLikeBen-

I’m sure they’d think again if they had a friend like Ben. – Michael Jackson

 

 

Amigurumi Turtle

Okay…how cute did this little turtle turn out?!  I love that his little shell can come on and off.

I made this for my twin sister – our birthdays are coming up and I had yet to crochet something for her!  She loves turtles.

I used a pattern I purchased from Etsy a while ago by LuvlyGurumi.  I don’t know why I waited so long to make this because I LOVED the pattern.  It was super clear, easy to follow, there were large photos and the font was easy to read – I will definitely have to try another one of her patterns in the near future.

I think my sis will like it.

Happy Crochet’ing,

-AFriendLikeBen-

Amigurumi Bat

Bat Amigurumi

I am so excited to give this little bat to my friend who owns a local coffee shop in town.  Being new to the neighbourhood and knowing I’m only here for a few months, she has made me feel right at home and has always been so generous and kind.  Why am I making her a bat, you ask?  I noticed that she wears a lot of “Batman” shirts and has a fondness for bats.  (I get it, I love bats too!)

Once again, I purchased this pattern from Son’s Popkes because I love all of her patterns.  I feel this pattern was one of her best ones to date!  It had so many great details including how to place the eyes correctly (sometimes a challenge for me) and how to embroider the lines on the wings.

It turned out that I needed a little extra guidance with the embroidery part so I found a great video tutorial here.

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in “Taupe” and “Charcoal Grey.”  I used a 3.5mm hook, polyester stuffing, and 6mm safety eyes.

Overall, I love how it turned out and I think my friend will love it too!

Stay tuned for some new sewing projects in the works!

-AFriendLikeBen-

Amigurumi Raccoon

Raccoon Amigurumi I’ve been working on this raccoon off and on for a few weeks.  I had finished the head a while ago but was reluctant to complete the body because I was unsure of the blue colour accents.  Normally, I would make my forest animals true to the forest but thought the blue accents would be cute for a baby boy’s room or something.

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I purchased the pattern from Son’s Popkes, and have completed many of her patterns!  I love them!  They are easy to follow and she has a beautiful selection of animals to make.

As you can see, this pattern had a few yarn colour changes throughout.  If you ever need a refresher or would like to learn how to change yarn colours, this video by Planet June is great.

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn, a 3.5mm crochet hook, 6mm safety eyes, and polyester stuffing.

What do you think?

Happy Crochet’ing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

Easter Bunny Hat and Diaper Cover

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Happy to report that I’m moving right along with my March/April baby gifts!  One of my closest friends is having a baby girl just in time for Easter and I’m so thrilled with how this turned out.

I originally saw this pattern on Pinterest – it’s a FREE pattern from “Repeat Crafter Me”- Thankyou!  You can find the link to the free pattern here.

For the fluffy bunny tail, I stitched on a small piece of “Flying Trapeze Candy Pink Feather Boa” from Hobby Lobby.

The polka dot heart buttons on the diaper cover are “JHB” brand, style #53604.  I purchased them at Hancock Fabrics.

For the photo backdrop, I used “David Tutera Chiffon Ribbon Rose” fabric from Joanne Fabrics that I bought on sale MONTHS AGO!  I love it so much but have yet to decide what to make with it!  Any ideas?

Happy Crafting,

-AFriendLikeBen-