Creativ Festival

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Do you know how to crochet but want to make something different? Are you new to crochet and want to see what it’s all about?

I’m excited to announce that I will be leading a seminar about Amigurumi at the upcoming Creativ Festival in Mississauga, ON, Canada.  Come learn about the tools of the trade and the endless possibilities of crochet.

Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th from 12:30-1:30pm.  Check out www.csnf.com for more details!

See you there!

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

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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-

Happy 1 year of Crochet to me! I made a “Wintery Wolf” to celebrate!

photo 1-2 Happy 1 year of crochet to me!  On this day last year, I took my first “Amigurumi Crochet” class in Edmonton, Canada.  I had a very good teacher and have enjoyed making these little characters and posting them on this blog!  If you’re ever in Edmonton, you can find the Amigurumi Crochet class here. I am very proud of this wolf because I was slightly inventive with the pattern.  To make the wolf I used a ‘fox pattern’ I already owned but changed the colours.  For the hood, I found an amazing FREE pattern from AmigurumiToGo.com that also came with a fantastic youtube video.  The hood required me to perform double crochet stitches in rows which was new to me but the video was so well done that I didn’t have any issues.  Because double crochet stitches have some space between them, I was able to easily slip the wolf’s ears through the stitches. photo 2-2 I’m going to add the wolf to my collection of winter themed forest animals I’ve made. I’m hoping by this time next year, I’ll be able to create and post up a free pattern for someone to try…we’ll see! Happy Crochet’ing Tara

Amigurumi Cactus (with pizazz!)

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As much as I loved the cactus I made before…it didn’t seem complete.  It needed a little pizazz so I added a little pop of colour!  (See my previous post here.)  

For the flower, I used a smaller 2.5mm hook and Lion Brand “bon bon” yarn.  The steps to make the flower were included in the cactus pattern I purchased on Etsy from JaydaInStitches.

I purchased the tiny flower pot at Michaels and bought the green and yellow paint at Dollarama.

My mom is going to love it!

…and I made two more for 2 more birthdays coming up!

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