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-

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Amigurumi Jellyfish

photo-5 I can’t wait to send this to my old-time friend!  Her adorable son is celebrating his 1st birthday and she’s done such a great job preparing an “under the sea” themed party.  She loves anything beachy, sea-like, marine themed, etc. so I know she’ll really like this jellyfish.  I am happy with how it turned out and it was so fun to make.

I got the pattern for free from a fellow WordPress blogger “MillieOnHerWorld” – thank you! (The pattern was great and easy to follow but I have one correction for “The Body: Rnd 12.”  This is what I did instead:  “Rnd 12: Working with Front Loops only, 5dc in sc, skip 2 sc, sc,. Repeat around. Then fasten off.”)

I changed up my yarn selection this time because I loved the colours of this cotton yarn when I saw it (I usually use Vanna’s Choice acrylic yarn.)  For this project, I used “I Love This Cotton” yarn from Hobby Lobby in “Turquoise” for the body and in “Aqua Ombre” for the base and tentacles.  It was soft and easy to use – I’ll definitely use it again. photo-5 copy I used a 4mm crochet hook, 12mm safety eyes, polyester stuffing and black embroidery floss for the smile. I’ve found this video by “Planet June” very helpful while learning how to stitch on faces to my Amigurumi creations.  Check it out if you’d like to learn more about it!

Happy Crochet’ing!

-AFriendLikeBen-