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Baby Claire’s gifts

This blog post has been on waiting to be written quite a while now. As mentioned inΒ this post, it will involve some projects I was working on. Why I didn’t blog about it earlier? Well, it where gifts for my new born niece! πŸ˜€

She was born on the 6th of September, and her name is Claire. Because I’m not sure if her parents will appreciate it if I post photo’s of her, you just have to believe me on my word that she is VERY cute. πŸ˜‰

When her big sister was born, we gave her a “My Life Story” Journal, to keep track of everything mentionable happening in her future life. So, for Claire we did the same. But of course I HAD to give her some hand made stuff! I will talk you through πŸ˜‰

#1 Sea animals mobile

Sea animals mobile

It was hard to take a good picture, but I think it turned out okay. πŸ™‚
Inspired by Ana Paula’s books, I combined some of her patterns to make a sea animal mobile. I made two before which had some “flaws”, so I mental noted that and fixed those flaws within this third mobile. πŸ™‚

For the base ring, I used the pattern for the branch mobile out of Amigurumi Two. With my previous mobiles, I found it hard to evenly fill the ring up when sewing it together, so that resulted in a very wobbly and uneven ring. So, with this mobile I bought a styrofoam ring in a craft store, and used that to fill the crocheted ring. Because the measurements of the ring are completely different from the one in the book, I started by crochetingΒ a chain that would fit around the ring. Then I followed the technique of the pattern by joining the ends of the chain (being sure it didn’t twist) and then crochet around till it was long enough to fit around my styrofoam ring, and sew it together with the ring inside. Because you’re not decreasing, it will not fit perfectly around the ring, but if you divide the “folds” a bit, It looks fine! πŸ™‚

The attachment strings, connected to a ring, are made the same as the branch mobile. Only a bit longer. πŸ™‚

For the sea animals are also patterns from Ana Paula.
The fishes are also out of Amigurumi Two. It are the “Little Fish and Her Daddy” pattern. Instead of switching two colors to create a scaled effect, I used a blended color yarn. I created a mommy fish by adjusting the colors of the daddy fish pattern. Mom’s are always pink. πŸ˜‰
Before attaching the top fin, I sew on a small split ring. I used these to attach the string which is attached to the ring. I did these, because I saw with one of my previous mobiles, the string was getting thinner by the weight of the fishes. So I hope this will solve it a bit. Also, if you really want to wash the toys, you can detach them (because it’s a split ring).

The big jellyfish is from Amigurumi Toy Box. I’m such a big fan of that pattern, so this was a great opportunity making one. πŸ˜‰
The baby jellyfish is a pattern which you can find on Ana Paula’s blog. It’s over here. I adjusted the pattern a little bit, so the top of the jellyfish is a bit more egg shaped instead of rounded. I added a round between round 2 and 3, where I crocheted 12 sc. Because it is an extra round, I skipped round 10. The rest of the pattern is the same! πŸ™‚

The algae is again from Amigurumi Two, from the stroller toy “fish in the sea”. I adjusted it a bit; I made different lengths, and stopped at the point where you’ve got to chain and crochet again (so, a single algae instead of two in one).

While assembling toys and the mobile, I first attached the fishes to one half of the ring. On the other half are the jellyfishes. But, because they weigh less then the fishes, I added a tiny bit of rice in a pantyhose between the stuffing of the big jellyfish, so the total mobile would not shift to one side! πŸ™‚

#2 Fish plush

Fish plush
I was sure I wanted to give my little niece a soft plush to cuddle with. So to fit with the mobile, I made the “daddy fish” out of Amigurumi Two, but with the chunkier yarn I showed you in the same previous post. He turned out so cute, bigger than normal and very soft. πŸ™‚

#3 Teddy bear cake

When Sophie, Claire older sister was born, I made a special cake to gift and celebrate. Here is a picture of it;

Sophie cake

So when Claire was born, I just had to make another cake. Because my cake decorating skills have grown, I decided to do something more complicated, but I still needed some inspiration to do so. That’s why I bought “Debbie Brown’s Baby Cakes”. I really love her work (that’s why I have a lot of her books, so buying this one was an easy choice) because she works a lot in 3D which most of it’s base is still cake. I wanted to do more projects like that, it’s why I started cake decorating in first place. πŸ™‚

I really got inspired by the cover of the book (which of course is also a project in the book) so I decided to base my design on that cake.

This is how it turned out:

Claire cake
Like I said, I based it on Debbie Brown’s design, but adapted a few things. For example, the heads where recommended to make from crispy rice, which I don’t prefer using, so I used cake truffles. That made them a bit heavy, but it worked out. πŸ™‚ And of course the color scheme and decoration is completely different. πŸ˜‰
The inside was pink butter sponge, and it was covered with a layer of buttercream and fondant. The cake for Sophie had a special filling, cream cheese with “Muisjes”. If you are not from the Netherlands like I am, you really should read this Wikipedia page about “Muisjes”.
So, with this cake for Claire not having a filling, I added crushed Muisjes to give it the same yummy flavor. πŸ™‚
Well, that was it! Claire’s parents where very happy with all of the gifts. And so was Sophie, but Claire has to grow a little older for she understands it πŸ˜‰

You’ve met big pear…

..now meet big apple! (and me!)

Big apple, Peter and big pear

Well, actually I named them Mr. Pear and Mr. Apple. And of course Ms. Worm. ❀

As I explained in my earlier post, I used the apple pattern out of Ana Paula’s first book, and enlarged it. I used some chunkier yarn, but it was a bit thinner than the yarn from Mr. Pear, so instead of multiply the pattern 2.5 times, I did it 3 times. It’s a bit of a challenge to get I right (for example, Ms. Worm had a earlier version where she had eaten a bit to much of Mr. Apple, if you know what I mean. ;)) but I think they turned out great!

After I finished Mr. Apple, the large Amigurumi toys can’t leave my mind… I’m already working on another one, which I will post about as soon as I finish it. So stay tuned! πŸ˜‰

Cozy crochet project

With autumn and winter coming up soon, I felt like doing a autumn/winter crochet project.

So, I decided to make a cup cozy! Well, four to be exact.

Cup Cozy

It keeps you from burning your fingers and your tea, coffee or hot cocoa will stay warm longer! πŸ™‚
They are easy to whip up with some chunkier yarn, but they shouldn’t take to long with “normal” yarn!

This is how I did it:

I made a chain that would fit around the cup. Don’t join it together or anything, just fit it. Then I started crocheting. Feel free to experiment! I crocheted one with only sc, but another with one row crocheted with sc, and the next row with dc.
When if fits around your cup, I joined it with a slip stich. Then I went down onΒ one side with slip stiches, and joined the bottom together with a slip stich. Fasten off, weave in the ends and there you have it!

Easy, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

Amigurumi Book: Zoomigurumi

Although I love to design Amigurumi and write patterns myself, I fully support other designers! I still buy Amigurumi books and buy patterns on Etsy now and then.

My “colleague” Joke from Amigurumipatterns.netΒ collects Amigurumi patterns from designers all over the world. You can buy the patterns on her website and the full amount that you pay will go to the designer from the pattern.

She got this amazing plan to make a book called “Zoomigurumi” out of some of the best patterns she could gather. But for the book to be printed, she needs to raise $7500 USD with a fixed funding campaign. That means you can order the book and you will receive it somewhere around October for just $22 USD! That includes shipping, where ever you may live. πŸ™‚

Zoomigurumi

More info can be found here. That includes which cute patterns are in the book, so you will know what you’ll get. πŸ™‚

EDIT: The target of $7500 USD is reached! Everyone who has ordered or will order will receive the book. πŸ™‚

Yarn, yarn, yarn, all over again!

In one of my previous blog posts, I explained what my yarn stash looks like.

What’s good news for me, but bad news for the sack I keep my stash in: season change is coming up, so new colors are available at the budget store where I buy yarn!
I’m very happy with the new colors, but especially with darkish green which I didn’t have ever before! πŸ™‚

So, with a lot of new bought skeins, I had to tidy up my stash a bit.
I made a photo for you how my stash is when thrown onto a big pile, but I accidentally threw it away. 😦
But, I can tell you it’s big. It areΒ 77 skeins. I made a stash list of it on my Raverly account! Now I always know what’s in my stash πŸ™‚

Curious? Find out here. I’m updating the featured photo’s soon, so you can visually see the colors. πŸ™‚

Amigurumi Icecream – AmigurumiWizard crochet pattern

I wanted to started this blog post with a sentence like: “While it’s still summer, try out my icecream pattern!”

But with the possibility that my readers are from all over the world, some of them will be thinking: “Well it’s winter here so huh?!”
Nevertheless, I wanted to show how cute my Amigurumi Icecream pattern is!

Amigurumi Icecream
It’s an easy to crochet pattern, which you could whip up in a short period of time. I think he is sooo cute! πŸ™‚
You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop for only $3.00!