One of my biggest markers of summer is being at a week-long summer camp I do with my church. I loved it as a camper, and now that I’m older, I love it as a counselor! I had the opportunity to talk to one of my past campers today, and I knew that I wanted to make her something special.
Confession: I’m supposed to be studying for my finals this week, but when I saw this mini octopus amigurumi, I couldn’t resist making it. It’s just so cute! I told myself that the mini size just meant that it would take less time, and besides, I deserved a study break! I’m not sure if I really do deserve a study break, but at least now I have a cute study buddy!
Ever since I saw this pattern pop up on my Instagram feed, I knew that I would have to try making it. The little “heart” shapes are so cute, and I was so curious about how to crochet those stitches given the knit appearance. It turns out that simplicity can be beautiful as this pattern was so easy to follow, but had such adorable results!
A crochet technique that I have always been fascinated by is the process of cabling! I think it provides such an interesting appearance, and with the whole “crochet-that-looks-like-knitting” trend going on, cabling fits right in. I’ve also been itching to make a blanket lately since winter always makes me want to cozy up under a warm throw, so all these factors came together in this project.
Confession: I don’t actually drink coffee. Everyone likes to kid about drinking coffee non-stop in university, especially for a graduate program, but the smell of coffee just doesn’t appeal to me, much less the taste of it. Still, since I do drink tea (and hot chocolate!) I figured I could still use a nice coffee sleeve, and the heart seemed perfect for Valentine’s Day!
As a pretty messy person, I’m always on the lookout for good / cute storage solutions. When I saw this amigurumi tea cup, I immediately thought that it could work as a great way to store small jewelry or other trinkets if I didn’t stuff the cup.
Crafting is always more fun when it’s done together, so when my friend asked if I wanted to help her make Disney-themed headbands for her, I jumped at the opportunity! She’s heading Disney World over the Christmas break, so this was a perfect post-exam activity. We ended up making two headbands, one crocheted and one out of felt.
Growing up, we always used to use the same old fake Christmas tree year after year until one year when my mom randomly brought home a real Christmas tree. We’ve never gone back! I love the smell, and it just makes me feel infinitely more festive. When I found this pattern, I got that same tingly Christmas cheer, so I knew I had to try it!
‘Tis the season! When I was little, one of my favourite Christmas books was “Olive the Other Reindeer”, by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold. I always thought it was so clever, and as a result, I’ve always had a soft spot for reindeers, even if Olive wasn’t exactly a typical “reindeer”. When I saw this reindeer pattern, I knew I had to give it a whirl.