One of the things I love most about the online crochet community is the atmosphere of collaboration and support. I have so much respect for the creativity of other makers, and I love it whenever I can be a part of that! When Holly, from Storyland Amis, asked me if I would be willing to pattern test for her again, I was overjoyed.
I’m not sure if anyone has actually ever picked up on this, but my Inspiration posts typically run on the third Tuesday of each month. I screwed up this month, but I think the thoughtfulness of this week more than makes up for this late post! This was inspired by the project that Justine at Chubby Knots is working on, as she is trying to send 500 toys to Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon this Christmas.
Whenever I go camping, I always see chipmunks, so even though they’re not “Canadian” the same way a beaver or a loon is, there’s something about chipmunks that echoes nature and Canada to me.
One of my favourite things about the crochet community is connecting with other people through social media! Ever since I saw Holly (@storyland_amis) and her 100 amigurumi countdown, I knew that she was an exceptional crochet designer. When she posted on Instagram asking for pattern testers for her cuddle-sized Zippy the Sloth, I jumped at the opportunity.
Having just come back from the beach, I am filled with a new fondness for the beach and sea creatures! While I didn’t actually see any (live) crabs, I still wanted to make one, mostly because I feel like they are cuter in crochet form than they are in real life.
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!
As you should all know by now, I am a huge fan of birthdays. When the boy I babysit regularly proudly told me that he was turning six this year, I told him that he could pick any animal he wanted, and I would make a present for him. Like any self-respecting boy who is a five-about-to-be-six-year old, he chose a shark.
When I was staying with my aunt and uncle in Hong Kong over the summer, I asked them if there were any animals they liked, and they chose their Chinese Zodiac animals! It may have taken me many months, but I am so excited to show you the monkey amigurumi I designed as part of a thank-you gift.
‘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.