Travel: Big Knit Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand

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While browsing on Instagram, I noticed that there are a lot of amigurumi crafters who are from Thailand. In fact, the first physical amigurumi which I saw and touched personally was purchased for me by my mom in Thailand. So when we were planning for a vacation in Bangkok, I knew I had to visit at least one local yarn store while I was there.

One particular yarn store which I had read about online and was quite keen to visit was Big Knit Cafe. Apparently, it is a yarn store (of course!) which also doubles up as a cafe whereby you can order drinks and food to have while you work on your crafty projects (God forbid that you should spill any drinks on your work-in-progress :P).

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Completed: Crochet Mesh Bag

Hello. I am back to post about my latest FO, the crochet mesh bag. You didn’t think that I had disappeared, I hope?

I got inspired to crochet a mesh bag when I saw the beautiful one crocheted by the talented Stephanie from All About Ami. She had taken the pattern from Haley Waxberg, made some modifications to it and had come up with a beautiful crochet mesh bag.

The crochet mesh bag is really a departure from my usual amigurumi projects so I was quite nervous on how the end product would turn out. I guess I had been worrying for nothing because the final product looked amazing (at least, in my eyes).

I love the fact that I could make my own bag and I have been using the crochet mesh bag as much as I can. The bag is such a stylish way to reduce plastic usage.

Now.. you’re curious as to how it looks like, right? Here it is.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? In case you’re wondering, the person in the photos is not me, but my sister. I like to think that I’m the type who is better behind the lens rather than in front of it. Now sis, don’t say I didn’t give you your one minute of fame on my blog.

On a separate hand, here are some updates on what has been going on that you might be interested in.

– As I have quite a heavy study load this semester (it ends in June), crochet has been placed on the back burner for the time being. Therefore, it would take me longer to finish up amigurumi projects and I’m guessing that because of this, my blog and Instagram would be less active than I want them to be.

– I have not forgotten about the pattern for Lady The Party Planner Llama. Rest assured that I’m working on it (despite the progress being quite slow) and you all will definitely be the first to know when I release the pattern.

That’s all from me for now.

Till the next project. xoxo

Completed: Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Phew. What an eventful way to end the end of 2013. I know I had promised on Instagram to update my blog soon (that was back in December 2013) but there were just too many things that got in the way and to put it simply, it was hard for me to cope.

Before I proceed with my post, I would like to thank everyone for voting for my entry, Lady The Party Planner Llama in the Design Contest hosted by Amigurumipatterns.net. Although I didn’t win, I still felt like a winner because I have learnt so much in the designing process. I am currently working on the pattern for Lady The Party Planner Llama and I shall post updates about my progress whenever I can.

And to continue. So it took a New Year to pass before I could write about how the Rudolph I crocheted was different from my other amigurumi projects. If you’re reading this, I hope you’re not mad that I’m only fulfilling my promise now, Dendennis.

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I bought a bunch from yarn from Cotton House Store when I visited their physical shop in the middle of last year. Cotton House Store specialises in (well, you guessed it) cotton yarn so naturally I bought their signature milk cotton yarn and also other yarn from their other collections such as polyester and merino.

I’m embarrassed to say that these bunch of fabulous yarn were sitting in a corner in my house until I decided to make a Rudolph from Dendennis’ pattern.

I chose the brown cotton yarn for the body and the red polyester yarn for the scarf. As for the reindeer’s horns, I used something from my stash of Minlon 4ply acrylic yarn. Since the weight for both the cotton yarn and polyester yarn were almost similar, I followed the directions in the pattern exactly and they turned out amazing. As for the horns, I had to make some tweaks so that it doesn’t look too small for the reindeer.

This is the first time I’m using yarn of different weights and fibre to make an amigurumi and it was really fun because I was really anticipating how the final project would look like. Crocheters are often advised to take care when getting yarn for a project and to make sure that the yarn is from the same dye lot, weight and fibre so that the project turns out as per the dimensions. I usually follow this advice to boot or at least, with aspect to the yarn weight and fibre so this time, it’s really refreshing to just use whatever I have in my stash without having to bother too much about uniformity of the yarn used.

Plus, the cotton yarn was such a joy to work with. I am definitely going to purchase more of the cotton yarn when I get the opportunity to visit the Cotton House Store again.

So.. have you ever used different yarns for a project? And how did your project turned out?

Tell me your experiences by leaving a comment here or e-mailing me at theamiproject@yahoo.com.

Note: Currently, I am still not able to update my blog on a regular basis BUT.. I will do my best to update it as much as I can. If you’re looking for constant updates from me, you can follow my Instagram account (my username is “theamiproject”). I update my Instagram account more regularly.

Till the next project. xoxo

Originals: The Story Of Lady The Party Planner Llama

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As mentioned in the previous post, I am going to tell you the story of how Lady The Party Planner Llama came to life.

The collaboration between Jessica from Jessica Doodles and I started purely by chance when I spotted her doodles on Facebook. I thought it would be fun if she could draw something for me to turn into an amigurumi. So I mentioned the idea to her and she was really enthusiastic about it.

For our first collaboration, Jessica suggested to bring to life this Llama wearing a party hat that she had drawn on a birthday card for a friend. At around the same time, I found out about the “Animals At Work” Design Contest that Amigurumipatterns.net is hosting so we decided to take part with the Llama. Thus, Lady The Party Planner Llama was born.

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It was a real challenge for me to turn Jessica’s doodle into an actual amigurumi as I had to figure out how to stay faithful to the Lady’s unique body shape and also her furry body. After much research and deliberation, I decided to learn the loop stitch and use it to crochet Lady’s body. It was my first time crocheting loop stitches so there were lots and lots of frogging up to the point that I had almost given up.

Thankfully, I persevered and soon the body began to take shape. For the other parts, I decided to stick to basic shapes so that these parts would stand out from the furry body.

Finally, after weeks of taking Lady wherever I go (I even brought her along when I went to Sydney for a vacation) and working hard on her, I finally completed our dear Party Planner Llama.

I hope you enjoyed the little story of Lady The Party Planner Llama.

Voting is still open until 30th November so if you like Lady, do go and cast a vote for her at www.amigurumipatterns.net/designcontest/vote. Voting is really simple. Just click on the “heart” button of five of your favourite designs (including mine!) and enter your name and e-mail address to submit your vote.

On behalf of Jessica and myself, thank you very much for your support!

Till the next project. xoxo

Blog Stuff: Updates (+ An Exciting Progress)

When I posted my hiatus notice more than a year ago, I did not mean to stop posting entirely. But things happened and life got in the way which eventually led to a real hiatus on this blog.  While the blog went through a hiatus period, my crochet adventures continued. Over the past year, I picked up a lot of new skills and managed to widen my crocheting repertoire to many different kinds of amigurumi and other forms of crochet like hats, a mini sock and even a pen holder!

Although I did not manage to share my progress on this blog, I found another platform to share my works. I started sharing my FOs on Instagram and to date, I have 50 posts and 96 followers. If you have an Instagram account and would like to follow my crochet journey, my username is “theamiproject”.

More recently, I reached an exciting milestone in my crochet journey. I collaborated with the talented Jessica Low from Jessica Doodles (www.facebook.com/jessicadoodles) to come up with an entry for the “Animals At Work” Design Contest hosted by Amigurumipatterns.net. We are very proud to present to you, Lady The Party Planner Llama.

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Voting has begun and it would really mean the world to me if you could cast a vote for my entry at http://www.amigurumipatterns.net/designcontest/vote. Voting is really simple. Just click on the “heart” button on 5 of your favourite entries (including mine!) and enter your name and e-mail address to submit your vote.

I will be posting more on the back story of how the Llama came to life so stay tuned.

Till the next project. xoxo

Blog Stuff: Break

If you have been visiting the blog, you would have noticed my lack of postings. June is a busy month for me as I have my final exams to deal with. Plus I’ll be going on a trip soon so I’m pretty excited about that one too.

Things will be pretty quiet here for the month of June. However I am still hoping to post some stuff onto the blog so do keep visiting from time to time.

Till the next project. xoxo

Completed: Whale

Photo taken using Hazel’s Canon 60D EF 18mm f/1.8 II

Since discovering the world of amigurumi, I have somehow entertained the idea of making a whale someday. So upon stumbling upon Freshstitches’ whale pattern, I decided to make it.

I chose pink because pink whales do exist in the fairytale realm. There are pink dolphins, why not pink whales then?

This is one of the many things I love about crocheting amigurumi. I enjoy the flexibility of creation and really, the sky is the limit. Nothing is too wacky or crazy to be made into an amigurumi.

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