Originals: Wooyoo The White Belly Bunny

Hi everyone!
Can you all believe that it is August already? It felt as though the first half of the year had flew by pretty quickly. I had been caught up with a relocation and studies which pretty much explains my absence from here (though I was still moderately active on Instagram).

Anyway, if you have been following me on Instagram, you would have noticed that my Instagram account recently achieved the 500 followers mark. Therefore, to celebrate this milestone and to thank you awesome people, I had decided to release my first ever free pattern for Wooyoo The White Belly Bunny!

Some months back, I did a craft swap with one of my friends, Rachel Liew. I requested for some of her beautiful hand carved rubber stamps while she requested that I crochet an amigurumi based off her beloved pet rabbit, Wooyoobun. She even provided me with a sketch of how she wanted the amigurumi to look like.

Bunny Sketch

Isn’t Rachel’s sketch just too adorable? I love the bunny’s chubby cheeks and the little details on its face. When I received her sketch, I was super excited to make her sketch “come alive” in amigurumi form.

For the bunny’s head, I decided to start off with a series of chains and crocheting around those chains (instead of the usual magic circle) to get an oval shape head.

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Before I proceeded further with the head, I used the tail from the beginning chain to close up the holes that was visible on top of the head. Then I tied a knot at the back so that the sewing would not unravel.

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To create the bunny’s chubby cheeks, I made consecutive increases at the area where I wanted the cheeks to be at. Then I continued crocheting evenly for a few rows until I was satisfied with the size of the bunny’s head. To close up, I made some sharp decreases so that the chubbiness of the bunny’s cheeks would be maintain. 

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For the bunny’s body, I started off with a magic ring and widen it at the belly area and subsequently decreased slightly for a slimmer upper body.

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Next, I worked on the bunny’s ear. I crocheted two long oval shaped ears in grey and two little pink strips as the inner ears. The pink strips are sewn in the centre of the ears right before the last round of the ears. Don’t they resemble bunny ears now?

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Then I worked on the bunny’s arms. The arms are a little different from usual. I worked a few rounds at the start and then, for the upper part, I crocheted in rows instead. This is to make the arms resemble the pose in the sketch, that is the top part of the arms are attached to the body and the bottom part pokes out a little.

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Then I crocheted two little grey feet for the bunny, two little white feet patches and a white bob tail, as well as its white belly!

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Now is the time for sewing all the parts together.

First the body is sewn onto the head. Next, is the white belly. Then came the little arms and feet.

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For the facial features of the bunny, I cut out two circular shapes of black felt for the eyes and two smaller circular shapes of white felt for the eyeballs. As for the cheeks, I cut out two oval shapes of pink felt. After glueing them onto the face, I worked on the nose by embroidering it on with some black thread.

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Lastly, I sewn on the ears onto the head and the bob tail at the back of the body. After hours of hard work, Wooyoo The White Belly Bunny has finally been completed. Bunny_001

Isn’t Wooyoo such a darling bunny? I really adore the little details on its chubby face. Wooyoo is capable of sitting upright without leaning on anything thanks to its two little feet and its bob tail.

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And here is another photo of Wooyoo from the back with its cute little bob tail. It kinds of resembles Totoro from the back.  Bunny_004 I hope you enjoyed reading about the creation process of Wooyoo The White Belly Bunny. The pattern for Wooyoo will be available within the next few days so stay tuned for that. 

Before I end the post, I would like to thank Stephanie from All About Ami for giving me the inspiration to write a step-by-step post to complement the pattern. I had contacted Stephanie prior to releasing this post and she has been so generous and kind about me doing this. Thank you so much, Stephanie! 

Till the next project. xoxo

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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