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Not long ago my neighbor knocked on my door to show me a toy she had cherished since she was a baby. She knows I like to crochet stuffed animals and she thought I would be interested to see what her grandma made for her when she was born, a crocheted stuffed bear from 1950. Since I had never seen one before I was delighted to see it.

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Her grandma was a native american from the Chataw tribe in Oklahoma. She was very skilled in crafts and liked to make things for her family. Crochet was one of her talents and when Candy was born she decided to make her this little bear. There was no such patterns available at the time so she had to improvise all of it. I am very impressed with the result, it is unique and so cute!

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I can’t believe she kept that bear in such good shape for so many years. It doesn’t any tears or scratches, it looks like it was made yesterday! I was very interested in the technique she used so I took some close up pictures to show how it was made.

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She crocheted half circles that she slip stitch together for both the head, ears and body. I have never tried this method before but I really like the result.

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The arms are not crocheted in spirals but slip stitch at the end of each round. They are not stuffed at the shoulders, she kept them flat to sew them to the seam of the body. I couldn’t tell what she used for stuffing but it felt like cotton.

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She used pink yarn she crocheted in spiral and sewed to the arms. I would like to try to crochet arms this way and see how it turns out. Her method is different than the one used for Amigurumi but I really like it.

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You can tell that a love of love was put into her craft and I understand why Candy took good care of it, it’s a very special gift made from the heart. I am very glad she shared it with me, and I want to thank her for allowing me to take pictures and post them on my blog.

I hope you enjoyed this little story as much as I did. I find it very inspiring!

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It’s been a while since I posted anything on my blog but the end of the year was such a busy time for me that I didn’t get a chance to post anything. One of my resolutions for this year is to upload content every Friday with more showcases and projects, tutorials and patterns. If you have any suggestions feel free to let me know in the comments.

Today I am going to talk about some really cute crocheted bugs I made from a pattern I found on Pinterest. I definitely recommend this one if you are looking for craft projects this year.  The pattern is from Belova Elena, a very talented lady who posted the tutorial on a Russian craft site (link at the end) . I was able to use the google translator to figure out the words and if you are familiar with crochet patterns I think you will have no problem reading it either.

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I followed her instructions to crochet the head, body, arms and legs then decided to take a shortcut and made the eyeballs and the wings with felt. I think both versions are very cute, mine just didn’t take as much time.

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I also used pompoms to make the nose and crocheted the antennas instead of using wires. One of the bug is a bee, the other a ladybug, and the third one is….green! They are about 8 inch tall using a 2.75mm hook and Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Size of crocheted animals always depend on the hook you use and the type of yarn you buy, it might end up larger or smaller.

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I love this ladybug, I think she turned out adorable. The original pattern ask for eyelashes but I didn’t have any and I thought it is cute enough as it is. Still, I am still considering adding some if I remember to pick some up when I go to the dollar store (I will need a lot of eyelashes).

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I made the wings of the ladybug with felt and glued some black dots that I cut from black felt. I always use a glue gun for my project, but fabric glue would work as well.

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I also used felt to make the stripes on the bee’s body. I could have crocheted them with black yarn but sometimes I just like to do things differently. Maybe I will crochet a little pot of honey to go with it if I have a chance it would look so cute!

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The bugs on the original pattern have an embroidered mouth. I might add one later, again when I have a chance but regardless, it’s cute as it is! I really loved her pattern, it is very easy basic therefore easy to make. You can make tons of different bugs of different colors and have a lot of fun with it.  I almost made a fly but Christmas was right around the corner and I had to get busy with other things.

If you are interested in this project, you can go to Elena’s insect patterns.  It’s a free pattern by the way! If you do try it but find it difficult to translate the language, you can always ask me for help.

I wish you a happy new year full of wonderful crocheted stuffed animals and fun projects!!!

May I present to you my latest creation, a little pig plush made out of yarn and love.. Oink! This is a crochet project I had in mind for a while because I love pigs and I have been playing a lot of farm games on Facebook.

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I am very happy with the result, he looks exactly like I pictured it in my head (I have terrible artistic skills so I never draw what I want to crochet).

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Actually I should have said that “he almost look like I pictured” because I had to redo the eyes. I had crocheted round bulgy eyes but the result was harsh, my little plush looked unfriendly. I really wanted big eyes but a soft look, felt and a pair of scissors did the trick.

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I also made a pattern available on ETSY if anybody is interested in this project, the skill level is easy and it is really fun to make. Now, I already have a lot of farm animals in my collection: a chicken, a cow, a duck, a pig… What should I do next?

I hope you enjoyed this post, happy crocheting!

Two months ago I made a post about a panda bear pattern I had created for my ETSY shop, a cute little amigurumi crocheted with regular acrylic yarn. I enjoyed that project so much,  I thought it would be fun to try a different version of the panda using the same pattern but with a type of yarn that would give it some fur. Both versions are cute, but the result is so different that it doesn’t look like it was made from the same pattern.

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the second version of the Panda, so fuzzy!

The first version was made with Caron Simply Soft, which is labeled as a medium weight #4, and 100% acrylic. It is quite small for a yarn of that category, I usually end up with smaller plushes when I use Caron.

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the first version of the panda

You can really tell the difference in size. The first version of the panda is about 5.5 inch tall, the other one is 7 inch. I used the same 2.75mm crochet hook for both plushes without any alterations in the rounds, but the yarns I used for my second panda are thicker, hence the result.

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Big fuzzy panda and its little acrylic version.

I used two different brands of yarn to crochet the fuzzy panda. I usually prefer to work with the same brand on one project when I need different colors but in this case I couldn’t find both in the same collection so I settled for Butter Cream Angel Air in black, and Yarn Bee Tender Touch in white. The black yarn is 50% Acrylic, 28% Nylon and 22% Wool. The white yarn is 100% acrylic but still has a fuzzy feel to it, which is what I needed to create fur.

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In order to create the fur, I gently brushed each parts of the panda with a pet brush before sewing the parts together. I think it is better to brush after the parts are stuffed with fiberfill, otherwise you might end up with stretched parts (it happened to me the first time I tried this method).

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On top, the fuzzy yarn and at the bottom, regular acrylic yarn

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the magic pet brush (which I never used on my cat)

Trying two versions from the same pattern was a fun experiment, and I cannot tell you which one I like best because I love both pandas. I hope you enjoyed this post and that it will inspire you to also try different type of yarns for your projects.

As always, happy crocheting!

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted on my blog. I have been so busy that I didn’t see time go by. Finally, I am able to take time off to get back to my favorite hobby, crochet. This month I worked on a little giraffe pattern for my ETSY shop, and I can say that I am quite please with the results!

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This is my first time trying to crochet a giraffe, I wasn’t sure how I wanted it to look like, there are different ways to do it (long nose, big nose, tall leg or short legs) but I finally opted for something little kids could play with, one with a big nose, long neck and short legs.

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I will admit that it took trials and errors, I had intended to make the head, neck and body separate but as soon as I finished the head I realized that it would be better to start with the body and seamlessly continue with the neck and head.

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I tried to make long legs at first, but it didn’t look right. I ended up making them very short, I think it makes the giraffe look very cute and easier to play with. It ended up being about 12 inch tall, which is a good size but not too big.

This pattern is available on my ETSY shop. The skill level is easy, I put lots of step by step pictures to help along the way.

Now I am ready to start my next project, a different version of the Panda Bear I made last January.  This one will be crocheted with a different type of yarn, and a safety nose. I can’t wait to get started.

Happy crocheting!

Do you know this song? “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, Only a hippopotamus will do, Don’t want a doll, No dinky tinker toy, I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy”

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Well, it’s not Christmas anymore, but one can wish for a hippo all year long! I was looking for ideas for baby showers and small gifts easy to make, so I made this hippo and wrote a pattern that I have made available on my ETSY Shop

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As usual I used acrylic yarn, and a small hook to make the stitches really tight. He is only 6 inch and fits in the palm of my hand. I think he turned out really cute! All he needs now is a puddle of water to splash in it.

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I really enjoy making small animals, I have a lion, an elephant, a monkey and now a cute hippo with big dorky eyes. My next project is a giraffe, soon enough I will be able to open a zoo!

The list of things I want to make this year is getting so long that I will need more than one set of hands to crochet all of them. I can never work fast enough, time always goes by too fast, and there are only 24  hours in a day. So I am taking it one project at a time, one step at a time, without thinking to much ahead or how slow I am. One of these many projects is a series about dogs. I just finished my first one, a little Dachshund that turned out really cute even though he gave me a little bit of trouble along the way.

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I decided to start with a Wiener dog because I thought it would be the easiest to crochet, but I had the great idea to pick some left over yarn instead of a brand new one. I convinced myself that it would be enough to crochet the entire thing, until I ran out of yarn for the head. No problem, all I had to do was buy another ball to finish the project… Except that the craft store didn’t carry that color anymore, and I came back home empty ended and very frustrated.

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I don’t know how much time I spent staring at my headless wiener dog, feeling defeated. There was no solution, I had to start over again from scratch, a lesson learned. This time I made sure to pick a brand new and large ball of yarn. I picked gold and decide to go for two colors instead of one, brown for the ears and tails.

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His name is Frank, it suits him well. I crocheted it with a 2.75mm hook, and Red Heart Super Savers acrylic yarn. You cannot really tell his size from the photo, but he is about 9 inches long. I like to make my plushes small, they don’t take a lot of room.

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I think I would like to make a hot dog version of my wiener dog, with little buns on the side and a thread of mustard on top.. Just something to add to my scrollable list. I wrote a pattern that is available on ETSY, the finished item will join my donation box. As for my headless wiener dog, I haven’t given up on it! Someday I will find the yarn, today, tomorrow or a year from now, but I will find it (when I do I will have a party to celebrate).


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