Category Archives: Crocheting

Handmade Coziness for Babies

Remember that baby blanket from the very first post? I have not really had the time to introduce it yet… so here it is!

 

The blanket is hand-knitted from a super soft chunky acrylic nylon blend yarn in light blue and white and the perfect cuddly gift for a baby boy. I did not have a particular person in mind when I was working on it but since a lot of my friends and co-workers are having babies right now it was the perfect timing! Measuring a whopping 36″W x 42″L it is perfect as a crib blanket and can be used well into toddler age or even early childhood as a snuggy blanket. This way the little one won’t have to give it up so soon.

After I was done with the blanket I had quite a bunch of leftover yarn. The yarn was wonderful to work with and has the advantage of being machine washable and dryable so I decided to make a matching bunny and a baby hat …

I am very happy with the way everything came out. The elf/stocking hat is intended to be a photo prop. Because of the huge pompom and the long tail it is not suited as a baby hat for everyday life but I am confident it makes for marvelous newborn photos!

I am currently working on a whole bunch of new baby hat photo props and other exciting projects so check back often to see what’s new!

It’s Bunny Time

Constantly searching for new crochet projects I found a pattern for an “Amigurumi Alien Rabbit” a while back. Since Easter is coming up soon, I thought this is the perfect opportunity to introduce some of the bunnies I have made from this pattern.

I don’t think these little guys look like aliens at all. They are way too handsome. But Alien or not they are super soft, cuddly and definitely bring some color in a kids room. I used 100% cotton, safety eyes and noses for the face and stuffed them with polyfiber fill.

Though crochet critters can be created from almost any yarn, I prefer cotton for most of my creations. It is the perfect material for any kind of amigurumi plushies, especially when children are going to play with them. It is soft, durable and can be washed in the washing machine. Since cotton is stiffer than acrylic yarns it is also possible to create different body poses (to a certain degree).

However, I couldn’t help myself but wonder how a bunny made from a chunky acrylic yarn would come out. I decided to give it a try and the result was surprisingly adorable.

Since the acrylic yarn I used was thicker than the cotton yarn, the bunny came out way larger. Now the cotton bunnies have a big sister :D. I think they all fit quite well together – like a big family.

That reminds me of my own family. Gotta get started with the Easter preparations….

Happy Easter everyone!

Humble Beginnings

My grandmother introduced me to crocheting and knitting when I was only 8 years old. However, over the years and the ongoing activities in my life I forgot that I had these skills.

Then… in 2009 a friend of mine was knitting on some lovely Totoro mittens. Since Totoro is one of my favorite movies I instantly wanted to make something similar for myself and wondered what other Totoro related things one could whip up with some needles or a hook and yarn. Browsing the Internet I stumbled upon a great crochet pattern for a large Totoro. I asked my friend if she could re-teach me how to crochet so I could make one of these myself and the rest… is history.

This is the little guy I whipped up back in 2009 after not having crocheted for over 15 years.

Isn’t he cute? I am quite happy with the way he came out (for being my first amigurumi critter ever). In case you are interested in making a cuddly Totoro plushie for yourself: you can find the pattern for free on LucyRavenscars blog http://heavens-hellcat.livejournal.com/#post-heavens_hellcat-420 .

3 years and countless amigurumi critters later (see my Flickr account) and I am still hooked on crocheting and even picked up knitting needles again. I will be forever grateful for that… thank you Corrie!