ALL ABOUT AMI COL­UMN

Based in Canada, All About Ami’s Stephanie Lau knows just how to pre­pare for win­ter and make sure she’s ready for all the joys of Christ­mas

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As the sea­sons change, I find my­self grav­i­tat­ing to­wards de­sign­ing and cro­chet­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of pieces. Cro­chet is so ver­sa­tile – you can cre­ate mar­ket bags, beach cover-ups, tank tops, and other light and airy projects dur­ing the warm sum­mer months. As the weather chills, how­ever, I find my­self nes­tled in­doors more, cre­at­ing cosy projects, such as hats, scarves, sweaters and pon­chos that will keep me warm and stylish while fac­ing the harsh win­ter weather. Where I live in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta reg­u­larly gets down to –20ºC in win­ter, so it’s im­por­tant to be pre­pared!

PLAY­ING WITH FI­BRE

This past year I’ve ven­tured into de­sign­ing numer­ous cro­chet projects with a va­ri­ety of fi­bres (See ‘A look at my win­ter’). I used an al­paca-blend yarn to de­sign a pon­cho which serves as a great lay­er­ing piece with its beau­ti­ful fab­ric pock­ets and cosy turtle­neck. I chose a jumbo-size al­paca-blend yarn and jumbo hook to cro­chet a state­ment scarf with a bold but­ton clo­sure. I also tried hold­ing two dif­fer­ent yarn colours to­gether to cre­ate a lovely ef­fect for a match­ing ribbed scarf and hat set adorned with faux-fur pom­poms. These unique cro­chet de­signs all served as a fun chal­lenge with var­i­ous fi­bre weights, and I have put them to great use as I wear them out and about as the tem­per­a­tures have plum­meted. There is some­thing so spe­cial about wear­ing an item that you have poured your love and time into – a wholly unique cre­ation that can­not be pur­chased in a store!

AMIGU­RUMI HOL­I­DAYS

Through­out the years, I have en­joyed de­sign­ing spe­cial items for the hol­i­day sea­son! A few years ago, I thought it would be fun and whim­si­cal to de­sign some cro­cheted teddy or­na­ments to dec­o­rate our Christ­mas tree, so we made a panda, koala, and brown bear amigu­rumi set! These ted­dies are great projects for be­gin­ners or for those who want to ven­ture into the realm of amigu­rumi – they sim­ply con­sist of a round ball, two ears and a cud­dly striped scarf to wrap around them. Every year our two young daugh­ters en­joy hang­ing up these spe­cial hand­made or­na­ments that in­stantly make our tree so much cuter.

I also de­signed a spe­cial Christ­mas cat named Chester who sits in­side a red and white stock­ing! This amigu­rumi is very unique as it is also a func­tional stock­ing – Chester can be flipped back so that you can fill it with good­ies, and you can hang the stock­ing by Chester’s tail. My blog fol­low­ers have

even changed the colours of Chester to match their own cats, and it is such a fun way to add cro­chet to Christ­mas dé­cor.

OH, CHRIST­MAS TREE

We found an adorable lit­tle tree on sale one year, and we thought it would be neat to fully dec­o­rate it with cro­chet balls with a cro­chet star at the very top. I used a light­weight cot­ton yarn in bright colours and cro­cheted around wooden beads to achieve a per­fectly round shape with some weight to it. I used thread to hang the balls on the branches, and cro­cheted a puffy yel­low star to com­plete the look. I dili­gently cro­cheted all the balls to make sure it was com­plete be­fore Christ­mas, and our girls were de­lighted to see such a cute and whim­si­cal lit­tle tree! Now, each year they like to dec­o­rate the tree and re­ar­range the colours to their lik­ing.

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL COM­MU­NITY

With such a wide range of projects avail­able, cro­chet pro­vides so many op­por­tu­ni­ties. You can cre­ate cosy, stylish and prac­ti­cal items to keep you warm through­out the win­ter months while also cre­at­ing fun and whim­si­cal or­na­ments to dec­o­rate your home and bring out every hol­i­day sea­son.

All of these projects would make unique and heart­felt gifts that will be cher­ished through­out the years. I hope you have en­joyed get­ting a glimpse of some of my de­signs as I love shar­ing my work and get­ting in­spired to try new stitches, new tech­niques, and new de­signs – and I hope you do too!

“Spe­cial hand­made or­na­ments in­stantly make our tree so much cuter!”“As the weather chills, I find nes­tled my­self in­doors, cre­at­ing cosy projects”

“Our girls were de­lighted to see such a whim­si­cal tree”

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