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
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!
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.
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”