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koala ornament

Hi!  Today I have a crocheted ornament to share.  I crocheted it following Stephanie Lau's pattern which can be found on her All About Ami blog HERE.  She has some of the best patterns and her instructions are really clear with lots of photos.  It takes a lot of work to design these patterns and then present them in a way that is understandable to someone who may be a beginner.  I still consider myself a beginner.  Sometimes I'm still looking up instructional videos on the internet because I've forgotten how to make the stitch. 

Stephanie has a series of 3 bear ornaments.  I started with this koala which my daughter of course had to point out is not really a "bear" but a marsupial.  Okay, but he is still called koala bear.  Mostly I picked him first because of the pun I wanted to go along with him.  I love these puns!

Here is the pun I printed and cut into a tag.

One of the things I love about him is his little scarf with the fringe on the end!  It is hot glued on in some areas and also sewn.  He is made from Lion Brand's 24/7 cotton yarn.

Here he is in my hand.  Sometimes I guess it is hard to gauge the size of these things.  I used a 2mm crochet hook to crochet him.  I cut out his nose free hand as best I could and then of course used some dies for the white of his eyes and ears.  Sometimes it's good that I have a lot of dies!

Here he is hanging from a red ribbon.  I looped a bit of black cotton yarn first and then added the ribbon and tag.  I have a brown bear that follows a different crochet pattern that I'll share the next time I get a chance to blog.  But both the koala and brown bear are listed in my Etsy shop.

Recently I made 56 calendars as favors for a relative's birthday party.  My hubby was a bit surprised that I had most of the supplies to make the favors.  The only items we had to buy were the calendars (from Taylored Expressions) and print the photos I wanted to use above the calendars.  I had all the chipboard, gold cardstock, washi paper, tape and magnetic sheets to go behind the calendars.  See, sometimes it's good that we crafters hoard supplies!

Thank you so much for stopping by!



Lynn said…
Oh, so cute and the tag sentiment is adorable. You are really an expert crocheter to me. Hope you'll show the party favor calendars. I didn't realize that Taylored Expressions had calendars....gotta check them out. I always use Vippies 'cuz I like the mini ones.
Cheryl said…
Cute! Congrats on a quick sale!

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