Dear Jane

Far Flung Bee 2012



I remember the first time I’d ever seen someone working on Amigurumi and my mind was completely blown by (what seemed to me) the complexity of crocheting in the round like that. It was my mama and she went on to demonstrate the magic circle starting method, at which point my brain started playing elevator music and I was lost. That was when I was just starting to learn crochet and I was still struggling with granny squares!

Since then I’ve made tons of granny squares, a couple of scarves, and even a doily rug! But one of my favourite projects so far was this little teddy that I made for Mr Cheese before we’d moved in together. It was my very first amigurumi – you can tell because it’s actually inside out!



Did you know amigurumi had a right side and a wrong side? I clearly didn’t! I chose to use this side (the ‘wrong’ side) as the outside because I liked the rough texture more. The thing I don’t like so much about amigurumi is the spiral effect you get from crocheting in the round. That’s just part of the craft though, I guess! Since I’ve made Jeremiah, I’ve learnt that it’s really important to turn your ami’s in the right way otherwise you lose a lot of shaping. If you’re interested (or just starting in amigurumi) there’s a great article here on PlanetJune.




Jeremiah was a great introductory project for me. Not too big, not too complicated, and what a cute result! I followed this great tutorial over at All About Ami, except I used roving to needle felt his nose instead of using store-bought pre-felt. Did you know you can needle felt right onto your amigurumi? It’s true, you can! You could felt on eyes, or paw pads, or even clothes! I love the 3D muzzle look! And it made me miss needle felting. I think when things calm down around here, and I catch up on my massive unfinished projects (ha! that should be “if”, not “when”, I think!) I need to break out the needle again for some more sculpting!


My Claudia

My crochet journey had a rough start, but I’ve come a long way since that first mutant granny square, and I’ve had my heart set on hooking a Claudia Scarf for a long time now.

My red-loving, scarf-wearing friend’s 30th birthday was the perfect excuse to get out the hooks – and it helped that the temperature has dropped to arctic levels down here so crochet is the perfect winter couch craft!


Red crocheted scarf - "Claudia Scarf" - in 4ply wool


red crocheted scarf - "claudia scarf" - in red 4ply wool


I’m really happy with how it turned out – even though with 4 ply wool and a 3mm hook it felt like it was going to take forever to finish!

I had a couple of sample sachets of soak wash that I’d been dying to try out and I’m happy to report that it more than lives up to the hype! I used Bendigo Woollen Mills wool (Desert Pea in 4 ply) which is really pretty soft to begin with, but after soaking in soak wash and blocking, it’s come up super snuggly soft.


red crocheted scarf - "claudia scarf" - in red 4 ply wool

care instructions

(I’m glad I kept the ball band! I think it makes a cute “care” tag!)

One day I’d like my own Claudia Scarf – one day. I don’t think I’m really up to knitting 170 rows of 4 ply wool back-to-back! But if you’re looking for an easy, satisfying, well-written pattern I can’t recommend it enough.




My name is Holly and I live in Australia. This is where I blog about the stuff I make (mostly quilts, stamps & plushies). Sometimes I also write about things that inspire me. Thanks for stopping by!


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