Stephanie Lau has been crocheting since she was ten years old, when she started making sweaters and hats for her teddy bears. â€œAs a child I always loved crafts,â€ she says. â€œI learned how to crochet from a book and then
taught myself how to read patterns. I never would have imagined that in the future I would be making my own patterns and sharing my work with people around the world!â€
Crochet fell by the wayside for Stephanie while she studied, and it wasnâ€™t until she had graduated and started her first job that she rediscovered her love for the craft, in particular for the Japanese art of amigurumi.
â€œI was excitedly crocheting many cute animals and taking photos along the way,â€ she says. â€œI thought that people might like to see the step-by-step making of projects, and that a blog would be a great way for me to document my work, almost like a journal or portfolio. Once I had enough experience, I attempted my very first original design, the â€œChinese New Year Dollâ€, and she was very well-received!
The overwhelmingly encouraging messages, support and feedback that I have had from around the world help keep me motivated.â€
When Stephanie first started her blog All About Ami three years ago she was working as a speech language pathologist. Sheâ€™s currently a stay-at-home
mother to one-year-old Myla and says sheâ€™s â€œloving every minute of itâ€. But she admits her talent for making amigurumi and her online popularity â€“ she has 12,000 tumblr followers for her blog, plus approximately 8,000 Facebook followers, 3,000 Instagram followers and 1,000 Twitter followers â€“ has opened up opportunities she never would have imagined.
â€œIn todayâ€™s consumer society, it is very special to be able to make something with your own hands. Pouring all your time, love and energy into creating handmade items makes them incredibly special as they are so full of life and
character. I love being able to make crocheted gifts for baby showers and birthdays, I proudly wear my own personally designed and crocheted cowls and love displaying my crocheted baskets in my home.
The only downside to pursuing a crafty, creative lifestyle is that there
are always so many projects on my to-do list and my need to buy more yarn is
To find out more, read Stephanieâ€™s blog at www.allaboutami.com
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