the tiniest narwhal


The narwhals are tiny, and they are also very apologetic today, because this pattern is WAY overdue! Remember this giveaway months ago? Where I asked everyone what animal I should make for a new amigurumi pattern? This is it. So sorry about the massive delay!

Here’s Mike’s hand, as a size reference.


I made two, one goes to the giveaway winner :D and the other goes to Mike for his birthday. You might notice that they’re slightly different sizes. For the slightly larger one I used Mary Maxim Prism (light worsted. Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable is similar, but slightly heavier), and for the other I used Mary Maxim Step It Up (a sock weight yarn — unfortunately discontinued). They are just leftover yarn in my stash. I do like the gradation of colour, makes a very magical-looking narwhal :D

I’m quite happy with how the tusk turned out. I was just going to glue a toothpick to it and call it a day, but thought I’d give cotton thread a try first. And it worked! So it’s crocheted, then stiffened with acrylic medium.

So here it is, finally, I present to you, the narwhal pattern :D


I used:

Narwhal body — light worsted or worsted weight yarn, 3.5 mm hook
(if you use a lighter yarn i.e. sock weight, scale down on hook size accordingly i.e. 3 mm or even 2.5 mm)

Tusk — cotton crochet thread (I used Aunt Lydia Classic #10), 2 mm hook

Stuffing (I like to use yarn ends), 2 small beads for eyes, needle and thread for sewing on eyes, fluid acrylic medium to stiffen tusk (or white glue will do as well, but acrylic medium is more durable)

Stitches used: magic ring, chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), 2 single crochet together (2 sc tog), 2 double crochet together (2 dc tog), slip stitch (sl st).

Narwhal body is crocheted in rounds in one piece, including the tail.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring, do not join

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)

Rnd 3: 1 sc in each sc (12 sc)

Repeat Rnd 3 until piece measures about 1.5 inches or longer if desired. Then begin to decrease into the tail part.

Decrease Rnd 1: 2 sc together five times, sc in each of next two sc (7 sc)

Repeat Decrease Rnd 1 for three rows (7 sc)

Stuff body firmly. I like to use yarn ends.

Decrease Rnd 2: 2 sc tog three times, sc in next sc (4 sc)

Decrease Rnd 3: 2 sc tog twice

Tail: ch 3, 2 dc tog in the base of the ch 3 just made, ch 2, sl st in second ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in the base of the same ch 3 in the beginning of row, ch 3, 2 dc tog in the base of same ch 3, ch 2, sl st in second ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in base of same ch 3. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Tusk: Attach crochet thread to head of narwhal. With smaller hook, ch 13, sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch to end of chain. Fasten off, weave in ends.

With small brush (or finger), apply acrylic medium to cover entire tusk. Let dry, then apply another coat.

I didn’t do this, but wouldn’t it be fun if one sprinkles a bit of fine glitter on the tusk before the acrylic or white glue dries? :D


And here we have it, the tiniest narwhal, unicorn of the sea.


If you have any trouble with the pattern please don’t hesitate to drop me a note!

Happy weekend, everyone! :D


owls from far away

Got a wonderful surprise in the mail last week from my friend Nancy — owls! :D

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This beautiful ceramic owl charm. We’ve been going on adventures together for the past few days and it makes me so happy :D

And this fun owl puzzle! He’s now settled happily on my desk (please excuse the unsightly dust. It’s since been dusted. Yikes.)

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And this lovely sunshiny dish cloth!

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So grateful for your generosity, thoughtfulness and friendship, Nancy!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!



today’s awesome catch


From a flea market! Found it on an earring, with the blue glass bead and metal bead. Rehung it for a necklace.

There was some rust on it and I kind of scratched it while trying to clean it off. But it’s okay, it’s all shiny now :)


Wishing you a delightful week!





Our yearly trip to see the cherry blossom trees at High Park! This post is majorly overdue, because it actually happened in mid-May, almost a month ago! And we were late too to catch the cherry blossoms, as most of them have fallen and the branches were half covered in new leaves. But still an exciting sight of spring! And a happy occasion to get together with family and friends :D


My friend who is very talented at cooking made these onigiri for our picnic, perfectly triangular and delicious.


Picnicking under the cherry tree…



We also visited the magnolia tree, which was in full bloom.


And the setting sun painting the trees golden.


Looking forward to more adventures to local parks this summer! :D

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!



green flying squirrel

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Finally finished the pineapple top from Vogue Crochet. I used #10 thread and had to scale down to a 2.5 mm hook, so it looks less cozy than the one in the magazine and a bit more summery, I think.

And the dolman sleeves, they remind me of a flyer squirrel.

I like how it turned out with the mint green. I’ve never worn this colour before. The cashier at Michaels said it’s one of their “hot new colours” that just came in. And I bought all that they had on the shelf :P

Here’s a closer look at it.


And the sleeves…


And another attempt at embodying the green flying squirrel.



Have a happy Sunday! :D