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Crochet and cupcakes

Crocheting is such a treat for me -- I can finish something cute in less than 20 minutes and use my bits of leftover yarn (I never throw away any yarn that's at least 24" long). I first saw these Tawashi flowers on Ravelry and then Stacey made her own version of them as well. I conquered the magic ring with the help of the instructions in Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker (the instructions in the book are much more intuitive for me than the directions here, but your mileage may vary) and made a few of these flowers last night while watching a movie.

Tawashi Flower

And yesterday morning, I made the crocheted cupcake I've been obsessed with since seeing a few of them around blogs and Ravelry:

Crocheted Cupcake
Cupcake from Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet and free cupcake pattern on the author's blog

It's lopsided and I didn't quite understand the instructions for the base at first, but I think I understand it now. I'll have to crochet another cupcake to be sure. I was in such a hurry to put it together that I didn't do a great job seaming it, but I still love it. I enjoyed working with the yarn I chose -- it's Cascade 220 Superwash. Now I totally understand the rave reviews about it. It's my yarn of choice for my future crocheted ripple blanket.

And the real thing -- a coconut cupcake from the Twisted Yarns 5th Anniversary celebration this past Saturday:

Coconut Cupcakes from Sweeties in The Woodlands

"Sweeties" will be opening soon in The Woodlands and I can't wait to have a place to go to get my favorite coconut cupcakes.


Can I just tell you how jealous I am that you can now crochet those awesomely cute Amigurumi patterns? *Swoon*

That cupcake looks awesome.

And are you now turned onto just the 220 superwash or 220 in general? I'm making my felted slippers out of it and I just LOVE the way the wool feels in my fingers! Too bad it's too dense/thick for a sweater. Because it's great stuff. I wonder why they don't make a DK weight?

OK, I'm rambling... Off to lunch!

Very cute crochet. I don't crochet much but I've decided I need to start the Ripple Afghan that I had planned on two years ago! I'm going to be using Dream In Color, but I think yours will look great in 220 Superwash. Cascade is a great yarn!

Hiya Janet! Both cupcakes look yummie :) and I love crocheted flowers too

Your crochet looks great - the ability to make small things quickly, and use up those spare bits of yarn, is one of my favourite things about crochet!

Oh, and coconut cuppys - yum!!

Thank you for introducing me to the magic ring! I was doing it the "hole in the middle" way!

Janet, that flower is adorable! Looks super easy (this said by the complete amateur!). I was trying a shell edge on a circle I did today; and although I still need to study up on increasing and decreasing, it turned out kinda pretty in a ruffly kind of way. It's getting to be more fun, that's fer sher!

Your cupcake looks yummy! Someday, I'll try stuff like that.

Yum! I'm dying for a cupcake now!!

Darling flower and I'm thinking that would be cute sewn on a t-shirt for my granddaughter.

I love the amigurumi things I've seen and especially love your cupcake!

Such cute Tawashi! I nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award.

cute crochet!!

Another nice flower pattern is on attic24's blog at: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-flowers-and-leaves.html

I used this cupcake, doing the bottom in brown ribbing, the 'cake' in stockinette (rather than reverse) using white cloudy baby yarn, and red wool for the cherry...the stem I did by using the last of the yarn, pulled through long, twisted up on itself and then pulled inside. No seaming!

So cute! I hope you had a lovely valentine's!

Sweet cupcake!

Love the crochet cupcake... so cute!

I happened to be in Ikea yesterday and in one of their room sets they had framed crochet flowers just like these. They looked gorgeous and made perfect wall art so I came home determined to make my own version. How timely that I should discover you post.

And the cupcake, so cute, I want to make a baker's dozen of these!

can you sew crocheted flowers onto a aphgan