Etsy Handmade And Handmade Hong Kong!

I will be at Etsy Handmade on November 26, 2017 and Handmade Hong Kong on December 10, 2017. Both will be in Discovery Bay! Please be sure to join me there to get all of your holiday gifts! I will have many amigurumi that I made myself along with other fantastic makers. See you there from 11am-6pm!

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Summer Crafting 

I finished this tank top with The Wool and The Gang’s Tina Tape yarn in perfect peach. I love the feel, how light and cool it is for summer. However, I’m a bit disappointed as it stretches constantly and I feel sad because it was a birthday gift from my husband and I can’t even wear it anymore after it’s been stretched (as I wear it!). 
I will say that I do love the yarn and it’s incredibly luxurious to feel and very light and perfect for summer. I just wish it didn’t stretch out so much.I mad this owl mobile as a surprise for one of our friends who is having a precious little boy due soon! I asked what the nursery colours would be and red is one of the colours. I hope S & K like it and their little Bebe too!

Last but not least: a watercolour paining of a dinosaur my son painted the other day. He is full of giggles and joy. I really hope he keeps that in his heart for the rest of his life. He has so much love and he is so sweet. Makes this mummy so proud to call him my boy.

I’m slowly making new amigurumis and other items for my etsy as well as a Christmas market (if I get accepted). Feeling surreal that half the year is gone already. So much has changed and so much is going to change. But one thing that hasn’t changed is how thankful and blessed I feel to have the life I do. 

Birthday Month

Hi all,

It’s my birthday month and what a wonderful one it has been as well as an emotional one for me.

My friend Charmain moved away from Hong Kong and it was very emotional leading up to moving day. She has become one of my closest friends here. Our kids go to school together, we craft together (with our dear friend Sonia) and I felt very happy seeing her on a daily basis. I truly appreciate our friendship and how kind, understanding and loving she is. It’s truly empty here without her but thanks to modern technology we are able to keep in touch quite easily.

Before she left she gave me these beautiful calligraphy pens and book because she remembered that I picked up hand lettering as a new hobby. She is always thoughtful and remembers all the small details. I really miss her and her daughters so much.

My husband got me all my favourite wish list items for my birthday. I’ve been eyeing Paintbox Yarns for quite sometime now. I love their packaging, their colours and the soft feel of their yarns. I can’t wait to try these out soon. I am planning to make a sweater for my son. I want to make amigurumi with them too so I’ll be sure to design something for these yarns specifically.

Another wishlist item is anything by Wool and The Gang! I drool every single time I see their newsfeed and always want their items. So my husband got me the “What’s Love” top kit and I’m already half finished. The yarn feels like silk and is animal product free! So my vegan friends are sure to love it.

The day that Charmain left, my husband had work in Macau. My son and I joined him there and we chilled by the pool and I whipped out my Tunisian crochet. I am starting to make things in anticipation for the winter time and to slowly start stocking my etsy shop.

Some work in progress and finished items:

I hope everyone is having a lovely June. I may be missing my friend dearly but I am ever so thankful for the time spent together with her. Even though we may be far apart but she and her daughters will never be far from our hearts.

If you have a friend who is dear to you, give them a huge hug. ❤

This Is Why I Make Things

The other day, my very dear friend Charmain came over with her two lovely daughters. Charmain and I were feverishly making things for the upcoming market while our kids played together.

Then, I showed the girls some owls I had made. I had two that were prototypes that I don’t plan to sell. One was purple so I gave that to her eldest and another was yellow. The eldest loved hers because it is her favourite colour. The youngest asked me for a green one.

I remembered that I had some green yarn I wasn’t using so I made one for her on the spot. She squealed with delight when she got hers and off they went back home.

Later that evening, Charmain sends me a picture of both girls snuggling with the owls I had made. They were in bed about to sleep and had my owls in their adorable little arms while smiling!

Sonia, who is also making things for the market, has two boys who are so very close to my heart. I also gave them some prototype owls and they too, sleep with the owls I made. They even named them, one shares a name with my son.

And this is why I craft. This feeling of extreme happiness, love and joy. Seeing these girls and boys so happy from something I made – well, there is no amount of awesomeness I can use to describe how much it meant to me.

I also hope that if you choose to buy any of my items from the market or my shop, that you will feel happiness and love too. 


Good (Monday) Morning!

I’m frantically making items for the Discovery Bay Market Handmade Market on May 14th, 2017. Since I am making the items all by myself, I’m debating on what items I will focus on for it.

I have so many items that I have made (like headbands and such) but I think I need to be more realistic about what items I can actually make in time for the event. The owls from my previous post will definitely be there as they are a staple and what people know me for.

I will also have this beautiful Happy Day Weather Mobile. It is a pattern you can find on Ravelry if you choose to make it yourself. I just love how much this makes me smile and I’ve made so many of these as a baby shower gift. My son also has one in his room that I made many years ago!

I am debating on this one. I came up with this design myself because it is always raining it seems in Hong Kong. So I wanted to make a mobile to show it. 🙂 This is just the prototype but I am really loving how it turned out. I used some gorgeous ribbon yarn for something extra.

As I finalise my items for the market and really plan out how many of each I can make for the market. I may do a poll soon to see what you all prefer. In the end, it really isn’t a big deal because I will have these items on my etsy shop once the market is finished. 🙂

These days have been quite tiring for me as I have been hooking non stop. I did take one day off from hooking to help my hands heal a bit from the pain. But I really do hope you make it to the market to come say hi!

And as always – the goal of my items are to make you smile. I hope you do when you see my pictures too!

Thank you to all my friends and family for all the support you have given me. Couldn’t have made it this far without you all!

Prepping For The Market 

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been furiously working on these owls for the Discovery Bay Market on May 14, 2017!

Since I’m a one woman hooking operation, I’m working non stop to make enough for the market. I’m hoping to have options like key rings, purse charms and ribbons for mobiles incase anyone wants those!

As I make each one, my son keeps exclaiming: “is that for me??”. Makes me smile every single time. 🙂 he is especially excited to help me sell my items at the market.

I will be making other things as well and update you as I make them! 

Are you excited about these owls? Which is your favourite? 

The happy, wide awake or sleepy owl? 😊😳😴🦉

Back to Basics: How to read a yarn label

Good (rainy) morning from Hong Kong.

I’m starting a series called “Back to Basics” to show you how I crochet/knit. I want to be very clear that I am not a professional and that this is how I do my craft. With that said, I love sharing what I have learned and always love learning new things as well. 🙂

Today we will start off with reading a yarn label. Everything is on label itself – the weight, length, what size needle or hook, material and care.

Please take a look at my video to see how to read one and if you happen to have yarn on you and want to follow along. Please feel free.

If you enjoyed the video, please subscribe (like and comment to let me know what you want to see next) on Youtube! Hope you enjoy the series and see you next time.

Let’s Talk About Pricing

Hi everyone! 

I’ve been accepted to have a booth at the Discovery Bay Handmade Market on May 14, 2017.

I feel so honoured to have been accepted by the market. They uphold great standards and really look for those who genuinely handmade their items.

So now that I’m starting to make items for the market, I wanted to talk about pricing.

I want to be fair to you and to me. And I wanted to explain how I am pricing my items so there is no confusion and you can understand why my items are priced the way they are.

This is my general way of pricing:

+ Cost of yarn: ultra fine merino wool and organic cotton cost significantly more than acrylic and regular wool and cotton

    + other products adding to projects : ribbon, string, eyes, embroidery items, fabric etc

      + cost of packaging materials 

      + cost of printing materials 

      + minimum wage per hour that it takes to finish project 

      + fees for online store (if purchasing through etsy)

      = final price (plus shipping cost if applicable)

      Some people have suggested prices for my items and to be rather honest… it only covered the cost of materials, which means I didn’t get paid at all for the hourly wage. Which means I made no profit and did the work for free.

      I’ve also been told by many other people that I am undercharging. I am not a professional crafter, I am just a mummy who is hoping to make this a part time job to help support our family. And I feel very fortunate to be able to do something I really love and has provided so much warmth for me. 

      I smile and feel joy when I make my items and I hope it makes you feel the same when you purchase one of my items.

      Each item will vary, because it is handmade by me and me only. 

      If you wanted something extremely inexpensive and find my items out of you budget… I understand completely. Big stores that mass produce can charge less because they have machines and can whole sale their items at a rate that I cannot afford. And I would never be offended if you decided to purchase those instead of my items. 

      So I hope this helps you understand how I price my items. 🙂 I want to be fair and clear about it so that you can understand why it seems expensive or inexpensive depending your outlook on products you buy.

      Hope to see you all at the market in May!

      A New Start

      Hello again,

      I’m back and starting fresh. If you haven’t followed me before: here goes…

      Hi, I’m Annie. I’m Korean and living in Hong Kong. I have a love for all things yarn related. I spent most of the past 16 or so years keeping crochet and knitting as a hobby. 

      Prior to my son being born, I spent a lot of my time making things for my friends and their children.

      And now that my son is a bit older and I have time again, I’m back in the world of all things crafts. I got inspired by a friend I met here, who makes gorgeous knitted items. S introduced me back into the wonderful world of yarn.

      Through this friendship, I’ve become so much happier. S introduced me to another friend, C. Her daughters happen to go to the same school and she also is a crafter! Yippee! 

      The three of us get together weekly to have our morning crafting time and most importantly: friend time. 

      I’ve found my love for crafting again and I’m inspired to open up a shop. I’m planning to feature my work at one of the markets here in Hong Kong in a few months and I’m so excited!

      Thank you to all my family and friends who have encouraged me to follow this dream of selling my item in a shop. I hope that my items will be received with love. All I want is to be able to make someone smile and hope they feel happy when they receive my products.

      This is a jumbled up post of (happy) emotions but I’m so incredibly happy to be back to share what’s been going on with me (and my family) lately.