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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

When I arrived in this world, I am told, I was born with a paralyzed side of my face and the inability to open my left eye. From early photos, I always was the one with the very strange expressions and an odd look on my face. My mom always told me how beautiful I am and said it didn’t matter that my eye wouldn’t open, and God made me that way so everyone would think I am giving them a *wink* and fall in love with me. That is how my mom is. She sees the bright side in things. She is looking for the good in every situation–the silver lining–no matter how difficult life could be, she taught my brothers and me the same. Imperfections and differences make you beautiful, and that same thought applies to each piece I make by adding some “imperfect” characteristic.

We never had much, but we always had enough, and we always appreciated everything my parents were able to give us and make happen for us. I was given a strong work ethic, and that is why I do what I do by pouring my heart into each stitch of every piece I create. I could easily be doing any job and the same ethic would apply because it has been instilled in us by a mother that insisted we do the work. We learned how to cook, clean, pick up after ourselves and do laundry from a young age so we could appreciate how hard it is and never take people or things for granted; to have pride in doing and completing a job right from the beginning so we didn’t have to do it again and again.

My mom has walked with me through my journey with Crohn’s disease, and with each step, she has promised that I will never be alone as long as she can draw breath. She is responsible for my love of crochet when she handed me my first crochet hook and ball of yarn and taught me this craft. Little did she know how much this would mold my life and become a lifeline and a form of therapy for long hospital stays. To have the support and love is a gift I shall always cherish. But more than that, I realize I will never be lonely with her by my side, to look for the good and positive no matter what the situation, never feel sorry for myself, and that I always have a forever friend.


My mom is not like other moms. She and I have been through so much in this life. Whenever my brothers and I have troubles or burdens, it’s easier to bring them to my mom and she takes them away and makes everything better. My mom has been by my side at every hospital stay, every doctor visit, every medical test, even when doctors couldn’t help me, she helped me get through it all. I will never be able to thank my mom enough for all that she has done, is doing, and will do for me.

My mom is my best friend.

I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for her.

My mom never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do, or be who I wanted to be.
She has taught me to have appreciation in everything I have and never take anything for granted. She has taught me how to love unconditionally, and she inspires me every day to make a difference in this world, even if it’s to help few or many. She is my biggest fan, and she is the closest thing to Superwoman anybody could ever be.
Please join me in wishing her and all the other moms (and dads or role models who fill those shoes) a fantastic day! It’s a thankless job sometimes, and you deserve more than one day of recognition.

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We’re tying the knot with yarn!

On March 4th, 2017, while traveling through Europe, Nate surprised me with a spontaneous proposal in the Amsterdam Schipol Airport. As we were heading to the bathrooms (haha!) he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!

He was shaking, I was shaking, I was crying, and of course, I said YES! We’ve been talking about it for some time now and all the plans we were making were leading to this exciting event.

It was very fitting that we had this private moment that included the two of us, my brother and my mom who was able to capture these lovely photos.


No matter how tired we were from all the traveling, our joy carried us through our 13 hour layover where we ventured into Amsterdam city for a celebration dinner.


Upon arrival back to the United States, and of course after letting my close friends and family know this exciting news, we started making immediate plans for our wedding.


We are looking ahead and planning an early 2018 wedding celebration. We recently had some engagement photos taken and made our formal announcement on our personal social media accounts. We now wish to share it with all the YARNutopians!




Photo credit: Fuad Azmat (My daddy!)

As we journey ahead in the next year planning our event, we are excited to tie in elements of our cultures and OF COURSE, elements of crochet! I am going a different route on my dress, as many have already asked me if I was going to crochet my wedding gown, but I am absolutely 100% going to incorporate other small details of crochet for this special day.

I’m excited to share this year-long journey with my amazing YARNutopia family and I will be creating tutorials of fun elements that I plan to use on the big day!

I am excited to hear suggestions on crochet projects that you have used for your special events! I’m always open to hearing, so please feel free to share your ideas!! This will be a fun way to share this together!

Please join us in sharing our joy and happiness as we move onto this new and exciting chapter of our lives!

Love,
Nadia and Nate

Crochet Tutorial: Lemons to Lemonade Pillow

I have always had a “zest” for life, and “lime” so grateful to be able to do what I love. For the past 2 weeks, my creative “juices” have been going in high gear to bring you this series of puns leading up to Valentine’s Day. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have!! At times, I may have blurred the “limes” between humorous and pushing too far. I’m sure some were a bit “sour” and others made you “peel” with laughter. Today’s pun is no exception. This pillow is “juice” the cutest way to end our series and allows me to “ex-press” how much all this means to me. I do this for YOU! I plan to “wedge” this under me to provide something to “curdle” up with once my procedure and biopsies are over. I’m so lucky to have my “main squeeze” with me during these tests! My life is made up of many “making lemonade” moments. Any way you “slice” it, was a perfect way to bring this series to a close. So, time to “pucker up” and get this procedure done! Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Sending you all my love!! I also want to say a special Happy Valentine’s Day to my Nate for taking the day off work to be with me today.

lemons

pillow

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make the lemon slice:

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

**Click here to get the whole kit of supplies to make this pillow!**

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Pale Yellow
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Bright Yellow
-G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook (Get the same one I used in my video tutorial HERE)
Felt
-Pillow (Get the same one I used HERE)
Iron On Letters
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet 2 Together
TR: Treble Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Lemon Slice (Make 2)
With White:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st sc, ch 1 (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around, sl st to 1st sc. (12)

Rnd 3: Ch 7 (counts as TR + Ch 3 sp), *Sk 1 st, TR in next, Ch 3, repeat from * around, sl st to 4th ch of beginning ch 7. (8 TR, 8 Ch 3 sps) Fasten off, change to Lemon

Rnd 4: Working behind ch 3 sps, in sk’d sts from round 2, Ch up 4 (counts as TR), 3 TR in same st, *ch 1, 4 TR in next sk’d st from round 2. repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 4. (32 TR, 8 ch 1 sps)
Fasten off Yellow, change back to white

Rnd 5: Attach yarn to TR from Rnd 3 and ch 1 sp from Rnd 4. SC 2 Rnds together. *[SC in ch 3 sp and in next TR] 4 times, SC in next TR and ch 1 sp. Repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc, fasten off white. (40 sc around) (See video tutorial for specific locations of stitches)

Rnd 6: In any st around, with Brighter yellow color, ch 1, 2 SC in same st, 1 SC in next 4 sts, *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

 Assembly step:
Iron on letters to pillow first
Then sew lemon slices to pillow using video tutorial as a guide.
Sew on a felt heart (optional)

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Fish Amigurumi

We are “bass-ically” coming to the end of our Valentine’s puns. I “fish” we had more time because I’m having so much “fin!” I have a “boat-load” of material. I’m not being “koi” about it. With only a few days left, I’m not about to “swimmer” down. Instead, I’m over here, “kraken” myself up! I “sardine-ly” try to keep everyone laughing. You know I’m not doing this just for the “halibut.” These puns are an annual event. You may wonder, “”Water” you doing these for, Nadia?” My answer is, “These puns are a big “tank” you for being in my life!” I have always said, “You are my “ray” of sunshine.” You make me want to “Carp-e” Diem, and not “flounder” around anymore. There’s nothing “fishy” about this. My “sole” is truly in making up these puns!

fish

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make these fish:

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
Follow me on Instagram
Visit My Ravelry Store and add this to your Favorites!
Follow me on Twitter: @YARNutopia
Enjoy this video and subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more tutorials on how to crochet!
Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

**Click here to get all the supplies in this crochet kit!**

Get the supplies individually by clicking the links below
Red Heart Super Saver in Baby Pink
Red Heart Super Saver in Flamingo
E-3.50mm Crochet Hook
Polyfil
Felt for Eyes and Mouth
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

 

Fish body: Make 2
Ch 3
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, ch 1, turn. (2)
Row 2: 2 SC in each st across. ch 1. turn. (4)
Row 3: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 4: 2 SC in 1st st, 1 SC in next 4 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 5: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 6: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 6 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 7: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 8 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (12)
Rows 8-14: SC in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Row 15: SC2TOG, SC in 8 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (10)
Row 16: SC2TOG, SC in 6 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 17: SC in each st across ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 18: SC2TOG, SC in 4 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 19: SC2TOG, SC in 2 sts, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 20: [SC2TOG] 2 times, ch 1
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Tail: Make 2
Ch 19
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TR in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in next, Sl st in next, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TR in next, DC in next HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in last ch. Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Zig Zag: Make 2
Ch 20
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chs, SC3TOG, SC in next 3 chs, 3 SC in next ch, SC in next 3 chs, SC3TOG, SC in last 3 chs, fasten off with long tail.

Top fin: Make 2
Ch 10
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, *Sk 1 ch, 5 DC in next ch, Sk 1 ch, SC in next ch, repeat from * ch 1, turn.
Row 2: SC in 1st st, *DC in next 2 sts, 3 DC in next, DC in next 2 sts, SC in next, repeat from * across.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Bottom fin:
Ch 6
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, Sk 1 ch, 5 DC in next ch, Sk 1 ch, SC in next ch. Ch 1, turn
Row 2: SC in 1st st, *DC in next 2 sts, 3 DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts, SC in last st. Fasten off with long tail.

 Assembly step:
Sew all the pieces together using video tutorial/photos as a guide.
Stuff fish. Sew felt eyes and mouth to fish.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Leaf Applique

I know you are “falling” for some of these “unbe-leaf-ably” silly puns. It helps to create good “chemis-tree” between us when we can “photo-sympathize” with how lame they can become. I know it’s “over-ELM-ing,” but we can still laugh together. I hope it’s “OAK-kay” that I continue to post until I get “stumped.” Even then I won’t “leaf” you “hanging” as I “branch” out and try to be more punny!

leaf3

leaf2
leaf

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this leaf:

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
Share your work on Facebook!
Add me on Snapchat: YARNutopia
Follow me on Instagram
Visit My Ravelry Store and add this to your Favorites!
Follow me on Twitter: @YARNutopia
Enjoy this video and subscribe to my channel on YouTube for more tutorials on how to crochet!
Leave a comment, and share with your friends!

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

**Click here to get the full kit of supplies to make these Leaf Appliques!!**

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Real Teal
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Warm Brown
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Shocking Pink
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Gold
-J-6.00mm Crochet Hook (Get the same one I use in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-Make more chains on your foundation chain to make your leaf bigger

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

With 2 strands of yarn,
Ch 10
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next 2 chs, TR in next 3 chs, Ch 3, Sl st in last ch, Ch 3,
Work on opposite side of foundation ch, TR in next 3 sts, DC in next 2 chs, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in last. Fasten off.

With one strand of yarn and a different color,
Sl st around edge of leave and create the stem and sl st up the center. (See video tutorial for visual instructions.)
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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