Creative routines with Stephanie Lau

My name is Stephanie Lau, and I am a crochet designer and blogger living in Alberta, Canada with my husband Ryan and two adorable toddlers Myla (age 4) and Brielle (almost age 2)!

I’ve been crocheting ever since I was 10 years old, and I’ve been blogging for about 5.5 years now.

Crocheting, designing, and blogging are my creative outlets as I love dreaming up projects and bringing them to life with simply a skein of yarn and a crochet hook.

I design everything from cute stuffed animals called “amigurumi” to wearable items, such as cowls and cardigans.

My husband Ryan helps me immensely with the blog as he is my photographer, and he also helps do the initial sketches, add detailing to my projects, and proofread my blog posts.

I am a stay-at-home mom to my two daughters, so I try and pick up my crochet hook anytime I can get whether that be during naptimes, car rides, or in waiting rooms.

Every day is a little bit different, but here is an example of one day’s activities!

Stephanie Lau of All About Ami and her family
Stephanie Lau of All About Ami and her family

7.30 am

Little voices calling “Mommy, mommy” jolt me out of my sleep! Who needs alarm clocks when you have toddlers?

Ryan is already off to work and the girls and I eat breakfast and get ready to bring the older toddler to preschool.

Depending on the morning, I might post on Instagram using text that I’ve prewritten from the night before to make the process quicker/

I also check Instagram throughout the day whenever I have time to answer questions people have and to see what other makers are up to!

9 am

Drop older toddler off at preschool and bring the younger one grocery shopping or on a playdate.

It’s lovely being able to spend one-on-one time with the younger one.

11 am

Pick up our older toddler from school and head home for lunch!

Afterwards, we do some sort of activity such as imaginative role play, painting, playdough, kinetic sand, or stickers.

Stephanie Lau of All About Ami Knitting
Stephanie Lau of All About Ami Knitting

2 pm

Younger toddler takes a nap!

I spend one-on-one time with my older toddler by playing dolls and practicing writing.

This is also my chance to squeeze in some crochet time as I’ll let her watch some YouTube or episodes of her favourite show.

4 pm

Ryan comes home from work! If any of my projects need photographing, he’ll help me snap some photos while there’s still natural light.

We typically take photos on Saturday or Sunday morning when he doesn’t have to go to work. Our youngest daughter usually wakes up from her nap sometime about now!

5 pm

We’ll take the girls outside to play in the park or depending on the season, outside to build a snowman.

They are very active and love running around! Hide and Seek, Ring Around the Rosie, and London Bridge are also favourites around our house!

All About Ami Monkey
All About Ami Monkey

6 pm

Prep and eat dinner.

I love slow cooker meals or meals that will last us throughout the week to minimize food prep and clean-up.

7 pm

If we need to pick up any supplies from the craft store, we’ll quickly hop out to get some.

Our girls are very used to yarn store visits as they love feeling all the different yarns and trying to put them back where they found them!

All About Ami scarf knitting crochet pattern
All About Ami scarf knitting crochet pattern

8 pm

Start getting the girls ready for bed! We bathe them, brush their teeth, read bedtime stories, pray for them, and sing them songs!

9 pm

Now is my time to write up and edit my blog posts, type out my patterns, and answer e-mails.

I pre-write my Instagram caption so it’s quick to post the following day! Ryan edits photos for me, and then plays video games or builds his Gundam models while I do my work.

10 pm

Ryan and I come together to watch some anime or part of a movie together. We talk about how the day went or watch videos of the girls that I took throughout the day.

11 pm

Time for bed! I am usually completely exhausted by the end of the day, so I fall asleep very easily.

Advice for Makers:

Get involved in your creative community, whether that be crocheting, calligraphy, sewing, or cake decorating.

Getting to know others who have similar interests as you creates a strong support network so that you can ask others if you have questions and you can encourage one another along your maker journey.

Instagram has been a wonderful place for me to connect with others makers, and the crochet and knit community is very strong and supportive on this platform.

Furthermore, I’ve joined a local Sip and Stitch group to connect with local crochet and knit artists in person, and it’s been wonderful.

You really feel a sense of camaraderie and support as everyone is knitting and crocheting away, sharing tips about their businesses or teaching others certain stitches.

Connecting with people who are passionate about what you are passionate about both online and off-line is amazing! Valuing community over competition is key!

Discover more of Stephanie's work on Instagram, Facebook, Etsy, Pinterest, Twitter and her blog.

Stephanie Lau of @allaboutami Is all about community. “Connecting with people who are passionate about what you are passionate about both online and offline is amazing! Valuing community over competition is key!
Stephanie Lau of @allaboutami Is all about community. “Connecting with people who are passionate about what you are passionate about both online and offline is amazing! Valuing community over competition is key!