Grand Turk, Video 2 of My Carnival Cruise Review Series

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Thursday 25 May 2017 at 11:29 am

Our first port of call on the Carnival cruise I took in May 2017 on the Magic, was Grand Turk. My sister, aka Tappingflamingo, and I talk about our experience there as well as the trip so far.

Cruise Cabin Tour

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Thursday 25 May 2017 at 11:26 am

This is a super short tour of our cabin on the Carnival Magic.

Book Review: Sereknity

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Tuesday 23 May 2017 at 2:51 pm

SereKNITy: Peaceful Projects to Soothe and Inspire ($15.99 US; $20.99 Canada; L10.99 UK) is published by Running Press and written by Nikki Van De Car. The theme of the book is serenity, and most yarn crafters will agree that knitting and crochet are both wonderful ways to relax.

One unusual aspect to this book is that there are both crochet projects and knitting projects, something you don’t see that often together in one book. It is good to see some of both since many of us yarn crafters do both. Also, most of the projects are not overly large so that they are portable, which means lots of accessories. Some of my favorite projects include adho mukha (a triangular crochet scarf); manipura (a knitted mug cozy); portland (knitted fingerless gloves); and faire (a crochet hat). Besides accessories, there are a few blanket projects and also home decor items as well.

While there are explanations and information throughout the book about techniques, you will not find super detailed how-to instructions for knitting or crochet basics. However, a novice could still use this book along with supplements because many of the projects are beginning level.

I see a number of projects I’m interested in trying, but I do have one issue in general with this book, photographs. I want more, and I like photographs that show the entire finished piece. Sometimes, the projects are photographed just fine in this book, but other times, they seem to be more “beauty” type photos that do not show the entire finished object. For example, the rustica (a knitted shawl) looks promising, but you only see a portion of it. Granted this portion shows details of the stitching, but I want that plus a photo of the entire shawl.

Considering there are 27 projects in this book, I think the price is reasonable. Small projects that you can bring with you to work on wherever you go are always appreciated, and if you are the type that both knits and crochets, then you’ll like that there are a mix of projects.

Back from Carnival Cruise to the Caribbean

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Monday 22 May 2017 at 9:04 am

I visited Grand Turk, St. Kitts, San Juan, and St. Maarten while on an eight-day Caribbean cruise, and during the trip, I filmed a number of short podcasts where I review and share my experiences and those of my group. There will be a bit of crafting mentioned here and there as well. This is the first video of this series.


May Yarn and Dollies, Many Yarn WIPs

Blogged under Crafty Videos,Yarn and Dollies by Tammy on Sunday 7 May 2017 at 2:38 pm

Disco Boogie Blythe Doll Arrived

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Wednesday 3 May 2017 at 1:52 pm

Yarn Decisions! Hotel of Bees Shawl

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 10 April 2017 at 4:20 pm

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I have purchased the Hotel of Bees Shawl pattern by Christina Hadderingh, and of course, I would like to be able to use some yarn from my stash for this project. I have these two lovely sport-weight skeins from Expression Fiber Arts. Whichever skein I select from these two will still require that I supplement because shawl is fairly large.

I’m leaning right now towards the Silver Moon colorway (purple skein above), and then getting some light gray and maybe off white. I will need at least 800 yards, and many crocheters who are participating in the Cherry Heart crochet-along are selecting three different colors. While I love the look of this shawl, I have to admit that yellows are not my jam and don’t really look good on me.

Of course, another option is to buy yarn just for this project, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to justify that yet. I’d love to use some of my beautiful hand-dyed yarn from my stash.

New Tan Doll Arrives, Finally!

Blogged under dolls art/collecting,Yarn and Dollies by Tammy on Monday 27 February 2017 at 9:53 am

44 days later and the doll I plan to take on my summer cruise finally arrived. I also have some new knitting projects and yummy Stranded Dyeworks yarn to show you.

Yarn & Dollies: Acquisitions of Yarn & Doll Goodies

Blogged under dolls art/collecting,Yarn and Dollies by Tammy on Monday 27 February 2017 at 9:51 am

I have a number of finished knitwear items to show you plus some cute doll acquisitions.

Dolly Dolly Book: Sewing Blythe Doll Clothes

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Monday 27 February 2017 at 9:50 am

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