50 Shades Blue Shawl Done!

Blogged under crochet and knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Thursday 21 July 2016 at 8:58 am



My sister, the Tappingflamingo, bought a gorgeous skein of 50 Shades of Gradient yarn when we were on one of our trips to downtown Cocoa Village, Florida. We chatted about it in one of our podcast episodes. She bought the yarn and then asked me to turn it into a garter stitch knit shawl for her. So it was a win-win. She got the finished product, and I got to knit with yummy and pretty yarn.

This is a very simple design where you start with three cast-ons, and then you knit and increase on each end so that it grows. I just keep going until I use up almost all of the yarn. Unfortunately, I’m paranoid about not having enough to cast off at the end, so I usually end up with an extra bit more than anticipated.

I think this is about the fourth one of these I have made, and I keep telling myself that I need to make something more difficult and stretch my knitting muscles. However, at the same time, I just want to knit and enjoy the process. Oh, and enjoy the yarn. I did like working with this yarn. It feels soft but isn’t so soft that’s slippery and hard to work with. When I made a mistake and had to rip back or tink, it didn’t tangle. I think I only had one knot issue (of my own making), but otherwise, I never had to break the yarn and weave it in the middle of a row. I was hoping the gradient would look less subtle, but I think my sister will like this. Plus, it’s a good color on her.


Heart Locket Necklace & More New Jewelry

Blogged under beading by Tammy on Sunday 17 July 2016 at 3:13 pm


Decoupage, Bead Looms, & Quilt Patterns

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 17 July 2016 at 3:11 pm

Decoupage a Glass Plate with Napkins

How to decoupage delicate napkin or tissue paper without wrinkling or tearing. Eileen’s example also covers how to center a decoupage image on a round plate.

Beading Arts

Summertime is the right time to try a new technique! Cyndi has plenty to choose from…

Free Pom Pom Quilt Cross Stitch Pattern

The free Pom Pom Quilt pattern lends itself to creativity. I chose “spicy” colors for mine, but you can easily adapt it to a color set of your choice. Or, you could even add beads and metallic thread to give it a little bling and sparkle.

Snap our of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews the super new technique and project book, Guide to Beading with a Loom, by Jamie Cloud Eakin!

Dawn Doll: Blast from the Past Doll Collecting!

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Tuesday 12 July 2016 at 8:46 am

Amazing what you can find when you start organizing your craft clutter! Look who it is! I found this cute little doll. She was a special favorite of mine from childhood. These “Dawn” dolls are tiny fashion dolls that came out during the mid-1970s.


How I Knit Blythe Doll Hats

Blogged under Crafty Videos, Free Craft Projects, Loom Knitting, dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Monday 11 July 2016 at 8:43 am


After showing some of the loom knit hats I made for some of my Blythe dolls on Facebook, I had a lot of doll collectors asking for a pattern. I did not actually use what I would consider a pattern. I basically just used a very small loom, and, well, I explain it in more detail in the video below. You don’t need to know how to knit at all (seriously!) to be able to make one of these cute knit loom Blythe doll hats. Oh, and they also fit other dolls like American Girl dolls too!



Crafting Links!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 11 July 2016 at 8:38 am

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Winner

The “Look for the Miracles “Simon Says Stamp card kit, blew Eileen away when she saw the 10 all occasion cards Vicky Papaioannou created and calculated the value of the kit materials!

Knit Loom Review

Leisure Arts sent the Crafty Princess a set of knitting looms to review.

Free Rainbow Hearts Pattern

Andrea stitched up a version of Connie’s Rainbow Hearts pattern and she is using it for quite a good cause. Find out what it is and consider joining in.

A Few Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 4 July 2016 at 9:59 am

Creating Craft Videos: How to DIY

Have you thought of sharing craft skills online by creating craft videos? Videos are a popular resource for people who want to learn. Here’s how to DIY.

Beading Arts

Did you know that Fire Mountain Gems has a gemstone color chart with links that take you right to beads of all shapes in your chosen color? Very cool!

Blythe Doll Beret Pattern - Recipe

Crochet a cute beret for your Blythe doll or American Girl doll using these instructions.

Book Review: I Draw on Cats

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 9:25 am

I Draw on Cats: A Connect-the-Dots Activity Book is published by Potter Style, and the author/photographer is A.R. Coffelt. The book retails for $9.99 in the US and $12.99 in Canada is called an activity book because it is meant for the reader (user) to write inside of the book.

The concept sounds a little crazy, and it is, but I think it is pretty fun too. It’s 48 pages long and is full of color photographs of cats. The photos have drawings superimposed on top of them, and then there are connect the dots that are numbered so that you can also draw on top of the photo and finish off the final image.

I have to admit that my old eyes have a little trouble reading the numbers on some of the photographs, but I see this more as a book for a child to play with. I think it would be especially appealing for anyone who is homeschooling and working on the idea of numbers and patterns. This would help with learning numbers and also have a layer of hand-eye coordination and tactile learning involved as well.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set

Blogged under Crafty Products, Crafty Videos, Loom Knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Saturday 2 July 2016 at 2:26 pm

Loom knitting is a wonderful way to enjoy some simple yarn crafting, and Leisure Arts was kind enough to send me a new knitting set it has available called the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set. In the video below, I open up the box and show you everything that comes with this set as well as look through the accompanying book and give you my initial thoughts.

Blythe Doll Beret Pattern - Recipe

Blogged under crochet and knitting, dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Wednesday 29 June 2016 at 4:41 pm

This has not been test crocheted for accuracy or gauge. Therefore, I recommend you use this as a recipe and adapt as necessary, especially if you use thinner or thicker yarn than suggested, and check the fit on your doll’s head as you go (as hair thickness can also affect fit). I made this to fit a Blythe doll’s head. However, I have heard that American Girl (AG) dolls have about the same size head, so AG collectors may also find this helpful.

I used Morehouse Farm’s sport weight 2-ply in the “raspberry” colorway. Hook sizes and stitches terms are in US (not UK).

You will need the following tools and supplies:

Scissors

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

G hook

F hook.

Your choice of sport weight yarn.

Use the G hook first and later switch to the F hook as indicated in the instructions below.

Start by using a sloppy slip knot to attach yarn to your hook See this link for instructions on the sloppy slip knot:


http://www.freshstitches.com/the-sloppy-slip-knot-how-to-work-in-the-round-with-no-hole/

Note: I suggest working through the back loop of single crochet stitches. This will make noticeable lines around and allow you to count your rows as you work more easily. Use the stitch marker to mark the end of the row and move it as you go onto the next row.

ch 2.

Round 1: Sc 6 times in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Round 2: Sc twice in each st. (12)

Round 3: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * 5 times. (18)

Round 4: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (24)

Round 5: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (30)

Round 6: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (36)

Round 7: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (42)

Round 8: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 6 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (48)

Round 9: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 7 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (54)

Round 10:  * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (60)

Round 11: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 9 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (66)

Round 12: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 10 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (72)

Round 13: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 11 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (78)

Round 14: Switch to F hook and Sc in each st (78)

Round 15: * Sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts. Repeat from * 6 times, Sc in next 6 sts (71)

Round 16: * Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 10 times. Sc in next 2 sts (60)

Round 17:  * Sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 8 times. Sc in next 6 sts (55)

Round 18: * Sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 7 times. Sc in next 5 sts (47)

Round 19 - 20: Sc in each st (47)

Round 21: 2 sl sts

Cut yarn leaving at least a 6 inch tail, and use tapestry needle to weave in and trim off excess yarn.




If anyone finds time to test this out, I am open to reasonable suggestions, especially if there are any errors with my numbers. I ended up having to re-engineer this hat after I just did my usual creative experimenting with yarn. I ended up making 2 more berets before I could develop the pattern, and then I made one more following the pattern. Of course, it is easy to follow your own instructions, though.

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