TinyKnit Pattern Donation Giveaway Thank You

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 25 January 2015 at 5:32 pm

I have mentioned this a few podcasts, but I wanted to give another shout out and thank you to Linda Browning of TinyKnit.com for offering up one of her knitting patterns as a prize in my January 2015 Giveaway.

For information on how you can enter to win this or a number of other wonderful crafting prizes, read the full details at this link. Along with this great prize for one lucky knitter, other crafters will have a change to win all types of crafting supplies.

Hurry up and enter if you haven’t already. There is only 1 week left of this month!

Bracelets, Beads, Hearts, & More

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 25 January 2015 at 11:13 am

The Plans He Has for Us
Cherie ponders a favorite Bible verse in her creation of art this week.

Beads, Knitting, and Cuteness
Lots of crafting in the latest Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, including bead weaving, knitting, crochet, ending with a cute photo montage of finished objects.

I Love Resin!
This step by step shows you how to make big buttons new pendants with resin.

Ornaments aren’t Just for Christmas Anymore
Eileen made a bunch of decoupaged wooden hearts and hung them on a Valentine’s tree.

Beading Arts
Cyndi explores using extra wide ribbon as a canvas for simple bead embroidery…and ends up with a cute bracelet!

Book Review: Nicky Epstein Knitting Block by Block

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Saturday 24 January 2015 at 4:48 pm



Nicky Epstein Knitting Block by Block came out in 2010 and is published by Potter Craft. It is a chunky hardback book of 240 pages and retails for $29.99 in the US and $34.00 in Canada. The concept of the book is that you can design and create various types of finished knits by simply arranging and stitching knitted blocks.

The book includes 150 block patterns, so there is a lot of technique-type information provided, including graphs and step by step instructions for each block pattern. In the back, there is also a visual glossary of all the blocks with the idea that you could copy the page, cut out the block photos, and arrange them to help you create your own designs. At the very least, you could obviously use the blocks to create a wide assortment of afghan patterns. However, there are projects as well for those who may not be ready to design.

The first few pages of the book include a photo gallery of projects, and then the instructions for thirteen projects are in the last portion of the book. While there are some projects for blankets, the projects also include scarves, sweaters, a tote, and even a few cute toys. Most of the projects are a little on the bulky side, perfect for very cold weather, but I have to admit I was disappointed to see one project, Winter Solstice Hooded Scarf, use yarn fur, real fur, not faux. As I am anti-fur, this bothered me.

Experienced knitters and those who either design already or are thinking of trying to design will find the technical section, which makes up  the majority of the text, interesting and helpful.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Episode 13: To See, or Not to See, FOs

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Monday 19 January 2015 at 5:07 pm

My finger is all better, so I have been very busy crocheting, knitting, and beading!


Intro and Thank Yous, and Jan 2015 Giveaway and current Craft-Along reminders end around 5:58

Crafty Princess Diaries Blog/Podcast Ravelry Group

My Youtube Channel

tinyknit.com

Crafting Tip starts at 6:00 and merges into Finished Objects

Baby hat patterns are from the Craftsy.com “Circular Knit Lab: Hats Four Ways” class.

Moon and Bead necklace is my own design.

Baby Cardigan pattern is from Craftsy.com, “Beyond the Rectangle” class.

Another craft supply storage tip starts around 15:00.

Works in Progress start at 22:00.

M. Richard the Whale

Lion Brand Baby Kimono Pattern #60086AD

Future Projects start at 27:00.

Photo montage starts around 33:00.

Craft-Along info is here, and Jan. 2015 Giveaway details are here.

Thanks for watching!

Beads, Resin, Paint, and More Beads

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 18 January 2015 at 12:38 pm

Art Bead Scene
Check out what talented reader Mihaela Georgescu of Extravaganza Beading has created in response to our January challenge - a stunning piece of wearable art!

Are You Ready for a New Year of Beading?
Eileen certainly wasn’t. In reviewing the year that was, she noticed that she hadn’t been doing much. Here’s why!

I Love Resin
This post features a step by step created after my resin clay and KLIK class at CHA over the weekend.

Craft-Along Announcement!
Catch up on the latest Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, which includes the 411 on a Jan/Feb Craft-Along!

Alphabet Letters and Picture Wall

Cherie adds to a picture wall in her bedroom.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a review of Lisa Kan’s beautiful brand new book, Bead Metamorphosis!

Giveaway Reminder

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Sunday 18 January 2015 at 9:35 am

Don’t forget! Heck, January is already well past the mid-point! Have you entered my January 2015 Giveaway? Do you even know how?

You can find all the details at this link, and then get on it folks! If you don’t enter, there is no way you will get a chance to win some wonderful crafting supplies! The deadline will be here very soon!

Visit + Revisit Craft-Along

Blogged under Crafts from the Past, Design Ideas, Fiber Fun, Jewelry Designing, My Crafty News, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 16 January 2015 at 12:35 pm

I am very excited to announce our first craft-along for the Crafty Princess Diaries Blog/Podcast group on Ravelry. It starton on 1/15/15 and end on 2/28/15.

Ravelry group members are invited to “revisit” a previous craft they have tried before and stopped doing for whatever reason and/or “visit” a new craft or project they have never tried before. For example, if you used to spin but haven’t for years, “revisit” it by picking up the roving again and give it a go. If you have been thinking of trying a new craft, like cross stitch, “visit” it by trying it for the first time.

The official thread for the craft-along is linked here, and we have a chatter thread as well.  Participants will start their own post in the official thread and share what they are planning, working on, and how their “revisit” or “visit” is generally going.

Post pictures! Tell us what inspired you. Journal your experiences with us. Keep adding to your own post in the thread as we craft-along together throughout the rest of this month and February 2015 as well.
Finished objects are not required. In this craft-along it’s the process, not the product, that we will be sharing!

I will randomly pick someone at the end of the craft-along who will win a $5 Ravelry giftable pattern.

Book Review: Charms: 20 Beading Projects

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Tuesday 13 January 2015 at 5:55 am


Simply Charms: 20 Beading Projects (Simply Pamphlet) is published by Lark Crafts and is a 64 page paperback-style book. As the subtitle indicates, it has 20 projects, and it retails in the US for $9.95 and Canada for $11.95. Considering the number of projects compared to the price point, this book is well-priced. It is a slim volume though, not overly full of technique instructions, which is just 5 pages. However, the projects included are pretty simple, good for jewelry making beginners.

The projects were designed by a variety of jewelry designers, and I am guessing most projects were reprinted from a collection of previously published books. This is just something to keep in mind. I see a pretty good amount of jewelry books on a regular basis, and I can’t say that I recognized any of the designs.

One other possible issue is that some project use very specific materials that not everyone may be able to acquire that easily. For example, there is a really cute bracelet that includes souvenir penny charms. I did a brief search online to see if I could quickly find vendors that sell these and had no luck. I would guess with more time and effort you may be able to find somewhere to purchase these, but they are not supplies you could find at most craft stores for example.

For beginning jewelry makers who like charms and want an economical book to help you with basic techniques for using them as well as design ideas, this book is definitely worth considering.

Book Review: Gramma Nancy’s Animal Hats (and Booties Too!)

Blogged under Fiber Fun, Good Books by Tammy on Sunday 11 January 2015 at 6:31 am

Gramma Nancy’s Animal Hats (and Booties, Too!): Knitted Gifts for Babies and Children is published by Potter Crafts and written by Nancy Nielsen. It retails for $18.99 in the US and $21.99 in Canada. Though you will find a few booties and some little mitten sprinkled throughout this book, its main focus is animal hats for babies and children. And, yes, this has a major “cute” factor going for it!

The designs are based on a rolled-brim hat and an ear flap hat, which are the first two projects in the book. From there, all the various type of animals hats included additions two either of these two patterns. So for example, if you are making the bunny hat, you will add ears and a snout. In the techniques area before the projects, it covers the different additions you would make to add the animal face to the different hats. There are a total of 19 different animals created with the hat designs, such as birds, frog, turtle, monkey, and so on.

Though there are technique instructions, you need to either have some experience or are ready to learn how to knit in the round with both circular needles as well as double pointed needles. Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn is used for all the projects, so that means you will be using worsted weight yarn. The variety of animals are both girl and boy friendly, and they range in size from new born to child size (prob around 6 years old).

I can’t wait to attempt one of these adorable hats!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Episode 12: Not Giving You the Finger

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Saturday 10 January 2015 at 5:39 pm

This is my first attempt at editing my podcast video. Transitions are kind of rough, but generally, I think it turned out pretty well.


Intro and Thank Yous end around 4:15

Crafty Princess Diaries Blog/Podcast Ravelry Group

My Youtube Channel

Stashless Podcast

tinyknit.com

Finished Objects start at 5:25

Baby hat patterns are from the Craftsy.com “Circular Knit Lab: Hats Four Ways” class.

Noro Knit Cowl - Pattern inspiration from Simple Twisted Cowl pattern

I have the flower instructions posted on my Noro Flower Earrings project on Ravelry.

Works in Progress start at 12:19

M. Richard the Whale

Fan Shawl from Totally Simple Crochet: Over 30 Easy Projects for the Home and to Wear

Future Projects start at 16:45

Lion Brand Baby Kimono Pattern #L10465

Craft-Along Info starts at 19:15

Thanks for watching!

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