Crochet Tubbie 1.0

Blogged under Fiber Fun by Tammy on Monday 19 January 2009 at 10:17 am

The finished tubbie turned out to be about 12 inches in diameter and about 6 inches high. The girl cat gave the finished cat tubbie a test run for me last night. She gave it the initial kitty thumbs up, though she has to run some more tests before giving a complete report. I plan on making jewelry today and have to read some Othello for school, so I don’t see any crochet happening today; however, there are plans for cat tubbie version 2.0, which will be a little smaller. And this time, I’ve got plenty of yarn!

Hurry Up and Crochet Already!

Blogged under Fiber Fun,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Sunday 18 January 2009 at 7:01 pm

Though I have plans to make cat tubbies and send them to animal shelters, so far, there has been a cat line starting in my house for the one I’m making right now. Skimpy (pictured) is at the front of the line and has already test driven the one I’m working on multiple times, and his patience is wearing thin!

Here is where I was at earlier today in the cat tubbie project.

The original instructions don’t tell you how much yarn you need or the finished size. It just says you can make a small, medium, or large sized one. So, I went with a medium sized, though now that I see this materializing, probably small was plenty big enough, especially considering His Highness is only 6 pounds. It didn’t look all that big in the picture included with the instructions, so I figured maybe a regular 5oz skein would do. I had a purple one left over from a previous project and thought between that and some other scraps that would be enough.

Well, let’s just say this tubbie sucks up the yarn like nobody’s bees wax! The sides, which is what I’m working on now, primarily are made up of a stitch called DCL, which from what I’ve figured out is a double crochet link stitch. It’s a pretty thick stitch, and of course, with all the yarn I’ve got around here, I didn’t have enough scraps to finish this up, especially because it looks like it’s turning out pretty well, so I don’t want to use colors that don’t at least look okay together.

You know what came next…a yarn run! Luckily, Michael’s is having a fairly decent (though not stupendous) yarn sale right now. Skimpy is feeling much better with my progress after I spent a good part of today working on it.

I still have a few more DCL rows to go and then some kind of single crochet stitch variations for the last few rows, but after that, his little furry gray be-hind can finally enjoy his tubbie.

Jewelry Packaging, When Packaging Makes Perfect

Blogged under Crafty Biz by Tammy on Saturday 17 January 2009 at 10:53 am

I saw this video mentioned in a recent Etsy newsletter, and I think it is an excellent tutorial on the importance of packaging when it comes to selling jewelry or really any hand-crafted merchandise. I have to confess that when I used to do shows, I fell into the “stick it in a zip lock bag” category that she mentions, but that was back in the day when you didn’t have the competition you have these days. Most arts and crafts shows are flooded with jewelry designers, so small details like how you present and package your jewelry can go a long way in helping you stand out from other jewelry makers.

Crafty Bloggers Unite 01/16/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Friday 16 January 2009 at 7:15 pm

Okay, I want to know what happened to this week? Really, I can’t believe it’s already Friday. Is all of 2009 going to zip by like this? One thing about creative folks like craters, they are always a bunch of busy bees!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to fold a gift bag, make a photo strip with your own photo stash, brass knuckle crafts, our author schedule for CHA 2009, and a few “computer altars” in addition to questions posed to you readers and as our thanks for sharing you are entered to win a free book!

Cross Stitch at

Download an exclusive pattern from PinoyStitch based on the classic painting Love and the Maiden – just in time for Valentine’s Day

Layers Upon Layers
Cyndi’s friend Debe is just as obsessed with mixed media clocks as she is!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
You’ll have a darn shootin’ good time making a recycled sweater cuff with gun studs that kinda looks like the recycle symbol and be sure to read an article that’s over at MSNBC about Sweater Surgery that includes two of the projects from the book! I had a great time being interviewed by a wonderful AP reporter!

The Crochet Dude
Drew has released his latest video podcast filmed from his studio in Houston.

The Impatient Crafter
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but crystal and a little ingenuity are a crafty girl’s best friend! Inspired by Beyonce’s Golden Globe glam necklace, Madge whips up her own budget friendly version!

About Family Crafts
Start getting ready for St. Valentine’s Day by making these fun beaded safety pins.

Carfty Princess Diaries
Crochet is hitting the runways of LA as the crochet bikini makes a comeback, sorta, kinda, reports the Crafty Princess.

Cathie Filian
Cathie Filian has a quick and easy idea for storing girls hair barrettes and bows.

Loving My Yarn Trainer

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Wednesday 14 January 2009 at 12:37 pm

After purchasing one of these yarn trainers from Knitting Warehouse for a friend, I thought, hey, I could use one too! I did wonder though if I’d like it or not because it does look a little weird. I was concerned that it would be bulky to carry around. But I have to say, I love this baby! I want to get more in different sizes too. It is very light-weight, and so far it is keeping my yarn from becoming tangled up. Between the dogs and cats, I have had major issues with trying to explain to them that the yarn is not one of their toys, so this has done a great job of protecting it from dog mouths and cat paws!

Crochet Becomes LA Fashion Statement!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Tuesday 13 January 2009 at 7:37 am

Breaking News! Crochet is now THE fashion trend of Los Angeles! And we can thank designer, crocheter, and occasional mental patient Pam Douglas for her fashion forward vision to bring crochet bikinis back into the fashion spotlight! Oh, and that last stay at the hospital was a big help since it gave her lots of time to polish her crochet skills and crochet lots of weird hats too!

Yes, I admit it: I’m a Bold and the Beautiful viewer of many years now. It’s not so much that I’m ashamed of watching a soap opera; it’s more the fact that I watch this particular soap because it is probably the worst one on TV! Twenty years ago when I first got sucked in, it was pretty decent, full of fashion shows and glitz and glam. Now, so many years later, I have to wonder if the writers just take the script, cross out characters’ names and replace them with other characters’ names, and hand it to the poor actors who have to play these old storylines over and over again.

At least the crochet storyline is something new, and I’m tickled that they’ve somehow woven crochet into it, even if the designer is a nut job. Played by Ally Mills, Pam makes a crochet bikini for a women she tried to kill at one point by tying her up, pouring honey all over her, and having a bear almost eat her, but that was all because of the brain tumor that was making her crazy. Her crochet bikini is a peace offering that gets the attention of one of the top fashion houses in the world, Forrester Creations! Now, she has got to crochet something like a 1,000 bikinis because they are the rage of the LA fashion world.

Here’s her latest creation modeled by Dr. Bridget Forrester. She’s just topping by this guy’s house on her way to the hospital where she will probably cure cancer.

Baby Blanket, a Lesson in Tension

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Sunday 11 January 2009 at 7:30 pm

The baby blanket is finished, but I’m afraid this blanket is not up to snuff for human children. So, I’ve decided to donate it instead to a local animal shelter. I’m sure they won’t mind that my tension is so wacky that it’s beyond comprehension.

I did manage to use some of the leftover yarn and make some 6″ squares to donate to a Linus group in Texas who is having a push for them this month via a crochet group I am a member of. The squares gave me an idea too. They are much easier to manage than a full sized baby blanket, so I may try to do something like that with another (human) baby blanket, make a bunch of squares and then connect them at the end. It’s a thought at least.

I’m not sure exactly why I had such a hard time with the tension on this project because I have made plenty of afghans and never had this happen, but I’m thinking it was mainly due to the yarn, which is much softer and silkier than I usually use (normally regular acrylic yarn). It was pretty much slipping and sliding all over the place for the first 1/3 of the blanket. I did get better later, but at that point, it was a little too late to save the early part that I’d crocheted already.

Sigh, well, hey, I learned a new stitch (the rib stitch), and I broke out of my yarn comfort zone as well, so I’m not totally bummed about the outcome. If some homeless cat or dog finds it comfy, that’s still a good thing.

My next project is for animals, a cat tubbie. I’ve started on it already, and though I’ve had a heck of a time figuring out the instructions, I’m making progress. I’ll keep you posted.

Craft Bloggers Unite 01/10/09

Blogged under CFEs/Contests,Craft Classes,My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 10 January 2009 at 11:38 am

The crafty blog gang is full steam ahead already in 2009 with lots of free patterns, tutorials, and crafting ideas.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Check out super cute pair of camo baby booties I knit from a pattern in the book Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting.

About Family Crafts
Over the years I have learned some trick when it some to storing craft supplies and staying organized, and I am happy to share these with you.

Aileen’s Musings
Download some freebie Cabinet Cards from Aileen’s Musings this week, and check out her gouache paint and altered cabinet card tutorial.

Cross Stitch at
Be the first to stitch and submit a photo of Connie’s free BGB Gizmo Pattern and have your photo featured as the stitched model. Get your 15 minutes of Cross Stitch fame!

The Impatient Crafter
If you’re attending the Tucson Gem Show or CHA, Madge would love to meet you! Check out her schedule and come take a class or get a signed copy of one of her new books!

Layers Upon Layers
Fabulous artwork by a very motivated distance learner 🙂

The Crochet Dude

Drew kicks off the New Year with a free pattern. Check out his “Cafe Couture”!

Cathie Filian
Cathie Filian has a fun tutorial on recycling jeans into fashion cuffs with personalized patches.

Crafty Princess Diaries
The Crafty Princess asks: Are you a tweaker or a tried and true crafty type?

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Kicking off the new year Craftside will theme each week with a letter from the alphabet and give away a book a week to a lucky commentor. This week there is ATC art, a free antler graphic from Design Parts Sourcebook: Romantic, photos from an appearance by Patti Medaris Culea with doll and altered book pocket design, and a sneak peek at some of the cool pages from Essential Fashion Illustration-Men.

Take a Bedazzling Craft Class at CHA and Tuscon

Blogged under Craft Classes by Tammy on Friday 9 January 2009 at 8:52 am

Are you one of the lucky dogs going to the Craft and Hobby Association show this month? If so, then Margot Potter, the Impatient Crafter, has a deal for you and lots of sparkling goodness with her CRYSTALLIZED™ Recycled Denim Flower Bracelet/Pin class held on the morning of January 25th.

According to Margot, you can expect lost of swag, glitter, glue, and fun and the class is only twenty-five ($25), which for your average class at a show like this is a bargain.

You’ll also find Margot in Tuscon this February hanging out with the Swarovski crystal gang.

You can get more information about both classes and events at the Impatient Crafter weblog.

Toni Braxton Austism Video

Blogged under Around the Web,CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Thursday 8 January 2009 at 2:39 pm

I don’t have anything to add to this because Toni Braxton pretty much says it all!

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