Who Let the Dogs Crochet?

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Wednesday 30 September 2009 at 7:08 am

Here is my latest project, which was not really a planned project at all. I was working on a typical square for a donated afghan and as I was working on it, my two dogs continued to stick their noses in my work and walk over to the one blanket I’ve made for them. First one dog lounged on the blanket. Then the other dog until I finally realized they were trying to tell me that with two dogs I really needed to have two crocheted blankets for them.

Now before you think we’ve been making these guys share one blanket and that’s it, let me confess that they are also allowed to get on the couch that’s in the TV room. In fact, we bought the couch with them in mind! But still, the square is starting to grow and will eventually be another dog blanket for these spoiled boys!

No Brainer Crochet Squares

Blogged under Charity Crafting, Fiber Fun by Tammy on Tuesday 29 September 2009 at 7:01 am

One of my Tweeps was asking to see some of the numerous crochet squares I make for the Homemade Blessings group, who by the way was mentioned recently in an article written by The Crochet Dude for Crochet Today.

As you can see, my squares are far from fancy because basically I consider them my “no brainer” crochet projects. I like to crochet in the evenings while watching TV, and after working all day, I want to work on something that doesn’t necessary require a pattern. Normally, these are the types of squares I make. The one of the left is all double crochet. The one on the right is a mix of granny square, double crochet, and half-double crochet.

The squares pictured are made with Super Saver in lilac, but I also make a lot in red and blue since many of the ghans go to families who have lost loved ones in the service. Typically, I also use a fairly large hook, a K normally. So if I’m energetic enough, I can usually get a square done in a couple of evenings. Like the squares pictured, I tend to stick to each stitches like single, double, half-double, and granny squares. I have done a few using actual patterns, and I will probably do some more eventually, but right now, this is a good way for me to relax and still be a tiny bit productive at the same time.

Baby Blankets Ready to Go

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Monday 28 September 2009 at 6:50 am

I’ve been keeping you up to date on one of my latest crochet crafting efforts, and there they are all finished, three preemie baby blankets. The blankets on the bottom are very similar with just different boarders, one in mint green and the other in light yellow. They are also about 20×20 inches. The top blanket in purple is very tiny, only about 12 inches with a picot edging around it. It’s amazing to think there is a baby out there (or will be at some point) who will be small enough to use this as a blanket, yikes!

Now I just need to find a box for these and pack them off to their new home.

Craft Bloggers Unite 09/27/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 27 September 2009 at 11:02 am

Mixed Media Artist
Give your favorite building a new look by creating a fractured photograph!

Naughty Secretary Club
Join Jen on a week long screen printing adventure as she reviews books, plays with a YuDu, puts a unicorn on a onesie, plays with vinyl records and more.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Army men are melted into service to make this cute coaster using the wonderful tutorial from the new book Craftcycle by Heidi Boyd.

The Artful Crafter
Recycle artificial flowers into frilly fairies. Teens, tweens and kids-at-heart will love making and “hanging around” these little creatures.

The Impatient Crafter
There’s a brand new The Impatient Crafter YouTube video to inspire you to declare yourself an artist! Madge explores the Cricut Expression in this quirky new video offering.

About Family Crafts
Never run out of Halloween crafts, activities, and motivation. Get new Halloween projects delivered to your email box every day for 31 days! Find out how…

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen has a crafty Halloween project and template just for you.

Cathie Filian

Cathie has a quickie way to jazz up plain glass candle holders and it uses scrap ribbons!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

Craftside’s got a crocheted pumpkin pattern, how to sew a shower curtain and towels, an interview with Tracie Lyn Huskamp author of Nature Inspired and a Mixed Media Dada Dolly TP cozy.

Cross Stitch at About.com
Louise is proud to show off her first project, a Peter Rabbit Cross Stitch Bookmark by Anchor. It’s a great first time effort.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Do you sell your crafts? Have you ever? Read Linda’s musings and share your stories in the comments section.

Lion Brand Yarn Fall Catalog Out

Blogged under Fiber Fun by Tammy on Saturday 26 September 2009 at 9:35 am

I was pleasantly surprised this week when I found the fall 2009 Lion Brand Yarn catalog in my mail box. I signed up for the site’s newsletter a while ago and have downloaded lots of free patterns from the site, but I didn’t know the company also published a hardcopy catalog. While you can access a digital version of it too, I have to admit to still enjoying the tangible feeling of print copies.

The 55 page full-color catalog includes yummy pictures and info of the brand’s various types of yarns, kits, and cool tools. A lot of the patterns I had seen before on-line, but some I had missed, yet another added bonus to having a paper copy to browse through.

Feathers Fly as I’m Home Writing Today

Blogged under Social Networking, Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Friday 25 September 2009 at 10:01 am

This is a slightly blurry pictures of a bird I found hanging outside in our backyard this morning. I posted these on Facebook asking what kind of bird this guy was, and bam!, one of my FB friends was right on target with Kestral. I found some images on Flickr that match him perfectly.

Here are a few better pictures I managed to get while keeping the dogs preoccupied so they wouldn’t go bonkers:

Okay, enough of nature, I’m home writing, writing, writing today on a new super big jewelry project, but first I wanted to share my morning visitor with the web world.

EDIT: Okay, now a FB friend says this is not a Kestral but is a Red-Shouldered Hawk.

Web Yarn Sale at JoAnn’s

Blogged under Around the Web, Crafty Products by Tammy on Thursday 24 September 2009 at 6:39 am

After looking at the fine print, I think this yarn sale over at JoAnn’s is good through September 26, 2009, but don’t hold me to that. I am eye-balling more baby yarn because I actually know someone who is having a baby, and I’d like to make a baby blanket for her.

Normally, I make baby items for charity groups, so while it’s nice to give, it is even nicer to give to someone I actually know for a change. There is some TLC Baby yarn on sale over there in a variegated pattern called “giggles” that looks great, a mixture of purple, blue, pink, and yellow. I’m not sure how much shipping goes for, so keep that in mind if you head over to the sale, but I think 30% off is a pretty decent sale.

Dream of Being an Artist or Arteest?

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Wednesday 23 September 2009 at 5:46 am

Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter, has a video out to help your artistic dreams come true. Oh, and she also shows you how to use Cricut Expression machine that offers all kinds of artistic crafting fun.

Crochet Granny Squares Hit Red Carpet

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 6:22 am

I had to share this funny fashion story about actress Cate Blanchett and the granny square dress, designed by Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett. Of course, did they actually make the dress? Nope. Guess who did. No, not the grandmother but close, it was Sales’ mother who did the stitching.

Now, Cate Blanchett could look good in a potato sack, but I think this dress is kind of cool. I would have liked to see it in a lighter-weight yarn; though, I guess it’s probably cold down under in Australia right now where this event was held.

So does it look like someone wrapped her up in an afghan or is this some kind of new fashion statement for the future?

Yarn Bomb Book & Video Peek

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Monday 21 September 2009 at 7:56 am


Yarn bombing is the wacky, weird, and wonderful practice of adorning outside spaces with knitted and crocheted artwork. I love this idea, though I have to admit I can’t imagine myself with so much time that I would actually do this. Plus, down here in the South, yarn bombed items probably wouldn’t last very long. However, for those who think they may like to become part of the yarn bombing movement, there’s now a book out about it, which includes knit and crochet projects to get you going.

Here’s a video of one of the book launches where authors Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain show off some of the finished items from the book. My favorite has got to be the monster feet for the mailbox.

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