Knitting Video Discovery

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Monday 10 January 2011 at 6:32 am

While I was lurking around Ravelry, someone mentioned a web site called Knitting Help.com. Now, of course, I’m really a dedicated crocheter right now, but I have not totally given up the idea of trying the pointy sticks again at some point down the road. I have tried knitting two or three different times and found it to be so opposite of crochet that I never really got the hang of it. Having two tools in my hands and no hook on the end of either of them feels totally weird and uncomfortable to me. So I decided to go back to my hook and really learn to master that better before I tried taking up another yarn hobby. I still have a heck of a time with reading crochet patterns, but I have seen some progress with that over the past year or so.

Though admittedly I’m not ready to try knitting again in the near future, when I do decide to try it again, I think sites like Knitting Help will be great to use. This site is full of very to the point videos. It also has a forum, and oh, many of the videos are free. I watched a few and found them very easy to follow. Now whether or not my fingers will do what it demonstrated on the videos, that’s another story!

Crafty Link Time

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 9 January 2011 at 10:30 am

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Jewelry closeout items at deep discount and a few things from your stash can make wonderful jewelry on the cheap. Check out Eileen’s Serenity Bracelet.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Never get burned by a glue gun again! Check out this FABULOUS Hot Glue Gun Helpers from Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza!

Mixed Media Artist
Have you ever wanted to try combining collage with quilting?

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Stef offers a book review-The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-dyed and Variegated Yarn.

About Family Crafts
Play along with this week’s make-it-over craft challenge by submitting craft projects made using bowls.

Aileen’s Musings
Find out what an Artist Trading Block is and sign up for a Valentine swap with Aileen!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi uses a new punch to create these cute word sentiments.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a chance to win a 26 pack of Gutermann thread and a copy of 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips, a free Valentine cherub shooting hearts graphic download, a link to a free “How to Draw” app for the iPad, tips on painting shadows, and some apple recipes.

Portable Craft Stash Idea

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Friday 7 January 2011 at 7:19 pm

My mom enjoys going on cruises (for some weird reason), and whenever she goes, she usually brings me back a little something, often purses or totes since she knows how much I like them. I’m kind of a purse-a-holic.

On one of her recent cruises, she brought me back this fairly large purse. While I don’t mind a little flash now and then, I usually keep to a fairly conservative purse during the school year, so this wasn’t something I could see myself using as an actual purse. However, I immediately realized it would be great for carrying around craft projects. Right now, it is housing a baby afghan I’m working on, but this would also be good for jewelry supplies or other types of crafts.

I’m not sure how much she paid for this, but normally, she will get these pretty inexpensively, anywhere from five to ten dollars. So if you plan to take a cruise sometime or know of someone who is, this is a great souvenir that you can get some use out of.

My Book is Officially Out and About!

Blogged under My Crafty News,Publications from Moi by Tammy on Wednesday 5 January 2011 at 6:50 pm

Finally, I got my official box of books from Mr. UPS the other day, and I’ve been hearing via Facebook and Twitter that contributing artists have also gotten their copies and so have those folks who ordered early via Amazon. It really has been about a year from start to finish on this project, and these things never truly seem official (even if you have gotten paid) until you get the hard copy in your hands!

Now I wait and keep an eye out for reviews. Hopefully, they are all good!

Share a Square Looking for Crochet Squares

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Monday 3 January 2011 at 7:39 am

Do you have a square to spare? Even one square? The group Share a Square is made up of volunteers who are putting together 150 afghans for children with cancer. Here’s the info from the group’s Facebook page:

We are looking for crafty folks with BIG hearts! Share A Square will be putting together 150 crocheted afghans to give to children with cancer. These kids will be attending three different summer camps in 2011 (Camp Quality in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas). WE are going to blanket them with love from around the world.

They need crochet squares only, no knitted ones accepted due to stretching problems they have had in the past, and they should be 6×6 inches with 12 inch tails. I believe the tails will be used to stitch the afghans together. You can find out more details at the group’s FAQ. Even if you don’t crochet, they are asking that you pass along their information via social networks to help get the word out. These folks need a ton of little squares!

Some Good Luck and Some Good Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 1 January 2011 at 4:32 pm

In keeping with your New Year’s tradition, we are having black-eyed peas today. We also threw in some kale and carrots as well. The greens are supposed to represent cash and the peas coins. Hopefully, you and your family are enjoying a relaxing holiday weekend as well.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi downloads a gorgeouss et of graphics to make a 2011 calendar.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at a Happy New Year Craftside there are tutorials on how to paint dots with watercolors, redo a scarf with nuno felting, a video tutorial from Traci Bunkers, a fun poster idea that combines two iconic bands and using your stuff to decorate in a fun way.

Cross Stitch at About.com
Find out the most popular free patterns from 2010. Add them to your stash and stitch one or two up to ring in the New Year!

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Eileen made some lovely earrings from a kit by Tammy Powley and dubbed it “A Kit that Delivers”.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge revisits a favorite New Year’s Eve mixed media jewelry project.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has finished a fun little quilt made from her hand-painted fabrics!

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