Crochet Comfort Gift

Blogged under Fiber Fun,Finished Projects by Tammy on Saturday 19 March 2011 at 5:04 pm

This is a set I made for a good friend of mine who has been going through some tough times over the past year. It’s a crocheted scarf, beret, and fingerless gloves set. The scarf is just easy to to double crochet stitch. The fingerless gloves are from a pattern I found on-line, adapted a little, and have used many times now, and this is about the third beret I’ve made using a pattern from the September/October 2010 issue of Crochet Today. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in a rich burgundy color.

It’s warming up now, so she may not get a ton of use out of these now that we are already half way through March, but you never know when a little cold snap can happen. I’ve packed these up and have them ready to ship out on Monday.

Crochet Square Logic

Blogged under My College Craft Club by Tammy on Friday 18 March 2011 at 11:10 am

Spring semester ends in early May, so the club is working on getting all our crochet baby items finished up and ready to donate to Healthy Start. We already have two crocheted baby afghans made from squares that members made already stitched together, and these are the last of the squares. Of course, we have 8 squares and need 9 to make a blanket. As the club’s fearless leader, that means I need to get a square made!

One of the issues we’ve discovered from doing these squares is that it can turn into some kind of logic question because we have probably about 10 active members, each making squares and various other items in an assortment of colors. Once the basic crochet lessons were over and members started making squares, I just let them select a yarn color of their choice with no thought to a master plan or design. Once we started getting enough squares in to connect them, we realized, hmm…how are we going to arrange the squares?

In these last 8 squares, the purple squares are not of the exact shade, but I’m going to go ahead with it, make one pink square, and assemble them all into our third blanket made from squares. It’s actually kind of cool because it is almost like a patchwork quilt, and since different squares are made by different members, you end up with a project that we all worked on together.

Another Glove to Try

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Tuesday 15 March 2011 at 5:43 pm

I have been having on-going hand issues for awhile now. First it was carpel tunnel on my right hand. I got a brace to wear at night, and it helped a little. Then my left wrist started really hurting when I did weird things like turned a door knob or turned my steering wheel to the left. Finally, I went to the doctor and had some X-rays done on my wrist. I was hoping it was also carpel tunnel, but it felt so different, that I had a feeling it wasn’t. Unfortunately, I was right.

It turns out that my wrist pain is caused by arthritis, and other than pain meds from the doctor, which I passed on, there’s not a thing anyone can do for me. I bought another brace for this wrist and wear that at night now, and that helps some, but during the day, I was still having pain, even when I took aspirin or ibuprofen. So I finally decided to try out one of the softer wrist braces, and so far so good. I’m able to do a lot more, and the pain level is cut down some. It definitely is not sexy looking, but I’m hoping this will keep me crafting (pain free) for awhile at least.

Michael’s Clearnace Yarn

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Monday 14 March 2011 at 5:36 pm

I went to Michael’s recently in hopes of using my 40% off coupon on some Sock-Ease yarn, which normally coast about $10 for a 100g skein, ouch! I downloaded a very cool looking fingerless glove pattern from Lion Brand’s web site, and it requires Sock-Ease. I don’t have anything similar since it’s a wool and nylon mix, and I mainly use acrylic or cotton yarns.

Of course, I struck out on the Sock-Ease, but I discovered a number of yarns on clearance, not just on sale, but marked way, way down. Sold colors of Bernat Baby Softee, tangerine and aqua, were $1.99. Baby Jacquard in berries and cream was also $1.99. Normally, these yarns range from 4.50 on up to 5.50, so these are awesome prices!

I also got a few skeins of Red Heart’s Heart and Sole yarn, which has the wool and nylon mix I need, for $2.99 a skein.

There were lots of other brands and types of yarn marked way down, but they are all mixed in with regular and sale priced yarns. If you go, keep an eye out for the yellow tags on the shelves. I’ve heard that different Michael’s have different types of yarns marked down too, so this clearance may be on-going for awhile (finger crossed).

Craft Link Time

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 13 March 2011 at 12:43 pm

About Family Crafts
Looking for some St. Patrick’s Day printables? Sherri has some coloring pages, games, cards, and more!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi makes a gatefold card…with a gate embellishment.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there are videos on how to use henna stencils in your art journals and the 365 skull a day project and tutorials on how to make a recycled sweater clover for St. Patrick’s Day and a stitched 2 fold postcard book.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Black Dog is offering 50% off on two books that paper-artists will enjoy.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Eileen shares some of the pleasures … and perils of working from home.

Mixed Media Artist
Bicycles as art! See what happens when an avid cyclist gets snap-happy with his cell phone camera!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to lengthen the straps of a tank top with a recycled t-shirt and little help from a Simplicity Power Rotary Cutter.

Some Free Pattern Sites for Yarn Folks

Blogged under Fiber Fun,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Saturday 12 March 2011 at 9:04 am

Who doesn’t love free patterns? Of course, sometimes you get what you pay for, but very often I’ve had pretty good luck with many free patterns I have found on-line. There are a number of sites that work as databases where you can search for free patterns, and some are not all that user-friendly, but I found two that seem to be a little better organized than others I’ve used before:

All Free Crochet

All Free Knitting

Fiber Art Free Trial Issue

Blogged under Around the Web,Fiber Fun by Tammy on Wednesday 9 March 2011 at 7:28 am

It seems like lately every craft magazine that exists is offer free trial issues. The latest one I’ve seen if for fiber folks. Fiber Art magazine is currently offering a free issue:

For more than thirty years, Fiberarts has been the world’s leading textile-art magazine. Edited by Marci Rae McDade, an accomplished embroidery artist and independent curator, each issue covers the best and most interesting work in wearable art, fiber sculpture, surface design, and more! You’ll get profiles of recognized and emerging artists, reviews of key events, and the latest art news from around the world. Indulge your passion for fiber and order today!

The cost of a year subscription is $26 for 5 issues, so it must come out quarterly, and they are throwing in an extra issue with this offer. After my last few issues with magazine invoices coming in and me losing them before the actual magazine made it to my mail box, I’m going to hold off on this, but I plan to keep an eye out for it on news stands. It sounds very similar to Piecework.

Discounted Paper Crafting Book Offer

Blogged under Book-Art,Good Books by Tammy on Monday 7 March 2011 at 5:44 am

Black Dog is offering a 50% discount on some of its popular art and design books: Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut and Outside the Box: Cardboard Design Now. This offer is until the 31st March 2011!

To order, simply email with your delivery address and the book(s) will be despatched with an invoice.

Here is some information from the publisher about each text:

Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut shines a light on the beautiful world of paper in art, fashion and design. From the traditional art of origami and paper cutting through to contemporary experiments in conceptual paper installations and modular folding, Paper celebrates one of the world’s oldest and most widely used materials in all its visual glory. ”This richly illustrated and beautifully designed book shines a light on the world of paper in art, fashion and design.” – Crafts Review.

Outside the Box: Cardboard Design Now is the first book dedicated to exploring contemporary cardboard design, surveying its many creative and practical facets as a medium. From minimalist packaging to children’s toys, decoration to furniture and small and large-scale interior architecture, cardboard is now being embraced by designers around the globe, and hailed as a sustainable and durable material with endless potential. “[The book] features a parade of funky chairs, punch-out animal models, milk cartons, birdhouses – and even a record sleeve that (with craftily concealed needle) can play its own contents.” – World of Interiors.

Craft Link Day

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 6 March 2011 at 12:22 pm

We enjoyed some Chinese Spaghetti and meatballs this weekend and have just been hang out, crafting, writing, and relaxing. Here are some craft links for you to also enjoy this weekend.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shows you how to make a colorful springtime tote.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi gives herself a Graphics 45 paper challenge!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make a yarn wrapped bead necklace, create a story and art about your favorite thing and sketch a sitting woman, a podcast about the book I “heart” design, and a font made from allen keys.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Writing and journaling – whether prose or poetry – can help you move forward as an artist. Here’s an example from Eileen that turned out to be quite prophetic.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi explores mixing traditional embroidery with her beadwork.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled t-shirt and wire hanger St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks.

Piecework Magazine?

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Friday 4 March 2011 at 10:29 am

I recently received one of the magazine offers in the mail from Piecework where you are offered a free trial issue. If you decide you don’t like it, you can simply write “cancel” on the invoice, but if you like it, of course you pay the invoice. Of course, as most magazine do for some weird reason, I was sent the invoice before I got the free trail issue, so now I have no idea where the heck that invoice is at. I so wish these magazines would either send the invoice with the issue or wait until after I received it. There is only so much paperwork I can keep track of, and magazine invoices for magazines I don’t even have yet are very low on my radar.

As I search around for the invoice and get another in the mail at some point telling me I’m late with it, I will hopefully figure out what I think about this magazine. Like most products published by Interweave, the layout is beautiful. I received the March/April 2011 issue, and content in it is organized by color: reds, purples, and blues. Most of the articles, as I suspected, are history-related. In fact, there is one article (which I will probably read first) about the embroidery of the Mexican Huipiles that has some fabulous photos of traditional costumes.

On the down side, there are three knitting patterns in this issue, and I don’t knit. Of course, there are also some embroidery patterns too, and I no longer do that either, so I’m on the fence. The subscription rate is $24 for six issues, so that’s $4 each, which is not that bad as far as cost. However, my reading time is so limited, and this is definitely a “reading” kind of craft magazine, not a browsing kind.

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