Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 11 March 2012 at 4:35 pm

About Family Crafts
The current craft challenge might make you crave chocolate! Do you have a craft to share that is made using a Nesquik container?

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen offers you an Easter cocktail idea, a gift idea, and a freebie recipe card all wrapped up into one colorful DIY project!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make a watercolor and plastic wrap painting along with one of Lisa Engelbrecht’s fun lettering techniques used to decorate an Easter egg, a recipe for flourless banana breakfast bars, and info on a bunch of SoCal events this weekend we will be at.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Come join the Card Party at The Artful Crafter and create cards for people with cancer.

Mixed Media Artist
Have you had the opportunity to experiment with rubbing plates, aka texture plates?

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled leather shamrock St Patrick’s Day cuff

Star Afghan Goes Amiss

Blogged under Charity Crafting,crochet and knitting,Finished Projects by Tammy on Tuesday 6 March 2012 at 5:56 am

Well, this is my maybe 4th star style afghan, and I have not idea when, where, or what went wrong, but as you can see from the photograph, this thing will not lay flat. It’s like a wavy star! I think it is still worth adding to the donation bag. However, obviously I don’t have this pattern down like I thought I did. Oy!

Snuggly Buggly Blanket Yarn

Blogged under Charity Crafting,Fiber Fun,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Monday 5 March 2012 at 5:49 am

Technically, my February donation drive is over (since it’s March), but I have a few weeks left before I bring the donated items over to Okeechobee, so I thought I’d try to squeeze in one last baby afghan. During a recent (and unplanned) yarn purchase, I picked up a skein of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn. It was on sale, and I was in the mood to try something new. Let me tell you; this is one hunk of a skein of yarn. It is 10.5 ounces (300 grams) and 258 yards. It is also super chunky weight, so my hope is that I can make a small granny square style baby ghan out of just one skein. I hope…I hope…it will be enough. I’ve learned that sometimes chunky yarn can be deceiving as far as how much you think you have versus how far it will go in a project.

I’m using a size N crochet hook, and the thickness of this yarn took me a little while to get used to. However, I’m getting more comfortable with it, and boy, howdy, I am so falling in love with this yarn. It is so, so, so SOFT! And it is squishy, and well, as we say around here, “It is snuggly buggly.” Yes, it is made in China (yeah, bummer!), and yes, it is 100% polyester, but it’s washable, and I am now a blanket yarn convert.

This Week’s Craft Links

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 4 March 2012 at 1:38 pm

Ah, Herbie, he is so, so sweet! We are celebrating 11 months as adopted cat parents this weekend, and this little guy has really come a long way since he first came into our home and spent the first few days hiding behind a desk. Now, he still is not completely out of his kitty shell, but every day there is a little more progress. More and more he is trusting us. I can pick him up briefly, kiss him on his head, and when I’m in another room with the door closed, he will often be waiting for me on the other side of the door with a high pitch kitty squeak at the ready. In another year, he might be sitting on my lap as I work at on my computer.

Okay, now time for some craft web surfing!

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Make custom envelopes the quick and easy way with the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate crafting tool.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi shares a few more ideas for manipulating fabric and shows off her textured quilt top…now it’s time for embellishments!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled wool felted sweater Peep garland.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen invites you to check out 3 pages of freebie projects and techniques to help inspire you and get your craft on!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi shows you how to apply tissue papers to new wood shapes by Claudine Hellmuth.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a bit of fashion and jewelry inspiration, spool and thread unconventional ideas, info on the upcoming Makerie event and Stitch & Craft Show along with how to make and eat stuffed artichokes.

The Principles of Knitting – Revised & Really Big

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Thursday 1 March 2012 at 3:05 pm


The Principles of Knitting: Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt has recently hit the book shelves! It is published by Simon and Schuster, Inc. via Touchstone books, and though it retails for $45, as you can see from the Amazon link, it is (as usual) less expensive over there. The first thing I thought of when I picked up this book was, “Dang, this sucker is huge!” 712 pages actually, but who’s counting?!

Now, as you know (if you’ve been reading this blog at all), I’m a novice knitter. So I was kind of freaked out about the size of this thing that I was sent a review copy of from the publisher. After I finally got the nerve to crack it open, I realized this book is sort of like the Joy of Cooking for knitters. It has go it all. I say “sort of” because like the Joy of Cooking it has tons and tons of information about knitting and yarn too; however, the Joy of Cooking has recipes too, and this book is a reference book, not a project book. I have a few books similar to this for other crafts such as crochet and jewelry making, and they tend to be the type of books I refer to over and over again when I have a question or need extra help with a particular technique that is giving me trouble or I just plain want more information about an aspect of the craft.

While, from what I have read of it, the book has the beginning knitter in mind, I would hesitate to say that anyone who has never picked up a pointy stick (ever) would be able to learn to knit just from this book. Now, if you have picked up some point sticks and like me only have some minor knitting knowledge, then you will find this to be a handy reference, and I would imagine the same would be true for more experienced knitters. There.is.just.so.much.information.here!

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