Craft Links!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 29 April 2012 at 3:23 pm

About Family Crafts
The current make-it-over craft challenge is all about making footprint crafts! You can submit your ideas to be published or submit a link to a footprint craft!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
A week in Paris results in some pretty fun photography on Carmi’s blog.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
How to create a cheery no-sew spring scene wall hanging.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi starts a quilt with some really bright fabrics…and frames them in black!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a pair of lace-up the back socks from a standard pair.

1 Skein Scarf Finished!

Blogged under Finished Projects by Tammy on Thursday 26 April 2012 at 6:25 am

The 1 skein scarf I recently started is done. I think the instructions say something like it takes two hours to make. I am not sure how long it took me, but I worked on it on and off during one day and finished it that same day. Generally, I am pleased with how it turned out, but I’m not 100% satisfied so may frog it and remake it. I would like it to be a little longer, and I think I missed a row of stitches somehow.

I did end up getting one cool morning to wear it (which is unusual this time of year in Florida), and so I think there is some hope for this pattern for me to make again. It’s a nice light scarf. It also includes an unusual stitch I have never done before where you sort of make Xs with double crochet. The stitch is called “crossed double crochet” (xdc).

As far as the new yarn experience, I give super wash Merino a thumbs up. It is wool but very soft. Now, the price I’m still grappling with. Originally, this one cake of yarn (50 grams) is $12.50, and I got it on sale for $9.95. I am not sure my experience working with this yarn felt as luxurious as I had hoped considering the cost of the yarn.

1 Skein Scarf

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Wednesday 25 April 2012 at 3:20 pm

After buying this cake of Merino yarn, my first super wash Merino yarn ever, I have been dying to try to find something to make with it, but as this little dude is only 50 grams, I had to do some searching for patterns. I ended up finding a scarf pattern called Moonlight Serenade, a free pattern by Merri Purdy available on Ravelry.

Normally, I’m not one to have more than 2 or so projects going, but I wanted to play with this yarn and figured it would not take too long to make. I’m not sure if I am a Merino lover like I hear so many other yarn people tend to be, but I will say that it is hard to believe this is wool. It’s really soft!

A Little Crafting Club Recognition

Blogged under My College Craft Club by Tammy on Wednesday 25 April 2012 at 3:09 pm

I am thrilled to announce that I received this very cool award at the college’s CCG Banquet last night. Since I do blog here about the craft club that I advise, I figured I would show this off a little. The craft club at school has been around a little over a year now, and while we are a small group, we are very busy. It is nice to feel appreciated!

Weekly Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 22 April 2012 at 3:59 pm

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shows her step by step how she created faux copper patinaed paper flowers.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to paint vintage style dahlias, 2 ways to create collages and make a recycled soda bottle bird feeder along with a recipe for atomic tofu pecan loaf.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
How to create cute clay pot garden bells for your yard.

Mixed Media Artist
Got a few paint-soaked paper towels lying around? Don’t you dare throw them out!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to sew a scissor holster garter.

Saturday Sandwich & Chilling at Home

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Saturday 21 April 2012 at 1:17 pm

I had lunch at Panera’s yesterday with a friend, and we were low on bread, so I picked up a tomato and basil loaf there. Boy, this is some heavy-duty bread! We were going to go out to lunch today, but after getting this yummy bread and realizing we have plenty of food to make sandwiches, we decided to just stay home. Here’s my amazing sandwich of vegies and a slice of Swiss cheese, extra pickle on the side.

We also had potatoes, so DH used our microwave chip maker and whipped up some potato chips to go with the sandwiches.

I am trying to get some grading down since the end of the semester is just about here, but otherwise, it hasĀ  ended up being a fairly nice day at home. Here’s Lola chilling in our Papason chair.

WIP – On My Hooks

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Thursday 19 April 2012 at 1:40 pm

Believe it or not, I’m only working on two crochet projects right now and both are for me. Yes, I’m on a roll.

I’ve picked up the sock yarn again and started from square one on these fingerless gloves that I frogged a jillion times already. So far so good, or at least I think so. I’m not finding this to be the easiest pattern in the world, but I’m determined to give it one more major shot.

Then there is my second shawl, which was originally my first shawl, but I got so into the ripple shawl project that this one went on the back burner for awhile. This photos is a little old. I’m further along, though it doesn’t feel like it’s by much. All of this is made using half double crochet, so it doesn’t require much brain matter (unlike the gloves above), but it still feels like it is taking forever. I’m even thinking of switching from a bamboo to an aluminum hook to see if it will speed things up a hair.

Scrapbooking, Documenting Your Charity Crafting

Blogged under Charity Crafting,My College Craft Club by Tammy on Wednesday 18 April 2012 at 4:11 pm

My college craft club had its last meeting for spring semester Thursday. I have been taking photos for the past year and a half as we have taught members how to do various crafts, like jewelry making, crochet, rubber stamping, and book-making, and we have used many of these skills and other crafting techniques to help those in need. At our last meeting, we worked on putting together a club scrapbook to help document all of our accomplishments:

  • We have made fleece blankets for Save the Chimps (a chimp sanctuary) and Miss Inc. (a women’s and children homeless shelter).
  • Along with blankets for the chimps, we ran a donation drive at the school to help collect many of the other items like food and towels that are also needed at the sanctuary.
  • We have made crochet cotton wash clothes also for Miss Inc. and collected travel soaps to go with them.
  • We have made baby hats and blankets for Healthy Start. Have I missed anything?
  • Oh, yes, and there was the craft fair that we participated in, and we have also been selling our hand-made greeting cards through the college’s print shop (who is nice enough to help us with that).
  • Then there were the animal blankets, both fleece and crocheted, that we made for Dogs and Cats Forever and Domino’s House, which are two local no-kill animal shelters. Shew!

Putting together the scrapbook was fun, but it also was a great reminder of how much we have done!

Weekly Craft Links

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Monday 16 April 2012 at 10:48 am

I’m switching things up a tad with the blog and posting me weekly list of links today instead of Sunday.

About Family Crafts
Read all about the Dr. Suess themed baby shower Sherri threw for her daughter and learn how she made many of the decorations and gifts.

Aileen’s Musings
See how you can win your own set of new Color Mists’ Patina Collection by checking out Aileen’s Pin it & Win it blog contest!

Craft Buds
Die-cut felt flowers and string of grosgrain ribbon are the ingredients for this simple toddler toy. Get the tutorial for a button snake, to keep your little one busy during a summer car trip or in the waiting room.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make two paintings at once, applying and underpainting, a whole bunch of color variations of the Dutch Tulips quilt block, and some springtime cross stitch patterns.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
How to make a beaded pull chain for overheads lights or fans.

Lindsay Sews
Do you tackle one sewing project at a time, or work on multiple projects at once? Lindsay shares modern quilt blocks from a few recent works in progress.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi experiments with rubbing alcohol and acrylic paints…and ends up with a fun background paper!

New Fair Isle Knitting E-Book

Blogged under Crafty Products,crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 15 April 2012 at 10:32 am

Liat from has another amazing E-Book out called Fair Isle Knitting. Right now, she has an early release of the book for newsletter subscribers, but since I subscribe to her email, I spilling the beans to everyone. From now until Wednesday (4/18/12), she has a deal going on where you can buy this e-book course plus the ipad version as a package for $22.49. So you save 25%. If you don’t already subscribe, it’s free. So do that and you can get in on this discount. If you follow this link, you can view a brief video she has where she walks you through the ipad version of her new book.

I was lucky enough to get a review peek at this new e-book of hers, and one of the points that always hits home with me when I use her e-courses is that she does not assume you know something, but at the same time, she doesn’t make you feel stupid for not knowing some basic concepts. For example, I wasn’t 100% sure what Fair Isle was. I had a vague idea, but it was not crystal clear. In fact, I sort of thought Fair Isle and Intarsia were pretty much the same thing. In this new e-book of hers, she starts right at the beginning and explains the difference between the two. Whenever I read about or listen to knitting podcasts, terms like this are very often used, and I sometimes feel like it’s some kind of language I’ll never understand. Even if Liat does use a term, like “a float,” at some point she explains the term for you. She never just jumps in and assumes that her users or readers know it all already.

In this e-book, she starts with a bag project that is really cute. It’s pictured on the front of the e-book above. Through this project, she teaches you everything you need to know about the concepts and techniques associated with Fair Isle, such as knitting in the round and reading charts. This is another part of her courses that I like. You actually make something while you learn techniques. You don’t just make a swatch.

Then there is the added bonus of her videos embedded in the e-book (I counted 20 videos), and with this book you can opt for an ipad version as well. I just got an ipad 2 for Christmas, and at first, I thought I would use it mainly for reading. I didn’t see much of a difference between the ipad and my Kindle, other than the price. But I have to admit that I find more and more uses for my ipad and have come to the point where I really depend on it for both my school work and for play. For example, if I want to sit on the porch and knit, I can bring my ipad with me and work through some of the Knitfreedom videos. I’m not required to sit at the computer.

As I said before, I hear terms like Fair Isle all the time when I’m listening to podcasts or I see it mentioned a lot on Ravelry. It is a technique that many knitters want to learn but feel intimidated by it. In this latest e-book, Liat uses her amazing teaching abilities and videos to break down the concepts. Even if you could get a lesson from a LYS, with an e-book like this, you can return to it over and over again or you can just work through it at your own pace.

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