Wearwithall Knitting Book Review & Giveaway

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, Good Books by Tammy on Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 6:05 pm

I recently received a review copy of a new knitting book called Wearwithall: Knits for Your Life. It is a collaborative project that was sponsored by The Yarnery and developed by five established fiber designers: Mary Lou Egan, Theresa Gaffey, Scott Rohr, Shelly Sheehan, and Sarah K. Walker. The book is currently for sale on-line through The Yarnery’s web shop and retails for $21.95 US and includes 13 knitting projects. If you are anything like me, you are already breaking down the per pattern cost, which is rounded up to $1.69 each.

The 13 projects are a mix of wearables and accessories: socks, mittens, hats, cables scarf and cowl, stole, rugby scarf, blanket, baby sweater and tunic, toddler’s cardigan, child’s vest, woman’s cardigan, man’s sweater, and table runner. All of the designs are very classic, and there are variation ideas provided as well. For example, one of my favorite projects is simply called “hats.” You can see a picture of it as well as all the other projects at wearwithall.com. This project provides instructions for knitting either a woman’s slouchy version of the hat or a men’s fitted version. One of the very cool things, by the way, about the book’s web site is that it lists all of the yarns used for each project and each variation and has links so that you could actually buy the exact yarn for a project in the book.

In fact, the web site is really packed full of information and also has a blog set up with on-going updates about ways to alter the projects and other related information. There was even a call for entries for version number two of this book. I like that you can go over there and learn a lot abut the book and get a good look at all of the projects before deciding to buy or not.

One of the elements of this book that really stood out to me as I was reading through it is the photography. Lately, I’ve noticed some publications try to be a little to artsy when it comes to project photographs. This makes me wonder if the publisher is trying to hide something or is just clueless about the fact that someone reading the book would want a clear picture of a project before he/she starts to make it. Wearwithall’s photographs are tasteful and inviting but still give you a really good idea of what the finished item will look like.

One point I would have liked to see, though this can sometimes be a little subjective, is a difficulty level marked on each pattern. As a fairly new knitter, most looked a little much for me to take on yet. However, as I spent more time reading the patterns, I did find a few that are at a beginning level. The stole pattern, though a large project, is beautiful and as far as stitches go very basic. The rugby scarf was also another good beginning project.

For anyone who enjoys making classic knit pieces, this book would be a great addition to your fiber book library. It is slim, just 56 pages, but it is designed for anyone who wants to knit pieces that will be worn and appreciated for many years.

Okay, now for some knitting and giveaway fun! I want to know what is your favorite item to knit. Is it a scarf, hat, sweater, what? What type of item do you seem to gravitate to over and over again when you pick up your pointy sticks?

This giveaway is available to anyone living in the continental US. (Sorry for this, but otherwise, it will be nearly impossible for me to mail out the book…long story.) Post your comment only once! in this blog entry and you will get a chance to win this wonderful book, Wearwithall. The deadline for entry is August 31st midnight ET. Then during the first few days in September 2012, I will randomly pick one winner. Make sure to include your email address when commenting. I will email the winner who will have 5 days after the drawing to reply back with a mailing address. Anyone who does not reply after 5 days will no longer be eligible to win, and I will draw a new winner.

Craft Wars, Tweeting, & a TLC CW Giveaway!

Blogged under Shows, Social Networking by Tammy on Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 5:34 am

Craft Wars will be airing again Tuesday (7/31) night at 8pm eastern time on TLC. This episode is called Bedknobs and and Gluesticks. If you haven’t guessed, it is a bedroom themed challenge, and here is a sneak peek for you.

Along with the usual fast paced fun of the show, those of you who like to participate virtually through Twitter can do so as host Tori Spelling tweets during the show.

To add some more tweeting goodness, each Wednesday following a premiere of Craft Wars there will be a Twitter trivia contest beginning at 12PM ET. Be the fifth person to answer a trivia question about the latest episode correctly and you could win a pop craft from the show AND a personal tweet from Tori Spelling! Click here for all the rules and details.

Joining Ravellenics

Blogged under Around the Web, Social Networking, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 30 July 2012 at 8:27 am

Ravelery.com’s Ravellenics officially started at the same time as the Olympic’s opening ceremony, but for me it really started yesterday when I cast on another attempt at a knit ribbed scarf. This time, I’m hoping no matter how crappy it turns out, I’m going to just push through and not frog it until I at least get 4 feet of scarf finished, dropped stitches and all.

The way Ravellenics works (which was originally called Ravelympics…you can read the back story about the name change if you don’t know already here) is that members of the Ravelry community celebrate the Olympics and take this time to also take on a challenge. Though instead of an athletic challenge, we take on a personal fiber challenge. For me, knitting is still very challenging, so that’s why I decided to focus on it.

Participants pick teams to be part of, and I picked the Minknits team. There are all kinds of other teams, and I did look around and thought about joining more, but I wanted to keep it simple and doable for me since this is the first time I’ve participated in this annual event. For the Minknits team, the basic goal is just to knit…period.

The summer Olympics lasts for 17 days, but since I started on Sunday, I’m a little behind. Instead of 17 I have 15 days, and now I’m down to 14 days. 14 days and four feet of ribbing!

Enjoy Some Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 29 July 2012 at 10:48 am

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen has one more background technique to share from her Junque Journal How-To series using chalkboard paint, oil pastels, gesso and sprayable watercolors.

Brown Hair and Glasses
Cherie is on a kick, creating several mixed media pictures that feature women with brown hair, blue eyes, and glasses.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi featured her favorite cards as seen at CHA from Ecstasy Crafts!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a recipe for chocolate pasta dough, a decollaged altered book, a video on how to crochet a lacy join, and some lobster clip art.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
If you do beading, how do you keep your craft space looking neat?! Eileen admits she doesn’t. Take a look.

Mixed Media Artist

Cyndi has finished her beaded turtle fabric panels. Now if she could just figure out what to do with them!

Free On-Line Crafting Classes

Blogged under Around the Web, amigurumi by Tammy on Saturday 28 July 2012 at 4:28 pm

I am sure most of my readers have heard of Craftsy.com. It is a web site for crafters that includes workshops, patterns, crafting supplies, and on-line classes. After my dip back into amigurumi - and because Craftsy.com was having a sale on its on-line craft classes - I decided to sign up for a few. I signed up first for the Design Your Own Monster class taught by Stacey Trock. I watched a little of that, and then there was another sale on classes, so I signed up for the Woodland Animals class too. Both classes normally sell for $19.99 each, but they were on sale for awhile for $14.99. Even though I’ve made a fair number of amigurumi pieces now, I am looking forward to learning some extra tips and techniques in these classes. Then there was a free class offered, which I believe is still free as of this post called, Know Your Wool.

So far I’ve watched a little of each of these classes, and I’m pretty impressed. They are broken up into video segments, so you can watch little bits as you work through the class. For the wool class, you even get to go on a virtual field trip to check out some real sheep. Each class also includes handouts, and for the amigurumi classes, you get patterns as well. Plus there is support offered by the instructors. You just post a question and get a reply. Once you register on the site (which is free) and pay for your classes (prices on that vary), you get access to the class forever, or as long as Craftsy.com is around at least, which I hope is a long, long time!

They have classes in all kinds of craft subjects from cooking to knitting and also jewelry making. For anyone who wants to test out Craftys’s on-line class concept, I recommend one of the free classes it offers right now such as the Know Your Wool, the Short Rows class (for knitting), Modern Buttercream (for cake decorating), and Sewing Machine 911. Also, once you register on the site, you will get notices when classes are on sale, and so far, for both the classes I paid for, I received an offer to purchase a class for $25, just didn’t find one I’m ready to take right now at that price at least. However, the average cost of classes (when not on sale) ranges from $9.99 up to $39.99, so I think most are pretty reasonable even when they are not on sale.

Amigurumi Puppy Finished!

Blogged under Charity Crafting, amigurumi by Tammy on Thursday 26 July 2012 at 9:28 am

Finally, I finished Paul the puppy. The safety eyes I ordered are still not here, but as it happened, yesterday I had some appointments to go to over in the county south of where I live, which has a JoAnn’s. After I was done with the appointments, I stopped by and got some safety eyes and finished this little guy. I’m okay with how he turned out. Stitching together the limbs is always the toughest part of making an amigurumi. Oh, and here is is tail.




Unfortunately, I don’t have time to snuggle him too much. I’m packing him away with his friends, and I hope to get these mailed out today to Big Hearts & Helping Hands.

More, More, More Craft Podcasts!

Blogged under Around the Web, Shows, Social Networking by Tammy on Wednesday 25 July 2012 at 8:30 am

It seems like a new craft podcast is popping up just about every day, and I am completely addicted to watching and listening to them. In fact, I have asked my hubby to see about getting me a new car stereo (as a future birthday gift) so that I can download them and listen in the car. I do listen to a few via my ipad when driving, but not all of them are loud enough to do that.

Recently, I updated my blog roll, especially the list of craft podcasts, and I added a bunch of new ones (or at least new to me). Some of these I have had time to watch already, and some I haven’t yet. Hopefully, I will in the next day or so. Now, of course, again many of these are knitting and/or spinning related, but a few cover a few other crafts and topics as well. Still, I’d like to see more diversity in the crafting podcast world, but for now, here’s a list of some of the latest links I’ve added:


3 Stitches

Delusional Knitter

Dramatic Knits

High Fiber Diet

Knit Me Happy

Knit Nerd

Knit Psychos

Knit 1 Heart Too

Knitting on the Fly

Knitting Blooms

Knittynatter

My Ordinary Journey

Noteable Needlework

Purple Photo Kitty

Rain Lover Knits

Single Handed Knits

The Fiberista Files

Willow Fairy Knits

Wolfe Farms


I told you there were a bunch of them! And these are just some new ones I’ve added to the blog roll the other day. Feel free to continue my addiction by suggesting a crafting podcast to add to my list.

Craft Wars’ New Time & New Show!

Blogged under Crafty Products, Shows by Tammy on Monday 23 July 2012 at 3:56 pm

Tomorrow will be the best Craft Wars on TLC ever for a number of reasons. First, it is starring the Impatient Crafter herself, Margot Potter!

And reason number two is that Craft Wars is now on at a different time, 8pm eastern time/7pm central time. That means prime time for the east coast, yeah!

I can’t wait to watch Margot in action as she and two other competitors take on Christmas crafting. Here is some of the 411 from the press release I received:

This week Christmas comes early on TLC’s CRAFT WARS! Contestants Cheryl, Ivan and Margot compete in a series of challenges filled with Christmas cheer; they must create a Christmas tree out of post office supplies. I’ve included the episode for you to preview as well as a sneak peek and photos from tomorrow’s episode. PLEASE NOTE: TLC has moved the time of CRAFT WARS- it’s now airing Tuesday nights at 8/7c.

Also, don’t miss Tori Spelling giving TLC’s CRAFT WARS fans the behind-the-scenes scoop when her tweets appear live on-air during Tuesday’s episode. Tune in to see what she really thought of the crafty creations Tuesday, July 31 at 8/7c on TLC.

And even better, here is a video sneak peek:

Waiting for Safety Eyes!

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Monday 23 July 2012 at 6:52 am

I am still waiting on safety eyes! I have everything done on this dog that I can possible do now, but I can’t go any further until I get his eyes in! Dang it! I really hope they come in today’s mail so I can get him finished & packed with is friends and mailed on Tuesday.

Weekly Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 22 July 2012 at 2:41 pm

Cherie Burbach: Love and the Spirit of God
Cherie creates a new mixed media picture.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are some fun photos of yarn bombed cairns, drawing in sand, salt and sugar ideas and tutorials on how to draw the cubs from the Pixar movie Brave, and a how to make gum paste or fondant picks from the book The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen has some tips on how to avoid lead components when planning a children’s beading party.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi explores painting fabrics using stencils that are inspired by her trip to Hawai’i.

Resin Crafts!
Carmi has a great post explaining how resin can be also a great glue and glaze!

The Crochet Dude
Drew might get his head shaved for charity, but you can help save his locks!

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