Episode 4: On Location with a Guest

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Saturday 30 August 2014 at 5:32 pm

Here is episode 4 of the Crafty Princess Diaries podcast, entitle “On Location with a Guest.” It was filmed on Aug. 30, 2014 at my folks’ house, which is a little over an hour away from where I live, but we all live in Florida. My sister was down from Louisiana visiting, so I thought it would be fun to have her as a guest on the podcast.

One point we failed to mention is that if you are working with guitar wire as we discuss in the podcast, make sure to you heavy duty cutting shears like those use for memory wire; otherwise, you could damage your good wire cutter.

Here are links to various places and products we mention during the show:

Tapping Flamingo Weblog

Terry’s House for Sale in Western Kentucky

Rio Grande

Terry’s Thirty-One Website

Tammy’s Thirty-One Website

Running Press

Blogging for Books

Knit and Stitch Boutique

Flip Top Organizing Bin

Basket Case Scarf Done!

Blogged under learning2knit by Tammy on Thursday 28 August 2014 at 2:15 pm

Though I used the basket stitch for this scarf, I probably should call this the “basket case scarf” because I just about went crazy making it. First, I started it using a pattern from Knit Lab called the Seed Stitch Cambridge Scarf, which was working fine, but then I realized that the pattern just has you do a series of stitch patterns over and over and there is real no “ending” or “finish” to it. I just think a scarf, unless you are doing something asymmetrical, should be balanced so that the end and beginning match.

So frogged it!

Then I started it again and decided to go with parts of the pattern, so I did about 6 rows of seed stitch and opted to do the 4×4 basket stitch section over and over again until I got to almost the end. At the end, I would end with another 6 rows of seed stitch.

I’m thrilled to say it worked, and I finished it, but boy! That ball of yarn never seemed to get any smaller, no matter how much I worked on this project. Then whoopsie, I almost hosed up the cast off. And, stupid me cut the yarn before I realized I may have goofed up the very last stitch on this thing. I still have to really be careful about pulling the end of the yarn through that last loop and get it tight enough. Eeekkkk!

I’m still not great at fixing my mistakes, but I sucked it up and frogged about half a dozen stitches, and put my needles back in. Then I rewatched some knitting videos to refresh my memory about how to pull that end piece correctly, and relief! I fixed it, weee!

I was hoping to use all of the yarn, but I was concerned that I would not have enough to cast off if I wasn’t careful, so I have a tiny ball left. But the final size works, 5 inches wide by 45 inches long. And it is soft and will be a nice, light scarf to wear when we finally get some cold weather (months from now).

I used almost size 6 needles and almost a full skein of 2-ply soft pink merino yarn from Morehouse Farm. The yarn was a tad splity, but of course, much frogging was done so I’m sure that didn’t help.

My next knitting adventure will be the Circular Knit Lab and hats.

No-Stress Holiday Organizer

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Tuesday 26 August 2014 at 12:41 pm

If you are a list maker and have a lot going on during the holidays, then this new book from Cedar Fort Publishing and Media might be perfect for you, or it could be an early Christmas gift for someone. It’s called The No-Stress Holiday Organizer: An All-in-One Guide to Planning and Recording Your Holidays. Here’s a blurb from the publisher plus a brief video:

“Designed with the busy mom in mind, this “All-In-One Guide to Planning and Recording Your Holidays” does the thinking for you. From Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s, “The No-Stress Holiday Organizer” has everything you need to create a holiday season you’ll want to remember. Contents include calendars for each month and copious lists to help you plan and organize everything you will ever need for your celebration: budget planning, party planning, guest lists, schedules, grocery lists, recipes, cooking schedules, decorations, wish lists, pages for photos and more.”

Candy, Jewelry, Quilts, & Prizes

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 25 August 2014 at 11:15 am

Resin Crafts Blog
How to make paperweights in bangle molds with resin. Trials and triumphs.

Mixed Media Anniversary Quilt: Finished!
Cherie finishes the quilt she made to celebrate her wedding anniversary.

There Is No Can’t
Doing whatever you want in the whole wide world.

The Artful Crafter Website Re-Launch Party
We’re so excited that we’re throwing a BIG party with BIG prizes. Come see our new home!

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares what became of her textured candy bag…a cuff bracelet! Just one more excuse to eat more chocolate!

Book Review – Basic Knitting & Crocheting for Today’s Woman

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Sunday 24 August 2014 at 5:27 am

Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & Body is written by Anita Closic and published by Schiffer Publishing Limited. It retails in the US for $16.99, though is available from Amazon for a few dollars less, bringing the cost per project down to less than $1 per project. This book includes patterns, 14 of them, 7 knit and 7 crochet, so you need to already know how to knit and/or crochet before attempting them since there is no information about how to knit or crochet provided in the book.

The type of patterns and yarn color selections for each were developed around the idea of relaxation and yoga. So you will find yoga wraps, pillows, a few afghans, scarves, and cowls in here. None of the patterns look overly complex, so if you can already follow a knitting or crochet pattern and have some basic stitching skills, you should be able to manage most of the project. The idea is that these projects are fairly easy so will be just about as relaxing as tacking a calm yoga class.

I have not seen many books that include both knitting and crochet together, so this was nice to see. While the theme is based around yoga, you don’t have to be someone who practices it to enjoy many of these projects such as the cowls and scarves. There is even a cute little knitted baby sweater and baby afghan included in the projects.

Knit Vs. Crochet – Which to Start With?

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Saturday 23 August 2014 at 12:01 pm

Out of all the videos posted on my YouTube channel, my video entitled “Knit or Crochet: Which to Learn First?” has been the most popular. So I thought it was worth reposting it here on my weblog. This is really geared toward newbies who can’t decide which of these types of yarn crafting would be the best fit for them. Feel free to give me some feedback about which you think is the best type of yarn crafting to start with.

Sea Glass Jewelry – Book Review

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Saturday 23 August 2014 at 11:29 am

Sea Glass Jewelry: Create Beautiful and Unique Designs from Beach-Found Treasures by Lindsay Furber and Mary Beth Beuke is published by Ulysses Press and retails for $14.95 in the US and $17.50 in Canada. A little over one hundred pages, this paperback has lots of full-color photographs of beautiful sea glass. In fact, the photographs are definitely a highlight of the book.

While there are sea glass jewelry how-to projects in this book, it is not just about how to make jewelry but a general reference book about sea glass. It discusses the different types of glass and origins. It really is a book for collectors, not just jewelry makers.

That said, it would have been nice to see a few more projects. There are 9 projects in the book. Each project includes detailed step-by-step written directions and accompanying color photos of many of the steps. There is also a chapter on the tools used for the various projects.

While I was not overwhelmed by this book, I think it is a good starting place for anyone who loves collecting sea glass and would like to turn some of her/his collection in wearable jewelry pieces.

Thank You Knitting Podcast Blog!

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Thursday 21 August 2014 at 11:08 am

I just want to give a quick shout out “thank you” to the Knitting Podcast blog for including Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast in the “feature” section of their weblog! For those who may not be familiar with this blog, it has a huge feed of knitting, fiber, and related crafting podcasts, both audio and video, so you can check on it daily to see if any new podcasts have been published. I know there are a lot of apps that you can do this with, but I find it just easier to bookmark this blog list and check when I have time to watch.

The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet – Book Review

Blogged under Good Books,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Wednesday 20 August 2014 at 5:11 pm

Like many women in America, I struggle with weight and, in general, my overall fitness level, so I was intrigued by the title of the new book The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet. It is written by the founders of the web site fitbottomedgirls.com, Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead, and published by Harmony Books. The copyright date is 2014, and it retails in the US for $17 and Canada for $20.

I am going to just admit that I may not be the intended audience for this book. It made me feel old! I say this because many of the suggestions are things my well over 40 body just cannot do any more. The book offers a number of ideas for very short workouts, which in theory I love the idea of that. The concept is that you can do a lot of small 10 minute workouts, and if you do enough of them throughout the day, they add up. Great! However, here is an example of why I say my body can’t do most of them. One of the “strength” mini-workouts they suggest has you hold hand weights on the ground as you do push ups while still holding the weights, and then you are supposed to pick up one of the weights while you are still in plank position. It tells you to do as many of these as you can in five minutes. I know I could not do one in five minutes. Now, maybe when I was 30 I could attempt this, but now? This is an extreme example, but for the most part, many of their suggested activities I found more intense than I could manage.

The other reasons this seems to me to speaker to a younger crowd is the constant motivation to be positive about your body and yourself that rings throughout the book. That, of course, is good. I know women can by hyper-critical of their bodies, especially younger women. I actually find that sad. I’m not perfect. I do need to lose weight and become generally more active and healthy, but I do not constantly beat myself up about it.

There are a lot of very positive reviews about this book, so it must be helping some women. I’m guessing it tends to help those who might, for really the first time, be trying to lose weight and exercise more regularly, and this book offers a lot of concrete ways to do that.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Episode 3: There Is No Can’t (Or I Can Do Whatever I Want in the Whole Wide World)

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Tuesday 19 August 2014 at 4:20 pm

Here is Episode 3! Subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you get update notifications.

Blu Mudd
Knit 1, Heart Too
Chinese Crystal Beads

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