Video: Amigurumi Tip 1

Blogged under Crafty Videos, amigurumi by Tammy on Wednesday 29 July 2015 at 7:53 am

This is the first tip in a video series I have in the works. Enjoy! And feel free to add your own tips in the comments.



Video: Amigurumi Robot Love - Episode 24

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast, amigurumi by Tammy on Wednesday 22 July 2015 at 11:18 am

Time to take a break and craft with me! Come watch Episode 24 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast.


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Book Review: 60 Quick Baby Knits

Blogged under Good Books, amigurumi by Tammy on Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 10:06 am

60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in Cascade 220™ Superwash (60 Quick Knits Collection) is published by Sixth and Spring books and retails for $17.95 in the US and $21.95 in Canada. All of the projects are knit using Cascade’s 220 Superwash yarn, and the 60 projects were designed by a variety of professional knitters/designers. A few names that may look familiar include Jeannie Chi, Lee Grant, Tanis Gray, and Veronica Manno.

Of course, with 60 patterns that means you get a really big selection, and I have to admit a fondness for making baby items. They are smaller so usually quicker than adult patterns. Now as far as being really “quick” as the title suggestions, I think that may be kind of subjective depending on your skill level. All of the pattern are designated beginner, easy, intermediate, or experienced. The majority of projects are categorized as intermediate, so if you are a beginner knitter, that means these may not be that quick for you.

So for intermediate to experienced level knitters, these would probably be pretty fast to make. The photographs are also a good point of this book. There are lots of them, which means you can get a good visual idea of what the finished item will look like. For me, that’s a big plus.

If you have the skill level needed and want a good selection of patterns to pick from for your baby knits, then definitely consider taking a look at 60 Quick Baby Knits. For those with less experience, one nice point of this book is that you can have projects that will expand your skill level but are not a huge commitment since they are so small.

Beaded Pirate Power & Yarn Love - Episode 17

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast, amigurumi by Tammy on Wednesday 18 March 2015 at 12:43 pm

I have a new video podcast up. This is full of fun crafts from beaded pirate jewelry (to become fish extender gifts when I take a Disney cruise this summer) to adorable amigurumi (can never get enough). Plus, I give you little virtual tour of a yarn shop located in Florida, and oh, yes, there’s some knitting chatter too.



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Meet Mike the Monster & Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web, amigurumi by Tammy on Sunday 21 December 2014 at 12:49 pm

I have finished Mike the Monster! This is a free Fresh Stitches pattern, and I made this as a gift for one of my nephews. You can get an up close look at him in episode 9 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast.

After you watch my podcast, stop by some of these other crafting blogs for some creative ideas:

Carmi’s Art/Life World
This post features a resin bezels necklace that will out do any ugly sweater!

Peace Ornaments
Cherie makes ornaments for her family homemade ornament exchange.

Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees
Cute cupcake liner Christmas trees are everywhere. In learning to make them, Eileen developed some helpful techniques.

Beading Arts
Metal mesh ribbon holds so many possibilities for designing jewelry! Cyndi starts a new tutorial on Beading Arts.

Need a Hand!

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Friday 12 December 2014 at 9:58 am

Finally, the school semester is just about wrapped up. I have been cranking on grading all week. lots and lots and lots of grading! But, I uploaded all the grades last night, and now I can take a little break over the weekend and work on holiday gifts and other related tasks…like getting my Christmas cards mailed…something that I often wait too long to do.

Pictured are the parts and pieces so far of Mike the Monster, a free pattern from Freshstitches.com, and he is turning out soooo cute! If you have watched any recent episodes of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcasts , then you know that I have been slowly working on him to give as a gift to one of my  young nephews. I just have one more “hand” to finish, make the body and horns, and then stitch him all together.

One of my weekend goals is to finish this guy, and then I have another week of school stuff. There are no classes at this point, but I have meetings to go to, commencement to attend, and oh, right, I have to get everything set up for next semester. I like to get all my syllabi and class web sites set up before I check out officially for the holiday break. Otherwise, it continues to hang over me when I’m trying to relax, and by relax, you know me! That means lots of crafting!

Baby Soft Little Bunny

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Monday 20 October 2014 at 6:51 am



This little guy is made with Lion Brand’s Baby-Soft yarn in the pastel colorway using a size G hook. The pattern is Blair the Bunny from Fresh Stitches. Since this yarn is sport weight and the pattern calls for worsted weight, I went down a hook size from an H to a G. This will go in my donation to Craft Hope We are Kenya project 25. Now I just have to get this little guy wrapped up, along with some hats and scarves I made, and mail them all. If you want to see some of the other items I made for this donation effort, watch episode 6 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast.

Scrappy Dragon

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Sunday 19 October 2014 at 12:45 pm



This is the second dragon I’ve made using the Choose Your Own Dragon Adventure pattern from Fresh Stitches. Obviously, this guy was made using some of the leftover yarn from my first dragon plus other odds and ends I had around here.

With this guy, I opted to change the tail out, but otherwise, I followed the same design as the first. I think the other thinner tail is cuter, but with this larger tail, he can stand up on his own.




Both of the dragons will be up for sale at my college craft club’s fall boutique with proceeds going to charity.

Teddy Bear’s Scarf Done!

Blogged under amigurumi, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 21 September 2014 at 11:32 am



If you watched my latest podcast (episode 5), then you saw the start of this little knitted scarf. I’m not that fast of a knitter, so it felt like this took me forever, even though it’s really not that big. But now that it is done, it was so worth the time. I think he looks adorable with this addition, and now he fits in with the stegosaurus I made for my niece.

Spikey the Stegosaurus Done!

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Friday 12 September 2014 at 4:34 pm



Woot! I finished Spikey the Stegosaurus today! This is one of those amigurumi projects that is not really hard, but there are a lot of fiddly part and piece to it. The pattern is from FreshStitches.com (of course), and the yarn it Knit Pick’s Brava in the orange and cornflower colorways. The white yarn for the eyes is just some leftover white worsted I had around, and I cut out black felt circles and glued those on to the centers. This is going in a box full of goodies for my soon-to-be new momma niece.



Of course, like anything I make I can see a zillion imperfections in this guy, but generally, I’m pretty happy with him.



Now I have to figure out what the next amigurumi project will be!

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