Crochet Hook Video: Which Is the Best?

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Friday 27 March 2015 at 8:21 am

Whenever I teach crochet to someone, he/she always asks about what type of crochet hooks is the best to use. There is not one answer to that question, so I put together this video to discuss the various types of crochet hooks available and which is best to use depending on what you are making.

Follow My Knitting Snit!

Blogged under Crafty Videos, Fiber Fun, learning2knit by Tammy on Wednesday 24 December 2014 at 2:14 pm

Merry Christmas to everyone! I’m home for the next few days, enjoying time with family and, of course, crafting. More specifically, I’m working on my first knit in the round hat while I take a Craftsy class. It has been a little of a “knit snit” for me, but I’m determined!

I’m posting short videos on both my YouTube Channel and Instagram, so come follow me if you haven’t already and check out my progress! They have to be super short because I’m taping the videos on my phone and uploading them from there. Here is one of them below (but come follow and see the rest…I need support from my fellow crafters!)

Free Crochet Class

Blogged under Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Thursday 5 June 2014 at 2:30 pm

I’m taking a brief break from my Knit Lab Craftsy class while I finish up another baby afghan so decided to watch a new class I signed up for called “Amazing Crochet Textures.” It is a free class offered by Craftsy and is taught by Drew Emborsky (aka The Crochet Dude). The class includes five lessons (I’m about half way through them so far) and covers elements for creating textures with yarn stitches like the cables and post stitches. Like most classes from Craftsy, it centers around a project, so you actually make something while you learn various techniques. For this class, the project is a 34 x 42 inch afghan. Written and charted instructions are provided in a downloadable pdf file.

Drew is a wonderful instructor and gives very clear explanations and helpful tips as he goes through each part of the process. I like that this class is for someone that has a little crochet experience but is not necessarily an expert. I think you should be able to do chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet before taking this class, but that’s about all you need to know, and those are pretty simple stitches most beginners learn right away.

So other than it’s a great class, hey, this is a free class! Go sign up for it now, seriously! Did I saw it was free? Hopefully, we will see more of Drew on Craftsy as well as more crochet classes. I love that there are lots of knitting classes, but we crochters need more choices over there too.

Sprucing Up YouTube Channel

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Monday 30 December 2013 at 1:48 pm

I had to go with “Craft Princess” for my YouTube channel because it would not allow me to use “Crafty,” but hey, I have a channel, and it is growing. I have a smattering of craft videos I have made over there, and I hope to make more. I just finished getting it a little better organized. So take a look when you get a chance: Craft Princess YouTube Channel. I am checking into upgrading my video camera and basic video set up so I will have a tripod and a few extra bells and whistles. If you think of any craft topics you would like me to cover, let me know!

Looking at Yarn Sizes

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Saturday 28 December 2013 at 10:01 am

This is another video geared toward the newbie yarn crafter where I look at the different sizes or thicknesses of yarn and talk about a little about what they are typically used to make when knitting or crocheting. My video helper, Lola, was really interested in all the yarns spread out on the table, so I sound a little breathless since I finally had to put her in the other room while I filmed this quickly. She was not happy about that either!

Yarn Versus Crochet Hook Size

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Friday 6 December 2013 at 2:05 pm

My New YouTube Channel

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 5:39 pm

A few years ago, I uploaded some videos to, and more recently, I’ve been making more videos to show off some of the Thirty-One Gifts products I sell. I finally took some time and created an actual channel over there and fixed it up a little.

You’ll find a mix of crafts, pets, and bag/purse videos right now. I plan to make more of all three. They all three go together anyway, right? I’m still exploring the possibilities that having a YoutTube channel provides, but I’d happy for you all to take a look and feel free to give me some feedback: Tammy Powley YouTube Channel.

KNITFreedom Video Guide to Cast-Ons

Blogged under Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 11 May 2013 at 12:16 pm is one of the few places I have found on-line (or off line for that matter) where I have been able to actually learn how to knit from using the video based instructions. I started out first with the free ebook and then moved on to purchase one of the intermediate level ebooks later. Luckily, Liat is still at it as far as developing new ebooks for those looking for some knitting help, and her latest covers the multitude of ways you can cast on.  Here is the press lease for more information: Announces the Release of

The KNITFreedom Video Guide to Cast-Ons

New Online Video Guide Teaches Knitters the Top 38 Cast-Ons Needed For Mastery

PALO ALTO, CA, May 9 - KNITFreedom today announced the release of The KNITFreedom Video Guide to Cast-Ons, the first online video resource to truly give knitters an easy and convenient way to master the art of the cast-on.

“In talking with knitters who look for tutorials online, one thing that became very clear was that they were in serious need of a resource that would make it easy for them to know which cast-ons they could use for which projects, and how to do them correctly,” said Liat Gat, founder of “That’s what The KNITFreedom Video Guide to Cast-Ons was designed to address.”

Most knitters aren’t aware that there are over 50 ways to cast on for a project, and that the cast-on you choose can mean the difference between a garment that fits perfectly and one that’s unwearable. Many knitters want to learn new cast-ons but get frustrated looking them up on YouTube.

“The initial response to The KNITFreedom Video Guide to Cast-Ons has been even better than I expected,” continued Gat. “I think what is happening here is that knitters are drawn to some of the other benefits as well.”

For example, Gat said that many knitters were finding the extra tips about choosing and perfecting each cast-on an important added plus — a feature not available in any other online video resource. “I thought it was important, when creating The KNITFreedom Video Guide to Cast-Ons, to give even more than what people were asking for,” said Gat. “That’s why I didn’t stop with just making video demos of every cast-on out there. I really tried to cover all the bases.”

With The KNITFreedom Video Guide to Cast-Ons, knitters will now be able to:

understand which cast-on to choose and why
stop casting on too tight
fix dropped cast-on stitches
never run out of tail, and
do any number of popular cast-ons quickly and easily.

The KNITFreedom Video Guide to Cast-Ons will be on sale starting this Friday, May 10th. Signing up for the free KNITFreedom newsletter gives customers 30% off the product price.

About KNITFreedom

The KNITFreedom Video Guide to Cast-Ons is just the latest video guide from KNITFreedom. The company has also produced Become a Knitting Superstar and Learn to Knit Toe-Up Two-at-a-Time Socks, two step-by-step video courses that teach knitters the easiest and fastest ways to master Magic Loop, Continental knitting, and other popular techniques. Liat Gat creates HD video tutorials and classes on a wide range of knitting techniques, with over 200 free videos at Customers can order The KNITFreedom Video Guide to Cast-Ons by going to

Mr. Blue Bird

Blogged under Charity Crafting, Crafty Videos, amigurumi by Tammy on Thursday 27 December 2012 at 6:02 pm

After making Teddy 1.0, I decided to back up in the Craftsy class I’m taking and make the first project, which is the chunky blue bird.

Don’t you just want to squeeze this little guy? He was super fast to make and ended up being about six inches high. I did a few things differently on this amigurumi than I have done in the past. First, I stitched the single crochet stitches in the back loops instead of both loops. I’m more comfortable going through both, but since this is a bird, I thought I’d go with what is suggested in the class and stitch in the back loops because you end up with some texture. One result of doing this is that you end up being to count the rows much easier because they are much more noticeable. I think I’m a back loop convert, at least when it comes to softies.

Another change I made were the eyes. Safety eyes are “safe,” but they are best for children over 3 years old, and since I plan to donate most of my future toys, I won’t know how old the children are who receive them. I ended up cutting circles out of felt and gluing them on. I need to come up with a method to cut more precise felt circles, but other than that, I like the results.

Safety Eyes Video

Blogged under Crafty Videos, amigurumi by Tammy on Monday 10 December 2012 at 4:36 pm

When I make an amigurumi toy that I know for sure will be used by a child, I either embroider the eyes or I use safety eyes. I saw this video from Knit Picks on how to attach safety eyes, so I wanted to share.

Next Page »