1st Mitered Squares to Share

Blogged under crochet and knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Sunday 1 March 2015 at 12:49 pm

The cooler weather has gotten me into an afghan making mood, so I have been mulling over a few project ideas. Though I told myself that I was not going to make anything with a lot of squares that would be too fiddly to put together, well, I totally caved when I saw the free pattern called Knitted Patchwork Recipe. I love the idea that this is portable, uses up scraps, and is easy to do. Obviously, this is a long (long, long) term project, but it is perfect for working on in between other crafting projects I always have going on.


The pattern suggests using leftover sock yarn and size 2.75mm (US 2) knitting needles. However, I don’t have a huge amount of sock yarn scraps. I do, though, have a fair amount of sport weight yarn and light worsted, so I will be using those scraps along with a US 5 needle (again, using what I already have).

When I made my very first square, I was baffled at how this was going to be a square when I finished it. I stopped and restarted a few times, and then I just decided to trust the pattern, and of course, it worked. I had my first mitered square, which lead to my second very quickly.




And….now I’m on to my third….I really have other projects I want to work on, but these little squares are so addicting. It’s hard for me to stop. Mine are turning out to be about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. My husband asked me how many I will make and how big the afghan will be. I told him I don’t know. He was kind of incredulous, but like I said, this is long term. I may need a 100 or I may not a 1,000. Who knows!? This could turn into a king size blanket or a placement.

Scrap Cat in Progress

Blogged under Projects in Progress, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 26 January 2015 at 11:25 am

I have an accumulation of yarn scraps piling up, and I need to get on making some stuffed toys for the club’s boutique that will be held in a month or so. My thoughts were, then, to figure out a way to combine the scraps into at least one or two toys.

As I was browsing through my collection of amigurmi and toy patterns, I found an adorable cat on the Little Woollie blog that I had downloaded some time ago. As the blogger admits in her description of this project, her “pattern” is sketchy, but I am figuring out, attempting to re-engineer it as necessary, starting with the square, which I could never find the size it should be. I’m going with about 6 inches, and instead of doing a granny type square (because the stuffing would come out), I’m going with a simple single crochet square using an assortment of brightly colored yarn scraps. (And, yes, that is a Younique makeup bag in the background, which I have discovered hold small balls of yarn perfectly for a project like this.)


I have one side finished and have started side number two. I’m not sure how I’m feeling about the ears at this point. Again, the original instructions were kind of…um…not easy for me to follow, so I ended up just making a row of single crochet and then stitching two stitches together on each end of a section to help create a kind of triangular shape.

I will keep you posted on my progress, and of course, I will show my work as I go and hopefully finish soon through my video podcast.

TinyKnit Pattern Donation Giveaway Thank You

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 25 January 2015 at 5:32 pm

I have mentioned this a few podcasts, but I wanted to give another shout out and thank you to Linda Browning of TinyKnit.com for offering up one of her knitting patterns as a prize in my January 2015 Giveaway.

For information on how you can enter to win this or a number of other wonderful crafting prizes, read the full details at this link. Along with this great prize for one lucky knitter, other crafters will have a change to win all types of crafting supplies.

Hurry up and enter if you haven’t already. There is only 1 week left of this month!

Visit + Revisit Craft-Along

Blogged under Crafts from the Past, Design Ideas, Fiber Fun, Jewelry Designing, My Crafty News, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 16 January 2015 at 12:35 pm

I am very excited to announce our first craft-along for the Crafty Princess Diaries Blog/Podcast group on Ravelry. It starton on 1/15/15 and end on 2/28/15.

Ravelry group members are invited to “revisit” a previous craft they have tried before and stopped doing for whatever reason and/or “visit” a new craft or project they have never tried before. For example, if you used to spin but haven’t for years, “revisit” it by picking up the roving again and give it a go. If you have been thinking of trying a new craft, like cross stitch, “visit” it by trying it for the first time.

The official thread for the craft-along is linked here, and we have a chatter thread as well.  Participants will start their own post in the official thread and share what they are planning, working on, and how their “revisit” or “visit” is generally going.

Post pictures! Tell us what inspired you. Journal your experiences with us. Keep adding to your own post in the thread as we craft-along together throughout the rest of this month and February 2015 as well.
Finished objects are not required. In this craft-along it’s the process, not the product, that we will be sharing!

I will randomly pick someone at the end of the craft-along who will win a $5 Ravelry giftable pattern.

Works in Progress!

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 17 October 2014 at 12:05 pm



I have a number of yarn projects going on, and each is in various stages. The dragon is “this close” to being finished. Fingers crossed, I finish him up this weekend. As you can see, unlike the previous dragon I made, this guy is made with all kinds of yarn leftovers.

In the center is another Blair the Bunny. This one is going to be on the smaller side than many of the previous bunnies I’ve made because I’m using sport-weight yarn and a G hook.

Finally, as I mentioned in episode 6 of the bi-weekly podcast, I started up another knitted scarf. I am using some yummy super soft baby alpaca yarn in a light purple colorway. I’m kind of just winging it, doing mostly knit stitch with the occasional purl thrown in here and there. Of course, I dropped a stitch a few rows back, so now I need to figure out if I’m going to press on or attempt to fix it. I’m leaning towards fixing it because this scarf will probably be a holiday gift for someone.

Three projects is a good number for me. I know it may seem to a non-crafter that I may not be focused, but each project has its purpose as far as when it is a good time to work on it or when it is travel-sized or not. For seasoned crafters, three projects is really a small number of WIPs!

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.

Racing to Destash!

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at 3:10 pm



Woot! Another project done and more yardage is finished for Destash 2014! I now have 106 yards to go to reach my 5k goal. Tomorrow is the deadline. I just have to figure out what to work on next. I’m in the mood to knit, but I am not that fast so don’t know if I’ll manage to finish my current knitting project, a basket weave scarf.



Aqua Snuggle

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 26 July 2014 at 3:09 pm



I’m continuing on my Destash quest, and this is another cat snuggle. It was made with a skein of Bernat Softee Baby in the Aqua colorway, the last one of a few I had purchased. I don’t remember what my original plans where. I think I just got these really inexpensively and was thinking it might be a future baby afghan, but it is now going to keep my cat babies comfortable.  I have 601 yards to go to reach my destash goal, and the deadline is 8/7. Will I make it? Hmmm….what is my next destash project going to be? Maybe a teddy bear?

Cat Snuggles = Destash!

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 5 July 2014 at 3:20 pm

I always like to have at least one no-brainer crochet/knitting project going on that I can do while watching TV or sitting in a work meeting. While I have made lots of snuggle blankets for local animal shelters, it has been awhile since I have made any for my own cat crew. So as a way to help with my summer destash goals, I’m making snuggles for my furry girls and boy. This is a great way to use up some of those orphan skeins that are left over from projects.

The first one I made from a yummy and now discontinued yarn, Caron’s Spa yarn. Chanel had to test it out about 5 seconds after I put it in one of her favorite hang out boxes.




My second cat crew snuggle is made from some other discontinued yarn. This is Bernat Baby Softee in Tangerine and Aqua that I held together.



I’m participating in The Knit Girllls’ 2014 Destash, and I just have 996 yards to go to make the 5k challenge!

Bright Star Baby Afghan Done!

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 28 June 2014 at 8:14 am



The second baby afghan for my niece is done! Loving the ripple pattern still. Plus I had enough leftover yarn to make a matching hat. I lighting is making the turquoise look green, but it is definitely turquoise. This hat uses Mari’s Baby Hat pattern. I will probably attempt a few more hats. This is a very fast one, so that’s why I used it since I was on a time crunch, but it has a seam, which I’m not overly thrilled about.



I added the total yardage to Stash Dash 2014. I have completed a total of 3482 yards towards the 5k required (5468 yards). That means I have 1986 yards to go!

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