Yarn Score!

Blogged under Crafty Products, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 9 May 2016 at 12:20 pm

I visited my fav yarn shop again. The last time I was there was back in February. I picked up some yummy yarn, which I show in this video, and I also gifted some earrings to the gals in the shop as part of my Random Act of Jewelry.



No Brainer Crochet Afghan Designing

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 8:49 am

Years ago before I eventually learned how to read crochet patterns, most of my crochet was freestyle, which included lots of afghans. I knew Granny Square, of course, and I knew various stitches that I had picked up here and there. I would simply pick up a skein of yarn and hook and go at it, and that means repeating a stitch or stitch pattern over and over until I had an afghan. I made lots of rectangles, as in afghans and scarves.

I finally managed to get the hang of following patterns, which opened up a new world of crochet to me, such as amigurumi. However, returning to my freestyle crochet and designing on the fly is still something I enjoy doing, and it really is pretty easy if you know a few stitches or can follow basic instructions from a stitch dictionary. One of my favorite crochet stitch dictionaries is Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet (Leisure Arts #15906) (Donna Kooler’s Series). It includes written as well as diagram instructions, so between the two of them, I can usually come up with something.


I have a few relatives expecting babies in the coming months, and that means I get to make baby items for them. Baby afghans are a must, so after picking up this massive skein of yarn, in the Country Pink colorway, I cracked open my dictionary and experimented with a few different stitches before deciding on a shell stitch.


While I think a good crochet stitch dictionary is a good investment, you can also find similar information online at various sites for free, such as the Lion Brand web site.


Knit Shawl Vlog

Blogged under Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 6:24 am

As I continue to learn how to knit, I’m finding I really enjoy simple garter stitch designs. Here’s an update on my latest knitting progress.

Knit Sweet Pea Hat Pattern Review

Blogged under Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Sunday 27 March 2016 at 8:50 am

During one of the Craftsy classes I took, I learned to make the Sweet Pea hat, which was one of the patterns included with the class.



Amigurumi Bunny Pattern Review

Blogged under amigurumi, crochet and knitting, crochet jewelry by Tammy on Thursday 10 March 2016 at 7:05 am


Video: Wooden Knitting Needle Review

Blogged under Crafty Products, Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 11 January 2016 at 5:26 pm

I take a look at a few different types of wooden interchangeable knitting needle sets available from Knit Picks in this video review.



Hibernating Knit Shawl Back on the Needles

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 29 November 2015 at 1:23 pm

I’ve been in the mood to knit lately, so I picked up a simple garter stitch shawl that I put in hibernation awhile ago. My newest doll, Ella, of course had to help. I’m using sock yarn that came in mini-skeins, a set of 5 skeins, that I purchased awhile ago from Leading Men Fibers. This is actually take-two of this shawl project after the first attempt had a short and disastrous run-in with Little Dude.

We had a very brief “cold spell” down here in South Florida recently, all the way down to the 60s, so that reminded me that in a month or so, we may actually get cold enough for me to pull out my knitwear. Maybe by then, this will be done.

Do you have anything on the needles for your to enjoy during the cool weather?



Video: Yarn Craft Book Review: 101 Socks

Blogged under Crafty Videos, Good Books, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 29 November 2015 at 10:13 am


Video: Crochet Edge Book Review

Blogged under Good Books, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 15 November 2015 at 5:45 am



Mini Crochet Projects

Blogged under crochet and knitting, dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Thursday 29 October 2015 at 1:26 pm

I discovered a great way to use up very small amounts of yarn - doll hats, scarves, and dresses. I’ve posted these for sale on a few doll Facebook groups I’m on, and at some point I may post them on my Etsy shop too. Amber is my current crochet clothing model.


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