Posts Tagged ‘Crochet’

Web of Yarn Wednesday:

November 18, 2009

Before I go into this, I want to apologize for missing a couple of days. You never realize how far down a bad cold can bring you until it happens. Now that I have some of my energy back though, I return you to your regularly scheduled programming. is a site I came across only recently. It has beginner and advanced knitting tips, a “Happy Hookers” section with crochet tips, and even articles on different yarns, and everyone’s favorite: free patterns!

The patterns and articles can be submitted by anyone, so please, share your pearls of wisdom with the world. (I spend way too much time knitting – I almost spelled it ‘purls.’)



Web of Yarn Wednesday: Pepperberry Crochet

November 11, 2009

Okay, so after Planet Purl this morning, I wanted to showcase a more crochet-oriented blog, and this site is certainly that!

Pepperberry Crochet is a blog written by a great crochet designer and enthusiast. She is also creating her own list of Crochet blogs at the moment, and this one is there! Yay!

So, if you care to, go help her out and suggest some other lovely crochet blogs for her to list. While you’re there remember to check out her adorable amigurumi projects.

Monday Evening Magazine Review: Crochet Uncut

November 9, 2009

Going with the e-zine theme, I wanted to go over my favorite online crochet magazine, Crochet Uncut.

**Quick note about this morning’s post, apparently the current issue of Knotions is also the last issue. Thank you Sunset Cat!**

Honestly, I found Knotions after I went looking for the equivalent of Crochet Uncut- a fun, fairly small zine with a great sense of style.

So the Fall 09 issue of Crochet Uncut features…..


an adorable puppy!

And a turtle toy, but what toy can compete with that face?

Even more than the patterns, (which I do love) what I really love about this zine are the articles. There is one about, of all things, neck pain! Personally, I have definitely known some major neck issues after a marathon crochet session, so I read this carefully.

There is also a great review on Bijou Basin Ranch yarn. It’s made extra special because of an element often missing from product reivews- price! It is not a cheap yarn, but I agree with the writer that sometimes the splurge is so worth it.

Okay, I won’t go through the articles one by one, but these are just a few of the good ones, you have to go to Crochet Uncut’s site to check them all out.

In the patterns I found a lot of neckwear from very elegant, to a self-proclaimed “wacky” scarf. (If wacky=seriously cute, then I agree.) I’m a big fan of crocheted neckwear, but what really caught my eye was a cotton lunch tote and a pair of mittens.

lunch thingmittens

Here are the lunch tote and mittens, respectively (in case you were confused!)

The lunch tote is made to fit a specific tupperware type container and is made out of basic cotton. Doesn’t it look so much more fun than your basic brown bag? Better for the environment too! Though if you pack your lunch in there, make sure you bring enough to share, because everyone’s going to want to see what you have.

The mittens are designed by Darlisa Riggs, out of Bijou Basin Ranch yarn! Darlisa also wrote the review of the yarn. (Perfect proof that she knows what she’s talking about!)

The mittens are a really clever design with little “snow” stitches on them, and they would be a great christmas/holiday gift!

My rating:5-BOYWell, really. Did you expect anything different?

Web of Yarn (the late edition):

November 4, 2009

Okay, so the reason that I chose should be self-evident. I mean, really, who doesn’t like free patterns. This site has free patterns for knitting, crochet, sewing, cross-stitch, quilting and more!

Sooo…. who else is up to storming this site like a castle and raiding anything wonderful, weird and… I can’t think of another w.

Okay, have fun storming the castle!

Web of Yarn:

November 4, 2009

So in honor of the first week of NaNoWriMo – in which I am terribly behind by the way, I wanted to talk about is a “social publishing company” which means that you can publish just about anything you want and share it with the world.

This makes it a great resource for all sorts of different information. In relation to knitting and crochet in particular, if you search either term, you’ll see that there are more than 1000 entries for each. Everything from patterns to tutorials to sample pages of published books come up. Some e-books are also available, but for a price.

Scribd also has a community element, and you can subscribe to different groups and find people who share like interests.

I have only begun to scratch the surface of and I think the same is true for many people.

So go on, check it out! I promise you’ll find something you like. Besides, books are the next best thing to yarn!

Friday: Fiber History

October 30, 2009

First let me thank everyone who has commented with a suggestion about a fiber artist so far. My first few e-mails will be going out today.

Because I want to kick start the Friday Fiber Artist collectively, today will be dedicated to Fiber History. (Because, well, why not?)

I have been knee deep in Victorian historical research for the past week. In that vein I wanted to give you a couple of Victorian patterns that I have come across (and admired.)

First the Princess Crocheted Workbag. Not only is it gorgeous, but Mary Schlueter also provided translation, making the pattern workable from a modern day American perspective.

princess crochet bag

Doesn’t it look incredibly intricate? The instructions aren’t terribly complicated, and now I have a serious case of bag-envy. That seems to be a natural state for me though.

Second, from the same site: Infant’s Knitted Bootee . Unfortunately there is no gauge or yarn or needle size but hey, that just adds to the adventure!

Looking at them though, I wonder if it wasn’t done with sewing thread, because these look like terribly intricate booties to fit on a infant foot. Hmmm. Betcha if you use worsted weight and sz 5’s you could make an “Adult’s Knitted Bootee”


Thursday Twitter

October 29, 2009

SisterDiane I like this method for joining granny squares. Pretty! (via Carina’s Craftblog)

I have to agree with sister Diane…and I do believe a granny square afghan is on my “to do for christmas” list


P.S. Raise your hand if you love the colors!! I know my hand is up.

Another addition to the daily blog route. Okay, I’m making a blog page for easy access to links. Now I just have to find out how Lars  has the “last updated” on his blogroll…

Weekday Deals, Steals & Giveaways

August 18, 2009

Hello everyone, I’m sorry I’ve been a complete jerk about posting for the last week, between being sick, having broken internet, and waaayy too much stuff going on people-wise, I’ve barely had time to turn around. As you can see, the internet is back on and even fairly reliable, and I am feeling better (no longer achy and exhausted 24/7 -yay!!)

So back on track and here are the steals, deals & giveaways:

The Loopy Ewe is having sales between now and Friday (8/21) at midnight

20% off all Cherry Tree Hill yarns

20% off all Heartstrings patterns

20% off all GoKnit bags

There is also a contest on their blog post a chance to win at least 3 skeins of yarn and 3 accessories.


Simply Socks Yarn Co is having an amazing sale – 33% off all Schafer Anne Yarns! That is $27 down to $17.80. That includes the ‘Memorable Knitter’s’ colorways.

Wendy D. Johnson is offering a WendyKnits pattern of the winner’s choice to 5 people who help her come up with a comprehensive list of movies with states names in the title! is hosting a giveaway for and gave us a heads up- use coupon code “FELTING854” to get 10% off on you eKnittingNeedles order and any order over $15 has free shipping. (Don’t worry fellow crocheters- they sell crochet hooks too!) is having a 1/2 price sale in order to get rid of her beautiful, lovely stitch markers before she moves. Let’s help her out! 🙂

Get ready for Stop 10 of the Summer Blogocation(tm)!

Monday Magazine Review: Crochet Today

August 10, 2009

crochet cover

Crochet Today September/October 2009

Women’s: upcycled tee (collar embellishments), 1 tunic, 1 capelet, 1 beret,

Household/ Decor: 2 can covers, acorn boxes, 3 dish cloths, an eco tote, 3 river rock decorative covers, 2 afghans,

Back to school: 1 amigurumi clock (on cover), 1 large triangle scarf (otherwise called a shawl), kids cardigan, kids vest, pencil case

Halloween: Ghoul candy bag (by Monster Crochet’s LadyLinoleum!), 1 mask and 2 mustaches, 1 halloween baby blanket. 2 halloween kids hats

Total count: 26

That’s a pretty good count from a cover that only says “20+” 

There were a few articles as well, actually, there were 4. As always I would have preferred more, especially as total article page count is 5 minus the ad space. They were all quality articles however. My favorite is “It’s Easy Being Green: Learn how to be kind to our environment, one crochet stitch at a time!” There are a bunch of neat tips in this article.

My rating:5-BOYThe combination of quantity and quality make this issue superb!

Happy Stitching!

Friday Fiber Artist: Ana Paula Rimoli

August 7, 2009

ana paula

Ana Paula Rimoli is a fabulou crocheter who specializes in Amigurumi (a Japanese style of crocheting small toys which more directly translates to  ‘cute animals’)

She has written 2 books about it: Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet and Amigurumi Two: Crocheted Toys for Me and You and Baby Too

ana casitas

Ana Paula Rocks!! (just in case you were curious)

ana tree

I saw an interview with her on Knit & Crochet Today where she told the story of how she got started. The gist was that she started crocheting toys when she was pregnant with her first child, Oli (who is now 5) and found this Japanese style toy to her liking.

After designing and crocheting for 9 months she realized that she had far more toys than she could ever use, so she decided to sell them on etsy.  Her toys became such a big success on etsy that she ended up writing a book… and then another; voila, a legend is born.

Her blog, though it hasn’t been updated in a while is also a lot of fun to check out, and best of all it has a whole bunch of free patterns!

ana momma and baby