First: Hi! I hope you had a nice Easter weekend. We were on the go Friday through Sunday. I was completely exhausted by the end (also fighting some sort of sick that made things harder/more dramatic than they needed to be), but we had a great weekend!
Second: Come check out the blog’s new look! I actually put it up a while ago, but hadn’t officially “announced” it yet. I de-cluttered the sidebars a bit and composed an actual page with all my patterns and/or tutorials! Check THAT out, here: PATTERNS & DIY.
Third: Here are three posts I have written for the Craftsy blog recently. I’ve begun to write a few more crochet pieces. It was my first love and I’m always happy to share it!
Make an Everlasting Rose: A Crochet Tutorial (GREAT for Mother’s Day!)
4 Decorative Crochet Stitches for You to Try!
A Guide to Garter Stitch: All You Need to Know
One of my very favorite things about writing for the Craftsy blog is designing the title image. Ha!
I got the urge to make something cute, the other day. I remembered I put away a big box of Easter eggs and what’s cuter than amigurumi? Let’s make some bunny eggs! But wait…where did I pack them up? Apparently NOT where I thought. After looking for the box for about an hour, I had them in my hands.
Last year, I posted the Amigurumi Bunny Egg pattern. It’s made with worsted weight yarn and a 3.75mm (US F) hook. I wanted to make a smaller egg, so I used some Lion Brand Bonbons (affiliate link) and adjusted my hook size down to a 2.75mm (US C). I had to add at least 2 rounds to each part, but the rest of the pattern worked well with these changes!
How cute is that mini egg? My kiddo already claimed it. As you can see, I’m STILL trying to figure out how to embroider the face nicely. All my bunnies look different!
I love that these eggs are fill-able. I can put candy in them and hide them during out egg hunt!
Are you crafting for Easter? Tell me about your projects! Links to blogs, if ya have ‘em. I want to browse, this weekend!
How come no one told me there was such a thing as granny square quilts? Like, the legit sewn kind! I really wanted a Craftsy t-shirt the week before my birthday, so I naturally ended up in their sale section. I found the shirt and I found some mini-charm packs for two bucks. I snagged a few packs (ok, it was seven) and then I realized I had no idea what sort of quilt I could make with them. I turned to Google and the first that caught my eye was this granny square quilt block tutorial. Isn’t it lovely?!
My birthday date with my husband included a stop at JoAnn where I procured the solid fabric I would need to complete my granny squares. I spent the weekend cutting 260 (!!!) little squares. Tedious, yes, but I was (am) so excited about this quilt, I didn’t mind! I also took some time out of my weekend to start planning the blocks.
I counted up my squares by color and figured out how many blocks I would be able to get. 260 solid squares will fill my 20 blocks, but I have enough leftover from my mini charm packs to get to over 25. I’ll asses whether I need those once I get these 20 made. I want a decent sized quilt, so I just may need to cut up the rest of my gray fabric (Kona cotton in coal).
When I make a square, I put it in a little cubby I have next to my desk, so it was nice to bring them all out to photograph. I have 11 made already! I haven’t sewn since Sunday, so I hope I can finish up these 20 by the end of the week. Then I’ll get to the hard part of making sure they’re all exactly the same size and figuring out how to sash them. Let’s not even talk about how I plan to actually QUILT this baby. I have been researching this in my free time. I could send it off? Quilt by hand? Figure out how to quilt with my machine? Ah! so many options.
I love this machine.
Since the last time I posted about Craftsy, I have written quite a few posts for their knitting blog. I tend to average about one a week, though February was a big month and I wrote seven. A few of the posts are round-ups, which start with a topic and then evolve into a round-up of interesting/related patterns from the Craftsy community. You can find my profile here, which includes links to ALL my posts. I thought I’d share my top 10:
I-cord Bind Off Instructions & Tutorial
Designing & Knitting with Eyelets
+Beginner Lace Knitting: Tips for Getting Started
+Explore the Different Types of Lace Knitting Stitches
Kitchener Stitch Tutorial
Long Tail Cast-on Tutorial
What is Continental Knitting?
Knitting & Recycling: how to knit a custom cup cozy
How to Knit Bobbles
Falling in Love with Linen Stitch
As you can see, I have a tendency to post beginner tutorials. I love spreading the joy of knitting to those who might feel a little intimidated by the process. I know that when I started knitting, I thought it was boring as hell. I could not get into it! I hope that these posts on Craftsy will help new knitters discover techniques and skills to enjoy knitting more.
So, my husband just won the “best birthday present ever” award. Once I got it out and set up, my first thought was, “I should blog this.” REALLY. I have been so bad at blogging, it isn’t even funny. I still knit and crochet and make stuff, but I don’t reach for my camera like I used to. I don’t know if I’ve fallen out of love with blogging or photography or both. I want to get back into regularly sharing, though. I wrote 7 posts for the Craftsy blog, last month! 7! I will make a massive Craftsy link-up in a bit. Today, I just want to sigh and ooooogle at this baby.
WHAT A BEAST!! I am in love. I sew a few times a year on a second-hand machine my aunt gave me 7 years ago. I’ve made a few sock monkeys and bibs and blankets, but I never got to experience opening my own brand new machine. The one my aunt gave me just up and broke in the middle of a project (I troubleshooted and tried to fix it myself, but I think it needs a pro to look at it), so my husband told me not to worry about it and a week later, this was sitting on my door step. Kind of funny that it was sent with just a shipping label on the box, so there was no way it could be a true surprise for my birthday. ha! My mom gave me the desk it’s sitting on. A totally crafty birthday! I’m hitting up the fabric store, this evening, for some bits to make a quilt.
I hope a lot of you have stuck around to hear my crafty adventures. I love sharing and hopefully you can keep me accountable and I won’t end up with a half-made quilt that sits on my desk for a year.