Beginner Amigurumi Tutorial

Are you ready for the easiest amigurumi pattern ever? My beginner amigurumi tutorial will walk you through each step so you can crochet this adorable Candy Corn Family in no time flat.

Mwahahahahah!!!!! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I love all the scary things! The witches, the chainsaws, the candy corn……wait, what? You don’t find candy corn scary? What about a family of candy corns? No? That’s not scary either?

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Knitted Toy Pattern Review

I’m sharing the good and the not so good in my knitted toy pattern review. No doubt, JetKat’s bunny is adorable, but is the pattern worth the price? Find out more in my review.

I ventured a bit out of my comfort zone this week. Not only did I knit a tiny toy on double point needles, but we rescued a sweet little kitten (more on that later). Typically I stick to projects I’m comfortable with but, I had a hankering to challenge myself a bit. Me thinks it paid off.

Last month Suzy Marie Knits began sharing these quirky little bunnies on her Instagram feed. I had never seen them before and they were so different from the bunnies she normally knits. When I clicked on the link to the designer I stepped into an enchanted little world of bunnies, raccoons, mice, and twinkling lights.

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Amigurumi Yarn Recommendations

Choose the correct yarn for your next amigurumi project like a boss. Not all yarns work well for toy making. In Amigurumi Yarn Recommendations I guide you through five simple steps that will enable you to choose the right yarn for the right project every time.

Truth bomb coming at you….there is no best yarn for crocheting amigurumi. Now that’s not to say there aren’t yarns that are better suited for crocheting toys, because there certainly are. Think of me as your friendly neighborhood crochet addict who loves sharing my amigurumi yarn recommendations.

Choosing the correct yarn for the project is one of the most important decisions you are going to make. I cannot stress that enough. The right yarn can make or break your project.

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How to Become a Certified Crochet Instructor

Becoming a Certified Crochet Instructor takes time and effort, but it is totally worth it. In this post I share the details of my journey, why you might want to enroll, and the costs involved.

Nothing will impress your friends and family more than becoming a Certified Crochet Instructor. The letters CCI after your name will let everyone know that you are kicking booty and taking names. The sacrifices, the blood, the sweat, and the tears you will shed in order to accomplish this goal are worth it, my friend.

Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating just a teeny tiny bit. Rest assured that this course does require effort, but no blood will need to be shed. There might be a few tears, but that will only come once you see your name in script on your gorgeous certificate from the Craft Yarn Council.

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Crafting Through the Crud

Staying creative during stressful times is important and finding the right project for the situation is essential. I’m sharing my recent experiences, how crafting through the crud helped, and how you can do the same.

Boy howdy, September has been one cruddy month. Just so we are all on the same page here’s the technical and highly refined definition of this slang term…

CRUD

One of the most useful words used for ‘Crap’. Kids use it so the high-strung parents won’t throw a fit.
CRUD! My gerbil just ate my term paper!” 
“What the crud is going on?” 
“This is just crudtacular.”

The Urban Dictionary

Crudtacular is now my favorite word ever.

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Knitting Toys 101: Decreases & Norwegian Colorwork

Continuing the Knitting Toys 101 series we are now learning about the common decreases you may encounter in knitted toy patterns. I’m also sharing my favorite two new knitting books. Finally I am comparing the first fox I made to my current one, proving that practice makes better (not perfect).

Apple Picking

I have a new weekend mantra around my house and it goes a little something like this:

Get stuff done. Have some fun

Me

I needed to enact this new policy because a certain man that I married has a tendency to forget to have a good time. For this weekend’s mandatory fun activity we went to the mountains and picked apples! I can hear my grandaddy’s voice in my head now! “Why in the world would you pay someone your hard earned money to pick THEIR apples?” He also loved using the word “behoove”, no one ever uses that word anymore.

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Knitting Toys 101: Increases & Autumn Acorns

There are two common types of knitting increases that you are likely to encounter when knitting toys, M1L and KLL. In this post I will show you how to do both of these and share my Autumn Acorns Dress colorwork chart. Finally I am announcing the new local maker group my friend and I have started!

Knitting Increases

Knitting increases used to scare me…a lot. I’m not really sure why. It sort of reminds me of when I was a kid and was totally convinced that something lived under my bed. The weird thing was, I was only scared of that invisible creature at night. During the day I was happy to coexist in mutual harmony, but by night I was sure the thing wanted to eat me alive.

Knitting had that effect on me. I was really and truly afraid of making mistakes. It felt like the world was going to end. Now I’m more comfortable with the process and even committing those dreaded errors.

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Favorite Fall Crochet & Knitting Projects

Fall is the perfect time for crochet and knitting projects. I have been scouring Pinterest in search of adorable autumn patterns and it did not disappoint, from plaid pumpkins to precious pigs and everything in between.

Fall Crochet and Knitting Projects

I am ALL about fall, y’all!! Unfortunately the weather and Starbucks aren’t quite in the same frame of mind. I tried to order a Pumpkin Spice Latte, iced of course, and felt incredibly disappointed when they informed me that they don’t have them yet. What???? Why???? Yes, I know it’s only August and that it’s 90 degrees with 50% humidity. But I’m ready for crisp windy days, colorful cascading leaves, and everything pumpkin spice.

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Knitting Toys 101: How to Knit & Purl

Knit and purl are the two foundational knitting stitches. You will need to learn them both to be able to knit adorable toys. But first we are going to make a pit stop for a little encouragement. Afterwards we will peek at my newly organized yarn. And finally I will share the teeny tiny vintage hangers I found at my local antique mall.

A Little Note of Encouragement

I hope you’re enjoying working on your cable cast on and that you’re finding it fairly simple to do. But this little note is for those of you who may be reading this and knitting is not coming so easily. Maybe you’re feeling frustrated and disappointed. Your hands aren’t cooperating. The videos don’t make sense. You just want to give up.

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Knitting Toys 101: Cable Cast On and Blocking

The cable cast on is a fundamental skill that you will need to master to hand knit toys. Today I’m going to show you how to do it and share a little about the importance of blocking!

Conversation with a Bunny

Bunny: So there’s a rumor going around that you want to learn how to make me.

You: Who told you that? Wait…you can talk?

Bunny: Of course I can talk! You think I’m just some dumb animal? I also heard that you think knitting toys is too hard.

You: Well that’s definitely true. It looks so complicated.

Bunny: It’s not complicated, but there are skills you need to learn. By the way, you got any carrots?

It is a well known fact that bunnies have very short attention spans so I think I’ll take over from here.

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