Comparing Yarns for Hand Knit Toys

Finding the perfect yarns for hand knit toys can be challenging. In this post you will discover perfectly smooth yarns with beautiful stitch definition to gorgeous mohair blends for the perfect fuzzy toy. Check out this post for budget friendly to luxury recommendations and everything in between.

You guys.

Could there be anything more fun than comparing yarns for knitted toys?

I didn’t think so.

These days all I want to do is learn about yarn. I want to know everything about it, from sheep to skein and everything in between.

Recently I’ve been experimenting with new yarns and it has led me down a rabbit-hole of discovery and I’m not complaining one bit. Rabbits are good folk.

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Handmade Holiday Planner & Calendar [Free Printable]

Get your FREE Handmade Holiday Planner & Calendar sent straight to your inbox. You’ll find an all inclusive action plan to get yourself organized and excited about making handmade gifts for the holidays.

I’ve got good news and bad news.

I’m a bad-news-first sort of gal so I’m going to give that to you first.

The bad news is that we only have fifty-six days until Christmas.

But the good news is that we have fifty-six whole days until Christmas!

If you’re making handmade gifts for the holidays that’s plenty of time to get some presents knocked out. But one thing I know for sure is that you’re going to need a plan.

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A Girl’s Best Friend Hand-Knit Shawl Review [+Tips & Tricks]

A Girl’s Best Friend Shawl is a gorgeous pattern from Isabell Kraemer. You will find a full review, but more importantly tips and tricks for making your very own shawl.

I’m not a collector of yarn.

You would probably disagree with me if you saw my stash.

But stick with me for a moment while I explain.

99.99% of all the yarn I purchase is for a specific project(s). I find yarn I know I will use and then, when it goes on sale, I will buy quite a bit to “fill the larder” up, to use a cooking analogy.

I’m able to shop my own stash any time I’m ready to cast on something new.

But my last project broke all of my own carefully constructed rules.

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Super Simple Crochet Mask Lanyard {Video Tutorial}

After this ridiculously straightforward tutorial you will easily be able to make a simple crochet mask lanyard. With this adaptable pattern you can whip up mask straps for every member of your family, quickly and simply.

I lose stuff.

All kinds of stuff.

And during the pandemic of 2020 that wonderfully helpful trait of mine spilled over to face masks.

I spent loads of time on Etsy looking for super cute masks….because if we have to wear them I want them to at least look adorable.

Within a few weeks, that mask would go missing. It would simply walk out of my house never to be seen again. They are probably hiding out with the missing single socks.

After losing one of my favorite masks, (it was orange and had the literal cutest cat faces on it) I decided I was never going to let those suckers get away again.

I crocheted a super simple crochet mask lanyard and I knew I had to share it with you as well.

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Spooktacular Halloween Amigurumi Projects

Are you looking for the perfect spooky Halloween amigurumi project? Well, look no further. After this post you will find all the ghoulish crocheted toy inspiration you need.

When witches go riding, and black cats are seen. The moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween.

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

But I only like the cute, adorable Halloween traditions and decorations. I don’t like demons, scary ghosts, evil monsters, headless thingies, blood, gore, corpses, chain saws, hockey masks…. the list could go on and on.

I’m really just a big chicken and anything scary makes me want to run and hide under the covers all while worrying what might be lurking under my bed.

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#WhyIMake 2020

Remember back in January when our biggest goals were to lose fifteen pounds, use up our overflowing yarn stash and spend less time watching Instagram stories?

Yeah, me too.

The year 2020 started innocently enough, but it has been nothing but an emotional rollercoaster for the entire world.

During this “season of stress”, folks are turning to hobbies to help relieve some of that pent up anxiety and energy.

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Hand-Dyed Yarn for Handmade Toys

Using hand-dyed yarn for handmade toys is a true gift. After reading this post you will not only fall in love with Timbercreek Farm, but find that hand-dyed yarn doesn’t have to bust the budget. I’m also sharing some yarny gifts all the way from Holland and a new Nativity Crochet-a-Long from Crochet To Play.

I was having a particularly tough day last month. Missing my son who had left for college and feeling weary from everything 2020 has thrown at us all.

I was surprised to find not one, but TWO packages sitting on my front porch.

I was expecting the one from a farm in Maryland, but the other had traveled all the way from Holland and was a total surprise.

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Vintage Style Crochet Projects

Vintage Style Crochet Projects is a must-have book containing thirty-two beautiful patterns. Each project is vintage inspired and pays homage to a simpler time.

I grew up in a family that appreciated vintage things, from beautiful antiques to rusted old farm tools.

While I inherited many of these beautiful treasures, I also grew to love the ways in which people made these items many years ago.

Care was given to each and every detail. No corner was cut. It’s the reason why we still have these lovely pieces, they were made to last.

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Knitted Toy Accessories & What I’m Loving Now

Knitting Little Cotton Rabbits patterns just got a little better. Julie Williams has done it again and created a new collection of knitted toy accessories for all of us addicted to bunny-knitting.

The new knitted toy bags, baskets and backpacks from Little Cotton Rabbits are the hottest new accessories for all fashionable bunnies.

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What is Amigurumi? [Resources & Video]

What is amigurumi, you ask? It is the art of crocheting and knitting toys. Pretty simple. But there’s a lot more to making handmade toys and I hope you’ll stick around to find out.

Amigurumi has been gaining a lot of new fans recently. This comes as no surprise to me.

With all of the adorable patterns and gorgeous yarns, why wouldn’t you want to crochet or knit amigurumi toys?

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