Handmade Toys for Christmas

This season is all about handmade toys for Christmas. It took months of planning and focus. But don’t be fooled into thinking I’m an elf stuck in Santa’s sweatshop. To make up for all the work I put into this year’s gifts, I outsourced a lot of other things I traditionally do. I am also sharing a fun handmade fail from Christmas past.

This is the Christmas I will tell my grandchildren about. I will likely embellish the story a bit. The tale will go a little something like this:

Dear sweet little grandchildren, way back in 2019 I orchestrated a most glorious handmade Christmas (now by this point in my life I will have an English accent). I went out into the rolling hills and found a pristine lamb. It graciously offered me its wool knowing the honorable way it would be used. After shearing the sweet little sheep, I spun the wool and knitted up hundreds of handmade toys for Christmas for everyone in our quaint little village.

Can you imagine their delight at my story? No? Neither can I. They will most likely respond with, “Grandma, you’re telling lies.” At that point I will abandon my storytelling and grab a spiked eggnog.

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Must Have Amigurumi Books

Amigurumi books are a steal. If you take into consideration the price of individual patterns on Ravelry and Etsy, books are a bargain. I’m sharing my favorite, must have amigurumi books that every enthusiast should have in their library.

I love books. There is something special about holding them in your hands and flipping back and forth through their pages. I like the way they smell and how they fit in your hands. My amigurumi books are written in, have smudges on the pages and are well worn. To me, that’s a sign of a good book. It looks used. It reminds me of my favorite cookbooks that are covered in sauce stains and dog ears.

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Yarn Giveaway!

Who loves a giveaway? Meeeeeeee!! I am teaming up with Love Crafts Knitting to give one lucky winner 5 balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn! Eeeeeeek!! I am so excited, if you can’t tell! The yarn giveaway will run December 9 – 15th, 2019. The winner will be randomly selected, is open worldwide, and is in no way affiliated with Instagram or YouTube.

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Craft Room Makeover: Before and After

A craft room makeover can be a daunting process, but with a little planning it can become your dream space. I’m sharing the before, during and after process of my own craft room makeover and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

Now don’t judge me. This is a little embarrassing. I am so excited to share my brand new craft room makeover with you all, but I need to be honest. It didn’t always look presentable. This poor room has been a dumping ground for quite some time. While I’m super excited how it all turned out, I thought it was more honest (and helpful) to share the before shots as well, not just the after.

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How to Grow on Instagram for Makers

As makers we have a tremendous opportunity to grow on Instagram. Having a larger presence can open doors that we never dreamed possible, but only if we are willing to work for it. At Blissdom I learned what to do and how to do it, and I’m sharing it all with you!

I underestimated the influence of Instagram for quite some time. I viewed it as a place to share what I was creating and to connect with other makers. While that is a noble use of that platform, I severely underestimated its potential. When a few unsolicited opportunities came my way unexpectedly, my eyes were opened. Instagram isn’t just a fluffy place to share photos of my cat (of course I do that too), it is a powerful vehicle to connect you to the world and all that it has to offer.

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Knitted Bunny Giveaway!

I am hosting a worldwide giveaway on Instagram from November 8th – 12th, 2019. The winner will receive a bunny hand knit by me in a winter holiday inspired dress. Anyone can enter! I will announce the lucky prizewinner at 8:00 a.m. EST on November 13th on Instagram!

My two year anniversary on Instagram is on November 13th and to celebrate I’m having a giveaway! Woohoo! I am seriously so excited to commemorate this occasion with all of you.

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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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