Amigurumi Toy Box Book Review

Amigurumi Toy BoxAmigurumi Toy Box reviewAmigurumi Toy Box

Publisher: Martingale

Author/Designer: Ana Paula Rimoli

Number of Pages: 83 pages

Number of Projects: 19 projects

Yarn Required: Worsted weight

Size Range: Sizes range fro 2″ – 7″

Types of Projects: Tons of adorable amigurumi. Animals of all kinds (think lions, tigers, and bears!) as well as a few farm animals, ocean creatures, and even a unicorn. There’s also picnic and tea party items.

Difficulty: Almost all amigurumi uses single crochet, as well as increasing and decreasing. If you’re comfortable with these stitches you should have no problems with these projects.

Amigurumi tugboatTugboat

First Impression: My first impression was that I want to make this adorable tugboat for myself! But seriously, if you like amigurumi projects you’ll find something you love in this book. The majority of the projects are animals, so if you love ami animals you’ll have a number of projects to add to your to-do list.

As always Martingale has included resources and extras beyond the patterns themselves. There is stitch help, resourse section, and tips to name a few. You can click on the photos or the link under the cover to go the the Martingale site and see the book for yourself.

Amigurumi TreeTree

Amigurumi Polar BearsPolar Bears

ami unicornUnicorn

I’ve shown you just a few of my favorites, but there are many more cute designs!

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Tunisian Shawls Book Review

tunisian shawlsTunisian Shawls

Publisher: Leisure Arts

Number of Pages: 50 pages

Number of Projects: 8 shawls

Types of Projects: Tunisian shawls. From casual to fancy, there is something for everyone.

Difficulty: Projects range from easy to intermediate.

Yarn Used: #3, #4, & #5

First Impression: This book is worth the investment!

Favorite Project: Cables & Heart Shawl

cable wrapCables & Heart

Review: While there are a small number of projects I would make almost every single one. Shawls are multi-functional and can be dressy, casual, useful, and practical and designer Sharon Silverman has included a little bit of every style. I’m sure there is more than one wrap that you would make in this book. Leisure Arts has included general information (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well as stitch help and photos.

Bonus: There are video links to stitch tutorials for the patterns. I believe this is an invaluable tool for those who are new to tunisian and are visual learners.

silver shimmerSilver Shimmer

popover wedgesPopover Wedges

I’ve only shown you a few of my favorites. You can click on any of the photos, or the link under the cover photo, to go to Leisure Arts website and see the rest of the projects.

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Sunflower Hat Pattern

sunflower hatSunflower Hat Crochet Pattern

A while back my aunt asked me to make a hat for a friend of hers going through chemo. When I asked for some ideas, one of the suggestions was a sunflower. When I make chemo hats I try to make something bright and cheerful, so I set out to make a sunflower in hopes of accomplishing that. Sunflowers are large flowers….and I knew that, but when I put it on the hat I was unsure of the overall size/design. I wondered if it was too big. I decided to put it up on my personal fb page and ask some of my friends what they thought.

The response was so overwhelming!

Almost everyone loved it, and I received 6 more orders from that photo! I decided I needed to write the pattern for it, so here it is….

Introducing my Sunflower Hat pattern! It comes in 3 sizes (toddler, child, adult) with 2 different size sunflowers.

Today only the pattern is $2 in my Ravelry shop. No coupon code needed. 

Get your pattern today! It’s sure to put a smile on someone’s face.

Happy Crocheting!

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Cozy Toes for Baby Book Review

Cozy Toes for BabyCozy Toes for Baby

Publisher: Martingale

Number of Pages: 51 pages

Number of Projects: 7 projects

Types of Projects: Baby booties/shoes ranging in sizes from 0-3 months thru 18-24 months.

Difficulty: While I didn’t see a difficulty rating listed, I’m going to say this book would be good for the advanced beginner. The stitches are basic but there is shaping involved. The directions are clear for both crocheting and felting, so if you are a new, but adventurous crocheter, give them a try.

Crochet Baby ShoesOwl slippers/booties

First Impression: A new twist on some old favorites. Everyone loves animals….especially baby booties. I’ve honestly never felted any of my crochet work, mostly because of lack of knowledge, but this book is very clear on sizing, instuctions, and information on how to felt. The designer took practial baby items, added the felting technique, and made something useful, fun, and new (I haven’t seen any other felted baby booties books around).

Martingale has included clear instructions on felting, how to add leather soles (with photos), along with tons of extras beyond the patterns themselves. There is stitch help, techniques, resourses, and pattern cutouts. You can click on the photos or the link under the cover to go the the Martingale site and see the book for yourself.

Crochet Baby ShoesSock Monkey booties

Head over to Martingale and check out the rest of the designs!

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Love More Wrap

love more wrapLove More Wrap

When my husband and I got married there were 2 couples that I wanted to model my marriage after; my Uncle Matt & Aunt Leslie from TX (If you’re ever bought a house in TX you may know them!) who had been married for 18 years (32 years now) and friends of ours from church, Will & Diane who had been married for about 26 years (41 years now). Both couples act like newlyweds, and I was well aware it was a choice both couples had made, and continued to make.

Diane is a true romantic, she loves life, and chooses to be happy. 2 years ago her husband, Will, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Because her laughter and positive attitude have been so influential to me, I prayed that she would not lose her laughter, even in the midst of the storm. On Nov. 29th Will went home. While I know he is in a better place, my heart is broken. My “Love More” wrap was inspired by all the things Diane has taught me about love.

LOVE OFTEN

LOVE DEEPLY

LOVE INTENTIONALLY

LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY

LOVE MORE…

love more crochet wrap

The pattern is available in my Ravelry shop.

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Big Book of Little Amigurumi Book Review

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Publisher: Martingale

Number of Pages: 179 pages

Number of Projects: 43 projects, but many projects have multiple pieces

Types of Projects: Everything amigurumi……animals, vehicles, food, tea set, toys and more.

Difficulty: I didn’t see a difficulty rating listed, but I’m confident that if you know single crochet, and you know how to increase and decrease, you will be able to make these.

ami polar bearsPolar Bears

First Impression: WOW! 179 pages!!! With that many pages and dozens of projects there has to be something you will like. I don’t make too many ami items because of my hands, but there are definitely a few cute items I need to put on my to-do list. The projects are small, and there are multiple age levels (car seat toys, toy airplane for older babies/toddlers, food items for toddlers and younger children. I’m amazed at the size of this book and quantity of items included.

As always Martingale has included tons of resources and extras beyond the patterns themselves. There is stitch help, resourses, and tips to just name a few. You can click on the photos or the link under the cover to go the the Martingale site and see the book for yourself.

ami tool set crochet patternTool Set

01-176 B1308_Finals.inddMom & Baby Turtle

01-176 B1308_Finals.inddCar Seat Toys

Big Book of AmigurumiMom & Baby Hedgehog

There were so many adorable designs. I had a hard time narrowing it down to just a handful.

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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2015 Word of the Year

A few years ago I read the book Knit Together: Discovering God’s Pattern for Your Life by Debbie Macomber. It was an amazing, thought provoking book. Two things I brought away from that book were:

1) Make a crazy bucket list (I will be making my new list in the next couple weeks).

2) Every year, pick a word for the year. Pray about it and find something you want to focus on.

I have been doing a lot of self-reflection for a couple months and after much thought and prayer my word for 2015 is…..

Believe

I’m going to believe things for both my personal life and my business for the coming year. I plan to change the way I think about certain things and, I believe, that it will be life changing for me.

This week I’ve been working through “A New Year for a New You” over at Marketing Creativity. It’s 7 days of thought provoking questions to help you take your creative business to the next level. Today was perfect for tying my word for this year together with her prompts for day 4. I am going to believe the following over my life in 2015.

  • Financial:

I believe there are enough finances to go around and I do not need to live in fear of lack.

  • Spiritual:

I believe God has a purpose and a plan for my life and for my business.

  • Mental:

I believe I can schedule my time and make the most of my days so I don’t feel stress.

  • Relational:

I believe my relationship with my husband and children will become even stronger.

  • Physical:

I believe I have the will power to reach my goal weight this year.

believe

I received this plaque from a friend and collegue for Christmas. This was confirmation that I had picked the right word for the year. (She had NO idea I was using that!) I have this displayed to look at every day, and will make this my motto for the year.

Over the next 12 months I will be reflecting back on this post and checking up on myself. Do you have a word for 2015?

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