Amigurumi at Home Book Review

Amigurumi at HomeAmi @ Home

Publisher: Martingale

Number of Pages: 84 pages

Number of Projects: 16 projects

Types of Projects: Tons of great projects for kids’ rooms. Rugs, pj holders, baskets, foot warmers, and pillows (including a pillow to put their tooth in for the tooth fairy).

Difficulty: While there is not difficulty rating listed, I’m going to say most of these are beginner to advanced beginner because the patterns use single crochet with increasing and decreasing for the shaping.

CupcakeRugCupcake Rug

First Impression: My first impression when I opened this book was, “Awww….”. While I don’t make too many ami items, I find these adorable. They’re useful and practical, with that cute ami look. I really want to make the cupcake rug! ….and maybe even the tooth fairy pillow.

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.

Caterpillar BasketsCaterpillar Baskets

Tooth Fairy PillowTooth Fairy Pillow

Toys and Books BasketToys & Books Basket

Robot Pajama HolderRobot Pajama Holder

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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Metro Scarf Crochet Pattern

Metro crochet scarfMetro Men’s Scarf

Description: Designed with darker colors for the professional man, but you can use a variety of other colors for a more relaxed look and feel.

I recently had a friend place an order for 2 men’s scarves for her sales reps. I’m crazy busy this time of year, so to save time I thought I would purchase a pattern instead of designing something of my own. That didn’t go as planned and I couldn’t get the pattern to work, so I ended up writing my own pattern for one.

You can click on the photo above to purchase the pattern. If you are the winner of the giveaway I will refund your purchase.

Giveaway: Leave me a comment and tell me who you would make this for and in what color. Giveaway ends Dec. 23. at midnight. Winner will be announced Dec. 24, 2014.

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Breaking My Own Rules

Cancer . . . . to put it mildly, it stinks. Most of us have been affected by it, are survivors of it, or know someone who has been changed by it.

Breaking the Rules

Christmas Day will be one year since I lost my biological father to cancer. Two weeks ago we lost a good friend. Now a little 2 year old girl from church has been diagnosed with it. That was a turning point for me. I decided it was time to revisit a goal I had a couple years ago…..donate chemo hats to our local children’s hospital.

I contacted her mom and asked if I could make her a couple hats. We live in New England and it’s COLD! Her mom told me her favorite colors were pink and purple and that she loves Minnie Mouse and all things Disney Jr. {{Long pause}} For those that don’t know, I made a decision 2 years ago not to make anything with a copyright. (You can read about that decision here.)

It wasn’t much of a dilemma. How do you tell the mother of a 2 year old with cancer no? I could have, but instead I decided to bless her and hopefully put a smile on her face. Will I do this for everyone who asks? Absolutely not. But Christmas is coming, and I want this little girl and her family to forget about the road ahead and make some smiles this Christmas season.

 

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Black Friday for the Crocheter

Black Friday is in 2 days. While the stores will be full of deals, there are many of us who still prefer to give (and receive) something handmade. I’ve been asking around, and doing some research, and hunted for some great deals for crocheters….and some for knitters too!

crafters black friday

I found patterns, finished items, and yarn sales! Oh, and don’t forget stocking stuffers for the yarn lover!

CROCHET PATTERNS

Jocelyn Designs etsy shop – 50% off Black Friday only

Ambassador Crochet Ravelry shop – 60% off from midnight to 4am, BOGO from 4 – 8 am, 40% off remainder of Black Friday.

Crochet Jewelry Ebook by Shelby Allaho of Stitch-Story – These gorgeous jewelry designs would work up fairly quickly and would make an elegant, unique gift. $9.99 for the ebook.

 

KNIT PATTERNS

Oz Dust Designs sells knit and crochet patterns. Her shop is 15% off – no coupon code needed.

 

FINISHED CROCHET & KNIT ITEMS

Karen Whooley Knitwear - Sample Sale – ready made items on sale.

 

BOOKS

Interweave Store – 50% off sitewide

 

YARN SALES

Craftsy – huge savings, but no set amount.

Joann’s – 50% off all baby yarns.

A.C. Moore – 40% off your entire purchase (5am – 12pm) – coupon needed (you can print it off their website)

 

STOCKING STUFFERS

Jamberry Nails (Kristin Omdahl)  – Jamberry Nails even has wraps that looks knit!

Stitch markers that look like little balls of yarn would make great stocking stuffers.

 

CYBER MONDAY

Ambassador Crochet etsy shop – 40% off Cyber Monday only

Jocelyn Sass Designs Ravelry shop – 50% off Cyber Monday only.

Creative Creations by Vicki – 40% off in her Ravelry shop.

 

If you know of any other sales, please let me know and I’ll add them.

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Chevron Infinity Scarf & Boot Cuffs Pattern

WINNER WAS ANDREA FITZ.

Here is my newest pattern release. Introducing my Chevron Infinity Scarf & Boot Cuffs crochet pattern.

chevron set logo

I love the color combo and was super happy with how it came out.

 

chevron crochet pattern

It’s a great fall accessory that will be perfect with your favorite pair of jeans.

 

 

chevron collage logo

 

If you would like to win a free copy of the pattern, just leave me a comment telling me what 3 colors you would make this in.

Drawing ends 11/17 at midnight. Winner will be announced 11/18/2014. (Winner must be a current email subscriber.)

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Tunisian Crochet Today Book Review

Tunisian Crochet Today, published by Martingale, is all about projects for you and your home. It features everything from blankets and pillows to a market bag and a purse.

Tunisian Crochet Today

There is a step-by-step of all the Tunisian stitches right at the front of the book, which makes it easy to find.

tunisian pillow

It even has a section on finishing techniques to help you get your project looking as good as possible to the very end.

tunisian market bag

With 35 pages and 7 projects, there should be something for just about anyone in this book.

tunisian afghan

If you’re new to Tunisian crochet this is a great book to get you started.

***Disclaimer – I was provided a free copy of this ebook in exchange for a review. However, all opinions and observations are my own.***

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Last Day to Nominate Your Crochet Favorites

The Flamies are back! I have heard that I have been nominated for Best Tech Editor and Friendliest Designer. I am so humbled by both those nominations and would love to see my name on the ballot! Only the top 10 Nominees in each category will be on the ballot, so if you feel led, and agree with these nominations, I would love to have you nominate me also!

flamies crochet awards

Today is the last day to nominate your favorites. Anyone can nominate their favorites because these awards are picked by the crochet community because they are FOR the crochet community.
It’s super easy to nominate someone, and it takes less than five minutes! Here’s how:
Go to http://www.thecrochetawards.com
Click on the “Vote Here”
You can access the nomination form by putting in your email (It’s to prevent spam on the website)
Feel free to share who you nominated, and pass along the link for others to put in their nominations by hitting your favorite social media buttons.

Thank you so much for your support!

 

 

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