Review

Crochet Essentials: Increases & Decreases with Tamara Kelly

| Crochet, Crochet Basics, Crochet Techniques, Giveaway, Review

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I’m so excited that I get to review another Craftsy class taught by my friend Tamara Kelly of Moogly!

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Crochet Essentials: Increases & Decreases is a fabulous class for anyone looking to learn more about…wait for it…increases and decreases. 😉

Actually, it is a wonderful class, and is useful to more than just beginners. Of course, if you are a beginner and want to understand various increases and decreases that you may run into in patterns, this is your class! It is also great for (more…)

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WAK Crochet Kit Review and Giveaway

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Hello there my friends! I have a fun company to introduce to you, along with a product review and a giveaway!

We Are Knitters is an international online knitting and fashion brand based out of Madrid, Spain with a strong online and offline presence throughout Europe. We Are Knitters’ product offerings includes a wide range of DIY knitting and crochet kits, which contain everything you need to knit or crochet your own unique garment or other item, including the yarn balls, wooden needles, pattern, sewing needle, and a We Are Knitters tag to sew into the finished product.

One thing I love about the site is the customer photos. As I was looking through the kits, it was so helpful to see the pictures of finished items for each kit made by actual customers. It’s one thing to sell a kit, it’s another to sell a kit that actually works! The customer pictures show that the kits work, and that is something I find rather useful to know, don’t you? 😉

When I was asked to review a crochet kit, I took a look through the available kits. I always have a pile of hooks, needles, notes, yarn balls, and various what~nots sitting on the couch next to me. The Chess Basket kit seemed to be the solution to that problem. I looked at the available colors and found an olive green that would look lovely on my couch!

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The kit arrived very quickly for being shipped from abroad! It was so fun to (more…)

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Quick & Easy Crochet Cowls

| Cowl, Craftsy, Crochet, Review, Winter

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Tamara Kelly ~ the awesome designer behind Moogly ~ is now also a Craftsy instructor! Her first Craftsy class is Quick & Easy Crochet Cowls, sponsored by Lion Brand.

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I enrolled for the class right away, and watched it last weekend. The class includes instruction and patterns for the 3 awesome cowls seen pictured throughout this post. The first is Amazing 45 Minute Cowl made with just one skein of Lion Brand Amazing yarn. This cowl is super quick and easy, and I love that Tamara takes the time to give lots of useful tips and tricks, both the kind that a new crocheter will love to learn, and the kind that can make a seasoned crocheter say “why didn’t I know that already!?” (more…)

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The Big Book of Granny Squares by Tracey Lord ~ Book Review

| Crochet, Granny, Review

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The Big Book of Granny Squares: 365 Crochet Motifs By Tracey Lord Interweave/F+W; $29.99

The Big Book of Granny Squares by Tracey Lord has squares for everyone! There is a huge variety in styles and skill levels, making it useful for the newbie to the most experienced crocheter. The designs are beautiful and range from traditional to trendy. Tracey certainly has her finger on the pulse of what is current in crochet. (more…)

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It Girl Crochet by Sharon Zientara ~ Book Review

| Crochet, Review, Vintage

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It Girl Crochet is full of my kind of patterns!! Sharon Zientara has compiled a collection of wonderfully unique patterns that are both modern and vintage at the same time. As a designer, there are times that I look at a pattern and think “Man! I wish I came up with that design myself!!” While looking through this book, I found myself thinking that multiple times.

The book is divided into 3 sections: Crochet Nouveau, It’s a Mod, Mod World, and A Brave New Boho. Seen on the cover, the Psychedelia Mitts, designed by Brenda K. B. Anderson are part of the It’s a Mod, Mod World section. Not only is the look of these mitts unique, but so is the construction. They are worked as a flat oval, which is worked in the round, and then stitched together to become mitts. If you know my designs, you know I love different ways of constructing items, so I am quite taken with this pattern!

Image provided by and used with permission from Interweave/F+W
It Girl Crochet By Sharon Zientara Interweave/F+W; $22.99 Image provided by and used with permission from Interweave/F+W

The Crochet Nouveau section is full of patterns inspired by the art nouveau period. (more…)

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Reversible Color Crochet by Laurinda Reddig ~ Book Review

| Blanket, Crochet, Review

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A few weeks ago, I received a copy of Laurinda Reddig’s new book: Reversible Color Crochet. I was quite excited, as I had been wanting the book since Laurinda first told me about it at the Knit and Crochet Show last October. Then I took a make and take with her at the Knit and Crochet Show this past July where we made a mini (coaster size) version of the first square in the book.

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Reversible Color Crochet By Laurinda Reddig Interweave/F+W; $24.99 Image provided by and used with permission from Interweave/F+W

I was not disappointed! The book starts off with a section explaining how to use the book, and some wonderful tips. Laurinda explains the special stitches and reversible color changes in a very clear way, and with lots of helpful pictures. It is nice to start off feeling like she is right there, holding your hand along the way! (more…)

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