DIY Crochet Owl Blanket

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Returning to my love of crocheting today, I’ve found a super cute and fairly simple pattern to share with you all!

It’s a super bulky Owl Imitation afghan! Designed by Ravelry user MJ, this afghan is one of many designs they’ve released but one of my absolute favorites. 😀 The pattern includes instructions for Child or Adult size for only $6. Besides looking super cute and comfy though, I love how it looks when it’s all folded up.

They’ve also included lots of info about hook and yarn yardage required to make, as well as estimation for yarn substitutions. Overall it’s designed to be worked up in about a day for an advanced/experienced crocheter, with some possible extra time for working on the owl hood part. If you’re intimidated by the hood, fear not! MJ has included a video tutorial for how to sew/attach it all together on her youtube account. I’m definitely considering making some of these as gifts for my nephews this Holiday season. ^_^


Learn to Knit

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Back when I was but a child, I was actually horrible at crocheting, but was able to pick up knitting. While I don’t find the medium as versatile since I’ve become proficient at crocheting, it’s still a great skill to learn if you’re looking to make clothing. I’ve always stood by that knitting is superior for several clothing items, most notably: socks, sweaters, gloves, and dresses. Crochet does alright in these areas, but man, the tubular nature of the weaving really lends it’s self to superior socks. Crochet is just way too thick.

With all that in mind, I’d like to point you in the direction of Instructables user Carleyy. She has free online guides on teaching yourself to crochet, as she also learned entirely from online sources and adds increased awareness of how to translate some terms/actions better others. There are currently 4 Beginner level, and 1 Intermediate level guides/classes available, but you can follow her on Instructables to get updates on her next lesson/guide. 🙂


Kitty Ear Hats

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Happy Wednesday! This is Kim with Fantastical Menagerie. Apparently winter is still going strong across most of the US. If you need something warm to cover your head, may I recommend something cute yet functional? Ella of Blackie Cat Creations has been knitting proudly since 2003. While she learned the basics as a child, she picked it back up after an ankle injury in 2003. She was on bedrest, bored, and needed something to entertain herself. She also discovered that knitting needles fit really well down a cast to scratch. Based just outside of Chicago, Illinois, Ella sells online and in person at many geek themed events. Ella does Geek themed knitted hats, and kitty ear hats.

You can find her on Facebook and on Etsy here. If you want to catch her in person, her event schedule is on her Facebook Page.

 


My Princess

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I was born in 1976, 1 year before Star Wars and 3 years before the Star Trek movies.  I looked up to the people in both lines and idolized them.  My parents would make sure that we saw every Star Trek and Star Wars movie in the theater when it was released (yes, even when I was very little and didn’t understand what was going on).  I loved both Star Trek and Star Wars.  I remember when I was 6 I saw that Larva crawl out of Chekov’s ear and I had nightmares for weeks.  But I loved every minute of it.

I grew up learning it didn’t matter what race you were, everyone had strengths and weaknesses and you should only be judged on your actions.  I learned that women can be strong, carry a blaster, overthrow a government, and help destroy a death star.  I dedicate today and tomorrow to my princess, Carrie Fisher.

Crafting and creating can be therapeutic for a lot of people including me.  So today’s post will be about the things you can create.

FreudianStitch created this cool Cross Stitch pattern you can download for free!

If you Crochet, here is a Princess Leia Amigurumi Pattern.

If you are a quilter and can paper piece, here is a free design from Quiet Play.

Finally, if you sew or are a cosplayer, here is a step by step tutorial from Costumes and Artwork.

Tomorrow I will share some of my favorite artistic projects I have seen over the years.

-Toni

 


Crochet Block Stitch Tutorial

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It’s getting chilly in the Northern Hemisphere so it’s time to bust out your yarn and start making cool winter clothes. 😀 If a sweater or a scarf is on your to do list, I’ve got a really neat looking stitch to showcase today from the people at Dream A Little Bigger.

Once you get it set up, this stitch is super simple to do, and gives a nice visual texture to your piece; almost making it look like it’s two layers. Even if you’re not making anything this Holiday season, it’s still a fun and different stitch to learn by working up a practice square on. 🙂 The full tutorial can be found here at Dream A Little Bigger, and I’d be surprised if even a beginner crocheter couldn’t get in down in just an hour.

 


Cuddle + Kind

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I was recently introduced to Cuddle + Kind.

From their website:

We’re a family of five on a mission to help feed children in need.

There’s nothing we love more than being parents. We think nurturing our three children is the most important, rewarding and sometimes challenging job in the world!

With a background in health, we recognize the crucial role nutrition plays in a child’s development. As parents, we believe all children should have enough food to eat and the opportunity to thrive, so when we saw a documentary on the devastating impact of childhood hunger on millions of children around the world, it inspired us to help. On that day, we decided to start a company whose purpose is to help improve the lives of children and to make a difference.

We created cuddle+kind because we wanted to make beautiful hand-knit dolls that help feed children. So for every cuddle+kind doll sold, we give 10 meals to children in need.

Our goal is to provide one million meals a year.

We’re proud that our dolls are made with natural, high-quality cotton because it’s important to us that they’re safe, soft and cuddly.

We’re also super proud that every doll is lovingly handcrafted by incredible women artisans in Peru, providing them with a sustainable, fair trade income.

Our whole family is passionate about what we’re doing and loves every doll we make. We sincerely hope you will too.

I was excited to find a company that created hand made dolls (while providing fair trade income) that also supported such a worthy cause.  The company and cause are great, but what about the dolls?

At only $55 for the small and $75 for the large doll, the price is great too.  I know first hand the hard work that goes into creating hand made goods.  The price tells me that they are definitely hand made, but they aren’t charging too much.

Take a look at their entire line of dolls and see if there is something you can do to help.

-Toni

 


A Pumpkin a Day

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Hello Sunday readers!

I know I promised a wreath this week but unfortunately I find myself struck down by a terrible cold. So the wreath will have to happen next month but I still wanted to keep with the theme. Tomorrow is Halloween! What small crafts could I do while still resting in bed? Definitely not anything with glue or paint so I suppose we are back to our fiber crafts. I’m really feeling like pumpkins today so I went looking for some free patterns.

I’ve always fallen back on small cross stitch projects since my Mom taught me how to stitch so many years ago. This one is super cute and could still be completed before tomorrow:

It's positively boo-tiful.

It’s positively boo-tiful.

My newer go-to is definitely crochet as my skills continue to improve with every project I try. So how about some cute pumpkin coasters for the mugs of tea I’m dosing myself with:

Definitely an effective place to squash a mug onto.

Definitely an effective place to squash a mug onto.

Or perhaps I could learn something new and try out some knitting. Especially because this pumpkin tea cozy would be very useful for those gallons of tea:

A perfect warmer for those cold days.

A perfect warmer for those cold days.

While I attempt to recover, everyone else have a safe and happy Halloween!

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 


Hook Up Some Halloween

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Halloween is getting so close, Sunday readers!

But it’s not too late to work up some super cute decorations. As I’m pretty sure I’ve expressed many times over, I’m a big fan of cute amigurumi and I’ve definitely found some Halloween themed ones that fit the bill. For instance, first there are these adorable little traditional pumpkins:

So plump and traditional.

So plump and seasonal! They could double as Thanksgiving décor.

Or if you are a fan of the most notorious Halloween candy, these candy corns with a twist would make an excellent addition:

The eyes have it!

The eyes have it!

I personally like to indulge in a little bit of harmless deviltry around this holiday and these little cuties can help with that:

It's really wickedly cute, isn't it?

It’s really wickedly cute, isn’t it?

Or, of course, appealing to the geeky fandom side of things is always a good way to go. This crochet Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas is a sure bet:

You can definitely opt to not fill it with bugs...

You can definitely opt to not fill it with bugs…

So there we go! Have fun adding to your ami collection while prepping some spooky décor.

Next week, I’ll take you through a nice tutorial for making a creepy and elegant Halloween wreath.

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 


Coffee Mug Sweaters

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While the weather can’t quite get there on my part of the eastern shore, it is officially fall and hot beverage season. 😀 The only thing I like more then being able to cuddle up at night with a hot drink, is to have an adorable container to drink it out of. It just makes me feel so cozy, and what’s more cozy then a sweater.

Thanks to the folks at MugSweater, you can now bundle up your drink in an adorable sweater that will keep it warmer and your hands from burning off. They make all sorts of lovely designs and are even kind enough to offer their pattern for purchase for those of us that would like to make our own. 🙂 If you can knit or know someone who can, now might be the time to start dropping gift hints.

~Nicole


Final Fantasy Crafts

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Hello!

Let me take a moment to introduce myself! I’m Sherona, better known in the crafting world as blackmageheart. I’m a cross stitcher first and foremost, but I dabble in other arts and crafts occasionally!
Today I’m your guest blogger, and I’d like to share with you all a few of the wonderful and awesome Final Fantasy crafts I’ve seen on my online (and offline!) travels.

For those of you who may not know, Final Fantasy is a long-running video game series, with the eponymous first entry waaaay back in 1987. The series has come a long way since then, but with each new entry and story comes amazing new art and visuals. In-game sprites, Tetsuya Nomura’s character designs and the ethereal art of Yoshitaka Amano are just some of the many elements of Final Fantasy’s style that have inspired legions of artists and crafters to create beautiful homages.
Let’s take a look at some of my favourite FF crafts from around the interwebs!

FFVIII Squall cross stitch by “Anat”


FFVI Alexander perler bead sprite by “artemis251”


FFX Yuna vinyl silhouette by “ForNerdByNerd”

FFIX Vivi perler bead sprite by “ShampooTeacher”

FFVI Ultros amigurumi by “susanhiding”


Final Fantasy cross stitch by “rachael”
This is just a tiny sample of the FF crafts to be found – there are literally thousands of different and wonderful works of art! I do recommend taking some time to look at a few, because you will be amazed at the detail and work that fans put into their crafts. J

Thank you for letting me be your guest poster today, and for this shameless plug I’m about to do!
Check out my cross stitch work at:
http://blackmageheart.wordpress.com
http://blackmageheart.deviantart.com
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Blackmageheart
and of course, don’t forget to visit the blog and forums at http://www.spritestitch.com !

Bye for now, Craft Hackers! *blasts off with a Firaga*