The Internet is a marvelous thing — it never ceases to amaze me. I first became aware of Frank O'Randle when I joined a crochet-a-long on Facebook,and someone posted a link to Frank's Facebook page. While browsing on his page I noticed Frank's designs had a very unique look to them. Because of the colors he uses, his afghans seem to have a 3-D quality to them, and they just pop off the page. It's as if you are viewing them under black light, although no black light is needed. His designs are exquisite.
Recently my best friend and I joined the Crochet Guild of America. Prior to this we were unaware of the Knit & Crochet Show. One of the perks of belonging to CGOA is you get to attend the conference for free. Can you imagine? This show has been going on for years and we didn’t know about it. Please allow me to give a brief overview.
Why do chickens cross the road? To get a sweater, of course!
One of my friends, Kristie Mach, has a friend who lives in Canada named Libby who keeps pet Silkie chickens. Libby jokingly asked Kristie if she could make some sweaters to keep her chickens warm, and Kristie decided to, in order to thank Libby for her good friendship. Yes, you read that correctly, my friend had a special request to knit chicken sweaters!
Continue reading “Cozy Knits for Chickens”
Yarnville was founded in 2011 by Vergik Hacopian. Yarnville is a group of individuals that love yarn and crochet. Vergik started the group because she wanted to share her love and passion with people who have similar interests. Vergik couldn’t find any groups in her neighborhood so Yarnville was born.
Megan Kreiner is known for her books of cute crocheted animals. After the success of her popular Crochet a Zoo book (our review), she has come out with the new Bathtime Buddies book. The projects are designed to safe and fun for kids to play with, in the bathtub (sponge stuffing!) and out.
How many of you have ever found a long ago forgotten project? It might be in the back of the closet, in your tote bag, maybe even in the trunk of your car. Sometimes I have 5 or 6 projects on my hooks, and when I pick them back up I can’t remember which size hook I used. Here’s a clever way to help you remember what size hook you need when you pick up that unfinished object, (UFO as I like to call them).
Dear readers, what you may or may not know about me, is I really enjoy sparkles, and glitter. I like incorporating a bit of glamour in my everyday life. I think the more shimmer, shine, and glitz something has the better. Whether it be in fashion, home decor, or simply when you need a gift for a friend.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of introducing The Pasadena Crochet Meet Up to the beautiful Red Heart Soft yarn. The texture, the way it drapes, and the variety of colors are just amazing. Some of the group members opted to use Red Heart Super Saver for this project and it worked out just as well.
Imagine if you will, you want to make a doll for one of your friends that looks exactly like them. With Allison Hoffman’s new book “AmiguruME”, now you can! Allison shows you how to crochet basic body parts and how to adapt each face to look like someone you know. She teaches you how to make your dolls recognizable. If you flip through the book you will have fun trying to guess the famous faces she has crafted out of yarn. Continue reading “Janice Ogata interviews Allison Hoffman”
Imagine my delight when a box of Red Heart Boutique Swanky arrived on my doorstep!!! I had to play with the yarn right away!!! It was over the long President’s Day weekend that I crocheted a hat with this beautiful shiny, sequin laced yarn. It drapes really well, it’s easy to work with and it sparkles like you can only imagine.
Photos do not do this yarn justice. You have to see it in person! Continue reading “The Burbank Fiber Friends play with Boutique Swanky”