Thursday, July 31, 2014

Have you joined PINTEREST yet?

Are you on Pinterest yet? If not, you are missing out on some incredible eye candy, no matter what your interests are!

It is not new, but not everyone has jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon!

What is Pinterest?
It is the fastest growing image 'bookmark tool' that you have at your disposal on the Internet today. It allows you to 'save' images and websites that you want to remember!

"Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as 'pinning' on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others' boards (i.e. a collection of 'pins,' usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned."
So, how does that relate to you? It means that you, too, can save and bookmark ANYTHING with an image or video that you want to remember!

Check out MY Pinterest page and you will see that I have MANY categories of crochet because that is my biggest interest. BUT, I also have 'BOARDS' for recipes, gardening ideas, books, etc.

You can also FOLLOW ME on Pinterest: as well! 

It is fun and easy. Give it a try!

I have recently started posting various Pinterest Boards that I think all my readers might like. You can view them all HERE:

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Custom Fit Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein on Craftsy

Custom Fit Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein

Have you taken a Craftsy class yet?
If you are familiar with the basics of Tunisian Crochet and want to create garments that are well fitting, this class given by Dora Ohrenstein is for you!

Custom Fit Tunisian Crochet is a detailed class on how to custom fit garments in Tunisian crochet.

Dora is obviously a very experienced teacher, who knows just what you need to know to be successful in not only Tunisian Crochet, but also in custom tailoring your own garments.
Each chapter is very in depth and the class includes almost 3 hours of instruction.

Dora explains things slowly and carefully so you know exactly what you are supposed to be doing to complete your project. Her love of Tunisian Crochet is evident as she teaches you.

I LOVE the garments that Dora demonstrates, especially the fitted round vest in brown. She looks fabulous in it and it is obvious that Dora knows a great deal about how garments should fit.

Dora begins with a Refresher Course where she reviews the basics of Tunisian Crochet, including Tunisian Knit Stitch, Tunisian Simple Stitch and Tunisian Slip Stitch (the three stitches you will need to complete your vest). She gives you much information for completing Tunisian crochet successfully, with lots of added, invaluable tips that could come only from her own experience.

Video Chapters include:

1. Tunisian Basics

2. Tunisian Tools  (basics of Tunisian fabric, picking the correct yarns, hooks and GAUGE).

3. Measuring For a Perfect Fit (BASICS of measuring not only on your body, but your favorite fitting sweater also! as well as schematics, negative and positive ease).

4. Adjusting the Pattern (how the pattern relates to all your measurements, detailed instruction on how to adjust stitches and rows, decreases, fitted armhole, bottom up construction).

5. Custom-Fit Calculations: Bust & Shoulder (invaluable information for anyone wanting to adjust patterns).

6. Custom-Fit Considerations: Waist and Hip

7. Finishing Details:  (weaving ends, wet blocking, seaming, crochet edging).

Lesson information includes: creating your version of a pattern, analyzing pattern details, taking measurements, figuring the math and gauge, making good alteration decisions and combining 2 sizes of a pattern for a custom fit.

When showing how to adjust the pattern for a perfect fit, Dora uses detailed graphics and a computer with a drawing tool to show you exactly what you are supposed to be doing. These are wonderful teaching tools!

These videos are full of unbelievable details for altering your pattern. There is so much information about custom fit in this course, that I believe a lot of this information can be applied to regular crochet as well.

Also included is your ability to purchase a Custom Fit Two Stitch Vest Kit that includes exactly what Dora uses in one of the garments in her class.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this video and learning more about Tunisian Crochet, as well as yarns, hooks, fit, gauge and making garments that fit well!

For a limited time, Dora is offering a 50% discount on her class! What a great way to start learning about custom fit and Tunisian Crochet

Keep up-to-date with Dora at Crochet Insider and at Ravelry.

Your can also see my past reviews of Dora's work here:


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Throws Worked in the Round Crochet Afghans

Leisure Arts is having a special on this e-book crochet book! It is $4.99 right now on their website! Download it instantly!  

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 From Leisure Arts website:

"Love to relax beneath a warm and cozy throw? The designs in Throws Worked in the Round will become your all-around favorites! Each starts out being crocheted in the round, either all in one piece or in motifs, and you can match your d├ęcor or personalize them for any family member or friend by your color choices from the extensive Red Heart® Yarns collection."

Designs include:  Weekend-Wonder Giant Granny Square Throw, Colorful Twists and Turns Throw, 7-Point Star Throw, Octagons and Squares Throw, Spectrum Throw, Medallion Circular Afghan, Catherine's Wheel Throw, and Circle Lapghan.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

One-Skein (or less) Projects by Marly Bird on SALE
Leisure Arts is having a special on this e-book crochet book! It is $4.99 right now on their website! Download it instantly!  Be sure to check it out before the price goes back up!

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 From Leisure Arts website:

"One-Skein (or less!) Projects by Marly Bird presents a big collection of fun little gifts to crochet. Make each design with less than one skein of medium weight yarn, or create coordinated sets using multiple skeins of yarn in different colors. Clear instructions are easy to follow, and bonus online technique videos offer extra help. Projects include fingerless mitts, slippers, a can cozy, a coffee cuff, a coaster, two owl magnets, flower pencil toppers, a pincushion, a flower headband, a princess crown, three bangle bracelets, a curly-Q hair ornament, a butterfly barrette, and a lip balm cover."

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