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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Puppy Love

My first attempt at a little puppy dog.  I think it's supposed to be a Pomeranian.... but I think it looks more like a plain ol' mutt.  Now that I've learned how to make a basic animal/dog shape my mind is brimming over with ideas.  Hope you give the FREE PATTERN a try.
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Friday, June 25, 2010

For Katie Bray

I uploaded a Tutorial for Flower Fridgies just for Katie Bray over at Twelvedaysold I really hope you try them (hehe I have almost won the battle to get you crocheting.)
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Flower Fridgies

Today was a crochet day just for me, no worrying about tutorials to be made or patterns that should be saved for future tutorials.  Only problem is that I couldn't settle on anything... or I didn't have the right types of yarn.  I did whip up a few Flower Fridgies.  Happy Yarnin'
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Just completed the FREE TUTORIAL for the Japanese bowl ~ crochet pattern.  What will you use yours for?
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hexagon Heaven

What an ingenious idea by Mo and Me.  Pattern can be found @ Attic24 What will you make with your hexagons?
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lover's Knot

I've just completed the Crochet Shrug Video Tutorial now on Youtube  Perfect for hot summer days, this lacy stitch is called the Lover's Knot also commonly known as Solomon's Knot. This shrug works up in under an hour. I hope you give it a try.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Crochet Japanese Bowl

This project was a lot of fun.  It works up really fast and you can make a host of them in varying sizes simply by adjusting your hook and yarn weight. Free patternDon't forget to check out my Japanese Crochet Link  for detailed information on how to read Japanese Patterns.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

A crochet cardigan

I finally finished my first baby sweater.... what shall my next project be?
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Crochet Japanese Patterns

I am so inspired by Japanese crochet patterns.  This is one of my latest projects - Strawberry Shortcake. Who can resist?  Check out my Japanese Crochet link in the right hand column - You'll find pattern books, free patterns, as well as helpful tips to reading Japanese patterns.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Hello Gigi! Crochet Amigurumi

Meet Gigi the giraffe.  She is made based on the Japanese technique known as Amigurumi. My latest tutorial is now available on Youtube. Free Gigi Tutorial

In this 8 part series I show you step-by-step instructions on  how to read a crochet pattern. For reference, I've placed a permanent link in the right hand sidebar detailing the most common crochet abbreviations. Enjoy!
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Free Pattern © Lion Brand Yarns


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Vintage Duplicate Stitch

The duplicate stitch is a not-so-well known technique of using a yarn needle to stitch a pattern over a knitted piece. I stumbled across this Vintage Pattern  and  was determined to make one.  I was surprised by how little information existed on the internet on how to implement the technique. It took me days, but through trial and error, I finally figured it out. Suddenly, a light bulb went off in my head.  Armed with a piece of graph paper, knitting needles, and some yarn, the possibilities were endless. 

IMHO it works best with stockinette stitch and it quite literally means to duplicate the knitted stitch with  (typically) a contrasting color yarn to create a pattern.  The graph paper corresponds to your knitted piece of material. Each square on the graph represents a knitted stitch on your knitted piece. The tutorial below shows an example.





Now that you can read the chart and correlate it to your knitted piece. Let's learn the actual duplicate stitch.

As you can see using this technique the sky is the limit. The name plate below was made by using one of these Alphabet Charts 


Next, I mapped out "Bijou" on a piece of graph paper by simply coloring in the squares on my graph paper according to the alphabet chart.  I then decided how many empty squares I wanted to surround the name and using a ruler I drew a rectangle around the "Bijou" letters.  This tells me exactly how many stitches to knit my piece and how many row I need to complete the design. 



I dedicate this post to my needle-y crafting crocheter,soon to be knitter, Kimberly.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Baby Love

I am in the editing process for the amigurumi giraffe tutorial.  I should have it uploaded to Youtube by Thursday at the latest. 


In the meantime, I'd like to share with you the most popular crochet tutorial at the moment **drum roll** 


The Cream Puff Baby Afghan.  You will be amazed at how quickly this works up. It's comprised of basically an overgrown "Moss Stitch." Whimsically puffy texture that is so delicious - like little cream puffs.  I hope you give it a try :-)
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click the pic to view easy step-by-step tutorial

Monday, June 7, 2010

My love for all things amigurumi continues with these delicious truffle fridges (refrigerator magnets.) Enjoy!
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click the pic to view easy step-by-step tutorial

Merci Beaucoup!

Impress your overnight guests with this superbly easy French toast recipe or prepare a lazy Sunday brunch for  your family...
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12 slices of stale bread
4 eggs
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1tbsp. sugar
3 tsp. vanilla
a pinch of salt
butter as needed
powdered sugar

Add flour into large mixing bowl slowly whisk in the milk.  Whisk in salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar until smooth.  Heat frying pan over medium heat - add desired amount of butter.  Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated.  Cook bread on each side in buttered pan until golden brown.  Serve hot. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Voila!

Friday, June 4, 2010

hey good lookin' whatcha got cookin'?

be "da bomb" this summer with the BEST smoothie recipe EVER... cross my heart and hope to die. BTW it's diet friendly and loaded with all those antioxidant thingys.  Let me know what you think :-)
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1 container Yoplait Light vanilla yogurt (trust me)
1-2 teaspoons Honey
1 cup of your choice of frozen fruit (I'm into mixing bing cherries, blueberries, and pineapples)
1 cup of skim milk
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup ice 
1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Blend until smooth add additional ice if needed for consistency desired.
Makes 2 servings



the buzz

everyone's buzzing about these irresistible Mollie flowers.... so confectionary

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