Amanda Sue Howell

Pinterest Roundup: Day 9 of Fiber Crafting

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It’s been a long day week month, so I’m just keeping it simple. These are totally awesome Pinterest boards that I’ve run across in my quest to find new creations. (And yes, I’m putting the name of the pinner or their site, but these are all Pinterest pages/boards.)

Knitting/Crocheting

Sewing/Quilting

Other

What are some of your favorite fiber crafting Pinterest boards? In fact, link up with your Pinterest page!

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This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❤)

Quilting: Not Just For Grandma

When I was very small, quilts were something that grandmothers made. Or maybe even great-grandmothers. They were a vestige of an era long since passed.

Then when I grew older I read fascinating stories about pioneer children (knitting at the age of 2?!?!) and the quilts that would made for a young girl’s hope chest. Honestly, it’s a tradition I wish would come back. I would have loved to have gone into marriage with a gorgeous chest filled with quilts and other household goods.

Later my grandmother & my mom started watching a show on HGTV. I have long ago forgotten the name of it. It may have been Simply Quilts…but I don’t remember. But it always had the neatest quilt designs on it.

Then in my late teens, my mom & grandmother started going to market review parties. I had no idea what these were at the time, but they’re kind of like runway shows for quilt shops. You get to find out what the trends are in quilting that year, and what the hot fabrics are, and what designs are the must-makes, and what new patterns are out. That was news to me…trends? In quilting? I listened to my Mom talking about mystery quilt parties, and looked over her shoulder as she did quilt shop hops looking for the bunny.

Now I’m ogling my very first quilt pattern…I haven’t ordered it yet but it’s the one I want. It’s small, and I can do it by hand since I haven’t learned my sewing machine yet,  lol.

Quilt-Brushes
I’d love to get to the point that I can make a beauty like this, with some Asian inspired fabrics. I think it would be gorgeous!
Have you ever made a quilt? Are you interested in quilting? What’s your favorite kind of pattern? Who helped grow your love of quilting? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❤)

Photo credit: ‘Playingwithbrushes’ / Foter / CC BY

Amigurumi: Japanese For “Adorable Crocheted Thingy”

Okay, so that’s not really what amigurumi means…but that’s what they are. They’re really cute little crocheted animals or dolls. Even if you don’t know what they’re called, you’ve probably seen them, since they weren’t always called that.

Here’s some examples, in keeping with my love of the quirky and random:

Amigurumi Darth Vader
Darth Vader is now a softie!

 

Amigurumi Cinnamon Buns
Have cinnamon buns ever been so cute?

 

Amigurumi Yeti
The cutest Yeti since Monsters Inc.

And now, if you’re interested in trying this for yourself, you can find free amigurumi patterns on LionBrand.com, Ravelry.com, or any number of other places. Here’s a video tutorial on YouTube to make an amigurumi unicorn! Doesn’t everyone want a unicorn? Maybe you can make it out of “fluffy” yarn for your own little Agnes. 😀 (That’s a Despicable Me reference in case you don’t have kids, or are movie-phobic, or just couldn’t place where the unicorn loving Agnes is from. ❤)

Have you ever attempted amigurumi? Do you want to? What are you wanting to make? Share please? I eagerly await your comments!

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❤)

 

Darth Vader | Photo credit: CREEPETZ / Foter / CC BY

Cinnamon Buns | Photo credit: callie callie jump jump / Foter / CC BY-ND

Yeti | Photo credit: The Itsy Bitsy Spider / Foter / CC BY

Weekend Challenge Check In: Day 6 of Fiber Crafting

How’d everyone do on the weekend challenge? You’ve still got some time to complete your project, or projects. I’m going to work on mine for a bit, but unless I can speed through it pretty well…I’ve failed at my own challenge. Ha!

Normally this would have been a perfect weekend for this challenge, but we had some extra financial blessing, so we were taking care of some long-term needs like replacing our leaky oil pan. Thank you Jesus!

Earlier this week my sister picked up Les Misérables from the library for us to see, so last night we watched this. And there’s no way I could have crocheted much through that movie. I was alternating between hating the system of that time (lifetime parole, really?) and bawling at all the other stuff going on. Yowza.

Then today we were taking care of business. New workout shoes for me, that have been so desperately needed. The THM book, so we have a healthier eating pattern. A new blender…I have dairy issues so I don’t like eating cereal for  breakfast very much, so I’ve been eager to start doing smoothies or green juice for breakfast.

But I digress. Wildly.

So back on track…I didn’t get any done. If I had thought about it, I could have brought my crocheting with me while we were running errands…but obviously I didn’t think about it. I’ve decided I need a 31 bag for carrying my iPad, crochet/knit project, sketchpad, notepad, pens & pencils everywhere.

So my husband & I just finished watching World War Z (which I actually did like…even though I cracked a terrible joke about it), and we’re about to start Star Trek Into Darkness. Oh Benedict Cumberbatch, be still my beating heart…try not to distract me, I have a scarf to finish making!

Talk to me…what do you watch while crocheting/knitting? What can you not possibly craft during? How are you doing on your projects?

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❤)

6 Fast Resources: Day 5 of Fiber Crafting

The weekend challenge is still running, so this will be a quick post. If you’re new to crocheting, or new to knitting, or you just like to know about good resources, here are some places to get started:

  • Ravelry | It’s full of helps for knitters/crocheters. It’s got a pattern database, a place to inventory your stash, a place to a inventory your hooks/needles, a place to track your current projects, and a place to brag about completions. It also has forums & groups to meet up with other like-minded crafters. You can find me at amandasuehowell.
  • Craftsy | Okay this place is like Candyland to me. It has classes (on knitting, crocheting, and so much more*), patterns, they have project ideas, and they have a shop for supplies. I could spend a FORTUNE on this site!
  • Lion Brand | One of my favorite yarn companies for inexpensive yarn, they also have a bunch of free patterns on their site! You can choose patterns based on what you want to make, who you want to make it for, whether you want to knit or crochet, and how experienced you are. You can also select from a selection of paid patterns as well. You can probably check for these sorts of patterns on your yarn brand of preference.
  • Dummies.com | Don’t laugh. I’m a HUGE fan of Dummies books. And I have used this website so many times for reminding myself how to do a particular crochet stitch. And they  have a section for knitting too, which I’ll be using like crazy once I finish my to-be-done crochet projects.
  • KnitPicks | Disclaimer: I haven’t bought a single dang thing from this site. But oh my gosh, I am so in love with their yarn just from the sight of it, and when I’m good enough to warrant spending more on better yarn, here’s one place I’m coming. Plus, I love giving gifts to my clients, so it’s a good place for me to know about if I ever get a client who’s into knitting/crocheting. 😀
  • KnitFreedom | This one is my only “knitting only” resource. Liat (pronounced Lee-AHT) has amazing advice for getting your knitting off to the right start. I haven’t done much with knitting yet, just because I can crochet more quickly than I can knit (not that my current undone projects could prove that…) I will say that if you’re a crocheter, her instructions on continental style knitting seem to be supremely helpful! She has some free lessons, and some paid ones.
I was able to knit so neatly once I learned to knit continental style.
I was able to knit so much more neatly once I learned to knit continental style.

I’d love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite resources? What’s your favorite yarn? How are you doing on the weekend challenge?
If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❤)

Weekend Challenge | Day 4 of Fiber Crafting

Okay I’m keeping this one short & sweet. I’m also posting it nice & early so you have plenty of time to get going on this.

All I want you to do? Pick one project, and finish it. There are just a few rules to this challenge:

  • It has to fall within the parameters of fiber crafting (as discussed in yesterday’s post).
  • It has to be one that you have already started. No starting with a brand new project to make yourself look extra awesome. 🙂
  • I want you to take a picture of where you are. It doesn’t have to be a good picture…just a quick phone-camera shot will do. Just something that shows how much you have completed so far.
  • Take another one when you’re done! 🙂
This is the very beginnings of a "half double crochet in the front only" scarf. It's simple, but it's snuggly.
This is the very beginnings of a “half double crochet in the front only” scarf. It’s simple, but it’s snuggly.
This isn't a great picture, but you get the idea of how far I am. Not very far at all. lol
This isn’t a great picture, but you get the idea of how far I am. Not very far at all. lol

 

Bonus points if you share the pictures! Oh and if you complete one project, you are absolutely allowed to pick up another one, so long as it’s one that’s been previously started. If you are absolutely out of half-started fiber crafting projects, you may start a new one. 🙂

Please comment below, and let me know what you’ll be working on this weekend! I love hearing from you. 🙂

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❤)