Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Amigurumi Supplies



I have been working on Easter projects and took a local workshop on making crochet Amigurmi creatures. The workshop was fun, but short on details about where to locate resources. So after tracking down some of my own I thought I would add a blog on the topic.

First, I have tried some of the free egg patterns on the Internet, but most of the ones I have located are for egg cozies not stuffed Easter Eggs. I located an egg pattern in, Amigurumi World by, ana Paula Rimoli, that has worked perfectly. The egg pattern has proved wonderful as a base pattern for a bunny and I hope to try a chick soon. I am also going to try some variegated eggs for fun.

I borrowed the book from the library to determine if it would be of use to me. Then I ordered it when I found a great online sale. Just a word to the wise, at one point there must have been a bad printing. The copy that arrived was missing six pattern pages. The pages were present, but blank. I returned it and the company is honoring the sale price and sending another copy. It is easy enough to check if purchasing in the store. If you order online, do check your copy when you receive it to make sure you did not get one of the bad copies. Since I was looking for the egg pattern, I flipped there first and sure enough, that pattern along with three others was missing. The pictures were present.



At the workshop, we discussed the need to use safety eyes. You will notice many of the books have plastic eyes in the pictures of the patterns. I tried satin stitching the eyes of my first bunny and he now looks more appropriate as a Halloween decoration. I suspect with practice and thread instead of yarn I could get better. However, I did want to try the plastic option. The woman who taught the workshop unfortunately did not know the name of the brand she used or what the actual name of the eyes were which made an online search more challenging.

For those of you who are looking for a starting point, I did locate both eyes and noses. I found 12 mm 6pcs Darice Solid Black Eyes at AC Moore and JoAnn Fabrics. Michaels is moving to a new store in our area so I was unable to determine if they carry them. JoAnn Fabrics also carried Darice Animal Noses 21 mm 4 pcs. JoAnn's carried a variety of eye sizes. I picked up several sizes to experiment with in future projects I have planned. At this moment, their prices were considerably cheaper than AC Moore. I like being able to purchase locally when I can so items are available when I run out. However, if people have suggestions of online or physical stores to visit for these items, please let me know. When I asked at a few stores they were not aware that people were searching for these products.


When I finally finish some worthy of pictures I'll post some of my own work.





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Friday, January 15, 2010

Barbie Magazine Patterns


I have been stumbling across Barbie patterns both in new and old copies of magazines. I decided for myself and others who are interested to start listing where I find them and what types of patterns are available.

I have discovered our local library carries older copies of magazines and I'm finding through interlibrary loan I can go back a few years on some titles to find different types of patterns. I'm finding white elephant sales and yard sales also seem to good resources for finding craft magazines. Family and friends are often willing to let you borrow a pattern as well if you know the month and year.

I will keep updating this blog entry as I discover more resources. Please feel free to comment with any others I should add that are available for people to access.


Crochet:

Barbie Ski Bunny Remake
Crochet Today Jan/Feb 2010

Barbie Beach Wear
Barbie and Ken
Crochet World June 2009

GI Camo Outfit and Tent
Crochet World August 2009







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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Knit and Crochet Easter Free Patterns




I was amazed how many great Easter knitting and crochet free patterns were available. I started this list while I was researching the Halloween blogs and it continues to grow.

I thought I would add some of my own Easter photographs that have come from this using these links.

The carrot rattle was fun and easy to do.



The Easter basket for Barbie has turned into a requested item. Even Ken had to get one.

























Crochet:

American Girl 18" Doll Patterns:

American Girl Easter Basket Cobbler's Cabin

Dress with Easter Bunny Ears from Red Heart

Easter Bonnet

Easter Bunny Hat

Barbie Fashion Doll Crochet Patterns:


Barbie Easter Basket

Barbie Easter Bonnet

Barbie Fashion Doll Easter Dress

Easter Dress from Happy Yellow on Ravelry Thread



Crochet Easter Patterns:

Kitchen and Home Patterns:

Bunny Dishcloth

Bunny Filet Afghan

Bunny Towel Ring

Duck Bib

Egg Coaster

Egg Coaster 2

Egg Dishcloth

Egg Hot Pad

Egg Hot Pad

Egg Potholder

Decorations and Toys:

Baskets:

Basket

Easter Basket

Easter Basket

Lion Brand Baby Wool Basket

Lion Brand Springtime Basket


Bunnies:

Ami Bunny

Ami Bunny Heads

Bunnies with Carrot House

Baby Bunny

Bunny

Bunny and Carrot Rattle (not one pictured on this blog)

Bunny, Basket, Eggs, Flowers

Bunny Boo

Bunny Hat

Bunny in a Basket

Carrot the Bunny

Chocolate Bunny

Chocolate Bunnies

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny Floppy Ears

Easter Bunny Candy Holder

Love Bunny

Eggs

Fun Fur Bunny

Hungry Bunny Chocolate Colored Eats Veggies


My First Bunny

Peep Bunny

Wee Rabbit

Chicks and Ducks:

Baby Chick

Chick Cosies Family with Hats

Chicken and Duck Egg Cosies

Chicklett

Duck

Fun Fur Duck

Peep Chick

Eggs:

Art Deco Eggs

Easter Eggs and Basket

Egg

Egg From Bev's Country Cottage

Egg Lion Brand

Mrs. Egghead and her Husband

Pineapple Easter Egg

Red Heart

Stuffed Easter Egg

Vampire Easter Egg

Victorian Easter Egg Ornaments

Other Animals and Toys:

Bear in Bunny Clothes

Doll with Bunny Ears and Basket

Lamb

Lamb 2

Little Lamb

Other Toys and Decorations:

Carrot Rattle

Donna's Crochet

Easter Lily

Tote

Wreath



Knit:

American Girl 18" Doll Patterns:

Easter Dress



Kitchen and Home Patterns:

Bunny Dish Cloth

Easter Basket Dish Cloth

Egg Dish Cloth

Egg Hot Pad

Decorations and Toys:

Baskets:

Basket

Bunnies:

Bunny

Bunny

Bunny Nuggets

Bunny to Duck Duck to Bunny Toy

Chicks and Ducks:

Chicken and Duck Cozies

Chicks

Chicks 2

Chubby Chicks

Duck

Eggs:

Decorated Eggs

Easter Eggs and Basket

Eggs

Eggs

Jean Greenhowe's Eggs

Eggs from self-striping yarn

Other Toys and Decorations:

Finger Puppets

Jean Greenhowe's Easter Treats

Knitting on the Net

Toys That Fit in Easter Eggs

Loom Knitting:

Bitsy Bunnies

Blossom the Hip Hop Flower Bunny

Bunny

Bunny Loom Knitting

Chick Dish Cloth

Easter Eggs

Easter Purse

Life and Crafts

Sewing:

Bunny Speedsters

Check out my Easter Project Blogs:

Amigurumi Easter Bunnies

Amigurumi Ducks and Chicks

Barbie Easter Basket

Carrot Rattle

Crochet Easter Eggs


These pictures may not be used without my written permission.

Monday, January 4, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Plastic Canvas



For those looking for St. Patrick's Day Plastic Canvas I have found a few and will continue to update as I locate more free patterns.

Bear Tote

Celtic Knot Pin

Free Patterns

Happy St. Patrick's Day Sign

Pot of Gold




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Sunday, January 3, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Crochet and Knitting
























I have had requests for those hard to find St. Patrick's Day Patterns and here is what I have located. I will continue to update as I locate more.

Crochet:

Crochet Pattern Central

Barbie Fashion Doll Crochet Patterns:

Barbie St. Patrick's Day Dress Page 1 Page 2

American Girl Crochet Patterns:

Top 'O the Morning

St. Patrick's Day Crochet:

Kitchen and Home Patterns:

Afghan Four Leaf Clover

Afghan Shamrock

Crochetnmore Shamrock Coaster

Hat and Shamrock Pot Holders

Leprechaun Dishcloth

Leprechaun Toilet Tissue Cover

Shamrock Coaster

Shamrock Dishcloth

Shamrock Pot Holder

Shamrock Pot Holder 2





















Decorations:

Allfreecrafts Shamrock

Clover Square

Crochet Me Kitty

Four Diamond Shamrock Granny Square

Granny Square

Kitrick the Leprechaun

Leprechaun Hat

Leprechaun Hat Welcome Sign

Leprechaun Snowmen

Lucky Leprechaun

Paddy O'Possum

Pot of Gold

Pot of Gold Crochet Memories

Rose Bud Irish Lassie Doll Pattern

Shamrock

Shamrock Door Hanger

Shamrock Pillow Doll

Shamrock Pin

St. Patrick's Kitty Amigurumi

Top Hat




Knit:

Kitchen and Home Patterns:

KrisKnits Dishcloth Patterns

Four Leaf Clover Dish Cloth

Shamrock Dish Cloth

Shamrock Hot Pad

Shamrock Lace Dish Cloth

St. Patrick's Dish Cloths


Decorations:

Rufus the Leprechaun

Shamrock

Shamrock Baby Booties

Loom Knitting:

Leprechaun

Leprechaun Hat

Leprechaun Mug Hug

Shamrock

Pictures may not be used without written permission.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

Valentines Day Knit and Crochet Resources




It is always nice to have free resources to make for the holidays. I prefer to have options to choose from rather than having to select from a few available patterns. That is why I am always looking for new patterns to add to the list.


Crochet:

Crochet Pattern Central

American Girl/18" Doll Valentine's Patterns:

Sweetheart Set

Barbie Doll Crochet Valentine's Patterns:

Barbie Skirt Pattern

Off the Shoulder Sweetheart Dress thread



Valentine's Crochet:

Kitchen and Home:

Afghans:

Afghan

Be My Valentine

Happy Heart

Heart Afghans

Warm My Heart

Coasters and Doiles:

Frilly Heart Coaster

Heart Coaster

Heart Coaster 2

Heart Doily



Dishcloths, Pot Holders and Towel Tableclothes:

Center of My Heart Dishcloth

Country Heart Dishcloth

Fancy Heart Dishcloth

Heart Pot Holder

Hearts Go Around Dishcloth

Soul Hearts Dishcloth

Tablecloth

Sugar'n Cream - Valentine Dishcloth

Sweetheart Crochet Dishcloth

Textured Heart Kitchen Set

Valentine Heart Dishcloth

Vintage Dishcloth

Towel Toppers:

Towel Topper

Towel Topper Heart

Other Home and Kitchen Items:

Garland

Heart Bag

Heart Pendant

Heart Picture Frame Crochet Magazine

Stripe Bag

Valentine Earing Holder



Decorations:

Bugs

Ami Heart

Ami Hearts

Amigurumi Hearts

Bear

Bear with Heart

Bear with Heart 2

Bev's Heart Crochet Squares

Box of Chocolates

Bunny

Cu-Pig

Envelope

Flying Hearts

Heart Bookmark

Heart Cookies

Heart Magnet

Heart Pin Magnet

Heart Pin and Swag

Heart Shaped Baby Dolls

Heart Square

Heart Square 2

I Love You Dude Character

Learn How to Crochet Patterns

Lily Valentine's Doll

Long Stemmed Roses

Love Birds Lion Brand

Love Bug

Love Bunny

Love Bunny Adaptation

Owl

Sweetheart Bunny

Sweetheart Earrings

Valentine Mouse

Valentine Scarf Naidascrochet



Knit:

American Girl/18" Doll Valentine's Patterns:

Heart Sweater

Sweetheart Cardigan


Barbie Fashion Doll Valentine's Knit Patterns:

Barbie Outfit

Valentine Bag for Barbie

Valentine Heart Dress

Valentine's Knit Patterns:

Kitchen and Home:

Dishcloths:

Baby Hearts Dish Cloth

Dish Cloth

From My Heart to Yours Dish Cloth

Hearts Dish Cloth

I Love You Dish Cloth

Nine-o-Hearts Dish Cloth

Sweetheart Dish Cloth 1

Topsy Turvey Hearts Dish Cloth

Valentine's Dish Cloth

X's and O's Dish Cloth

Pot Holders:

Beginner Heart Pot Holder

Heart Pot Holder

Other Kitchen and Home:

Fun Fur Heart Pillow

Heart Pillow

Socks

Decorations:

Bear Heart Sweater for 6" Bear

Hearts

Knitting on the Net

Love Bug

Loom Knitting:

Double Hearts

Heart

Heart Dish Cloth

Love Birds Scroll Down

Love Bug

Check out these pages for more ideas:

Knit and Crochet Flowers

Knit and Crochet Earrings


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