Book Review: Crocheted Softies by Stacey Trock

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Today’s book review is going to be on Stacey Trock’s second Amigurumi book titled Crocheted Softies. Comparing this book to her first book, which you can check out here, she has done another wonderful job in coming up with more adorable designs. With this book, the designs featured are animals from around the world.

book-review-crochet-softiesMuch like the first book, Stacey provides information about different stitches, yarn and yarn substitutes, and how to make child-safe eyes. She also has different yarn weights, a glossary of abbreviations, and resources where you can purchase different yarns and other materials towards the back of the book. Throughout the book, Stacey provides little tips to help you create each stuffed animal. Featured in the book are two different animals from each part of the world. For example, from Africa she features a cute giraffe and elephant. She even created two different aliens from outer space.

crochet-softies-book-reviewWhat I love about this book is how well-written it is. Stacey makes it easy to create each of these animals by providing detailed instructions that are easy to follow. Most of the animals start off with a basic head and body shape, so once you have that, you can continue on with whatever animal you are making. I highly recommend checking this book out and discovering your next project.

To find out more information about Stacey Trock, please visit her website: http://www.freshstitches.com/

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My Favorite/Most Used Yarn Brands

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Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite/most used yarn brands. I’m sure I will be adding to this list, but for now these are the yarns I tend to gravitate towards. These aren’t in any specific order.  I’ve also included some pictures of some items I have made using these yarns to help you get a better understanding of what it looks like once it’s worked up in a project. I hope you enjoy my list, and let me know what some of your favorite/most used yarns are.

Deborah Norville Everyday Yarn-This is a soft, acrylic yarn that doesn’t pill. I really enjoy working with this yarn as I feel like it glides smoothly on my crochet hook. There are many solid colors available, but some variegated colors as well.

Bernat Softee Baby-This soft, acrylic yarn is probably my most used yarn for baby items. This yarn has many different solid colors as well as some variegated colors. This yarn also has a pretty sheen to it, much like Caron Simply Soft.

Bernat Softee White Mint GrayChevron Baby Blanket 3Caron Simply Soft-Much like the other yarns, this is a soft acrylic yarn. This is classified as a #4 worsted weight yarn, but it’s more on the thinner side. This has a nice sheen to it and many, many different colors to choose from. I love working with this yarn, especially for scarves as I feel like everything turns out really pretty.

caron-simply-softbaby-sweaterBernat Blanket Yarn-This yarn is a super plush yarn that is perfect for blankets (hence the name). You can purchase just the Bernat Blanket Yarn, which can be used for home décor or you can purchase Bernat Baby Blanket for baby projects. Of course, you can always mix and match these two together as they are the same. The baby line has more baby colors while the regular blanket yarn has more colors you would find in homes. I love the squishiness of this yarn and have made many blankets.

Bernat Baby Blanket 2Bernat 4Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly-This is more of a DK weight baby yarn, but I find that it’s comparable to Bernat Softee Baby. This acrylic yarn is available in many different baby colors.

I Love This Yarn-This is a Hobby Lobby exclusive yarn. This yarn comes in TONS of different solid and variegated colors. This is one of the softest acrylic yarns I have ever used. A lot of people have compared it to Red Heart Super Saver in terms of color options, but it is noticeably softer.

There you go! I hope you enjoyed my list of favorite/most used yarns. Have you tried any of these yarn brands? What are some of your favorite yarns to work with?

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Where Do I Typically Purchase Yarn?

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Today I’ll be talking about where I typically purchase my yarn from. As any crocheter knows, you need to have lots of yarn on hand for any projects you are working on. Everyone has their favorites, but these are some of the places where I find I frequent the most when I need to pick up some more yarn.

20161025_13144220161025_13125520161025_131227The first store is Joann Fabrics. I like to go here as it’s pretty close to my house. However, I do stop at other Joann Fabric locations if I’m in the area. The one near my house has a small yarn section, unfortunately, which is why I sometimes prefer to go to other bigger locations. I’m signed up for their mailing list as well as their email list, so I’m constantly getting bombarded with coupons. In store, you are able to use multiple coupons per transaction, as long as it isn’t the exact same coupon. Online, though, you are only able to use one coupon per order. I find a lot of my yarn here for a cheaper price, as I’m able to use many different coupons. I really enjoy the Big Twist yarn, which is sold exclusively at Joann Fabrics.

20161022_14401320161022_14354720161022_143537I also enjoy going to Michaels stores. Sometimes I can find great deals on yarn, but I don’t feel as though they have as many coupons as Joann Fabrics does. I am signed up with their Michaels Rewards Program, which helps me save an additional amount on each transaction. There is a Michaels store near me that has a pretty good selection of yarn. However, I tend to go to different locations to see what they have. Caron Cakes are sold exclusively at Michaels stores, so that’s always a plus. I have bought yarn online from Michaels, too.

20161103_15330920161103_15375720161103_153559Occasionally I will purchase yarn from Walmart or Hobby Lobby. I don’t go to Hobby Lobby often, but I do enjoy their I Love This Yarn line. I feel like they have a great selection of colors to choose from. I wish their yarn would go on sale more often, and for a much better price than only 30 cents cheaper, but that’s just my opinion. I don’t purchase yarn from Walmart too often as I feel like it’s just much of the same. Most of the time my Walmart is picked over and not properly stocked. Plus they usually just carry Red Heart Super Saver, when instead I’m looking for a Bernat brand. However, if I do want to purchase Red Heart Super Saver, I can usually get this much cheaper than I would at either Joann Fabrics or Michaels stores.

Overall, I tend to buy my yarn from big box stores. I haven’t branched out and bought any handspun yarn yet, but I have a feeling I might at some point. For now, I will stick with my big box stores.

What are your favorite stores to purchase yarn from? Let me know in the comments below.

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Yarn Haul-Impeccable, Big Twist Premium, Bernat Softee Baby, and Caron Cake

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Today I’m going to be sharing with you a quick yarn haul. I recently picked up this yarn because I wanted to make a few last minute items for an upcoming craft fair.

The first yarn I picked up is Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn. This yarn is sold exclusively at Michaels stores. When I purchased this yarn, they had a sale where you bought 2 and you get the 3rd skein free. I ended up getting 9 skeins, 3 of them being free. I thought that was an amazing deal that I couldn’t pass up. With these colors, I ended up making some penguin hats as well as some snowmen hats. These hats will be available for purchase in my Etsy Shop within the next couple of weeks.

img_2465img_2466img_2467Next, I went to Joann Fabrics to pick up a little more yarn. I saw someone had made emoji hats, so I was interested in making some of my own. I couldn’t find the perfect bright yellow yarn, which is why I ended up at Joann Fabrics. The yarn I picked up with is Big Twist Premium in the color Tumeric. I thought this was the perfect color for the emoji hats. I also picked up two skeins of white in the same brand. I didn’t really have any idea how to make the emoji faces, so I kind of made it up as I went along.

I also picked up four more Caron Cakes in the colors Blueberry Cheesecake and Faerie Cake. I picked up two cakes of each. I’m not sure what I’m going to make with these yet, but I can’t wait to use them. I recently completed my first crochet pattern using this yarn. The Bernat Softee Baby yarn is going to be part of my upcoming baby collection, which will debut at the end of January.

img_2469img_2471Overall, I’m glad I was able to pick up some of this yarn and make some new things with them. I’m also happy that I was able to get this yarn when it was on sale. I still have a bunch of this yarn leftover, so I’ll probably save it and use it to make more of these hats in the future when my stock in running low.

Have you ever used these yarn brands before? What are your thoughts?

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Caron Cake Crochet Blanket Pattern

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In my last post, I talked about my review of the Caron Cake yarn. This yarn has definitely made a name for itself in the yarn community, to the point where some Michaels stores are running out faster than they can put these on the shelf. After picking up a couple to start with, I decided to make my very own crochet pattern. Since I love making baby blankets, I thought it was very fitting to make a blanket using these Caron Cakes.

caron-cake-bumbleberrybumbleberry-caron-cakeI was looking through my Crochet Stitch Dictionary book, which I have a review on, to help me decide which stitch to use. I decided to go with the V-stitch. I found this stitch to be very pretty, but very simple. I ended up using 3 Caron Cakes in the colorway Bumbleberry. The finished baby blanket measures to be a total of 43” x 36”.

If you are interested in making this baby blanket, please see below for the free pattern.

caron-cake-blanket-3caron-cake-blanket-2caron-cake-blanket-4Yarn-Caron Cake in Bumbleberry (I used 3 cakes)

Hook: I-9

Blanket measures: 43” x 36”

PATTERN:

Ch 130 +2 for foundation chain

Row 1: 2 DC in 4th ch from hook, *skip next ch, 2 DC in next ch; rep from * to last 2 ch, skip next ch, 1 DC in last ch, ch 3 and turn.

Row 2: *Skip next 2 sts, 2 DC between 2nd skipped st and next st; rep from * to last 2 sts, skip 1 st, 1 DC in turning ch, ch 3 and turn.

Row 3 and on: repeat row 2 until desired length

And there you go! I hope you enjoyed this pattern. If you have tried this pattern, or made something similar, please let me know in the comments below.

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Yarn Review: Caron Cakes

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Today I’ll be reviewing Caron Cake Yarn in the colors Bumbleberry and Lemon Lime. I saw this yarn all over YouTube and different crafty websites, so I knew I had to get my hands on this and try it out for myself!

This yarn is classified as a 4-worsted weight yarn. For crocheters, the recommended hook size is a 5mm H-8. For the knitters, the recommended needle size is a 5mm US 8. This yarn is made of 80% acrylic and 20% wool. Each cake of this is a total of 383 yards. This yarn comes in 18 different beautiful shades with some clever names I might add.

This yarn is soft and very easy to work with. I enjoy the color changes as it makes the project that more interesting. While this yarn is soft, if you are highly allergic to wool, I would skip this yarn. The colors I picked up are in Bumbleberry (purple colors) and Lemon Lime (green colors).

caron-cake-bumbleberrybumbleberry-caron-cakecaron-cake-lemon-limelemon-lime-caron-cakeStay tuned for this weekend where I will share with you my first crochet pattern using one of these colors!

Have you worked with this yarn? How do you like it? What have you made with it?

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Crochet Football Hats Available

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Football season is in full swing! Why not show support of your favorite team with one of these football hats?

These hats come in sizes newborn all the way to adult. These hats feature earflaps and braided tails. Don’t like this option? Then you can customize your hat into a beanie instead.

You can choose from any of the 32 NFL football teams. Featured here are the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.

If interested, check out my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/amandacrochets22. These football hats will only be available on my Facebook page for a limited time, so get them while you can!

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