Winner of the Malabrigo Yarn

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Congrats to Stephanie who won with the following comment:

My favorite shades of green are chartreuse, creme de menthe and teal!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Be sure to follow the blog, I’m moving soon (more on that later), so I’m going to be amping up the giveaways to lighten the load we have to pack.

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Zoomigurumi 4 ~ 15 Super Cute Amigurumis ~ Plus A Giveaway!!!

The book was provided to me for an honest review.
The book was provided to me free of charge for an honest review.

 

Zoomigurumi 4 by Joke Vermeiren  is a compilation of 15 adorable animals by 13 talented crochet designers.

The first thing I noticed, and really loved about the book, is its clean, clear layout. The pictures are simple and highlight the creature being made.

Nothing to distract you from what you are making.

Each animal, though made many times before as amigurumi, had a very unique and original take on it. They don’t look like a carbon copy of what’s been made before. They seem to have their own personalities and quirks that make them special in a world of endless ami (short for amigurumi) animals.

Plus, even though the amis were made by 13 different designers, the animals have a cohesion like they were all planned by the same person. I’ve seen compilation books in the past that look haphazard and thrown together without a clear sense of direction. Before I realized that there were 13 different designers for this book, I thought the patterns were all made by one person. That is how well they all work together.

Looking at the actual patterns I was pleased to see consistent terminology throughout. The tech editior ensured that even though there are 13 different voices writing the patterns, we get one consistent voice for the written instruction. Also, even though the book is not from the US (it’s from Belgium)., the book uses US terminology.

Another thing I found helpful, which is great if you are new to ami making, is the photo tutorials for each pattern.

Almost all the patterns have these helpful close ups of difficult parts of the ami.
Almost all the patterns have these helpful close ups of difficult parts of the ami.

They  took the most difficult portion of each pattern and made short photo tutorials to help you in your construction.

Now for the actual animals. It is rare when I find an ami book where I liked so many of the designs.  This book was cute pattern after cute pattern. Each page I turned I liked the next animal better than the last.

I will be completely honest and say I didn’t love all 15, there were one or two I probably would never make, but they were still cute in there own right, just not my style. However there were a few that I absolutely loved.  The  sheep and seahorse were favorites, but there were about another six that came in close second.

So cute!!
So cute!!

I love the little detail of the cartoon versions of the crocheted project. They are dead on.

There are skill levels listed for each pattern which range from easy to advanced, so all levels will love this book. Looking through the patterns even the advanced patterns don’t look too difficult if you have enough determination. As with most amigurumi, once you are used to increasing and decreasing in single crochet, you can make just about anything.

I am definitely a fan of the zoomigurumi and will be checking out the other first three in the series. You can see pictures of all the critters in this book here.

Do you have any of the zoomgiurumi series? Which one, and how do you like it?

Zoomigurumi Showdown and Giveaway Time

So I thought I would have a cuteness showdown for you to vote on as your official entry for this giveaway.

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Will it be Sofi the rainbow spotted sheep?
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Or Sammy the sheepish seahorse?

Sofi the Sheep vs. Sammy the Seahorse

What’s at stake?

This super cute yarn holder.

You get the twine too!
You get the twine too!

It’s actually a twine holder, but as soon as I saw it, it reminded me of a yarn spool holder.

You screw the bird off the top, put your spool or cake of yarn on the spindle, and now you have a ball of yarn that won’t roll around as you crochet.

How to Enter?

In the comments below, tell me who is your favorite for cutest amigurumi: Sofi or Sammy. If you’re not a fan of either, check out the other critters in the book here and tell us which is your favorite from the pictures (don’t worry about their name, you can just way which animal.)*

*US residents only please. Entries are accepted until April 30th, 2015, midnight Pacific time. Winner will be chosen and announced May 1st, 2015.

New Pattern 50% Off Plus Win A Hank of Malabrigo Yarn!

Meadow Cowl
Meadow Cowl

The rolling rows of the green meadow cowl are an easy stitch pattern to remember that creates a beautiful finished product. Worked in rows and then joined at the end, make this a great project for beginners.

50% Off

Use promo code: meadow50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, March 15th, midnight Pacific time.

Buy Now


 

Win A Hank Of Malabrigo

So soft!!!
So soft!!!

You can win this hank of Malabrigo Worsted yarn in Emerald green.

This lush Merino Wool is Kettle dyed and contains 210 yards per hank. Plenty of yardage to make a beanie or cowl.

To Enter

Leave a comment in this post letting us know what your favorite color of green is. Do you like forest green or pea green? Let us know!*

*US residents only please. Contest closes March 31st, 2015 midnight Pacific time. Winner will be announced April 1st, 2015

Congrats To The Winners!!

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Congrats to the winners of the Yarn and Poncho Pattern giveaways!

The Poncho Pattern goes to Miriam O. who left the following comment:

I love to both knit and crochet but I think knit lace looks nicer. Thanks for the opportunity!

And the winner of the Sweet Sports yarn is Dawn W. who left this comment:

I love purples and greens together and orange and eds together too! Thanks for the chance to win such pretty yarn!

Thanks to everyone who entered. I’m working on the next giveaway so be sure to follow the blog to get notification as soon as it’s up!

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Newest Knitcrate ~ Win A Poncho Pattern From It

The newest Knitcrate arrived and I’m loving the 100% Alpaca yarn that came with it. Check out the video below for the reveal and how much everything was worth. See the giveaway below that to enter to win one of the goodies that came in it.

Giveaway

Vera Poncho
Vera Poncho

Win this beautiful knit Vera Poncho pattern by leaving a comment in this post telling us if you enjoy doing lace work in knit or crochet.*

Update: Don’t know why I was calling it a shawl in the title. 🙂 It’s a poncho!!

*Entries accepted until Feb. 28th, 2015 midnight Pacific time. The winner will be chosen and announced March 1st, 2015. Contest open to everyone.

More Yarn To Giveaway!! Win This Hank of Sweet Sport ~ $26 Value

Delicious Yarns Sweet Sport
Delicious Yarns Sweet Sport

I’ve just made a new pattern (you’ll see that later) made with this super cute yarn and I’ve saved a hank for one of you.

This hank of Delicious Yarns Sweet Sport in Green Tea is a 100% Superwash Merino sport weight yarn.It is very soft and squishy and has 310 yards in its 100 gram hank. The splash of blue makes for a cute flecked design throughout your crocheted project.

How To Win

Leave a comment below about your favorite two color combo (in honor of the two tones of this yarn.)*

*US residents only please. Entries accepted until Feb. 28th, 2015 midnight Pacific time. The winner will be chosen and announced March 1st, 2015.

It’s Knitcrate Time!

The newest Knitcrate arrived. I am loving what I got this month. You can check out the reveal video to see everything and its value. Then be sure to enter to win the knit patterns below.


Giveaway

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Great Cowl!

 

Cute fingerless gloves.
Cute fingerless gloves.

These two knit patterns are super cute and can be yours. Just leave a comment below with your current WIP (work in progress) to be entered.*

Entries open to everyone and close Jan. 31st ,2015 midnight Pacific time. Winner to be announced the next day. Winner will receive the promo codes to download the patterns from Knticrate. 

New Free Pattern ~ Great For Beginners

Beginner Bias Scarf
Beginner Bias Scarf

Here is that free pattern I promised yesterday. Using 2 skeins of Amazing yarn by Lion Brand, this scarf is worked on the diagonal to give boring single crochet new life.

The step-by-step video tutorial is perfect for new crocheters because I explain all the stitches in detail.

Already have a grasp on crochet and don’t need the video? Head straight for the pattern and get started.

Don’t forget to enter to win your own Amazing yarn here.

Download the pattern and watch the video here.

Lefties click here.

Win Some Amazing Yarn!!

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No, literally it’s Amazing Yarn!! Win two skeins of Lion Brand Amazing yarn in Glacier Bay.

Tomorrow I will post a free pattern workshop using this yarn, but in the mean time, enter to win your own.

One lucky reader will win both skeins.

How to Enter

 

Leave a comment below telling us your favorite dessert (I love everyone’s awesome comments on these contests and I can’t wait to get some new ideas for desserts to try).*

US residents only please. Entries are accepted until January 31st, 2015 midnight Pacific time. I’ll choose and post the winner Feb. 1st, 2015

Check out a video review of the Amazing yarn below and see a preview of the free pattern that will show up tomorrow.

 

Congrats To The Winner Of The Yarnista Desk Calendar

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Congrats to Annehaun who won the Yarnista Desk Calendar with the following comment:

My favorite month is September – love the fall weather, changing leaves and crisp feel in the air.

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