The good folks over at Meteoor Books sent me a free copy of their newest Zoomigurumi book, Zoomigurumi 6. I’ve reviewed a past copy and was very excited to see what new animals were getting the Zoomigurumi treatment.
Just like the past version I received, the book is a collection of 15 patterns by a variety of designers (15 ones in this book, 12 in the previous). Though they are all by different people, you get the feel of a very cohesive vision throughout the book. I give lots of credit to the publishers for their great effort at this cohesion (I feel like Tim Gunn during Fashion Week).
Each little critter is presented with step-by-step instructions with plenty of picture tutorials for difficult portions.
All the patterns use basic amigurumi stitches, so lots of single crochet. None of the patterns seem too difficult so that even a novice at amigurumi could make these. They are all well thought out and just plain cute!
I love that each little guy gets his own cartoon version of itself in the material section.
There are so many cute critters I can’t pick just one favorite.
Do you have any of the Zoomigurumi books? Which one is your favorite? Let us know below and go check out Zoomigurumi 6 on sale now!
I never actually hated the Clover Pom Pom Maker. I just was frustrated with it because I couldn’t get it to work correctly. I was ending up with misshapen floppy balls instead of dense beautiful hearts (see video below for the sad balls).
I finally figured out I was totally doing it wrong!
It’s actually quite easy once you understand the steps, and now I totally love it!
I made a video showing how and why I was doing it wrong and then showing how to make the super cute heart shaped pom poms step-by-step.
Have you tried this maker before? How did you like it? Let us know below.
I sent my request to the awesome husband and wife team of Brian and Makenzie and they said, “just make another video and we’ll send you a hook.”
I said, “You bet!”
I chose my size and wood and told them which topper I liked and I left the rest up to them. I got a custom-made hook that I love so much! I’m not giving anything else away though. If you want to see which wood and design I received and all the awesome features of the hook, you’ll have to check out the video below.
No! There is no discernible difference that I could tell while crocheting with the Haven for Hands set. The handles have the same ergonomic rubberized grips. The aluminum shaft and hook are well made with no burrs or pieces where the yarn might catch. They are all around fantastic.
If you’ve been wanting the Clover Amour, but didn’t want to spend that much on a set, this set is perfect. Even better I think because you get all the extras and the super cute case.
See more of the set and a side by side comparison of the Clover Amour in the video I made below.
The wonderful folks over at amigurumipatterns.net have sent me their newest book and as a treat they sent an extra copy for me to giveaway to one of you.
Before I get to the giveaway though, let me first tell you about the book.
Amigurumi Fairy Tales takes well known children’s fairy tales and turns the characters into little amigurumis.
Unlike the previous Zoomigurumi books, the patterns in this book were all designed by one person – Tessa van Riet-Ernst. Checking out her past patterns on Ravelry you can see she specializes in super cute stuffed creatures and this book is no different.
From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the adorable Ugly Duckling there are so many projects to choose from. She has recreated every character from each of the stories (including seven individual goats from one tale) to recreate at home.
Even though the designer and publishers of the book are Dutch, the book is written in US terms with very easy-to-understand instructions.
As with all of the books by this publisher, the pictures are fantastic and include very helpful step by step tutorials for hard parts of each pattern. Plus there is a whole amigurumi tutorial section in the front to help anyone just learning this fun type of crochet.
Some of the things I love about this book:
A portion of each tale is highlighted along with the pattern.The portion of the story highlighted usually goes along with the picture on that page. Nice extra touch.
Some the characters have cute tiny accessories, my favorite being the fish the papa bear holds in the Goldilocks tale.
The hair for each character is different. There are individual techniques for Snow White’s short curls, Rupunzel’s long locks and every other hair in the book.
The outfits are all different as well. I like that each character has an individual look and many of them are familiar to the fairy tales as we know them today (see Snow White as an example above.)
The entire book is so much fun to look through and I keep seeing new things each time I look (did you notice the evil queen’s silhouette handing Snow White the apple in the picture above?) The book is well written, laid out beautifully and includes projects for all ranges of crocheters. Anyone who loves amigurumi, or is interested in learning should have this book in their library.
Now For The Giveaway
Win your very own copy of Amigurumi Fairy Tales simply by leaving a comment below telling us all which is your favorite fairy tale of all time.*
*Open to US residents 18 and older only. Entries are accepted until July 15th, 2015, midnight Pacific time. The winner will be randomly chosen from all entrants and announced July 16th.
If you simply cannot wait to get your hands on the book, you can go pick one up now here on Amazon.
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I first saw it at the Stitches West show a few years back and was intrigued with it. I like it’s portability and size, but the cost was a little high. I finally took the plunge and bought it and I’m very glad I did. I go more into what I like about it in the video below.
Do you have a Block and Roll? How do you like it, how well is it holding up? I’d love to hear below.
You can also watch a review I did on the yarn used. This is from the Zealana company (the one’s who use brushtail possum.) It’s called Air and it’s really fantastic to work with. Check out the full review right below.
I wanted to try it out since I am usually very sensitive to strong smells. Even some “scentless” products that use a scent to get rid of whatever chemical they are trying to cover up will make me sneeze.
I was already a fan of Soak’s product. They are my go to blocking wash. So I knew this would work well, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Once this was put in the water I was going to block with, I couldn’t make out any smell at all.
It was truly scentless.
I imagine this will be a great product for anyone with sensitive skin as well.
Has anyone else given this a try? If you have sensitive skin, let us know what you think below.
You can check out a video of me trying out the soak on a project below as well.
These ribbed gloves use the super cool Silver Spun yarn from LanaMundi. Not only do they keep your fingers toasty, but the yarn has actual silver spun right in which makes it possible to use your touchscreen devices without having to remove them. You can check out the video review below to see them in action on my phone.
The actual pattern will be great with any lightweight yarn, plus you can just add some conductive thread to the finger pads of the gloves and they will work just as well as the Silver Spun.
I’ve included three sizes to fit most women’s hands. Plus if you get the pattern now, you can get 50% off!
Use promo code: text50 at checkout to receive the discount.*