Barely Made It ~ June’s Motif of the Month

I’m moving cross country in three month’s so my posts have been a little sparse with all the preparation and house hunting I’ve been doing. I promise to make up for it when I get settled. In the mean time, I’m still trying to keep up with my motifs of the month, even if they are incredibly late.
 

Skinny Leaf
Skinny Leaf

 

This one is a basic leaf (really, all I had time for this month, next month’s is much bigger), but it’s great for so many things. Use it with flower motifs or as a filler in a scarf, shawl or even blanket. It’s only one round big so it works up super fast.

Download the pattern and watch the video tutorial here.

Lefties click here.

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Super Cute Giveaway ~ Amigurumi Fairy Tales

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
Amigurumi Fairy Tales

Amigurumi Fairy Tales takes well known children’s fairy tales and turns the characters into little amigurumis.

A few of the characters included.
A few of the characters included.

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.

Such cute photos.
Such cute photos.

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.

Help along the way.
Help along the way.

 

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.
See the fish in papa's hand?
See the fish in papa’s hand?
  • 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.
Snow White's hair is a really neat technique.
Snow White’s hair is a really neat technique.
  • 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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Braided Cowl ~ On Sale This Week Only

This braided cowl may look difficult, but with the detailed photo tutorial you’ll have yours finished in no time.

This beautiful cowl is warm as well as stylish.
 

50% Off Now

 
Use Promo Code: cowl50 during checkout to receive discount.*
 
*Offer good until Sunday, June 7th, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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Congrats!

Congratulations Krista, you are the winner of the Simply Soft Paints and Namaste Hook Holder. She had the following comment that was randomly chosen:

Whatever free time I can eke out will be finishing my first shawl. Then, oh my, I will have to choose another project from my Ravelry queue which is already longer than one summer’s worth of beautiful things!

More good things are being given away this month so be sure to follow the blog so you don’t miss out.

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