Zoomigurumi 6 Review ~ Cuteness Overload!!

The Red Panda on the cover is adorable!

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.

There is a total of 15 animals in the book.

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).

Love the hairdo!

Each little critter is presented with step-by-step instructions with plenty of picture tutorials for difficult portions.

Picture tutorial shows how to add the hair to Alvin.

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!

Of course, the owl is one of my favorites.

I love that each little guy gets his own cartoon version of itself in the material section.

Oswald wants you to know that he is “2 stars” difficult.

There are so many cute critters I can’t pick just one favorite.

So adorable!

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!

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Fab Five For February

I love all the knit and crochet-topped boots out there right now. Here are my favorite top five.

1. Muk Luks Women’s Patti Cable Cuff Boot

This low profile fold over detail would be cute with skinny jeans.

2. Muk Luks Women’s Chris Cable Knit Winter Boot

Looking for a stylish upgrade to the last pair. This chunky heel is super cute.
3. Bearpaw Women’s Shania Ankle-High Suede Boot

Love the strap detail on this knit cable boot.

4. T.u.k.. Women’s Suede and Crochet Combat Boot

Tough and sweet mixed together in this combat boot style.

5. Muk Luks Women’s Malena Crochet Knit Button Down Boot

These get my vote because they actually look crocheted (though we all know they aren’t).

Which one is your favorite? Let us know below!

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Fantastic 5 For January

I scoured the internet to find these 5 must have items. Whether referencing knit or crochet or used exclusively for the craft, these are must haves in my book.

1. Cable Knit Mugs

These super-sized mugs are so cute with the embossed cable pattern. I can’t wait to use these with my hot vanilla cappuccino.

2. Knit Picker Clothing Fixer

This little tool is just what you need when you are smack dab in the middle of sweater season. It’s like a mini latch hook and it fixes snags and snarls in all your knitwear.

3. Primitive Owl Scissors

Primitive Owl Scissors

Can you believe I don’t have owl scissors yet? I need these in my life now!

4. Pretty Yarn

Love the color combo of this Kaleidoscope Yarn in Dragonfruit.

5. Faux Fur Pom Pom

These faux fur pom poms by Bernat are so cute on top of the many beanies I am making this winter. They are sooooooo soft!

 

Do you have any must haves this month? Share them below.

Another Counter Ring Giveaway And 50% Off A Couple Of Patterns

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I bet you were wondering what happened to the Counter Rings.

I didn’t forget about them or you. I was just waiting for the super generous guys of Critsuccess to hook up their new, knit and crochet-focused website.

The Counter Ring is now live.

I love these rings, and I still use mine whenever I have a project where I need to keep track of rows. It is always in my project bag, and I am contemplating getting a couple extra so I am never without one.

In case you are new to the Counter Ring, check out my video to see it in action.

I was given four rings from The Counter Ring company and  I have three left to giveaway.

How The Giveaway Works

I’m going to be giving away the rings over the course of the next couple months. They will be given away one at a time.

The next winner (see below how to enter) will get their choice of any of the three remaining colors seen pictured. The sizes for each color are:

Rainbow – size 9

Black – size 9

Blue – size 8

Gold – size 8

Each subsequent winner (new posts will be started for each giveaway, so be sure to subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already), will get their choice from the remaining rings.

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How To Enter

Enter a comment in this post with what kind of free patterns you would like to see me make videos for this year.

*US residents over 18 only please. Entries accepted until January 31st, 2017 midnight Pacific time. The winner will be chosen and announced February 1st, 2017.

Can’t wait to see if you win one? You can buy your preferred color and size now at The Counter Ring.

New Pattern and Updated Companion

The Frozen Snowflake Beanies are on sale this week only.

The crocheted version is updated with the new easier-to-crochet formatting. And the Knitted Version is brand new.

Get 50% Off Both

Use promo code: frost50 during checkout to get one or both patterns 50% off.*

Note: Craftsy does not have promo codes, so the price shown reflects the discount already taken.

*Offer good until Jan. 9th, 2017 midnight Pacific time.

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Need Some Yarn?

The Knit Frozen Snowflakes Beanie is also a new kit on Craftsy (sorry not 50% off). The kit includes the yarn and pattern to make the project.Choose from many color combos here:

 

Sprightly Frozen Snowflakes Beanie Hat Knitting Kit – $9.52

from: Craftsy

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3 Perfect Gifts For the Crocheter In Your Life

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There are still 10 days left to shop for Christmas. If your loved one is crocheter, here are the perfect gifts that are always useful no matter how many the crocheter already has.

  1. Crochet Hooks

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Furls Crochet Hooks ~ Retail $49 each

These Furls candy colored crochet hooks will be your crocheter’s new favorite hook. Plus, they are a perfect gift to keep giving. One hook for each special occasion (if the sticker shock of buying them all at once scares you). Whoever said diamonds are a woman’s best friend, also said these hooks are her second best.

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Clover Amour Soft Touch Hook Set ~ Retail $45+ for the whole set

Not quite as shiny as the Furls, but these are my go to favorite hooks of all time.

You can never have too many hooks, and these are the best quality for the money. Plus you can get the whole set for the same price as one of the Furls.

2. Yarn Bowl

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Stitch Happy Handmade Extra Large Wooden Yarn Bowl ~ Retail $49

This yarn bowl could actually be in the “save” section as well depending on how much you want to spend. Etsy alone has over 4,000 currently listed, with it’s most expensive at over $400.

Yarn bowls have made a huge explosion over the past year and it’s a good chance your crocheter might not even have one yet. But, if they do, don’t worry, they will always be able to use more.

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Yarn Bowl by Yarn Valet ~ Retail $12.99

This bowl is a great deal and was just mentioned by Good Housekeeping  as a must have for knitters and crocheters.

With is tiny price tag, it’s a great choice for those on a budget.

3. Project Bag

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Slipped Stitches Studio Plus Tote and Tot ~ Retail $135

Your crocheter can always use another project bag, so this is a no brainer.

The project bags from Slipped Stitches have every pop reference imaginable (I’m partial to Labyrinth- pictured here). This is their largest tote, but they have many other sizes (and price points) available.

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Art Bin Yarn Drum ~ Retail $21.99

What this lacks in style, it makes up for in utility. This thing is a workhorse, holding up to 8 skeins of yarn. If your crocheter loves making blankets, this is the tote for them.

What’s On Your List?

If you are a crocheter, what would you like for the holidays? Let us know below.

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June Cashmere Yarn Review ~ Plus 50% Off The Perfect Gift

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The Goodies I Received

The good folks at June Cashmere sent me some cashmere love and I agreed to give my honest opinion of it.

Who Doesn’t Love Cashmere?

Of course, all cashmere is a treat. However, June stepped it up a notch with what they sent me.

The story behind June Cashmere is what sets it apart for me. The brochure pictured (which I show you in the video below) goes into the story of how the yarn gets from the goat to your hook/needles with gorgeous pictures.

The 12 beautiful colors are all organically dyed right here in the US, before being shipped to you.

The yarn comes in two weights: DK and lace. Both give enough yardage for a small accessory.

See all the good stuff I received and more info about the yarn and the story in the video below. Check out June Cashmere right now here.

 

What Did I Make?

The Perfect Gift!

50% Off Pattern – Two Days Only

I took my June Cashmere DK and made the knit Grace Beanie.

This lacy, yet dense beanie is the perfect gift for a loved one. The intricate pattern is actually quite easy and works up quickly to make enough for all the special people in your life by the holidays.

Use promo code: grace50 during checkout to receive discount on pattern.*

*Offer good until Tues, 11/22/2016 midnight Pacific time.

Craftsy does not have promo codes, so the price reflects discount already taken.

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The Big Sale at knitpicks.com

New Crochet Kits at knitpicks.com

$1 Shipping At Craftsy

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If you are like me and do everything in your power to avoid paying shipping when shopping online, now is the time to stock up on yarn and projects. Craftsy is having a $1 shipping sale the next 48 hours. Click here to get shopping!

Use promo code: SHIPFOR1 to get $1 shipping on your order!