From Hate To Love With The Clover Heart Shaped Pom Pom Maker

 

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.

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My New BQueen Collection Hook Arrived ~ Check It Out!!!

Which one did I choose?
Which one did I choose?

After trying out the BQueen Collection Dye Box, I fell in love with the hooks I saw on their website. I wanted to order one right away.

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.

Also, their dye box giveaway is still going on through June 20th so go sign up for their newsletter to be entered.

Haven For Hands Crochet Hook Set ~ Perfect Gift For Yourself Or Other Loved Crocheters

All These Hooks Plus Extra Goodies
All These Hooks Plus Extra Goodies

I was given this new crochet hook set by the generous people at Haven For Hands to try out and share my thoughts.

All this and a bag... no chips included - (90's refernce, look it up)
All this and a bag… no chips included – (90’s refernce, look it up)

Not only does it include 9 hooks ranging from 2mm to 6mm, but you also get the sturdy canvas bag and extras shown above: folding scissors, locking stitch markers and a retractable tape measure.

That’s not the best part though!

What’s even better is the price. It is about 2 to 4 times less than the popular Clover Amour Set.

They must be cheaply made then, right?

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.

Or go buy a set right now!

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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Just Got This New Blocking Mat

I wanted to share with you a little video review of this new blocking mat I just bought. It’s called the Block and Roll by Bag Smith.

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.

New Free Pattern ~ Triangle Neckerchief or Head Scarf ~ Your Choice!

This new pattern is a 2fer!

One pattern will get you not only a cute neckerchief, but also a handy head scarf.

Using linked double crochet this easy project will give you a solid, yet thin fabric. Plus it is a single row repeat, so it’s perfect to take on any upcoming trips.

Download the pattern and watch the video tutorial here.

Lefties click here.

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.

Is Soak’s Scentless Wash Really Scentless?

Soak Scentless Single Serving Packet
Soak Scentless Single Serving Packet

The fast answer — yes it is!

I received a single serving packet of Soak Scentless Wash with my Yarnbox subscription.

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.

New Giveaway ~ Win a Large Size Clover Pom Pom Maker Set

Clover Pom Pom Maker
Win These Clover Pom Pom Makers

Ready for the next giveaway?

Well, here it is. Lately I’ve been obsessed with these pom pom makers and now you can win some for yourself.

The Clover Large Pom Pom Maker is up for grabs to anyone who wants to enter.

How to Enter?

Simply leave a comment in this post below about any place you’ve seen a pom pom attached to before and you’ll be entered to win.

The contest closes Sunday, April 13th midnight Pacific time and the winner will be announced Monday, April 14th.

In the mean time.

You can check out my review of the Clover pom pom maker and a couple of different pom pom tutorials in the videos below to see them in action.

Also be sure to follow the blog so you never miss out on the good deals and giveaways!

Get Ready For Winter 2014 With 50% off New Pattern

Though it’s technically spring, it’s still cold in many places. And since I told everyone I was dropping everything to make something from this yarn, I can’t wait until next winter to put it up. So here it is, the pattern I made from the yarn that has actual silver in it.

Women's Textable Gloves
Women’s Textable Gloves

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!

Promo Code

Use promo code: text50 at checkout to receive the discount.*

Click here to go purchase the pattern now.

*Offer good until Sunday, April 14th, 2014 midnight Pacific time.

Video Review

Clover Pom Pom Maker Review and Tutorial

Clover Pom Pom Maker
Clover Pom Pom Maker

I’m horrible at making pom poms. They are usually lopsided and wonky looking. So I was excited to try the Clover Pom Pom Maker.

I wanted to see if these specialized tools would make my pom poms actually look like pom poms.

Though the maker looks much  more complicated than most other pom pom makers on the market, it was actually very easy to figure out after playing with it for a couple of minutes.

The video here shows me working through my very first pom pom with the maker so you can see how easy it was to use and the good results from my very first one. I also then made a few more pom poms and found out a few things to help make the pom poms better. Check out the video for all the tips and tricks.

I’m now obsessed with making all kinds of different kinds of pom poms with these machines. I’ll be giving away a Clover Large Pom Pom Maker very soon while sharing some fun pom pom tutorials. If you aren’t already following the blog, be sure to sign up so you get all the details when the giveaway begins.

Do you have the Clover Pom Pom Maker? Do you have any helpful tips that I haven’t covered in the video? I would love to hear them, let us know below.