Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Partnering with AllFreeCrochet.com!

A few weeks ago, AllFreeCrochet.com contracted me to make some crochet videos for the video tutorials section of their website. I've been reading Favecrafts.com and AllFreeCrochet.com newsletters for some time now. I've recommended them before and continue to do so. I have shared my free patterns with them, and now I've begun making a video series demonstrating the skills needed to create your own amigurumi. It's called Creating Amigurumi and the first episode was posted today, both on my channel and on AllFreeCrochet.com's channel.

I can't tell you how excited I am that more people are interested in my videos. After all, I had never set out to do anything more than show a few friends how I'd made something. It's cool that it's grown to a channel with 12 very popular videos, with a combined 461,759 views. I get messages every day on YouTube from viewers asking for more videos and advice about everything from pattern reading to what to buy a crochet-loving girlfriend for her birthday.

I hope you enjoy this latest video and the rest of the series to come!

Now playing: Jonathan Coulton - The Future Soon
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Care-a-Lot, Filth Wizard style

The creative genius that is the Filth Wizard, aka Kitten Muffin, has amazed me again. I've been reading her blog for over a year and am constantly impressed and inspired by her creative recycling and dedication to creating crafty fun for her kids. Today I opened up my reader to find a great, styrofoam Care-A-Lot playhouse she made with her wizards. I had to share it with you.

Align CenterPhoto copyright Kitten Muffin, www.filthwizardry.com.

Now playing: Donavon Frankenreiter - Free
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Meet Up!

My Ravelry group, West Yellowhead Ravellers, hosted a meet-up today at Pocahontas Bungalows in Alberta. We had ladies from Hinton and Jasper meet up for brunch, yarn talk and fun. We had a delicious lunch (Roasted Vegetable and Havarti Wrap with salad was incredible) and bought some yarn (Billie brought a stash), and I did a trade with my former neighbour Gayle. We'd lost touch when she moved years ago, and it was great to reconnect!

Can't wait for the next one, in October!

Now playing: Týr - The Wild Rover [The Dubliners]
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Polymer Clay Bead Love!

I've been following Lorelei's Blog - Inside the Studio for some time now, and I'm always awed by her gorgeous jewelry. Her work is very organic and natural, and she finds the coolest art beads in the world to incorporate into her designs. Many art beads are kind of expensive for many of us to consider buying online, and living in a small town means I don't get as much access to good craft shopping as I'd like. What's a girl to do, but make her own!

So I've messing with polymer clay lately, thinking about birds and earthy colours and vintage feels. Remembering that "not all polymer clay beads are art beads," as I recently read somewhere, I worried about how these would turn out and whether they would be art. I mean, what is art anyway?

Art is the product of human creativity. It doesn't have to be good, or even deep and meaningful, really. It just has to be, and in many cases, it wants to be. These birdies wanted to be, and I made them. I'm so proud, and I can't wait to make more art with them! Thank you, Lorelei, for the artbead love.

Now playing: Metric - Rock Me Now
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