Sunday, August 7, 2016

ChiroDoc Pillow Review

Hello fellow crafters!

Today I will be reviewing the "ChiroDoc Bumtiful Seat Cushion". I got this pillow for free to review, but all opinions are my own.

I ordered this pillow for the sole purpose of using it as I craft. As most of you could probably understand, when you sit working for long periods of time on a difficult project, your back can hurt. I have been working on my polymer clay charms a lot lately, and have been having serious lower back pain. Unfortunately, this pillow was not my saving grace.

This item came exactly as described. It as a soft and squishy pillow to sit on, and it is supposed to help your back when sitting for long periods of time. Unfortunately, I didn't notice any difference or help with my back pain. The pillow itself feels nice to sit on but not the back pain. Actually, my back pain got a little bit sharper. I'm pretty disappointed given my issues but I'll continue to use it for some added cushion.. But I wouldn't recommend it.

Hope you all have a great day. Here is the product link if interested: https://www.amazon.com/ChiroDoc-Bumtiful-Breathable-Ergonomic-Orthopedic/dp/B01B7EULE2/ref=cm_rdp_product

Monday, August 1, 2016

Swissvita Eye Cream Batch 9 Review

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I got this eye cream for my mom, who has really bad under eye circles and brown marks from sun damage. She loves it! She has used it every night for 10 days and has noticed about a 50 percent reduction of her brown marks around her eyes, and the skin is so much softer!

The only qualm she has is the packaging. The tube is metal and almost looks like super glue. Product seeps out extremely quickly and it's easy to use too much. She recommends putting some directly on your underage with the tip to avoid wasting product.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Clyde the Amigurumi Horse

Hi all,

Long time no see. I have gone through an insanely long dry spell of no fiber crafting, and enough is enough. Today I have a pattern for you all. It is for an adorably dorky horse named Clyde. I love the name Clyde. In PacMan, the ghost's names are Inky, Pinky, Blinky... and Clyde. CLYDE! I originally made the first Clyde as a gift for my cousin, who I will be seeing soon. Him and his sister are visiting New Jersey from Oregon, and they love horses. They even have their own mini horse, Dapper. Anyway, I need to stop rambling. Hope you have fun making your very own Clyde! You can find the download link right below the pretty pictures.

Update: Thanks to Instagram User @crochetbynicolelyn, I have fixed the count in steps 4 and 8 for Clyde's feet. The directions are correct, the counts should just be 18 and 12, respectively. Not 24. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.


Things Every Crocheter Should Know

Hey everyone!

In this day and age, more and more people are teaching themselves how to craft. With the internet making so much knowledge and techniques available for free, it isn't so hard to fully teach yourself how to crochet. However, there are some things that you can only learn from experience, or from someone else showing you firsthand what to do (such as a grandma or mom). So here are some things I wish someone had told me when I first started to crochet. 

1. Your stitches don't need to be extremely tight. 

When you're first starting to crochet you're probably going to hold your hook with a death grip and make your stitches super tight. Don't do that! Let your hook glide through the loops and don't hold your yarn too tightly. Crocheting really tightly leads to hands cramping more easily and a need to take more breaks in between. 

2. When you're crocheting a lot, ergonomic hooks are a must. 

Speaking of hand cramps, when you're crocheting with a normal hook, it's pretty hard on your hands having to put so much pressure onto the tiny feruell. Unfortunately, when you are crocheting for long periods of time and you're using non-ergonomic hooks, there is a very strong risk of carpal tunnel. Lucky for us, different brands make crochet hooks with the cushion built into the hook, but Boye also sells a huge ergonomic holder for any of there hooks. It's really easy to use and is much more cost effective than having to buy all new hooks. 

3. Crochet through both loops unless you want a stripe on your stitches. 

God this sounds so stupid but it took me so long to figure out why my crochet didn't look like everyone else's. When I finally figured out that you were supposed to crochet through BOTH loops on top of a stitch, it was only after many weird looking amigurumis. The only exception to this is when a pattern establishes a stitch is BLO or FLO, which means to crochet through back loop only or front loop only, respectively. 

4. Don't compare yourself to other crocheters. 

With all the projects and patterns online it's really easy to get overwhelmed. You see all thes e picture of fancy things people have made and you tell yourself that you'll never be able to make things like that. Remember: this is supposed to be fun. And guess what? One day, you WILL be able to make all that stuff, and maybe stuff that's even better. Almost a year ago I was so intimidated to do a granny square and a month or two later I started a huge granny square blanket for my grandmother for Christmas. You just can't rush yourself. 

5. You CAN both knit and crochet! 

When I first started crocheting, many other crocheters online made fun of knitters and visa versa. That lead me to believe that because I crocheted I could never be a knitter as well. Boy was I wrong. I finally caved after seeing so many beautiful knitting patterns. It took me a whole to figure out but once I did, I saw how fun knitting was too (I might even like it more than crochet). Don't let anyone tell you that because you do one craft you can't do another. You can't let other people limit your creativity! 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Little Purple Dinosaur Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Good afternoon!

I am now on summer vacation and with that comes much more time for crafting and portfolio working. I have been crocheting and knitting like a fiend these past few days and have gotten a bunch of projects finished. One of these projects is a little purple dinosaur, who has yet to be named. Also, I wanted to let some of you who are curious know that I am going to start trying to do video tutorials as well as just patterns. As I am still learning the ins and outs of knitting, these videos will be crochet related mostly, and especially focused on amigurumi. I have so much more time on my hands now, and I want to use it productively.

 I have been experimenting with different shapes in my amigurumis instead of just circles and cylinders, so you will see a little bit of variation with this pattern. As with most of the creatures I design, he is very quick and simple, but he has quite a few pieces that need to be sewed on, so some sewing skills are required.



You will need:
  • US Size F Crochet hook
  • Worsted or Aran yarn. I used Sugar n Cream
  • Black and White Felt 
  • A yarn needle
  • Fabric Glue

The Pattern

Body
  • 6 sc in Magic ring (6)
  • 2 sc in each sc around (12) Insert keyring around these stitches if making keychain. then do the next round around the ring. I did not do a keyring with this one.
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next* repeat across the round (18)
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2* repeat across the round(24)
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3* repeat across the round (30)
  • Sc in each sc around for 7 rounds(30)
  • *Sc2Tog in first sc, sc in next 3* repeat across the round(24)
  • *Sc2Tog in first sc, sc in next 2* repeat across the round(18)
  • *Sc2Tog in first sc, sc in next* repeat across the round(12)
  • Sc2Tog across the round(6)
  • Stuff and close the body
Feet
  • Chain 4
  • Sc in second chain from hook, sc in next 2, 2 sc in last st (5) Turn.
  • Sc across in the back loops of the chain, 2 sc in last st (6)
  • Sc in each st around for 3 rows (11)
  • Join round when finished, cut yarn leaving a 16" yarn tail for sewing.
Arms (Make 2)
  • 6 sc in Magic ring (6)
  • Sc in each sc around for 1 row (6)
  • Join round when finished, and cut yarn leaving a 10" yarn tail for sewing.
Tail

  • 3 sc in Magic ring (3)
  • 2 sc in each stitch around (6)
  • Sc across the round (6)
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next* repeat across the round (9)
  • Sc across the round (9)
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2* repeat across the round(12)
  • Sc across the round (12)
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3* repeat across the round (15)
  • Sc across the round (15)
Mouth/Muzzle 


  • 6 sc in Magic ring (6)
  • 2 sc in each stitch (12)
  • Sc across the round for 3 rounds (12)

Using white felt, cut 2 small triangles for teeth and 5 larger triangles for teeth.
Using the yarn tails and the needles, stuff the appendages and sew them on the main body. Glue the spikes as pictured and use pins to hold them until dry. Do the same with the teeth.
With excess felt, cut 2 large black ellipses and 2 white smaller ones for highlights. Glue together and onto the piece. If you do not want to use the felt eyes, you can use safety eyes or buttons before stuffing.

I hope this pattern is fun to make and brings joy to someones day!

Lindsey

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sweet Tart Bunny Pattern

Hello and happy finals week (for me anyway)!

I felt like blogging, so I decided to go through some of my old crochet and knitting notes and I found a pattern I had a lot of fun doing. Its SUPER easy... Seriously, If you can crochet a circle you can make this. I know most experienced crocheters wouldn't even bother reading a pattern for this, but I think for people newer to the craft, patterns like this can be pretty helpful. And thus I present, the Sweet Tart Bunny.

You will need:
  • US Size F Crochet hook
  • Worsted or Aran yarn. I used Sugar n Cream Twists
  • Safety eyes or small buttons
  • Black Felt
  • A yarn needle
The Pattern

Body
  • 6 sc in Magic ring (6)
  • 2 sc in each sc around (12) Insert keyring around these stitches if making keychain. then do the next round around the ring.
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next* repeat across the round (18)
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2* repeat across the round(24)
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3* repeat across the round (30)
  • Sc in each sc around for 4 rounds(30)
  • *Sc2Tog in first sc, sc in next 3* repeat across the round(24)
  • *Sc2Tog in first sc, sc in next 2* repeat across the round(18)
  • *Sc2Tog in first sc, sc in next* repeat across the round(12)
  • Sc2Tog across the round(6)
  • Stuff and close the body
Before closing the body, be sure to attach safety eyes if you are using them.

Ears (Make 2)
  • Chain 4
  • Sc in second chain from hook, sc in next 2, 2 sc in last st (5) Turn.
  • Sc across in the back loops of the chain, 2 sc in last st (6)
  • Sc in each st around for 5 rows (11)
  • Join round when finished, cut yarn leaving a 16" yarn tail for sewing
Arms (Make 2)
  • 6 sc in Magic ring (6)
  • Sc in each sc around for 2 rows (6)
  • Join round when finished, and cut yarn leaving a 10" yarn tail for sewing.
When each individual piece is complete, you are ready to sew! The arms and facial features should all go around the middle row of the body for optimum cuteness. Also, you can either sew or glue on the nose, I chose glue. The nose is just a mini triangle out of felt, see photo for reference.

I hope this little bunny can be used to put a smile on someone's face! If you have any pattern requests be sure to tell me here or on Ravelry.

Lots of Love.
Lindsey



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Octopus Amigurumi Pattern!

Hey guys!

Today's pattern is for the octopus amigurumi from my previous post. I posted it on reddit, and user RearAdmiralBob asked for the pattern, so here it is!


You will need:
  • US Size F Crochet hook
  • Worsted or Aran yarn. I used Cascade Luna Paints, but it's gauge was the same as Sugar n Cream (which is worsted)
  • A keyring
  • Safety eyes or small buttons
  • A yarn needle
  • Polyfill 
The Pattern:

Body
  • 6 sc in Magic ring (6)
  • 2 sc in each sc around (12) Insert keyring around these stitches if making keychain. then do the next round around the ring.
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next* repeat across the round (18)
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2* repeat across the round(24)
  • *2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3* repeat across the round (30)
  • Sc in each sc around for 4 rounds(30)
  • *Sc2Tog in first sc, sc in next 3* repeat across the round(24)
  • *Sc2Tog in first sc, sc in next 2* repeat across the round(18)
  • *Sc2Tog in first sc, sc in next* repeat across the round(12)
  • Sc2Tog across the round(6)
  • Stuff and close the body

Tentacles (Make 6)




  • 6 sc in Magic ring (6)
  • Sc in each sc around (6) for two rounds.
  • Cut yarn leaving a yarn tail to sew
  • Sew as shown in diagram below

  • I hope this pattern is helpful! If you have any questions or feedback you can leave it as a comment here, or message me on Ravelry. Enjoy the octopus (I know it only has 6 legs but that's all I could fit!)
    Love,
    Lindsey