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  • September Crochet Fun + Fave Links

    I can’t believe it’s already September! Time is moving so fast (and um, it was 105 in Los Angeles last week… that feels like July to me!). As always, I have lots of exciting news to share! If there’s something specific you’d like to see on the blog, feel free to leave a comment or […]

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  • Using a ruler to measure plastic safety eyes What size are my craft eyes?

    Do you have some plastic craft eyes in a box somewhere… and you aren’t sure how to tell what size they are? Umm… yup, me too. Don’t worry! Today, I’ll show you how easy it is to figure out what size they are! All you need is a ruler with millimeter measurements. A craft eye […]

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  • Charity Drive: Project Teddy Bear

    I know you love crocheting cute stuffed animals, and if you’re like me, you probably crochet a few more than you really need (oops!). That’s why I like to feature awesome charities that collect handmade stuffed animals! You can made a few extra to send in, and feel really fabulous about making a child’s day! […]

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  • Amigurumi Lion Stuffed Animal Pattern How to crochet the mane on a lion!

    Our Kepler the Lion CAL is well underway! Ami Club members have the pattern available in your downloads, and the pattern is also available for individual purchase! There’s already a lot of great finished Kepler’s in the July/August CAL: Kepler the Lion Finished Photos thread, but I know there’s still a lot of you who […]

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  • 8mm safety craft eyes August Crochet Fun + Fave Links

    It’s August! Hooray! It’s the time of year that I’m so happy it’s summer, but also won’t mind when it cools down a bit… how about you? There’s so much happening this month… umm… so much that we stressed out the server. Ooops. So, if you’ve been trying to get to the site over the […]

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  • monkey with heart eyes How to Use Safety Eyes

    Craft eyes. Plastic eyes. Safety eyes. Animal eyes. They’re called lots of different things! I’ve made a video that shows you how to install them and remove them (eep!). I also talk about why I only use eyes with ridges and plastic washers as well as why you shouldn’t use them on toys for children […]

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  • crocheting through the back loop with FreshStitches Crochet: Back Loop vs. Both Loops + Video

    This post was originally published April 28, 2015… but it’s so popular that I’ve updated it and added a video! Crocheting is so much fun because there are so many options! Even a simple single crochet gives you the option of crocheting through the front loop, both loops or the back loop! Today, I’ll show […]

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  • Stanley the Stingray amigurumi from Freshstitches... so cute! July Crochet Fun + Fave Links

    Little editorial note… I published this post about a week ago but I discovered that the fancy website widget that emails the blog post out to my over 5000 subscribers wasn’t working! Eep! And you can’t go without the July news! So, I’m republishing the post… apologies to the (few) folks who read it the […]

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  • Quick Crochet for the Home Review + Giveaway!

    Yes, you have a chance to win this book until July 28, 2017! Keep reading for details on how to enter! I’ve known Tamara Kelly of Moogly for years: she’s a delightful (and fun!) person and a total powerhouse in the crochet world. Moogly is known for amazing crochet tutorials, Crochet-a-longs and fabulous giveaways, and […]

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  • Easiest way to begin your amigurumi crochet! Try this technique: the Sloppy Slip Knot! How to Start Amigurumi the Easy Way! The Sloppy Slip Knot.

    This blog post was originally published April 15, 2009. Today I’m going to show you my favorite way to begin crocheting amigurumi: using the sloppy slip knot. I find it easier to do than the magic ring, and it closes up nicely so that you don’t have a hole at the start of your work. […]

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