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It’s a Merry Llama Christmas!

Crochet Amigurumi Llama by Yolanda Soto-Lopez

Crochet Llama

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Cute little Crochet Llama

Today I am so excited to be participating in a blog hop with a group of very talented women.  Llamas are all the rage this Christmas Season.  We have decided to jump on the Llama craze and bring you some very cute Llama theme Christmas Ornaments.  So today we are sharing the #Llamalove

As part of this blog hop, I wanted to share this beautiful Crochet Llama Amigurumi which was designed by Lupita Suarez of Loopy Yarns.  Lupita has done such a great job at designing this cute Llama.  She designed this Crochet Llama Amigurumi to be a soft toy.  I have adapted the pattern by changing the yarn weight and hook size.   A free YouTube video tutorial will show you the techniques and stitches you will need to crochet this cute Llama Amigurumi.  A link for my YouTube video appears at the end of this post.

You will need to go to Lupita’s website to download the pattern in order to be able to complete this Llama Amigurumi.  You can also see some of her other beautiful projects on her Ravelry page.  Here are the links:   Written Llama Pattern  and    Lupita’s Ravelry  Page

If you would like to have your original designed featured as either a YouTube video tutorial on my YouTube channel or as a blog post please let me know in the comments below.  (Full designer credit will be given to designer and links to your blog and/or Ravelry page).

 

Check out what my friends have created for your Merry Llama Christmas fun:

Angie, The Country Chic Cottage

YouTube Video Tutorial  Click Here

Carissa, Creative Green Living 

 

YouTube video Click Here

Caroline, 30 Minute Crafts 

http://30minutecrafts.com/2017/11/ultimate-llama-holiday.html

YouTube Video Click Here 

Jessica,  Mad In Crafts 

http://madincrafts.com/fa-la-la-llama-ornament/ ‎

YouTube Video Click Here

Kristen, Good Knit Kisses 

http://allcraftschannel.com/2017/11/merry-llama-christmas.html

http://www.goodknitkisses.com/santa-sombrero-llama-ornament/

 

Be sure to visit all of my crafty friends and show them some love.  Subscribe to their YouTube channels and join their blog.  As always share with your friends and family.  Sharing is caring.

Looking for my YouTube video for the Crochet Llama Amigurumi?  You can find it below.  Just click on the link.

 

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Learn To Quilt by Using Templates

Learn to Quilt

Have you been wanting to learn to quilt but were a little intimidated?  Using templates makes your Learn to Quilt adventure so much easier.  Today thanks to my friends at Nancy’s Notions  I will be sharing a tutorial for using their Dresden Template.  This kit comes with the Dresden template, seam alignment template, and a colorful and information Instruction Booklet.  There are 15 variations that can be made using this template and the booklet gives you full instructions.   Remember, quilt tops aren’t the only uses for these designs.  I chose to make a decorative pillow and also created a small Dresden Plate in order to embellish a small canvas bag I purchased at my local Joann Craft and Fabric Store.

I think the hardest part was choosing my fabric.  Going to the fabric store has been an activity I really enjoy.  I could get lost there for hours.  Walking down the aisles and see all those bolts of fabrics can be mesmerizing.  So many fabrics and so little time.  First, I used my Dresden template to make a pillow top.  I can bring this pillow out to decorate during the holidays.  Place on my front porch chair or take along for a picnic or parade for comfort.  I had previously purchased a small canvas bag from Joann’s when they were on sale.  I decided to make a small Dresden plate using the templates to embellish my plain tote bag.  Now the tote is so much more colorful and will make a perfect gift for carrying crochet or knitting supplies.  I can already see my colorful yarn balls and crochet hooks and knitting needles inside my little canvas tote bag.  It would make a great gift.

Learn to Quilt - Using templates

Dresden Plate quilting design used on a pillow and a canvas tote bad

You can purchase the Dresden Template kit and other supplies here:    Nancy’s Notions  Grab it now while it’s on sale for only $9.99 until July 31, 2017.  That’s a great bargain.

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Princess Leia inspired Amigurumi Doll

I love Star Wars and Princess Leia has always been one of my favorite characters.  She is tough, fearless, smart and a courageous leader but she still has a sense of humor.  Plus she could rock those Inter-Galatic fashions.  You can imagine how sad I was to hear that Carrie Fisher the actress who played Princess Leia passed away this past month, December 2016.  It seems like 2016 was a tough year for celebrities we love.  So many of them were taken away from us.   I wanted to find a way to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher.  This little Princess Leia inspired Ami doll seemed a good way to do that.   I had originally planned on sharing this project in February 2017.  However, now might be a more fitting time.  I hope you enjoy crocheting her.   I have also uploaded a series of YouTube video tutorials for those of you who prefer a more visual approach.  I broke them down into 4 videos.   I have included that link in the last page of this post.  You can also go to my YouTube channel to find lots of other fun projects.   All Crafts Channel

Crochet Princess Leia

Crochet Princess Leia inspired Amigurumi doll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full written pattern appears on the next page.

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The Craftys Awards – Nominations now open

Craftys Awards time

It’s time for The Craftys Awards and that means nominating your favorite crafter.   The Craftsy Awards were created to celebrate the best of DIY and Crafts.  The categories range from traditional such as knitting, crocheting, sew, and scrapbooking to a category known as “geek crafts.”     The Craftsy awards were launched in 2014.   This is such a great way to recognize our creative community.   Crafters have submitted so many awesome projects that selecting a winner will not be an easy task.

Craftys award

Craftys award

I am so honored to have been selected as one of the judges for this year.  Here is the list of the other judges.  So many talented people on the judges panel.

The Editors of Babble
Marisa Pawelko – Modern Surrealist
Yolanda Soto Lopez – All Crafts Channel
Marly Bird – Yarn Thing Podcast
Beth Kingston – Kingston Crafts
Vickie Howell – DIY Network / HGTV
Ed Roth – Stencil 1
Mark Montano – Big Ass Book of Crafts
Galit Lebow – FoodStirs
Amber Kemp-Gerstel – Damask Love

 

 

 

The best in show winner will receive $1,000 and each category winner will receive $200.

Some of the  Categories include the following.  Please go to thecraftsy.com  to a complete list and instructions/rules to enter:

  • Baby Crafts
  • Craft Blogger
  • Crochet
  • Knitting
  • Decorative Painting/ Mixed Medium
  • Edible Crafts
  • Geek Crafts
  • General Crafts
  • Sewing

The winners will be announced in a Live stream in February 2017 from New York City.  There are so many great sponsors for the Craftsy Awards.   If you are a creator and would like to participate you can nominate yourself or another person for an award.  Please go to the website thecraftys.com in order to enter. and learn all about The Craftys awards.  You will also be able to see the complete list of categories and sponsors.  Each year this event has grown. with over 400,000 votes submitted.

Here is a link with the official rules:  Official Rules

Good luck and get those nominations in.  Let’s do our part to get recognization for all of those awesome crafters out there.

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Ombre Shawl using Caron Cakes by Yarnspirations

I love Ombre shawls, using the Caron Cakes by Yarnspirations I was able to design this beautiful shawl.  I wanted to take full advantage of the ombre effect created when using the new Caron Cakes by Yarnpspirations.  This design allowed me to make a shawl that would show off this beautiful effect.   I want to thank Yarnspirations for sponsoring this post.  This design and ideas are my own.  This shawl will make a great gift or make it for yourself.  Caron Cakes are exclusive to and available at Michaels stores.

Ombre shawl using Caron Cakes by Yarnspirations

Ombre Shawl using Caron Cakes by YarnspirationsSupplies needed to create your Ombre Shawl

Supplies needed for  your Ombre shawl

2 Caron Cakes by Yarnspirations (colorwave of your choice)

Yarn needle

Scissors

H- Crochet Hook  5mm

Square (I used a CD case) to measure your yarn for tassles

Here is a back view of the shawl.  Can you see the beautiful ombre effect not only on the body of the shawl but also on the tassles?  Keep reading to learn to crochet this beautiful shawl.

Back of shawl

Here you can see the ombre effect of the tassels

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