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Monday, February 22, 2010

Sweets Amigurumi Japanese book

Source: Amazon in Japan

This past weekend, I treated myself to a Sweets Japanese Amigurumi book. Amazingly, this book- written all in Japanese- which I cannot read, taught me something. I have been doing the single crochet stitch WRONG. For the past 6-8 months, since I started learning to crochet, my single crochets have been wrong... How? After I put the hook into the yarn and yarn over, instead of pulling out just one yarn-ed over yarn, I pulled out TWO. which basically means my stitches are a bit shorter.. and why some of my rounds or rows are so close together..

So glad I got this book!

Now that I know what I did wrong.. I will practice and make sweets for my sweet! Who will that be? ;)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Handmade rings from Klutz Spool Knit Jewelry Book

For my birthday last year, my good friend L gave me this wonderful craft book! I have never heard of spool knitting, but it looked like it could make beautiful bracelets using a simple "spool" tool. Here are some of the rings I made using the materials from this book and my crochet skills. :)

This is the Klutz book I got. It includes instructions, beads, a crochet hook, elastic cords in various colors and of course the spool itself. The rings above did not use the spool. I am still learning how to use it.. more spool knit jewelry TBA!