When Yarn Turns Against You – A Timothy Doll Update

Adeline is excited to see she won't be alone for much longer. Photo and Art: J.H. Winter

Not all yarns are good…

Perhaps it’s just an issue with certain dye lot numbers, or perhaps just certain colors are the problem, but I have a little story to tell you about what happened when I used the Lily Sugar ‘n Cream brand of cotton yarn in the color black.

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Even More Videos on Ink & Stitches YouTube!

A Better Size for Adeline's Dress - Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Four New Videos Now Live on my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel!

I finished up editing and posting the last four videos I had filmed to my YouTube Channel. They are ready to help you learn new techniques and stitches that can be used when making your own amigurumi patterns, or if you are working through ones you found online that include these techniques: picot stitch, changing colors in the round (with jogging vs. jogless), crocheting in front loops only (FLO), and crocheting in back loops only (BLO).

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New Ink & Stitches How to Crochet Amigurumi Videos!

Ink & Stitches Channel Shot - Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

I’ve been hard at work since finishing up the illustrations for the Corgi book series (book #1). Since illustrating had taken up all of my free time for the past few months, I thought it time to get back to my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel and get some new videos up for the amigurumi crochet enthusiasts out there!

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Making Amigurumi Patterns (Part Two)

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

How to Crochet Amigurumi from the Ground Up

I’ve been creating my own amigurumi patterns for almost seven years now, ever since I realized that amigurumi are made by knowing how to make shapes. Using decreases and increases to your advantage there is almost nothing that can’t be converted into a crocheted character. Deciding when special embroidery stitching would add some nice flare, finishes off each piece making it look professional and as true to life as possible.

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Making Mistakes – Crocheting Amigurumi

Unraveling your Work Can Feel Like This - Photo credit: Charline Tetiyevsky via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

One of the excellent blog post ideas I received during my giveaway for April’s A to Z Challenge, was a question as to whether or not seasoned crocheters still make mistakes like we did when we were beginners. The answer to this is, yes… or at least, I do anyway. I can’t speak for all crocheters, but especially when I am creating new patterns, I make mistakes often.

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Craft for Kids: Finger Painting

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

When my son was only about a year old, we went to a birthday party where my friend had organized a craft for the kids. She’d provided small (8×10) canvases and Crayola washable paint, and had lined her entire living room floor with butcher paper. Her hope was that the kids would use their hands to make paintings and there would be minimal mess afterward.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Floppy Cat

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

I’m so happy to be back here getting to share my creative work with everyone! The past couple of weeks have been a blur, filled with finishing up editing my book, Adeline and the Mystic Berries, and sending it off to my editor, Alison Williams, for another look; completing another beta read for the book, Project Liberatio, by Allison Maruska; and you guessed it, moving from sunny California to the evergreen state of Washington!

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Dragon Craft Project : Fun with Kids

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

When this book, Fun Things to Do with Paper Cups and Plates by Kara L. Laughlin, came through the library where I work, I had to take a minute to thumb through the pages. The cover was too cute to let it slip through my fingers without a glance!

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New Video: Adeline Doll Reveal!

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

In order to change her destiny and the barren, colorless world, ten-year-old Adeline will have to unleash the last bit of magic.

Adeline Picot, is the main protagonist from my Middle Grade Fantasy story, Adeline and the Mystic Berries.

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