Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Winners for the Spring Challenge!!

 First Place with 43 votes goes to Yarnabees
Second Place with 24 votes goes to Arcticfoxie
& Third Place with 21 votes goes to GretelCreations
Congratulations to all the winners :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Creature Feature!

So far, we've featured a bunch of amazing crocheters in our Monday Creature Feature spot, but did you know that amigurumi can be knit too? It's with that little prelude that I'm introducing this week's Creature Feature artist, Arctic Foxie!

White Weasel with a Sack by Arctic Foxie
About her work, Arctic Foxie says, "I learned about the magic of knitting when I was a little girl. It's been many years after when knitting became a passion of mine. The animals I am knitting are a big part of my childhood."

"I like to work with soft and fuzzy yarn like angora and mohair, use pretty acrylic yarns too. Once another doll is done I always show it to my husband and a big smile on his face tells me that's a good one."

Arctic Foxie has some beautiful items on sale right now, including this sweet little guy:

Gray Husky Puppy - Phil by Arctic Foxie
If you're looking for a special gift or even a little treat for yourself (don't worry -- we won't tell), you can't go wrong with Arctic Foxie!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring has Sprung Contest

 Time to go and vote so here are the entries, you can vote more than once but please do not abuse the fact the vote is opened for your whole family. If there is a tie we will do a run off vote. The prizes are
 First Place will get this cute Foxie from ArticFoxie

Second Place:One (1) skein of Moda Dea Dream yarn in either pink, white or black, winner's choice from gurumiorama 
And last but not least Third Place will get this cutie

 from AllSoCute.
 If any of the winners are the ones that donated the prizes you will get to choose from the following prizes:  ThePudgyRabbit is donating Easter Egg Trio made to order, Niccilocs is donating 3 Easter Eggs and ElinAmanda is donating yarn. The link to vote is at the bottom of the page, so here are the entries:













Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday Creature Feature!

This week we're giving our Monday Creature Feature spot to a creature maker who is showing her love for real creatures too. Meet Cheshire Felix and her adorable marshmallow bunnies!

Right now, when you purchase any of Cheshire Felix's specially marked marshmallow bunnies, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Kansai Animal Refuge. This Japanese animal refuge is one of the many helping to rescue and reunite beloved pets that were separated from their owners after the March earthquake and tsunami.

Cheshire Felix has a full complement of bunny colors available to help the refuge and one of them is sure to make someone's Easter basket extra special this year. Check them out today!

White with Cherries

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Creature Feature!

This week, our Monday Creature Feature takes us to the quirky shop of ElinAmanda in Carlisle, UK for a visit with a thieving rat, a professor rabbit, and a little raincloud!

"You thieving rat!" by ElinAmanda
ElinAmanda's creations are all unique crocheted designs with a personality all their own. She carefully crafts back stories for her creatures and gives them a one-of-a-kind appeal that is sure to touch your heart.

Professor R. Rabbit by ElinAmanda
We hope you'll stop by and visit her shop today and check her out on Facebook. This is definitely one of our team members to keep an eye on!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Creature Feature!

Spring has finally spring and Easter is on everyone's mind. With this holiday still a few weeks away, there is still time to try a new crochet pattern and make up some of Yarnabees's lovable little lamb for a special person's Easter basket!

Lovable Little Lamb by Yarnabees
If you don't have time to hook up your own lamb, Yarnabees has got you covered. Check out some of the other adorable, basket-ready items in her shop!

Toy Little Lamb by Yarnabees
Baby Bunnies by Yarnabees
Had enough yet? No? Well, you'll find plenty more in Yarnabees's Etsy shop -- so stop by today!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Creature Feature!

This week's Monday creature feature takes us to the shop of Quitapita, in Enterprise, AL. som eo fyou already know Quitapita's work -- but in another form. You see, Quitapita is also the graphic artist behind our team logo and mascot, Ami Gu. But we're here to talk crochet... so let's take a look!

This week's creature feature is more a "creature of beauty" than a "creature" -- it's Quitapita's Frieda, modeled after the brilliant and passionate Mexican painter, Frieda Kahlo. Kahlo was best known for her honest and beautiful self-portraits. Kahlo once said, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."

Drawing on personal experiences, including her marriage, her miscarriages, and her numerous operations, Kahlo's works often are characterized by their stark portrayals of pain. Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits which often incorporate symbolic portrayals of physical and psychological wounds. She insisted, "I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality."

I think Quitapita's piece is one that would have done Kahlo proud. Despite the wide smile on the character's face, the selection of stark black eyes and the characteristic "mono-brow" identify the doll immediately as Kahlo. Like Kahlo, Quitapita used the traditional bright colors that are so well-loved in Mexican painting.

For more of Quitapita's great works, you can visit her Etsy shop, or check out her Facebook page for all her latest updates!