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10 reasons why you should stop what you’re doing…


cute and kaboodle giftalong2014

and join the gift-a-long!

1. You’ll have motivation to start all these Christmas presents like right now! And the chance that you’ll be done before Christmas Eve will get bigger! December Mice

2. You’ll be able to buy over 3000 patterns at a 25% discount. You won’t manage to knit/crochet them all before the end of the year, but you can stock for later, right?

3. You’ll surely discover a new interesting designer. And to help you with that I’ll have a few of them pop over for a short interview!

4. You could win a prize by crocheting/knitting one of the 11512 patterns eligible for the CAL and hanging out in the forums. New project AND a prize for that – how cool is that?

5. You could win a prize in fun hunt quizes! And these are seriously fun! You’ll play detective for a while.

6. You’ll surely have fun connecting with other crafters! Maybe you’ll meet a new friend or learn something new?

7. You’ll get a fair amount of eye candy. In the form of amazing project photos and yarn porn.

8. It’ll keep you busy on those long, gloomy autumn days. What’s better than some crafting and a cup of tea when on a rainy evening?

9. You’ll be able to keep track of your work easily. Because Ravelry has some great tools for keeping your stash and projects tidy. yarn giftalong2014

10. Because your next chance will be next year! And you’ll regret if you don’t join now!

So what are you waiting for? Click!

Posted on : November 19, 2014 | No Comments



Getting ready!


Only 42 days to Christmas! I discovered it today and I start wondering whether I’m more excited or stressed about it… And you? Do you plan handmade gifts?

I know I do and I’m also sure I won’t be able to finish all that are on my list, so yeah, I’m getting a bit pressured. To feel more at ease about it, this year I limitted the list to the minimum. A pair of legwarmers, a hat and mitts should not be too much if I start now, right? Bulky yarn should make it easier, so I’m thinking about Colorblock Mittens maybe? But there’s so much more I’d like to try. I have a great knitted ornament design in mind, not to mention a list of over 10 amis waiting to be made and released. And some selfish knitting in the form of a skirt would be nice, too…

My daily distractions… How can I say no to a cute little foot like this?

Of course I’m getting a bit distracted by my two little boys, but there are still late evenings when I can just relax and crochet. Or knit! And whenever I sit back with my hook or needles, I have the feeling that I’ll manage to make so much more. Especially when there’s a pattern that I’d love to try. And with the Indie Gift-A-Long being in the full swing really soon, the temptation is even bigger! All these discounts!

Cute and Kaboodle gift-a-long patterns

Some of my patterns discounted during the Gift-A-Long

What is a Gift-A-Long? Well, it’s something that will definitely help you get ready for the Holidays! It’s a huge event in which 293 independent designers from over 21 countries organize a fun knit-crochet-along with lots of prizes (because 1,866 electronic prizes plus some yarn-related goodies does sound like a lot, doesn’t it?) and great discounts for the patterns. It seems like every crafter’s dream and it really is! So, if you’re planning to start Christmas crafting, be sure to check it out!  This cool infographic should give you an idea of what it’s about. To join the fun visit this group.

indie gift-a-long stats

How cool is that?

In the next few weeks, I’ll take you for a tour to meet some of the fantastic indie designers taking part in the event, so stay tuned!

 

Posted on : November 12, 2014 | No Comments



Welcome Agents!


Are you taking part in the Totally Mysterious CAL? Not yet? Well, then you’d better hurry and join, because the Agency has contacted us…

Erm.. Nice to meet you, agents! I’m glad to see so many of you replied to our call and will help us stop Dr. Hookenstein. Since time is running, I won’t waste it and go staright to the point. Here’s your supersecret yarn ball costume (we figured he has so much yarn now that he won’t notice another ball…) and a notebook for writing down your observations. Good luck! And see you soon!

Posted on : October 13, 2014 | No Comments



Shades of black and world dominantion…


Shades of Black Mystery CALIt’s time for a Mystery Crochet-Along! And this time it’s going to be supermysterious!

But the rules are simple:

1. Follow the introductory story here, on Ravelry or on Facebook – whatever’s most convenient for you.

2. Stay tuned and wait for the post and link from “The Agency” (some time at the beginning of the next week).

3. Follow the instructions and get the pattern.

4. Have fun and post the photo of your finished item!

And now sit back and start the journey from reading what happened one gloomy autumn evening…

It all started one gloomy, autumn evening… Dr. Hookenstein was sitting in his laboratory contemplating one of his evil plans. After last 6579 ways of conquering the world failed, he knew, he just knew this one must work. Especially as this time he made an extensive research and he won’t make a stupid mistake again. Oh no, no, no. This time he definitely won’t try to gain followers by promising people free pizzas every Sunday or spend all his savings on plastic surgeries that would make him look like Justin Bieber. He should have known that fame is a subjective thing… No, no. This time he’s prepared – he browsed through billion photos shared across the Internet and observed thousands of people and have been eavesdropping on the bus and even got a Facebook account and now he knows. He knows what people want! And when he creates it, no one will dare to refuse to follow him. And he’ll finally, FINALLY will be the king of the world. Mwahahahaahhaha! Ha! No, waiShades of Black Mystery CALt! He’ll make two or even three of these and then no one will resist… Mwahahahaahhaha!

But to make his plan work, he needed some materials first. His research has shown that what people love the most is cuteness. The Internet is full of adorable kittens photo, right? That must be it! People will follow cute. Or kawaii. Or whatever the word is. But he noticed there’s something else people love. And the ones he observed might love it even more than a pack of puppies. And you must know Dr. Hookenstein’s lab is opposite one of the biggest yarn stores in town. Watching all these people entering the store and coming out looking overjoyed made him enter it, too. What he saw inside, was beyond all his expectations… Men and women all flocked around the boxes full of yarn as though they were bewitched, screams of joy when someone grabbed the last skein of cashmere on 50% sale, people staring with empty eyes at all the colors and structures, petting merino and silk blends and quickly grabbing small balls of cotton… Seemed like total madness… with so much potential! This yarn thing started to sound like a great solution. Being on a budget (and not a yarn snob yet, of course) he took what was on sale – some black acrylic yarn and a hook and was ready to start working! And when he saw the yarn band said “WORSTed” he knew he was on the right track…

Posted on : October 10, 2014 | 2 Comments



Stepping out of my comfort zone…


I do like to knit. In fact, I learned to knit years before I started to crochet. But knitting toys has been a challenge for some time for me, mostly because knitting in the round seems so much more complicated than crocheting in the round. I finally got used to knitted amigurumi, but, as a designer, I feel much more comfortable creating crochet toy patterns. I had a few novelty yarnattempts at knitted softies – Tiny Owls, Baby Bunny or Vlad - and I’m proud with all of them, but I can’t say I’m confident with it as much as with crochet. That’s why I decided to try and design a bigger knitted toy. And, because who doesn’t like an added challenge, I casted on my the first stitches with novelty yarn.



novelty bear WIPNovelty yarn is the one that gives chills to some people. Looks a bit goofy sometimes and seems to have limitted possibilities… But it’s here and somehow manages to enter every stash at some point. It sneaked to mine, too and I had no idea how to use it for some time. What was I thinking adding to cart a skein of boucle with a golden thread? I mean, really?








After a few hours and a couple of arm options, this fuzzy bear was born.
fuzzy novelty bear by Cute and Kaboodle

My son fell in love with him the moment he saw him, so I guess it’s a good sign. It also wasn’t difficult to find testers for him, so the pattern should be ready real soon! And what do you think?

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Posted on : August 26, 2014 | No Comments



Summer is here!


Spring has been really busy for me – working on a new book material took a lot of my time and attention, but it was all worth it! I’m happy with how it turned out and I’ll keep you posted on the further details as soon as I can.
In the meantime, I managed to release a new cute pattern. Yellow like a sun :) It’s my contribution to The Little Yellow Duck Project  and it’s a free one, so that you can make some ducklings yourself!

Yellow Duckling - new free pattern

Yellow Duckling – a new free pattern

It’s available through Ravelry and will soon be on the official Little Yellow Duck Project too! Yay, what an honor!

Summer is really hot here, so my favorite items to crochet/knit are small items that don’t cover your lap. It’s a great coincidence that I’m making lots of baby items for my soon-to-be-born little son. Like these booties on the photo below. It’s a bit modified version of this pattern.

Booties for my little one

But I also Plan to make some small and cute amis for a wonderful yarn bombing project. Details here. Maybe you’d like to join, too? Or do you have some other plans for summer?

If you’re still undecided about what to do, maybe you’d like to join my newest crochet-along? No matter if you plan to spend some lazy days on the beach or you’re already in the Christmas-in-July spirit – you’ll be sure to find some adorable patterns for yourself!

Summer CAl at Cute and Kaboodle's

Choose your summer theme in the newest CAL!

There’s also a promotion running on all the patterns taking part in the CAL. Just add a coupon code JULY2014 to get 20% off the regular price on:

Amigurumi Nativity Scene

Last Minute Christmas Decorations

December Mice

August Lion

July Pig

June Turtle

Photos of your finished amis can be shared on Ravelry, Facebook or as a link in the comments to this post. Hope you’ll join us!


P.S. We experienced some problems with the website in the last few days, so if you joined the newsletter in the past couple of days, you may want to do that again as your e-mail address probably wasn’t registered… Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted on : July 21, 2014 | No Comments



Happy Easter!


Happy Crafting and Happy Easter everyone!

We have finished the mystery CAL just in time for Easter! Look at all the great bunnies that were created by our lovely participants! I think they’re all adorable.

Mystery CAL results

Aren’t they totally cute?

Starting from the top left corner and going clockwise, you can see bunnies by n8kpl, CordeliaSerene, UraniumBOMBS, tmb99, lkhill01, Kimmycup, harnish408 and elmerkitty. All of them were made from my newest pattern – April the Bunny.

April the Bunny by Cute and Kaboodle

Pattern available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/april-the-bunny

It’s available for sale now, so you can make your own adorable bunny, too! She’ll make a great friend also after Easter;)

But that’s not all! I also remade my first pattern – Easter Bunny and the update is available now.

Easter bunny

Pattern available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easter-bunny-11

Posted on : April 18, 2014 | No Comments



Choose your own CAL!


Anyone would like a CAL?

If yes, take a moment to find your best option in the flow chart below:)

Cute and Kaboodle choose your CAL


If you chose a Mystery CAL, you’d need to follow this link. It’ll require logging in to Ravelry, but believe me, it’s worth it – not only because of the CAL. I’m sure you’ll love this website as much as I (and 3 million others) do!
If you chose a Spring CAL, you can choose between these three patterns:
March Dog
April Hen and Chickens
May Bunny
There’s also a discount (20% off) for you if you buy any of the patterns through Ravelry. The coupon code is SPRING2014 and is valid till the end of April.

Spring CAL

Hope you’ll decide to join us!

 

Posted on : April 1, 2014 | No Comments



Celebrating Amigurumi!


other patterns

March is an International Crochet Month, and although it’s almost over, I think it’s never too late to celebrate:) And what would crochet be without amigurumi? They’re cute and quick to make and they’re the only projects that can smile at us when we’re done!

And why do you love amigurumi? Feel free to share your opinions on the mind map or in the comments! I’d love to see all your lovely ideas!

Also, I’d love you to share your favorite photos of the amis you make – you can link to it in the comments, post it on my Facebook page or Ravelry group. I also started a Pinterest group board that you can pin to, if you’d like – let me know your username and I’ll add you as a pinner.

To show how I love amis, and hopefully encourage more people to start making them,  I started a special series of tutorials. They’ll be all posted in the Tutorials section of the website. The newest ones cover the wide topic of eyes used for amis. See part one here and part two here. And the next ones will appear soon, too!

Our celebration will also include starting another crochet-along, so keep your hooks ready!

Posted on : March 26, 2014 | No Comments



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