Thursday, March 16, 2017

Why are my favorite Etsy sellers raising their prices?

Etsy sellers raising their prices? Here's why.


Small business enthusiasts and indie maker supporters have noticed that some of their favorite Etsy sellers are raising their prices. Here's why.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Edinburgh Yarn Fest: my haul and my journey

Edinburgh Yarn Fest 2017


Guys. Guys! I got back from Edinburgh Yarn Fest yesterday morning, and let me tell you: it was totally worth 10.5 hour bus journeys each way and the ensuing leg cramps.

Monday, March 6, 2017

F**k these dropped stitches!

Dropped stitches: a disaster on GamerCrafting
Needles of doom

We've all been there: quietly knitting, minding our own business, when we realize that we've dropped more stitches than Holyfield needed after his fight with Tyson.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Meet the Pumpkin Juice cowl: a free pattern!

Free Pumpkin Juice weave stitch cowl pattern at tutorial at GamerCrafting.com


So, this was meant to be released in...October. For those keeping track? It's almost March. I don't care what any of you say, orange is totally a spring color.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The very big, OMG, what have I done announcement

New book announcement from GamerCrafting


You know when you have a cute little idea that spirals out of control into a huge project and you're like, "Oh my god, what have I done?"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Crafting while injured

Crafting while injured: GamerCrafting

I'm wincing as I type this: in a bid to remind my of my inescapable, fleshy mortality, my left wrist has betrayed me.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Spinning yarn: oh god, don't let me mess it up

Spinning yarn: oh god I hope I don't mess it up


I've been kind of/sort of experimenting with yarn spinning since Louise from Spin City hypnotized me at a craft show about a year ago. I bought two drop spindles and some bats of fibre. The addiction began.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Make a niddy noddy for cheap

Make a niddy noddy for cheap on GamerCrafting


Okay, so most of you know that I hand dye yarns and I also recently started spinning yarn with a drop spindle. I've been making do with a yarn swift for winding yarn into skeins, but ohhhh man is that annoying. Don't even get me started on how enraged I get when my yarns tangle in the ends of the swift arms! New year's resolution: get a nice wooden swift and ditch the metal swift of doom that I currently own.

So, I needed a niddy noddy: a simple tool for winding yarn into skeins that apparently and inexplicably costs an arm, a leg, and most of my left hand to get from Ashford. If you live in the US there are several Etsy sellers that make them with PVC pipe: but if you live over here in Europe the shipping charges will eat you alive.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Free "pussy hat" crochet pattern with movable ears

Pussy hat crochet pattern (free) on GamerCrafting

Over the past week, I've seen a lot of people saying they can't find a crochet pattern to make one of the popular pink "pussy hats" that will be worn en masse during marches and protests on January 21st.

So I created one, but admittedly it's a little different than the rectangle design that most people are making.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Organize your DPNs with washi tape!

Organize your DPNs with washi tape: a craft organization story from GamerCrafting

I'm working on some new projects, and I've found that DPNs work better for them. I'm usually more of a magic loop girl, but sometimes we have to default to the evil DPNs. But I conquered them with washi tape.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Last minute light-speed cowl knitting pattern

Last minute light speed cowl knitting pattern on GamerCrafting

I see you, procrasti-knitters. Christmas is less than a week away and as it turns out, no, you don't have time to knit everyone in your family a gorgeous handmade blanket.

Enter the light-speed Flat Rib cowl, designed by me for people like me.

It's knitted flat using some gorgeous Rowan Hemp Tweed Chunky yarn, it's perfect for beginners, and mine took an evening to crank out.

Click here to see the pattern on Laughing Hens (it's free), and click here to add it to your queue on Ravelry. Godspeed, procrasti-knitters. May the Force be with you.

Light speed last minute free cowl knitting pattern on GamerCrafting

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The dangers of knitting angry: a tale of stupidity

Knitting while angry
If you look closely, you can see EVERY SINGLE MISTAKE.


Last weekend, the wife and I went up to Edinburgh for a quick weekend getaway. The weather was gorgeously crisp, the sights were stunning, and my only regret was that we couldn't stay longer. We took a bus to Scotland (what, you thought professional knitters/dyers have lots of cash? HA!) - a night bus on the way up, and a day bus home. I decided to work on my forbidden socks on the way back. And then, it happened.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Introducing: custom dyed yarns!

Custom dyed yarn from GamerCrafting


Do you have someone special in mind? Do you have an idea of a colourway that you want but can't find anywhere?

Introducing: custom dyed yarn!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Don't ever organize your stash: a cautionary tale

Don't ever organize your stash: a cautionary tale


So, as someone who works in yarn, and loves yarn, I uh, have a lot of yarn. Long ago in a galaxy far far away, my stash could comfortably fit in what I called "the craft cupboard." It lived in there with abandoned beading projects, 150 skeins of DMC embroidery thread, and the 50 pack of bubbles we bought for our wedding 3.5 years ago and forgot to take to the reception.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Introducing Super Chunky Chainette Merino!


The hand dyed yarn shop has grown again, this time to include a limited edition super chunky, super bulky yarn!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Make. It. Better.

Make it Better social club: make it better with craft

I've been struggling to figure out what to say in the light of the recent US election result. The only thing I've been able to manage so far is an endless cycle of hopelessness, crying, and anger. And then questioning, over and over again, "How? How? How?"

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Hello, yes, sorry, I am a holiday elf

I am a holiday elf: the confessional on GamerCrafting (img of crocheted snowflakes, ribbon, and christmas ornaments on a green background)


I'm that person that everyone complains about to their friends. "Ugh, did you hear Angie playing Christmas music at the party?" (lol jk I probably wouldn't be at a party, who am I kidding?) More like "Angie won't shut up about how excited she is about the holiday season, it's driving me nuts. It's not even December yet."

All I can say is, #SorryImNotSorry.

Monday, October 31, 2016

This is your weekly dye update



In my effort to actually get my life together and post more about worthy things, here is your weekly update on crafty goings on in the world of GamerCrafting!

*applause*
*confetti*
*fireworks*

Okay, so no one really cares that much, but here goes.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Last minute Halloween ideas for procrastinators like me



I'm not quite sure how I manage to be both Type A and also a massive procrastinator. I think it basically boils down to making lots of very detailed lists, and then ignoring everything on them until the last minute. Well, fellow creatives, I decided to make a post for the most disorganized of us - a list of some super simple last minute Halloween projects that you can whip up in less than an hour. You're welcome.