I have a fun pattern giveaway for you!! This pattern was designed by my friend Nicole, designer and owner of Mercantile519.
I worked this pattern up over the last couple of days. This is a project that can easily be knitted in a weekend. The large needles and doubled yarn means it comes together pretty quickly. I LOVE quick projects!
Nicole's directions are easy to follow. You will need to know how to use the magic loop method, but it's fairly easy to learn.
The thing I really love about the Melina's Mini Poof pattern is that whatever you stuff it with isn't forever in there. This makes it a great sneaky place to store extra blankets or sewing fabric, like I did. And the more you stuff it, the firmer it will be. It's super flexible.
It can also double as a dog bed... apparently.
I think he's claimed it as his own.
The giveaway will be done through Rafflecopter. A winner will be chosen on April 4th. The winner will be responsible to contact Nicole through her Ravelry page.
Nicole is also offering a 15% discount on all her Ravelry patterns through April 30. Use code Csq15 at checkout to get the discount!
I started working with polymer clay this year. Not that knitting isn't "working with my hands", but I miss "working with my hands", if that even makes sense. I guess I miss the messier, knitty (lol) gritty kind of art.
In college I majored in studio art, and ceramics was one of my favorite classes. I loved how messy it was! I hate having stuff under my nails, but I enjoyed getting clay all up under and around my nails. When I decided to try my hand at polymer clay, I lucked out and was able to find my clay tools from college. Woohoo!!
These are the tools I use the most often.
The things I bought specifically for my new polymer clay projects:
-an acrylic roller
-plastic clay tools (the turquoise one). They came in a set of three but I really only use this one.
The things I already had:
-the silver metal clay cutter
-the wooden handled pointer tip thing
-a broken comb
The things I made or were given to me:
-clay handled needles
-a smooth granite tile with a rubber pad stuck to the back so it doesn't slip on the table
-a cup of coffee (always needed)
This is the clay that I use. I've not tried another brand, because I think it might be best to stick with one brand for consistency and baking temps, so I can't comment on how I like it compared to other brands. Some colors are tougher than others to condition, but, overall, they work quite nicely and keep their color well after baking. I also like the blends I can create. They're so pretty.
Have you ever used polymer clay? What kind of tools or clay do you use?