Shop Your Stash

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. One of the big new year’s resolutions I see going around is people committing to knit or crochet projects using yarn they already have. Whether your stash of yarn takes up a box or a bedroom, here are some thoughts for working from your stash: 1. Catalog it – It’s hard to make use of what you have if you don’t know what you have. Go through your yarn, and …

Knit and Crochet Donations for Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Originally, I was going to post a giveaway on the blog today. Then, last Friday, the world was turned upside down by the tragedy that unfurled in Newtown, CT. I thought I would write today about that tragedy. But after a weekend inundated by news articles and social media posts, I’m too emotionally wiped out to focus on the horror. Instead, I want to focus on hope, and what we …

3 BIG Mistakes Local Yarn Stores Make With Their Websites

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. They Don’t Have One Even if you never plan on selling a single item online, you should still have a website for your store. More and more people look online for information. Having a basic website is an inexpensive way to help your customers find you. Plus, it’s giving your customers a way to easily spread the word about you and your store. These days “word of mouth” is just …

3 Critical Points for Setting Up a Home Office

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. As a crochet & knit designer / tech editor / web designer, I do the majority of my work from home. A functional home office is critical to me for getting as much done as possible. If you have a home office, or are thinking of setting one up, keep these critical points in mind for creating a premium work environment. Location If you crave natural sunlight, don’t set up …

Teaching Kids to Knit

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. At TNNA the folks at the Dark Horse Knits booth were giving out skeins of yarn in slurpee cups along with a pair of knitting needles. The knitting needles were sticking up out of the top like a straw would from a drink. It was very cute. Anyways, on the way home, I was looking it over, and I thought it would be just the thing for trying to teach …

Yarn running short?

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. All (well written) patterns list the yarn requirements for a pattern. Maybe you have just shy of that number but really want to give it a go. If you aren’t sure if you have enough yarn, but you really want to try making something anyways… Socks – Go for a toe up pattern. Stop when the yarn runs out. It’s better to have an inch less sock cuff that to …

4 Things to Do With Yarn Labels

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. One of the signs of progress on a project is using up yarn. Here are some ideas for things to do with the yarn labels once you are done. 1. Yarn Label Box – I have a small photo box where I keep yarn labels from yarn I’ve used up. It’s neat to go through it sometimes and remember all those pretty skeins. 2. Scrapbook Album – Keep one label …

Fun with Stripes

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Any knitter or crocheter eventually does something with stripes. Whether it’s a scarf, hat, or cardigan, here are some fun stripe patterns to play with: 1. Harry Potter Stripes – Based off the movie scarves, either big thick rows or a pattern of (big thick block, small stripe, small stripe, small stripe). 2. Mirror Image Stripes – Have stripes get progressively smaller and then bigger again. 3. Birthday Stripes – …

2 Essential Books for Knitwear Design

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. If you really want to learn knitwear sweater design, these are essential, must-have books: The Knitter’s Guide to Sweater Design by Michelson and Davis – It’s out of print, so you’ll have to hunt to find a reasonably priced copy. Keep an eye out, because it is worth every penny. Knitting from the Top by Barbara Walker – What you really need to know for top down garment design. Though …

Garment Techniques to Try

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. 1. The Classic Seamed Sweater – There is something so neat about seeing how a sleeve cap really does fit. 2. A Top Down Sweater – Because you will get tired of sleeve caps. 3. A Set-in Sleeve, Top Down Sweater – This is next on my list to try. It gives the look of a set in sleeve cap without the seaming. The sleeves are made at the same …