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24 Oct

Freebie Friday: Pear Pincushion

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A well-known Italian seamstress once told me that Pincushions are a sewing necessity and that, “è vero, vero” It’s true true that one’s pincushion reflects one’s personality. I don’t think I want to know what it means about my personality that the “pincushion” in my sewing box is an old Whitesnake rock band patch I used to accessorize a Heavy Metal Halloween costume.

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Nonetheless, while combing through 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet by Cat Thomas, I couldn’t help but recall her comment; despite loving the absolutely adorable sushi, bear, and cactus pincushions pictured above, the moment my eyes landed on the Pear Pincushion, I knew I found my (dare I say it) PEAR-fect pincushion match. So for this week’s Free Pattern Download, I offer you Pear Pincushion, which is knitted in the round, uses worsted weight yarn and no seaming so it knits up quickly.

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I’ve decided that this pear pincushion is a Green Anjou, an all-purpose variety valued for its culinary versatility–from slicing fresh into salads to baking into tarts and pies to pureeing for sauces, beverages, and toppings. It’s the most abundant variety in the U.S., is almost always available, and most importantly, has a wonderful flavor profile: refreshing, sweet, juicy, with a hint of citrus!

It’s my friend’s birthday this weekend and I’ve decided to make her a “Pear-themed” present–pear pincushion, a few fresh pears, a pear tart, and pear juice!

If you’re not quite the pear connoisseur but say… have a thing for the circus, or want to make a pincushion for a cat-lover, or maybe love reindeer… and have been learning how to knit or crochet and want a finished handmade something something that you can complete in just a few hours, look no further than  50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet, which is available at your favorite online retailer.

50 Pincushions cover

 

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5 Oct

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY: 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet

On Friday, our FREEBIE FRIDAY was a gorgeous flower granny square from Leonie Morgan’s popular book, 100 Granny Squares to Crochet. With dozens of mix and match combinations and fabulous projects, including knit & crochet blocks & squares, 100 Granny Squares to Crochet is Leonie Morgan’s labor of love. She  was inspired at an early age by her mother’s granny blanket, and she taught herself how to knit and crochet from various books and hand-me-down knowledge.

100 colorful granny squares

100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet features the timeless granny square has adorned sofas, armchairs, and bedspreads for generations. In this latest addition to our popular Knit & Crochet series, we feature a treasury of squares that are quick to make and sure to stand out—from tried-and-true vintage favorites to contemporary designs. Author Leonie Morgan uses her amazing eye for color to add a new and appealing twist to the perennially-popular granny square, presenting us with a fabulous collection of squares featuring delightful and vivid color combinations that are perfect for a new era of crocheters.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet by Leonie Morgan

100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet

by Leonie Morgan

Giveaway ends October 09, 2014.

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3 Oct

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 100 COLORFUL GRANNY SQUARES TO CROCHET

Fall is well and truly here. No, really. It’s October and we’ve certainly passed the autumnal equinox. The leaves in Madison Square Park have started falling off and I am in awe of the various shades of orange on display. We’ve talked about Leonie Morgan’s other books on SMP Craft before (100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet) and today our FREEBIE FRIDAY is a gorgeous flower granny square from her popular book, 100 Granny Squares to Crochet.
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With dozens of mix and match combinations and fabulous projects, including knit & crochet blocks & squares, 100 Granny Squares to Crochet is Leonie Morgan’s labor of love. She  was inspired at an early age by her mother’s granny blanket, and she taught herself how to knit and crochet from various books and hand-me-down knowledge.

100 colorful granny squares

100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet features the timeless granny square has adorned sofas, armchairs, and bedspreads for generations. In this latest addition to our popular Knit & Crochet series, we feature a treasury of squares that are quick to make and sure to stand out—from tried-and-true vintage favorites to contemporary designs. Author Leonie Morgan uses her amazing eye for color to add a new and appealing twist to the perennially-popular granny square, presenting us with a fabulous collection of squares featuring delightful and vivid color combinations that are perfect for a new era of crocheters.

The book teaches you everything you need to crochet beautiful granny squares—from the basics to embellishment techniques that will really make your work pop. The possibilities for square designs are endless, with an in-depth overview for how to successfully mix and match colors, plus step-by-step instructions for a variety of embellishments including tapestry and surface crochet, cross-stitch, and appliqué. With all this technical and professional know-how, crocheters will be inspired to get adventurous with their colorways and decorations for an array of projects from heirloom afghans, to quick cushions, to baby blankets, and more!

Now you, too, can create a granny square showpiece that can transcend the ages and add a fantastic burst of color to any household.

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22 Sep

Goodreads Giveaway: 75 Exquisite Trims to Thread Crochet

 

On Friday we posted the Maple Leaves trim pattern from Caitlin Sainio’s 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet. To be honest, it was difficult to choose only one pattern to share. There were numerous trims perfect for fall: oak leaves and acorns, corn husks, pumpkins, and even apples! Immediately after posting I felt blogger’s remorse about only choosing one pattern to post, but rules are rules.

Luckily, we are giving away twenty copies of 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet on Goodreads this week. The contest ends Thursday so don’t miss your chance to learn the other 74 patterns in this guide to thread crochet.
75 exqWith this comprehensive guide to thread crochet the possibilities for making stunning decorative edgings are endless. 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet has both written directions and easy-to-follow charts, plus gorgeous full-color photographs. Pattern instructions include information for the finished dimensions, thread required, and the number of colors needed for each trim. For beginners there is a review of crochet basics and for experts a wide variety of edgings, some more complicated, and an easy-to-use cross-reference format. 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet also offers plenty of ideas on how to add your crocheted trims to sweaters, table runners, and even curtains. And with 75 patterns to choose from you can be sure you will find the perfect trim.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet

by Caitlin Sainio

Giveaway ends September 25, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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19 Sep

Freebie Friday: Maple Leaves Trim!

The fall weather is here. I haven’t turned on my air conditioner in the oven I have for an apartment. I have only had one milkshake this week instead of my usual two or three summertime quota. I’ve worn my hair down all this week. And the real proof that summer is over: I’m wearing long-sleeved shirts again. When the fall weather arrives, not only are we reunited with our sweaters but it’s time to bring out our fall decorations. And what better way to spruce up a favorite tablecloth than with some crocheted fall foliage? Today’s FREE PROJECT is the maple leaves pattern from the aptly named 75 ExquisitTrims in Thread Crochet by Caitlin Sainio. Make this trim your own with your favorite reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn. We’ve given you the pattern–the rest is up to you!Maple Leaves TrimFrom airy geometric patterns, delicate eyelets and fringes, to gossamer calligraphic borders, lush floral chains, and charming motifs that children will love—the possibilities for making stunning decorative edgings are endless. This collection of delicate edgings and trims has both written directions and easy-to-follow charts, plus gorgeous full-color photographs. Detailed information is provided for the finished dimensions, thread required, and the number of colors needed for each trim. For beginners there is a comprehensive review of crochet basics and for experts a wide variety of edgings, some more complicated, and an easy-to-use cross-reference format. All the designs are organized by theme and once you find the perfect trim for a project, you can easily locate the pattern and start crocheting. 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet also offers plenty of ideas for using your edgings to customize your projects or embellish store-bought items. From adding elegant trims to cardigans, lacy fringe to table runners and curtains, or embellishing adorable gifts and accessories like pincushions, you can be sure you will find the perfect trim in this delightful reference.

Come back on Sunday where we’ll have details about our giveaway!

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Author of the Month

This month we sit down for a Q&A with Molly Goodall, artist, designer, creator of the unique children’s clothing brand, Little Goodall, and author of Wild Things to Sew and Wear. Originally from North Carolina, Molly earned her BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in 1997, where she became focused on children’s wear. She then worked as a toy designer in New York before deciding "it would be more fun to be an artist" and moved to North Texas, where she, her husband, and son currently live.


Molly Goodall, author of Wild Things to Sew and Wear

Project of the Month

Little Monster


Perfect for any rambunctious little dude or dudette, this frighteningly cute hat, mittens, and booties set will have the neighbors forkin’ over the treats in no time. All measurements are given for sizes 6-12 months, 12-24 months, and 2-3 years. From Nuriya Khegay’s fun-packed Monster Knits for Little Monsters: 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat, Mitten, and Bootie Sets to Knit.

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