Goodreads Giveaway: 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza

3 Aug

On Friday, SMP Craft showcased our newest star: Melvin the Musical Monster and offered him as a free pattern download.

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We discovered Melvin in 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza. He was hanging out with gorgeous scarves, beautiful sweaters, a purse, socks, elegant shawls… and urged us to check out his colorful world.

And so we did.

10 Secrets includes a bevy of exciting patterns aimed at knitters from beginners to experienced, and encourages us to relax and have fun, to see that knitting can be as much about process as about the finished product.

It didn’t take much time to convince us that every knitter needs to relax and have more fun and so we’ve decided to spread the good word with a Goodreads Giveaway of 10 Secrets. But, as we all know, all things, even good ones, eventually come to an end. This giveaway ends August 7, so if you don’t want to miss out on the chance to win a free copy of 10 Secrets, enter now!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters by Vicki Stiefel

10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters

by Vicki Stiefel

Giveaway ends August 07, 2014.

See the giveaway details
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Patience not one of your virtues? Don’t fret. Purchase it this instant.

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Freebie Friday: Melvin the Musical Monster

1 Aug

The moment I laid eyes on Melvin the Musical Monster, I knew he had me. MAKE ME! he pleaded. OKAY! I agreed. Which is why this Friday’s Free Pattern is Melvin the Musical Monster. Knitter Level: Recliner, a.k.a., Beginner.

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I found Melvin in 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza. He was designed by Rebecca Danger.  I was reading each of these three women’s blogs (click on their names so you can, too!). When Vicki’s not busily knitting, she’s a mystery novelist with a slew of published works on murder and mayhem under her belt. Lisa founded Lisa Souza Knitwear and offers hand-dyed fibers to others through her website, lisaknit.com. And Rebecca has been writing patterns for her original toy designs (like Melvin!) since 2009.

I particularly love the tip you get with this Melvin pattern, which appeals to my crafting sensibility–enjoy the process as much as the product–and reflects the humorous tone of this book: “Any mistakes while knitting your Melvin will just give him more character!”

10 Secrets is peppered with these insightful witty gems alongside 27 patterns–complete with instructions and charts on how to make not only Melvin, but elegant shawls, chic sweaters, and colorful scarves, all beautifully photographed in full-color. In addition, it contains a wealth of other valuable and fun information including designer profiles, websites and other resources, information on fibers, spinning, and crochet, and much more.

Linda Cortright, publisher and editor of Wild Fibers magazine is spot on when she writes, “This is a book that will make every knitter feel more like a Zen master the next time they drop a stitch.”

Want more? Buy 10 Secrets at your favorite retailer.

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I’m already imagining Melvin charming the pants off of everyone—big and little alike—hanging out at their homes, chillin’ on the sofa, lounging on the bed, sitting in the crib, bobbing up and down in a backpack headed to school for Show and Tell. He’s the kind of monster that brings color and fun into any environment.
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So let’s do this! Let’s all bring Melvin to life and give him a happy home—be it yours or a loved one’s.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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FREEBIE FRIDAY: 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

25 Jul

It’s the middle of summer and I love it! Summer is my favorite season of the year. There’s a distinct feeling to it that the rest of the year lacks and I get a little wistful in winter wishing for it come back. When I first received a copy of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet by Leonie Morgan, the first thing that stuck with me was the cover. The bright colors reminded of me summer and flipping through the book, the feeling was only solidified. So our FREE PROJECT today comes from this wonderful book which includes over 50 original stitches & 50 fabulous colorways for blankets and throws!  

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100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet  is a step-by-step guide to turning a ball of yarn into beautiful blankets and throws to brighten your home or keep warm on chilly nights. And why stop there? In addition to these 100 stitches, the book also includes information on yarn requirements, techniques, and tools to create scarfs, bags, pillows, and even clothing!

This is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colorways perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories. With 75 original stitch designs to choose from, using color and texture to create stunning zig-zags, ripples, and waves, there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter.

Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes five great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

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Happy Pub Day!

15 Jul

Hooray! If you’ve been patiently waiting for the next great book by our featured author of the month, Leonie Morgan, then consider your wait worthwhile. We’re so excited to show off 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet: 50 Original Stitches and 50 Fabulous Colorways for Blankets and Throws, on sale now!

ripple 2This is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colorways, perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories. With 100 original stitch designs to choose from, using color and texture to create stunning zig-zags, ripples, and waves, there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter.
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Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes six great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

Pick up this fun, fabulous book and keep some color in your life for as long as you can. After all, winter is coming!

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Author of the Month: Leonie Morgan of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

2 Jul

Leonie Morgan HeadshotThis month we sit down for a Q&A with crochet and knitting expert Leonie Morgan, author of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet. Inspired at an early age by her mother’s granny blanket, Leonie taught herself how to knit and crochet from various books and hand-me-down knowledge.

Find her blogging at WoolnHook and check out her beautiful and inspiring Pinterest page. She lives in Wales with a wool-tolerant partner and three wool-loving cats.

1. What’s your craft? I crochet and knit – all the time.

2. What project would you consider an all-time best? My Book Blanket is my all-time-best. I used all the squares designed for my first book and joined them together. It’s really warm, cosy and full of color.

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3. What project would you consider an all-time worst? One of the first crochet things I made was a cropped cardigan. I missed some of the stitches out and didn’t block. I knew it wasn’t going to turn out grand but carried on regardless and wore it around the house feeling smug. As the day wore on, the arms got longer, and longer, and longer. It went in the unravel pile that evening.

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4. What tool or material could you not live without? Wool. If there was a wool drought I’d have to unravel sweaters.

5. What’s your hidden talent? Super hearing.

9781250049490_FC (1)100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring ways. With 75 original stitch designs to choose from there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter—blankets, accessories, and more! Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes five great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

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