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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
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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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3 Aug

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

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
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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

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1 Aug

Freebie Friday: Melvin the Musical Monster

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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25 Jul

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

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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Author of the Month

This month we sit down for a Q&A with expert sewing machine embroiderer Liz Keegan, author of The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible. Liz launched, compiled, and edits Flair, the U.K.'s only machine embroidery magazine. She also teaches and lectures about machine embroidery. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, Liz's new book will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine.


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Project of the Month

Pencil Case






Happy September! It’s officially that time of the year again. It’s back-to-school week here in New York City and we’re reminiscing about all those ‘first days’ of school. A new year means all new supplies, clothes and accessories. So, our Project of the Month is in honor of those who want something different from their pencil cases. We pulled this Pencil Case pattern from Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo because it offers not one but two methods of making the case--one with a zipper and one with a spring clasp!

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