Goodreads Giveaway! 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

6 Apr

Gorgeous Sunday here in NYC: blue skies, sunny, temperate. Since the weather here has been unreliable, I’m taking every chance I can get to enjoy Spring in all its glory. What’s on my itinerary? A long joyous stroll and eventually, a visit to The Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Gardens! If you’re lucky to be in NYC from now until April 21st, go go go!

And when the rain hits again, as it surely will in April, I’ve armed myself with indoor Spring at its best: crocheted blooms from Caitlin Sainio’s 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet: A Beautiful Collection of Decorative Floral and Leaf Patterns for Thread Crochet.

100LaceFlowerstoCrochetAvailable now at these retailers:

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Powell’s Books



Enter April 6 – April 9 for a chance to win 1 of 20 copies!

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Freebie Friday: 2 FOR 1 California Poppy and The Bachelor Button

4 Apr

TGIF. It’s been a rough week. Happy Hour 2 FOR 1, here we come…

But before we go, we’re passing along the 2 FOR 1 spirit to all of you. This Friday’s FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD includes TWO thread designs: The California Poppy and The Bachelor Button from 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio.

100LaceFlowerstoCrochetBachelorButton“The flowers are light, lacy and oh so colorful. Flowers bring a warm feeling to a home. The real ones only last a week or two. With Caitlin’s book, you get to enjoy them for as long as you like” —Paula Moilver,

“Oh, are you going to love this book! I’ve read, reviewed, and used other crochet books that feature floral motifs—but this one is special…. This collection is stunning, extremely detailed, and beautifully displayed to entice emergency crocheting…. You’ll definitely find inspiration in this book—but you’ll also find exquisitely photographed samples, finely written patterns, and clear graphics so you can attain success with every stitch.  And, color everywhere!  Sainio has interpreted nature’s floral colors in her own fabulous way.” —
We guarantee TWO is never ever enough, so buy the book so you can spread the Spring bloom all year long!

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Cheers and have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Freebie Friday: Crochet Star Tablecloth

7 Mar

Today’s official FREEBIE DOWNLOAD will guide you through making a beautiful crochet tablecloth!
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Sometimes I look around my apartment and I’m uninspired. In the day-to-day bustle of life, I forget that the small details in life matter—flowers, fancy soap, a new pillow (some of the things that make me happy). One of my goals this year is to remember to surround myself with and enjoy the small things in life. Out with the boring and in with the beautiful! OK, enough about me and back to this amazing project so you too can make your living space more special.

This simple and pretty tablecloth can be for everyday use or to turn a boring table fancy when friends come over. An easy addition to perk up any room!


Simple Crocheting offers many other projects that are simple yet sophisticated. This reflects the author Erika Knight’s background as a consultant for Rowan Yarn, and a knitwear designer for such popular brands as J.Crew. Each project teaches you a new stitch, technique, or trick, until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and amassed an enviable collection of gorgeous crocheted items.

From blankets to booties to laptop covers, you will find your next project here!

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Happy (Early) International Women’s Day!

6 Mar

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Saturday is International Women’s Day – something definitely worth celebrating over here at SMP Craft – and what says women and crafts better than a crocheted Wonder Woman?

It’s no secret that I’m new to this crafting world, but it’s been great reading our craft books and learning from so many of our great, talented writers. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be good enough to try to sell my own crafts, but there are plenty of you amazing ladies out there!

I hope you’re taking pride in what started as a hobby but grew to be much more than that. Don’t be afraid to take the next step and put your creations out on the market. Take the lead from another inspiring female crafter, our featured author, Torie Jayne!

 Available in March and April

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Short & Sweet Q & A with Notable Crafter Cat Thomas

5 Mar


We caught up with Cat Thomas, trained textile artist, who has a new book out, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade. For most of Cat’s career, she taught art and design. Now, she’s producing her own designs selling under the name of Baban Cat on sites such as Etsy and Folksy and shares her crafting experiences on her Baban Cat blog.

Coronet pincushion crown with beads Flower brooch, cabbageLetter L embroidery hoop






Cat, what’s your craft?

I knit, crochet and sew. I studied Textile Art so I’ve done a bit of everything in the past. When the children were young I made their dresses and knitwear.


What project would you consider an all-time best?



My all time best is an organic cotton blanket. It was crocheted using 80 sunburst motifs and finished with a lovely scalloped edging. I had intended to make it as a cushion cover but got carried away. It now has a lovely new home in Hong Kong.



What project would you consider an all-time worst?

We all have disasters. Most of mine have been undone and the yarn used for different projects. My first granny square blanket using white organic cotton had the rounds joined in the wrong place. Unnoticable when you’re working but the moment I held it up there was a distinct gap that ran diagonally up one side. Even after blocking it could still be seen. Live and learn!

What tool or material could you not live without?

Reading glasses! Such close work needs to be seen. I can’t do a thing without my glasses.


What’s your hidden talent?

It’s so well hidden I’m not sure it’s there. I’m good at gardening. I grafted a rose that was my father’s favourite so now I have the pleasure of the original and a back up in case anything happens to it.

Learn more about Cat Thomas, her craft, and process at Baban Cat. Her book, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade is available now for purchase here:

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