Hopefully most of you will be able to sleep in tomorrow! I know that’s one of my favorite things about the weekend. Actually now that I think about it, shouldn’t our bed be one of the most visually appealing spots in our homes? We spend a lot of time there and it’s important to love the space.
A quick way to spruce up your bed without spending too much money is to make some new pillow covers. So in honor of the weekend, here is a pattern from The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knittingfor your very own Knitted Lacy Pillow cover.
Download it today and be sure to share your fancified bedrooms with us!
Along with this pattern you can find step-by-step techniques, easy patterns,
and other projects to knit in The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting.
Be honest, dear crafter: How many times this month have you stepped on one of the many sewing needles you have strewn about the house? Well, lucky for you we’re giving away just the book you need: 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade by Cat Thomas, which goes on sale today!
This pretty collection of functional yet decorative pincushions not only keeps pins and needles in one place; they also make charming accessories that can be displayed in your workroom or given as gifts to fellow crafters. Colorful crocheted hexagons, knitted fruit motifs, elegant flowers, charming woodland creatures, prickly cacti, and other fun shapes are quick and cheery projects for crafters of every skill level.
Is it finally time to give all those wayward pins and needles a home? With this book you can knit or crochet them an entire pincushion city!
My mother taught my sisters and me how to crochet when we turned eight or nine, just old enough to handle the crochet hook. I used to call the hook a needle, which is what my mother still calls it, until a few years ago when I learned the proper term was ‘hook.’ There’s also, by the way, a crochet hook with a hook on each end known as the cro-hook, which I’ve never used. Knitting, on the other hand, uses needles.
I inherited many of my mother’s crocheted blankets and pillows and I pull them out whenever I want to throw some color onto my normally all white bedding, change up the overall mood of my apartment, or the look of a piece of furniture.
Last month, my wingback chair felt too girly and cold, so I tucked two of my mother’s more eclectically shaped stripy throws (she makes them out of leftover yarn) around the seat and back cushion to give the chair a little edge. Will Taylor of the uber-popular interior design blog Bright Bazaar would, I like to think, be so proud. His new gorgeous book, Bright Bazaar,comes out in the US this April, but you can order it ahead of time now.
I’ve met many people who knit, crochet, and do both but most expressed a preference for one over the other as well.
Casual craft poll: Tell us here or on Facebook. Are you a Knitnick? or Crochetista?
Next month is National Crochet Month(Stay tuned! We have a Crochet Challenge and chance to win some books starting next week!). When was National Knitting Month? I ought to know… I googled it and came up with a slew of different answers. There was a Knitting week held in October one year, and like NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), NaKnitMo (National Knit Month) seems to happen in November. No matter…
Rest assured, Knitnicks, for sure we’ll have a Knitting Challenge. And whaddyaknow! We have the perfect knitting books for your warm-up routine! Happy knitting! Happy crocheting!
If you, like me, have ever had trouble selecting the best type of greens for your salad (iceberg? spinach? arugula? kale? some kind of mix?), then you probably also share my anxiety over choosing the best yarn for a project. What might seem like a trivial decision can have major effects on your finished product. I mean, there’s wool, cotton, linen, polyester—even alpaca! The list goes on, unlike the extent of my wisdom on the subject. Luckily there are others out there far more knowledgeable than I. (I’m still searching for a comprehensive salad decision making guide, FYI.)
And just because it’s the season of giving, here’s a page right out of one of our newest and bestselling craft books, The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting, detailing the pros and cons of using every type of yarn in your lace-knitting project: Choose the Best Yarn
The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting by Elizabeth Lovick
It’s that time of year when most of us could use a little extra help finding those special holiday gift ideas. Whether you’re a stumped daughter-in-law or thinking of what to give your best friend’s children, we have a treasure trove of DIY fun, fashionable, and yummy projects for just about everyone on your V.I.P. list. Click here and sign up for a chance to win the five books featured here:
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Think hostess gift or holiday party favor: Luscious jams, juicy jellies, tangy curds, tropical marmalades, aromatic chutneys, crunchy pickles, intoxicating cordials.
This month we wanted to introduce you to our go-to expert in color, Will Taylor of the Bright.Bazaar blog—and new design book of the same name! Praised by design star Jonathan Adler as “a true talent with a keen eye,” Will guides you through making the most of the cornerstone of your life – where you live. Will posts almost daily on his Pinterest site; great examples below.