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18 Jan

Goodreads Giveaway: Floral Knits by Martin Storey

During winter on the east coast, admittedly, there are many mornings when I wish we could all run around perfectly warm and cozy wearing this all day:

snowsuit But, let’s face it, only babies and possibly Beyonce could get away with wearing this.

So today’s post and Goodreads Giveaway is an extension of our Freebie Friday post where we shared a FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD so you can knit an all-season matching set of very feminine, stylish, and pretty tulip-inspired beret and fingerless gloves from Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs by Martin Storey.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Floral Knits by Martin Storey

Floral Knits

by Martin Storey

Giveaway ends January 22, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Floral Knits is a brilliant collection of colorful nature-themed knit designs to dress your body AND decorate your home–from vests, pull-overs, scarves, shrugs, cardigans, purses, to coasters, blankets, pillows, as well as flower petal accessories. Enter now for a chance to win one of 20 copies. If you miss the deadline, which is this Thursday, January 22, Floral Knits is available at your favorite bookseller. FloralKnits

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16 Jan

Freebie Friday: Tulip Beret (and fingerless gloves)

Matchy matchy! Back in May last year, we fell in love with Martin Storey’s Tulip Fingerless Gloves, one of 25 projects found in his delightful book, Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs. We gave you the pattern as a free download. We realized then and still believe now that these brilliant fingerless gloves are an all-season accessory, just as perfectly at home accompanying a bright camisole on a Spring day as they are providing an extra (albeit stylish, feminine, and flattering) layer of warmth during frostier times–like now, on this exceptionally windy and nippitty NYC Friday night. So we’re offering the matching Tulip Beret as this FRIDAY’S FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD.

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And come back on Sunday–when we start our Sunday Goodreads Giveaway, and you can enter for a chance to win one of 20 copies of Floral Knits! If you simply can’t wait, it’s available now at your favorite bookseller:

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Tagged with: beanies, beret, fingerless gloves, floral fashion, flowers, how to knit, how to make a beanie
15 Jan

Project of the Month: Little Lamb Coverall from More Monster Knits for Little Monsters

A very Happy New Year to you, crafters!

2015 is starting out swimmingly with Washi Style and More Monster Knits for Little Monsters now available in bookstores! In December, Michelle showed you how to use washi tape to add some pizzazz to gift bags. This month we’re sharing a project from Nuriya Khegay’s More Monster Knits for Little Monsters. When leafing through to pick January’s Project of the Month (a responsibility, I assure you, I don’t take lightly) I was overcome with “aw” page after page of these truly adorable hat and mitten combos. Nuriya has divided her book into five sections: Nursery Favorites, On Safari, Pet Loves, Bear Hugs, and my personal favorite: Fantasy Friends.

        koala_bearbee_nursery    monster_fantasy

  lion_safari          puppy_pet

Adorable, right? And January’s PROJECT OF THE MONTH is no exception. Your little monster will be the envy of the bus stop with this little lamb hat and neck ruff with matching legwarmers and mittens. In a stylish cream color (not as white as snow) people will be asking, Mary who?

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If you’re a beginner when it comes to knitting, More Monster Knits for Little Monsters has a section on knitting basics. It covers tools, yarns, and all the techniques and stitches you’ll need to create the projects. Each project also contains step-by-step instructions and suggestions for finishing touches to truly make your little monster’s winter outfit one-of-a-kind. Every project is a coverall hat that completely covers the head, ears, and neck of your little monster. Even better, with the pullover design your little one won’t be able to pull them off.

Buy your copy today!

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Missed the first one? Buy it today!

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13 Jan

Happy Pub Day!

Today we’re thrilled to publish not just one but TWO fantastic new craft books! And they couldn’t be more different, which means we’ve got something here for pretty much everyone (as if you didn’t know that already).

First up is the funky and colorful Washi Style!: Over 101 Great Projects Using Japanese-Style Decorative Tape by Marisa Edghill (who also just so happens to be our Author of the Month). washi 2What exactly iswashi 3 washi tape, you ask? Well, these decorative paper tapes from Japan have taken the design world by storm. A much prettier version of masking tape, washi tape is not as delicate as you might think. Extremely versatile and available in myriad patterns and varying widths, there’s no limit to what you can create. washi 1 So whether you already love washi tape or are new to this cute and colorful world, this project-packed book is sure to inspire.

Marisa grew up in a house filled with glitter, pretty paper, and an inherent love of crafts. Self-taught, Marisa shares her love of washi tape and other crafty adventures online at www.omiyageblogs.ca.

Also on sale today is the second book in Nuriya Khegay’s fun series: More Monster Knits for Little Monsters: 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat and Mitten Sets to Knit. These cute coverall hats keep your child’s head, ears, and neck warm and toasty, and have a practical pullover design to ensure your little one won’t tug it off. more monster 2 more monster 1This brand-new collection features different kind of bears; safari animals like zebras and monkeys; farmyard friends such as lambs and turkeys; household pets including a black cat and spotty dog; and even beastly BFFs like dinosaurs, gnomes, and a Chinese New Year dragon! It’s just in time for the bitter cold weather, but all these charming creations will inspire you to make hats for your children to dress up in all year round.

You can buy Washi Style! and More Monster Knits for Little Monsters at any of the retailers below. Happy crafting!

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More Monster Knits for Little Monsters
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Tagged with: books, Crafts, knitting, smp craft, washi tape
21 Dec

Goodreads Giveaway: The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting

On Friday we gave you an early Christmas present with a free pattern download for a Shetland lace knitted cobweb shawl. Now, here’s another gift: the chance to win the entire book on Goodreads! (Is this the season of giving or what?) Click below to enter (but hurry–the giveaway ends Christmas Day).

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting by Elizabeth Lovick

The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting

by Elizabeth Lovick

Giveaway ends December 25, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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The ethereal beauty and intricacy of Shetland lace knitting might seem beyond the powers of the everyday knitter, but the skills needed are within the reach of everyone who can knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting is designed to take the novice knitter from their first “yarn over” through the steps needed to master more complex patterns. The techniques are introduced with clear step-by-step instructions, charts, and detailed photographs of knitted samples. shetland 3 shetland 1 shetland 2

Don’t wanna press your luck? Order a copy now!

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Author of the Month

This month, we sit down with Marisa Edghill, craft designer, washi tape aficionado, and author of Washi Style! Make it with paper tape. Marisa grew up in a house filled with glitter, pretty paper, and an inherent love of craft. Which is to say her love of all things handmade started early! Well-known for her washi tape creations, Marisa blogs about her crafty adventures online at omiyageblogs.ca.
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Marisa Edghill author of Washi Style

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Your little monster will be the envy of the bus stop with this Project of the Month: a little lamb hat and neck ruff with matching legwarmers and mittens from More Monster Knits for Little Monsters 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat and Mitten Sets to Knit.In a stylish cream color (not as white as snow) people will be asking, Mary who?

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