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.”

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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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Goodreads Giveaway: Loom Knitting Afghans

23 Jun

If you loved Friday’s free project from Isela Phelps’s Loom Knitting Afghans, we’ve got another treat for you: A chance to win the whole book!

Popular loom knitting maven Isela Phelps is back with a new book containing patterns for afghans, blankets, and throws. Whether you’re new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, this book has lots to delve into, from blankets featuring graphic chevron patterns or a variety of stitches and textures, to easy patchwork throws or blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns. As the projects are arranged from beginner to advanced, new loom knitters can progress through the designs while learning and mastering techniques along the way.

Isela provides the clear, easy-to-follow instructions her books are known for, and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project. An illustrated introductory chapter explains and demonstrates everything you need to know about loom knitting and serves as a great refresher course. A finishing section helps you achieve expert results and provides instructions for how to personalize your designs with a range of embellishments.

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Loom Knitting Afghans, Blankets & Cushions by Isela Phelps

Loom Knitting Afghans, Blankets & Cushions

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Giveaway ends June 26, 2014.

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Freebie Friday: Chevron Throw from Loom Knitting Afghans

20 Jun

chevron throw Have you tossed that toasty-warm comforter into storage yet? It’s getting pretty hot and humid for us here at SMP Craft, so all we really need on our beds now is a light, colorful afghan–one just like this gorgeous chevron throw! Which is great, because it’s this week’s Freebie Friday project from the newest book in Isela Phelps’s loom-knitting series: Loom Knitting Afghans.

Whether you’re new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, this book has lots to delve into, from blankets featuring graphic chevron patterns (like this one!) or a variety of stitches and textures, to easy patchwork throws or blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns. As the projects are arranged from beginner to advanced, new loom knitters can progress through the designs while learning and mastering techniques along the way. guitar throw

Isela provides the clear, easy-to-follow instructions her books are known for, and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project. An illustrated introductory chapter explains and demonstrates everything you need to know about loom knitting and serves as a great refresher course. A finishing section helps you achieve expert results and provides instructions for how to personalize your designs with a range of embellishments.

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Happy Pub Day!

10 Jun

It’s that time again! We couldn’t be more excited to introduce another fantastic loom knitting book from Isela Phelps, this time with twenty great new patterns for those colorful accessories you curl up with while reading a good book. Introducing: Loom Knitting Afghans.

Whether you’re new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, this book has lots to delve into, from blankets featuring graphic chevron patterns or a variety of stitches and textures, to easy patchwork throws or blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns.

Isela provides the clear, easy-to-follow instructions her books are known for, and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project. An illustrated introductory chapter explains and demonstrates everything you need to know about loom knitting and serves as a great refresher course. And a finishing section helps you achieve expert results and provides instructions for how to personalize your designs with a range of embellishments.

Inside this gorgeously photographed book, you’ll find everything you need to loom knit a cozy gift for your loved ones–or yourself! So warm up that link-clickin’ finger and…

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Goodreads Giveaway: 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt

8 Jun

Sunday, sunshine, sunkissed… and a Goodreads giveaway!

Enter now for a chance to win 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt: Patterns and Projects Packed with Lush and Vibrant Colors That You Will Love to Make by master knitter and designer Kristin Nicholas. Here, she grows her own field of colorful sunflowers and now brings the iconic sunflower to fiber life using knitting, crochet, felting, and embroidery. Included are designs for over thirty different sunflower blooms and buds in a variety of sizes, plus eight different leaf and vine designs, and a host of critters who live in a sunflower field—from birds and honeybees, to butterflies and caterpillars—a total of fifty items.

Laid out like the previous books in the series, 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt by Kristin Nicholas includes all the useful information you need for making the flowers—which needles, crochet hooks, embroidery needles, and types of yarns to use, plus a special explanation of how to choose yarn that felts well.

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50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt by Kristin Nicholas

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