Freebie Friday: Lace Pillow Cover!

28 Feb

A very Happy Freebie Friday to you, crafty folk!

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.

lace pillow pic

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 Knitting for your very own Knitted Lacy Pillow cover.

Download it today and be sure to share your fancified bedrooms with us!

 lace knittingAlong 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.

Barnes & Noble       IndieBound

Amazon                    Books-a-Million

Powell’s Books        Walmart

 

 

Check out these books coming in March and April!

3D_75Flowers  3D_Quiltopedia3D_Serger's

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet Goodreads Giveaway!

18 Feb

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!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet by Cat Thomas

50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet

by Cat Thomas

Giveaway ends February 25, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Can’t wait? Order the book now!

50 Pincushions cover

Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books
Walmart

En Garde! Are you a KNITnick or a CROCHETista?

13 Feb

 

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.

Cat-&-Dog_Craft_outfitted

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.

Crochetpillows

Crochetwingback

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, BrightBazaarCover_tiny comes out in the US this April, but you can order it ahead of time now.

I prefer crocheting over knitting. Yes, I’m a Crochetista. The single hook feels more natural than a knitting needle in each hand. It’s likely I just need more practice knitting. Erika Knight’s Simple Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit Workshop with 20 Projects will come in handy for that.

SimpleKnittingI’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!

KnitPlain

Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books
Walmart

SimpleKnitting

Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books

KnitEncyc


Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books
Walmart

 

 

How-To Tuesday: Choose the Best Yarn for Your Project

12 Nov

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.)

Need step-by-step guidelines on choosing the best color, weight, and type of yarn for your project? Here’s a great place to start: Crochet Along : Yarn Selection Tips

The Lion Brand blog has lots of helpful tips including side-by-side photos comparing the end result of using different yarns: How To Choose the Best Yarn for Your Project : Understanding How Texture and Color Interact

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

Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books
Walmart
Overstock

Freebie Friday: Great Gift Ideas for the Holidays (5-Book Sweepstakes)!

8 Nov

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:

HOMEMADE PRESERVES & JAMS by


HomemadePreservesJams

Think hostess gift or holiday party favor: Luscious jams, juicy jellies, tangy curds, tropical marmalades, aromatic chutneys, crunchy pickles, intoxicating cordials.

Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books
Overstock

MONSTER KNITS FOR LITTLE MONSTERS by Nuriya Khegay

20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat, Bootie, and Mitten Sets to Knit

MonsterKnits

Kids always have the coolest accessories! The most adorable animal-themed hat and mitten sets for babies and toddlers from ages six months to three years. Kids will love them. Parents will covet them.

Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Walmart
Powell’s Books
Overstock

SWEET & SIMPLE PATCHWORK GIFTS by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo

25 Charming Projects to Make Using Classic Quilt Motifs

Sweet&SimplePatchwork

Pincushions, potholders, pillows, handbags, coin purses, zippered cases.

Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books
Walmart
Overstock

SIMPLE CROCHETING by Erika Knight

A Complete How-T0-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects

SimpleCrocheting

A laptop case. Want.

Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books
Walmart
Overstock

100 BEADED FLOWERS, TRINKETS & CHARMS by Amando Hinson

Perfect little designs to use for gifts, jewelry, and accessories

 100beadedflowers

Miniature beaded versions of cakes and treats, fruit, flowers, fast food, animals, fairies, a tiny tea service, a micro monkey, and a little ladybug.

Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Amazon
Books-a-Million
Powell’s Books
Walmart
Overstock