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Week #1 - Knit Doily Dishcloth

Happy Summer! It's time for our first dishcloth of the season. If you read my last article, you will remember that I plan on making a dishcloth every week this summer. My choice for this week is the Knit Doily. It's fast and beautiful....just like me. Ha! :) It is knit in the round

One Dishcloth A Week

If your summer is as hot as mine always is, you prefer knitting and crocheting small projects. This summer, I plan on making a dishcloth a week, just for fun. I will be choosing a different Yarnspirations project every week - sometimes knit, sometimes crochet. And I would like to know what YOUR favorites are, to help me make my

Come On Yarnspirations, Light My Fire!

Lately, I've had a dry spell with my knitting and crochet. I've lost my mojo. I think it all got started when I had that wrist injury a couple months ago, and I couldn't knit or crochet for six weeks. Now, I am finally able to do yarn crafting again, but none of the projects I've already started are keeping

Yarn Musings

You've been knitting or crocheting for a while, and have made some simple projects. Maybe a granny square or two, or some dishcloths. Sometimes, you're interested in learning some new stitches, so that maybe you could actually make a cardigan or a hat. But, you're just a little intimidated. You don't want to spend time and money on something you

Yarn Reviews by Shandeh

One of the perks of working for Yarnspirations is getting to try out lots of fun yarns. I just love it when I see a new box of fibery goodness at my doorstep! One of the first things I do when I get new yarn is make a video, showing my first impressions of the yarn.

Stretching Skills with New Stitches

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by a pattern instruction, that you just gave up, and switched to a different pattern? I used to do this, when I was first learning to knit. Most of my projects were just squares or rectangles.

Then, I decided that I was tired of making dishcloths and blankets, and wanted to create a garment.

Yarnspirations Customer Creations

Made by You: Baby Projects

March 27

It appears many of you have been happily creating lovely items for babies and children. Your projects have definitely caught our attention!

From left to right, top row: HerterDesign Sunhat - Lily Sugar 'n Cream yarn, sa3p Baby Sweater - Bernat Baby, HerterDesign Millie

Caron Simply Soft - Knit Tank Tunic

New KAL - Simply Soft Tank Tunic

It's almost time for Spring! Woo Hoo!!!! To celebrate the advent of warmer weather, let's make a lovely top together, using the new FREE Yarnspirations pattern "Knit Tank Tunic".


Knit Tank Tunic by Shandeh, on Flickr

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Community Update - Keeping Warm!

Yarnspirations customers are such creative souls. We are so inspired by your gorgeous hand knitted and crocheted work!

This week, we are all about keeping WARM in the midst of our North American winter.
Take a look at the projects we found on Ravelry, and in the Yarnspirations Forum:

Knitting and Crocheting for Charity!

Happy Weekend!

This past week was an important one for me. We celebrated the 7th Anniversary of our Oddball Charity Blankets! Our beginning was very humble - it all began with an idea I posted in an online knitting forum on Feb 21, 2007. I had no idea that it would grow

Community Update - Snowbound Crafting!

Some of us have been hit with a lot of snow recently, and this has occasionally caused us to be snowbound. This was the PERFECT excuse to knit and crochet! :) So, I decided to browse through Ravelry, to take a peek at some of your recent creations with Yarnspirations yarn. Here are some that caught

Valentine Dishcloth CAL, with Video Tutorial

Right now, we are having our "Be My Valentine" Dishcloth Crochet-A-Long!

Here's the FREE Pattern: Be My Valentine Dishcloth
The design calls for 4 skeins of Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn in the colors Rose Pink, Robin's Egg, Country Red, and Soft Ecru. And

Valentine Dishcloth CAL

Valentine's Day is almost here! To help us celebrate the event, Yarnspirations has provided LOTS of fun, free knitting and crochet patterns with heart themes.

Here they are: VALENTINE PATTERNS, HEART PATTERNS, LOVE PATTERNS.

SO many choices! Wow!

One pattern in particular has really captured my heart (tee-hee), so I am

2013 Temperature Scarves Completed!

Last year, our forum members participated in a year-long project, where we knitted or crocheted a scarf or blanket, using different colors to represent daily temperatures. Now that the year is over, it's time for us to show off our completed works! Of course, some of us (myself included) are still finishing our projects.....and that's okay too.

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Santa Gift Tags - Quick & Fun Crochet!

As promised, I'm sharing a new Video Tutorial with you this week. I'm using the FREE Santa Gift Tag pattern - a Lily Sugar 'n Cream design, and the yarn is Bernat Handicrafter Cotton. Just like last week, this is a QUICK project, fun to make as a family for the

Holiday Ornamental Bells

Hello, and Happy Holidays! :D

vintage christmas train by Shandeh, on Flickr

If you're like me, you don't have much time available for making big projects during the holidays. But, we want to make SOMETHING festive! Thanks to the Yarnspirations website, we have

Having Fun with Patons Big Boucle

Have you seen the new Patons "Big Boucle" yarn?
I recently got 6 gorgeous skeins in the color "Pretty Patch", and started playing with it right away. So fluffy and warm and cushy!

Since it's a boucle yarn, I decided to just stick with garter stitch, and

Community Creations with Patons Yarns!

The new Yarnspirations website has such an amazing amount of yarny goodness. So many gorgeous yarns to choose from! By the way, remember you have a chance of WINNING $500 worth of yarn on the Yarnspirations Facebook page! Check it out: YARNSPIRATIONS FACEBOOK SWEEPSTAKES
Act fast, because the deadline to enter is Nov 20, 2013.

Community Update: Temperature Scarves!

Back in January of this year, we started a fun KAL/CAL making scarves, blankets, etc - using the daily temperature as our guide for choosing colors.

Some of us have chosen to make a VERY long scarf, displaying the average temp for each day.
Others have decided to make a blanket

Community Update - Yarnspirations Site!

Our new website is an exciting place, and some of us are still learning how to use it.  This week, I've decided to give you a little walk-thru, to help you navigate the site more easily.

I'm sure you've already seen the main page for the Yarnspirations site, with the Inspiration Machine front and center:

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