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Happy Wreathster!

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Spring has sprung (at least in parts of North America), and we could all use a little pop of color to get us into the spirit of the season. A quick and crafty way to do that is with a good ol' yarn-wrapped wreath! Cotton is the perfect choice for a

Photo Recap: Vogue Knitting Live Seattle '14!

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Panoramic shot of the Yarnspirations Lounge, nestled within the VK Live Market Place

Over the past 4 or so years that we've been a part of Vogue Knitting Live (VKL) conferences the Yarnspiration (formerly Beginner's) Lounge has evolved a bit. We started with the singular goal of being

Stitch.Rock.Knit-along: Long-distance Shawlette!

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Today is officially the first day of Spring, and even though there is much of North America still experiencing very wintery conditions that doesn't mean we can't start knitting for warmer weather! Enter the next,

Be-pommed: Arm Knit I-cord Scarf!

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Who doesn't love a good pompom? Seriously, it's hard not to smile when you see one. That's especially the case with Bernat Faux Fur Pompom -- they're so cute and fuzzy, they make me want to put a

Quickest Gift: Arm Knit Eternity Scarf!

Arm Knit Eternity

Here we are in mid-December. How. Did. This. Happen? Next week is the last full school and work week for most people who celebrate Christmas, so if you're planning on making gifts for teachers or office mates it's time to haul holiday hiney! Not to panic though,

Stitch.Rock.Knit-along: Bernat Alpaca Legwarmers!

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Happy holidays, everyone! Ready to kick-up your sticks for another Knit Simple Stitch.Rock.Knit-along? Well then, join us on Facebook and/or Ravelry as we make my Bernat Alpaca Drop Kick legwarmers! The KAL officially starts 12/18, but feel free to jump on either place at

Photo Recap: Vogue Knitting Live, Chicago '13!

VKLChi13LearnVolunteers helped teach new knitters and crocheters at the Yarnspirations Lounge.

As always, Vogue Knitting Live was a blast! This year though, the Caron-turned-Bernat-turned Yarnspirations Lounge was a wee bit different, and not just because of the name change -- in addition to a learning section, we also brought

This Weekend at Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago!

Friday I'm headed out to the gorgeous Palmer House Hotel in Chicago to take part in the Vogue Knitting Live conference. As always, we'll (me, the volunteers and my designer buddy, Julia) be providing all you need to learn how to get started on your first knit or crochet project. This time however, (thanks to the Yarnspirations.com, the new

Free Pattern: My Little Guys Beanie

 
Main Colors (MC) L-R: Citrus(ish), Punk(ish), Night(ish)
 

Halloween Project: Haunt Sweet Haunt!

 
 I've been digging the kitsch of the embroidered cross-stitch lately. Whether it's used in the traditional manner, sewn onto a knit or crocheted piece as embellishment, or stitched ironically

Photo Recap: Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell Shoot

Earlier this month I flew to Cleveland, OH to shoot my first season as the host and co-executive producer of Knitting Daily TV. It's been 6 years since the last season of Knitty Gritty was shot, but walking onto a craft-show

Softee Chunky Blanket in Interweave Crochet

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The Fall issue of Interweave Crochet Magazine is out which includes my regular column, Parenthook. As always, I talk about my own efforts of juggling life with creativity, but this time the focus is on the blessing/curse of back to school time. The project included is a cool, hexagon motif throw

Organize It: School Supplies for Stitchers

If ever there's a time for multi-tasking, it's during the back-to-school rush.  This year, why not take advantage of the souped-up aisles of the season, to score bargain solutions for crafty clutter? Here are just a few suggestions for using plain ol' supplies to house your favorite knitting & crochet tools!  

New Cotton-ish Pattern: Red, White & Loop-d-Loop Baby Skirt!

The nautical trend is one that seems to never really wane -- every summer there seems to be new pieces inspired by the classic colors and sea-worthy shapes. My take on sailor-cute style is this

New Cotton-ish Pattern in Parenthook Column!

The latest Parenthook column and pattern are out in the Summer '13 issue of Interweave Crochet. This round's theme focuses on the reality of juggling too many things in our lives,

Photo Recap: Jo-ann Fabrics & Crafts HQ Visit

Hey there! As those of you who follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter already know, I spent last week shooting videos for Joann.com on behalf of Bernat. In case you missed 'em,

Stitch.Rock.Knit-along: Shrug It Out Photo Recap

Another Knit Simple/Bernat Stitch.Rock.Knit-along has come an a close, and as always I am left feeling inspired. This issue's project was 90% crochet, which as the "Stitch.Rock.Knit-along" title suggests, isn't of the norm for this series. I was

Movie Monday (TV Edition): Call the Midwife

PBS (via BBC) has done it again with another must-see period episodic. Call the Midwife --just like the network's wildly popular show, Downton Abbey -- is a

Handicrafter Crochet Thread Skirt in Vogue Knitting Crochet Issue!

I've never designed for Vogue before. I guess that I've gotten so caught up with championing the beginner/intermediate stitchers via magazines like Knit Simple, that I'd never

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