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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!  

Technique Tuesday: Changing from Rounds to Rows in Crochet

Technique Tuesday

Welcome to Technique Tuesday! Every week this month we'll be bringing you a great new technique to make your knitting or crocheting easier.

Learn how to change from rounds (crocheting in the round) to rows (crocheting flat) with the Quickie Slippers. It's a

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #23

Remember, you don’t need to go complex to make a great gift for baby. A cuddly-soft Beautiful Baby Blanket or a huge granny square “tummy time” mat like the From Middle Baby Blanket made in Bernat Baby Blanket are as beautiful as

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #22

Need something for the older kids to do while you’re attending to the baby? Get them finger knitting! It works great with both smooth yarns like Baby Coordinates and textured yarns like Baby Boucle, and keeps their hands busy while they watch TV

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #21

As a mother of 3 kids, I know all too well what it’s like to have “mommy brain” -- you know, those forgetful moments brought on by lack of sleep and mega-multi-tasking. Know what I mean? Give yourself a break and use stitch markers at pattern

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #20

Did you know that plastic baby wipes containers make great storage boxes for double-pointed needles, crochet hooks and notions? Simply rinse them out, remove the label, and stash your stuff!

 

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #19

Be social.  As parents, it’s easy to neglect our own crafty needs. If possible, join or start your own knitting/crochet group. This ensures that even if it's only for one evening a month, you'll have time on your calendar set aside solely for nurturing your

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #18

Carry on.  If you're caring for an infant, utilize a baby sling.  Snuggly carriers make wee ones feel secure while offering you the option of some hands-free knit & crochet time!

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #17

When sewing together a baby garment, use the mattress stitch method. It provides a nice, smooth seam that won’t irritate their sensitive skin.

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #16

You can get more than a meal out of that next jar of baby food! Once it’s empty, rinse clean, remove the label and use it to store small notions like stitch markers and small buttons.

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #15

Want to keep track of both how many rows AND how many pattern repeats have been worked, but can’t do it on a plain ol’ counter? No worries, there’s an app for that! If you have a smart phone, do a search for knitting or crochet

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #14

Take a break.  If you find that working on your project is starting to feel like another task on an already overwhelming to-do list, then it's time to set your knitting aside for a bit.  Being creative is supposed to help fill your emotional

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #13

Fresh, cloth diapers make a great blocking tool for smaller knit & crochet items. Lay your garment flat on blocking squares or a carpeted floor; pin into place; dampen diaper in the sink, then lay it on top of garment and let dry. That’s all there

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #12

It takes a village. Set up “stitch dates” with other parents, where the kids play while the adults knit and crochet. That way if one mom’s hands are tangled in yarn, there’s another mom there to hold any kiddo in need of a cuddle!

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #11

There’s a certain risk factor to knitting and crochet -- wait, make that “wrist factor”! A day of stitching can wreak havoc on your wrists, so make sure to stop every 20 minutes or so to stretch and shake them out.

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #10

Busy being a parent, grand-parent or auntie? Well then, time is of the essence! Whether it’s English or Continental, choose the method of knitting that proves speediest for you.

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #9

In a knitted piece, it’s easy to mistake the bottom of the first stitch in a row for two stitches, causing an accidental increase. To prevent this, be sure that the working yarn is pulled down towards you when you begin a row, so that the

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #8


When working in single and double crochet, it’s easy to miss a stitch at the end of a row and accidentally decrease. To prevent that, give a slight tug at the end of the piece -- of you see a stair-step effect, then you know

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #7

What’s one thing that nursing mamas, knitters and crocheters all have in common? Sore shoulders from slumping over. Be sure to take moments throughout your day to stretch by holding on to both sides of a door frame and leaning slightly forward. It’ll make you feel

Vickie's Tip of the Day: Baby Month #6

When knitting if you find you are casting on too tightly (making your first row “H-E-Double Hockey Sticks” to knit), use a needle a size or two larger when you cast on. Once you’re ready to start knitting switch back to the original needle.

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