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10 Jun

Happy Pub Day!

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…

Buy the book today!
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2 Jun

Author of the Month: Isela Phelps of Loom Knitting Afghans

This month we sit down for a Q&A with loom knitting expert Isela Phelps, author of the bestselling Loom Knitting series, including Loom Knitting for Babies & Toddlers, Loom Knitting Socks, and new this month Loom Knitting AfghansShe is an active member of the online knitting community as well as the editor and publisher of Loom Knitters Circle, an online magazine for loomers. Find her blogging at PurlingSprite.com and giving tips and tricks on her YouTube channel.

1. What’s your craft? My craft is loom knitting; it is just like knitting, except using a knitting loom instead of needles.

2. What project would you consider an all-time best? An all-time best project would probably be the little dinosaurs I created for one of my books. They were so fun to make and they were actually something that I wanted to keep for myself.

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3. What project would you consider an all-time worst? My all-time worst project was a felted purse. It turned out too wide and the colors looked terrible once felted.

4. What tool or material could you not live without? I always have on hand some Malabrigo worsted yarn. It is my go-to yarn.

5. What’s your hidden talent? My hidden talent, well, if I knew what it was, it wouldn’t be hidden, hahaha. I don’t believe I have a hidden talent.

 

Beautiful images from Loom Knitting Afghans

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9781250049841_FCWhether you’re new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, Loom Knitting Afghans has lots to delve into from blankets featuring a variety of stitches and textures to blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns. The projects are arranged from beginner to advanced so that new loom knitters can progress through the designs while learning and mastering techniques as they go. Isela provides clear, easy-to-follow instructions and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project.

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

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1 Apr

Leonie Morgan on Creating a Bold Color Palette and Book & Yarn Giveaway

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Today we have an excellent guest blog post from author Leonie Morgan. Her new book 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet: Dozens of Mix and Match Combos and Fabulous Projects is filled with cheery granny squares in bright, eye-popping colors. Below she shows you how nature inspires her color choices when she crochets and for crafters who are a little intimidated by color, gives advice for how to construct a bold palette. Leonie also includes a link to a Pinterest board she created that displays a collection of wonderful crochet projects that provide color inspiration for her.

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We are surrounded by color every waking moment. There is so much inspiration around us! I take inspiration from absolutely anything and everything.

Here's a holiday photograph I took in Norway.

Here’s a holiday photograph I took in Norway.

 

I love the colors in the picture, the contrast of blues and reds with touches of yellow and white. Using some of the colors in the photograph, I have planned the color combination of my next crochet project.

Aren't the colors lovely and so wonderfully evocative of my holiday!

The colors are beautiful and so wonderfully evocative of my holiday!

 

I love choosing color combinations for new projects – I get giddy with excitement. There are so many colors to choose from, so where do you start?  Here are some things to keep in mind:

A mixture of light and dark colors provides plenty of interest. Too many dark colors can look flat and too many light colors can look faded. Mixing light and dark colors will boost the contrast of your color palette, adding punch and interest. Don’t forget neutrals, such as, gray, cream, black, and white. I tend to choose palettes with a light, a dark, and a middle shade. Even though the three colors may be completely different or shades of the same color, the light or dark value is as important as the color. As an example, picture a beautiful tree decked in green leaves. It may seem that the leaves are all just green, but when you look closer, you can see a whole range of greens from the very palest tint of green, to deep, dark, shady greens. Our eye is drawn to contrasts so it’s good to keep in mind that a mixture of lights and darks will look the most stunning.

There are handy tools online for picking color combinations. Browse the Pantone website for current color trends, try a color theme generator, or browse through photographs on Flickr and Pinterest. Here is a Pinterest board I created of other people’s crochet work that I absolutely love!

Ultimately, color is a hugely personal thing. One person’s favorite color can be someone else’s most hated color! The truth to color choice is that there is no right or wrong, it’s all relative and my best advice is to just go for it! Mix colors you love to your heart’s content and see what you come up with. You can always make a test square to doublecheck your choices. Remember: Rules are meant to be broken!

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Like what you see? We’re giving away a copy of Leonie’s fabulous book, plus two skeins of Vanna’s Choice yarn to two lucky winners. To enter to win, please leave a comment below telling us your go-to color combo (also we’d love you to sign up for our newsletter at the top-right of this page). Please only one comment per person and, sorry, but this contest is for U.S. and Canadian citizens only. This giveaway will run from April 1 — April 11 and two winners will be chosen at random using random.org on Friday, April 12. Good luck!

100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet book and yarn giveaway

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Winners!

Congratulations to Sarah H. and Patty, the winners of our book and yarn giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered and for the overwhelming response! Check back again soon for more giveaways!

 

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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