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14 Oct

#STITCHITFORWARD: Join The Craft Yarn Council’s I Love Yarn Day on OCTOBER 17!

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The Craft Yarn Council: #STITCHITFORWARD #ILYD2015

SMPCRAFT loves I LOVE YARN DAY, which turns five this year on Saturday, October 17. To celebrate, The Craft Yarn Council is “calling all fiber fans to share their affection for yarn and ‘stitch it forward’ by teaching at least one newbie to knit, crochet, weave, spin or bomb. Whatever craft it may be…if it involves yarn, we know we love it, we know you love it, and we know others will too!”

To join the fun, which includes ideas on how to stitch it forward, free patterns, contests, giveaways, and more, click the image above or visit www.craftyarncouncil.com!

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3 Mar

Happy Pub Day! SUPER CUTE CROCHET FOR LITTLE FEET

Despite all evidence to the contrary, spring IS on its way, and before you know it you’ll be swapping those big ol’ snow boots for something a little more…presentable. But who says grown-ups are the only ones deserving of stylish footwear? super cute 3If you’ve ever dreamed of uniting your love for crochet with your love for chubby baby feet, you are in luck, my crafty friend. Today we’re proud to publish Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet: 30 Stylish Shoes, Booties, and Sandals to Crochet for Babies by Vita Apala!

In this adorable book you’ll find 30 sweet and gorgeous patterns for crocheted sandals, shoes, and boots to fit babies and toddlers. super cute 2Discover mini versions of your favorite shoe styles, including classic Mary Janes, tiny work boots, basketball high-tops, and even chic peep-toe sandals! Over 160 illustrations guide you toward crocheting the mini shoe closet of your little one’s dreams.

super cute 4Patterns include step-by-step instructions accompanied by numbered photos, and are suitable for crocheters of all skill levels. And helpful tips throughout offer alternative styles so you can customize your project even further. You’ve crocheted your little one about a dozen adorable hats—now it’s time to cover up those toes in style! Be sure to snap a pic and share your projects with us on social media. We love to see your handiwork! (Or toes-iwork, as the case may be.) 

Order your copy now!

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15 Jan

Project of the Month: Little Lamb Coverall from More Monster Knits for Little Monsters

A very Happy New Year to you, crafters!

2015 is starting out swimmingly with Washi Style and More Monster Knits for Little Monsters now available in bookstores! In December, Michelle showed you how to use washi tape to add some pizzazz to gift bags. This month we’re sharing a project from Nuriya Khegay’s More Monster Knits for Little Monsters. When leafing through to pick January’s Project of the Month (a responsibility, I assure you, I don’t take lightly) I was overcome with “aw” page after page of these truly adorable hat and mitten combos. Nuriya has divided her book into five sections: Nursery Favorites, On Safari, Pet Loves, Bear Hugs, and my personal favorite: Fantasy Friends.

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Adorable, right? And January’s PROJECT OF THE MONTH is no exception. Your little monster will be the envy of the bus stop with this little lamb hat and neck ruff with matching legwarmers and mittens. In a stylish cream color (not as white as snow) people will be asking, Mary who?

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If you’re a beginner when it comes to knitting, More Monster Knits for Little Monsters has a section on knitting basics. It covers tools, yarns, and all the techniques and stitches you’ll need to create the projects. Each project also contains step-by-step instructions and suggestions for finishing touches to truly make your little monster’s winter outfit one-of-a-kind. Every project is a coverall hat that completely covers the head, ears, and neck of your little monster. Even better, with the pullover design your little one won’t be able to pull them off.

Buy your copy today!

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Missed the first one? Buy it today!

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Check out our new January and February books!

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13 Jan

Happy Pub Day! WASHI STYLE! & MORE MONSTER KNITS FOR LITTLE MONSTERS

Today we’re thrilled to publish not just one but TWO fantastic new craft books! And they couldn’t be more different, which means we’ve got something here for pretty much everyone (as if you didn’t know that already).

First up is the funky and colorful Washi Style!: Over 101 Great Projects Using Japanese-Style Decorative Tape by Marisa Edghill (who also just so happens to be our Author of the Month). washi 2What exactly iswashi 3 washi tape, you ask? Well, these decorative paper tapes from Japan have taken the design world by storm. A much prettier version of masking tape, washi tape is not as delicate as you might think. Extremely versatile and available in myriad patterns and varying widths, there’s no limit to what you can create. washi 1 So whether you already love washi tape or are new to this cute and colorful world, this project-packed book is sure to inspire.

Marisa grew up in a house filled with glitter, pretty paper, and an inherent love of crafts. Self-taught, Marisa shares her love of washi tape and other crafty adventures online at www.omiyageblogs.ca.

Also on sale today is the second book in Nuriya Khegay’s fun series: More Monster Knits for Little Monsters: 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat and Mitten Sets to Knit. These cute coverall hats keep your child’s head, ears, and neck warm and toasty, and have a practical pullover design to ensure your little one won’t tug it off. more monster 2 more monster 1This brand-new collection features different kind of bears; safari animals like zebras and monkeys; farmyard friends such as lambs and turkeys; household pets including a black cat and spotty dog; and even beastly BFFs like dinosaurs, gnomes, and a Chinese New Year dragon! It’s just in time for the bitter cold weather, but all these charming creations will inspire you to make hats for your children to dress up in all year round.

You can buy Washi Style! and More Monster Knits for Little Monsters at any of the retailers below. Happy crafting!

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More Monster Knits for Little Monsters
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Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s Books

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29 Oct

SMP Crafternoon: Learn it. Make it. Donate it.

Good times for a good cause happening at SMP Craft!

Two weeks ago, we sent an email to our fellow Macmillan employees with a November challenge: Crochet/knit a hat or scarf by December 1st to donate to two local women’s shelters: Women in Need, Inc. and The Salvation Army’s Women’s Residence. The response to our first Crafternoon call to action was off the charts! Group

Lyon Brand Yarn donated a load of supplies — skeins of yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks.

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Adriana3Felecia3St. Martin’s Press Production Manager, Adriana Coada, and seasoned knitter and teacher, Felecia O’Connell, lead us through basic crochet and knit techniques using patterns from Erika Knight’s two absolutely essential books if you’re a knitter or crocheter, Simple Knitting and Simple Crocheting.

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LadiesontheLeft_sittingAnd LOOK! We already have our first finished knit hat from one of the participants! She’s considering taking it back and accessorizing it with a flower. So fancy!!!

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Click on the descriptions for instructions and FREE PATTERN DOWNLOADS. As ever, comment here or email us with any questions you may have.

For KNITTING:

For CROCHETING:

  • Scarf Pattern (the dishcloth pattern makes a scarf by simply adding extra rows)

Stay tuned. We’ll be doing regular updates on our progress!

Check out our October and November titles!

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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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