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16 Feb

Happy Pub Day!

Is it spring yet?! Well, no. (I don’t care what the groundhog said; the last 48 hours spent in sub-zero-degree temperatures did not leave yours truly feeling quite so optimistic.) But even though many of us are still stuck indoors, we can still bring a little springtime joy into our lives, and what better way to do it than with our knitting/crocheting needles? We’re proud to publish two wonderful, colorful books today that give you all the info you need to learn or perfect the art of knitting and crocheting.

First up is Crochet Flowers Step-by-Step: 35 Delightful Blooms for Beginners by Tanya Shliazhko.

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Geared toward beginners, each of the 35 crochet flower patterns in this book comes with a clear, easy-to-follow photo sequence linked to a chart. Other books supply patterns, but only this one takes you through the process one step at a time, so absolutely no prior experience is required. Use them to add charm to home decor projects such as pillows, towels, or napkin holders, or gather them into a pretty corsage for a lapel or hat trim. You could even go flower crazy and create an entire herbaceous border! Once the seed is sown, you won’t want to stop making these adorable embellishments.

If knitting’s more your thing, you’re also in luck! On sale today is Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares: For Beginners and Up, a Unique Approach to Learning to Knit by Che Lam.

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Learn a new stitch by knitting a square, following a clear step-by-step tutorial and chart. By the time you’ve finished the square, you’ve practiced the new stitch, and you’re ready to move on to the next one–quick and easy! The squares are organized according to skill level, progressing from basic knit and purl stitches to more challenging techniques, such as cable and lace. And at the back of the book you’ll find a handful of inspirational projects that show you how to combine your blocks for unique and stylish results.

Snag a copy of each today!

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8 Feb

TONIGHT! Night of Knitting, Hot Chocolate, and MORE at City Bakery NYC: February 8!

CITY BAKERY SMPCRAFT KNITTING AND HOT CHOCOLATE

NIGHT OF KNITTING AT THE CITY BAKERY FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Join the NYC Knitting Community for a special celebration of knitting and hot chocolate. Show off your own knit creations. Learn new techniques from special guests. Win patterns from local knitwear designers. Win a slew of knitting books from yours truly St. Martin’s Press. Bring your own needles and enjoy the expertise of some of New York’s best knitting shops with your fellow New York knitters. Admission provides all you can eat dinner plus City Bakery hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows. There’s even a custom “Hot Chocolate For Knitters” that City Bakery Hot Chocolate Maker Maury Rubin is creating for the evening.

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $45, at the door for $55, and provide entry to an evening of food, drink, teaching & demonstrations from:

Brooklyn Tweed
Downtown Yarns
Gauge + Tension
Knitty City
Lion Brand Yarn
Long Island Livestock
Kay Gardiner & A Coloring Book for Knitters
Purl Soho
String Yarns
The Yarn Company
Trisha Malcolm of Vogue Knitting

The City Bakery3 West 18th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues Monday, February 8. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

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5 Jan

Happy Pub Day: The Origami Garden, Made in Paracord! and 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet!

Happy New Year, indeed! We have not one, not two, but THREE amazing new craft books publishing today. If you’re like me, your New Year’s resolution (like every year’s) is to read more books and make more things. So I would definitely recommend buying all three of these very different books for your collection!

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First up is The Origami Garden: Amazing Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, and Other Backyard Critters by Ioana Stoian. This collection of 40 charming origami designs includes delightful flowers and foliage, cute animals, and other backyard critters that are sure to inspire you to get folding. Ideal for beginners and more experienced practitioners, each cleverly designed origami pattern is complete with detailed step-by-step artwork.

Learn how to fold traditional forms such as birds or butterflies, or try out some cute, contemporary designs such as a rabbit or a ladybug. Plus, there’s even 20 sheets of origami paper included, so you can get started right away!

Origami front coverBuy your copy today!

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The next addition to your TBR pile is the ridiculously fun Made in Paracord: 25 Great Jewelry, Accessories, and Home Projects to Knot by Caitlin Wynne. If you haven’t heard of crafting with parachute cord before, prepare to have your mind blown with these 25 super-cute projects, all created in brightly colored paracord. There are no special skills required, and paracord is an easy, and easily available, material to work with, so you’ll be creating simple and stylish pieces in no time. You’ll find tons of accessories, including survival and other bracelets, key chains, bags, belts, and headbands, as well as homewares like wall hangings, hammocks, bowls and plates! I mean, just look at these beauties.

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Buy your copy today! 

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Last but certainly not least is the latest from crocheter extraordinaire Leonie Morgan: 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet: The Ultimate Mix-and-Match Patterns in Eye-Popping Colors. Hexagons 1This is a delightful collection of hexagons to crochet in bright and inspiring colorways. With 75 original designs to choose from, a further 50 vibrant color variations, and five eye-catching projects to try, there’s plenty here to spark the imagination. Complete with a wide variety of designs that range from simple to more advanced, each hexagon comes with a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a large photograph of the crocheted piece. Hexagon 2

Simply pick your favorite pattern and get crocheting, or mix and match the blocks to create your own unique project!

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Buy your copy today!

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9 Oct

CAUGHT CRAFTING: Spotlight on NYC Commuters Crafting

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Thursday, Brooklyn, B62 Bus to Long Island City, Queens: Crocheter.  She’s crocheting a baby blanket.

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21 Jun

Men Who Knit and Crochet

Most of us, if asked to assign a majority sex to a particular hobby or activity would probably have a few if not all of these on their list for men–football, hunting, golf, fishing, chess, poker, model making, car tinkering, and smoking cigars.

But knitting and crocheting? Unlikely.

This Father’s Day, we’ve decided to shine light on the community of men and boys who knit and crochet–a community of over two million in the US alone, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the Craft and Yarn Council.

Let’s be clear. No, we don’t think Men’s Knitting is the New Yoga. Or that men’s knitting and crocheting will overtake Football as America’s favorite national pastime–in the near future.

But “thriving” and “vibrant”? Indeed. However way you choose to see it, in this century, women aren’t the only ones who knit and crochet as a leisure activity, men are returning to the craft, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Numerous online articles feature this trend:

Men who knit can join the very active online community of the same name that was formed to “promote and inspire knitting amongst men” and includes blog links, instructions, features finished and ongoing projects by members, and information on Men Knitting and Crocheting Retreats and Clubs, of which there are more than a handful in the US and UK.

On Facebook, there are a few Community pages for Men’s Knitting Retreats groups. Below is an image of the Men’s Mid-West Knitting Retreat attendees from last November.

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Scanning through the comments section of Real Men Crochet! a youtube video on Action Wipes’ channel, which has garnered nearly 23,000 views, we find men of all ages, young boys, and teenagers excited about crocheting and knitting.

Cheskydivision shared a story about his teenage son “who gets teased a lot for crocheting as much as he receives praise from friends but never comes home with his creations as they end up being gifted.”

Joetherocku2ube: Dude, I really enjoy working with my hands too. I make tons of beanies as well as survival bracelets. Male, married, 44 years old.

TheRommannEmpire: I’m 12 now and I’ve been crocheting since I was 7. I learned to crochet from a book with no help from anyone.

Explore Pinterest, like Carrie Carpenter’s channel, to see images of movie stars, musicians, and sports celebrities knitting and crocheting, including David Arquette, Ryan Gosling, George Lucas, Laurence Fishburne, Ewan McGregor, Russell Crowe, Kurt Cobain, Paul Rudd.

Hollywood Knit for Breast Cancer Research featured David Arquette on their mission statement cover, as he’s known to be an avid knitter.

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AuntPeaches.com includes Ryan Gosling in a post titled Sexy Men Who Knit.

ryan-gosseling-knitting-640Several online articles and a podcast pop up about Gregory Patrick, formerly homeless, and now has a book out about his story. Here’s his blog, where he also sells his book: Mad Man Knitting.

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We’ll end here with Moral Courage Project’s recent youtube video featuring Alvin Irby: I Crochet in the Subway and I Don’t Care What People Think. 

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If you’re interested in reading more about the history of knitting, Knitty.com’s History 101 by Julie Theaker is an excellent place to start.

Happy Father’s Day!

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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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