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1 Dec

SMP Craft Sweepstakes: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet and 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

Enter HERE now for the chance to win Caitlin Sainio’s bestselling crochet books: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet and 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet.

…Tis the Season of giving after all!

100 Snowflakes to Crochet includes clear instructions for a wide range of designs–from simple snowflakes requiring only a few stitches to large, intricate ones–and gives you all the techniques you’ll need. It also includes a section on the basics of crochet, explaining all the stitches and patterns needed. Patterns are organized with the easiest first–allowing you to pick a project that matches your skill level, and work through the book improving your techniques as you go.

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Hang your snowflakes and flowers as ornaments!

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With 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet, you can re-create the beauty of a summer garden with this gorgeous selection of flowers, leaves, and plants to crochet. From lacy blossoms to delicate ferns, you’ll find patterns to suit any color, style or season. Small and quick to crochet, these flowers work wonderfully as accents for larger projects, as a creative use for leftover thread or a colorful introduction to thread crochet. Whether you’re new to thread crochet, or a longtime enthusiast, you’ll find clear instructions, along with all the basics needed.With the color and variety of their outdoor counterparts, these flowers can be used to embellish clothing and housewares, create decorative arrangements or wall hangings, make lovely and original cards, and more!

 Happy December!!!

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100 Lace Flowers to Crochet:

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24 Oct

Freebie Friday: Pear Pincushion

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A well-known Italian seamstress once told me that Pincushions are a sewing necessity and that, “è vero, vero” It’s true true that one’s pincushion reflects one’s personality. I don’t think I want to know what it means about my personality that the “pincushion” in my sewing box is an old Whitesnake rock band patch I used to accessorize a Heavy Metal Halloween costume.

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Nonetheless, while combing through 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet by Cat Thomas, I couldn’t help but recall her comment; despite loving the absolutely adorable sushi, bear, and cactus pincushions pictured above, the moment my eyes landed on the Pear Pincushion, I knew I found my (dare I say it) PEAR-fect pincushion match. So for this week’s Free Pattern Download, I offer you Pear Pincushion, which is knitted in the round, uses worsted weight yarn and no seaming so it knits up quickly.

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I’ve decided that this pear pincushion is a Green Anjou, an all-purpose variety valued for its culinary versatility–from slicing fresh into salads to baking into tarts and pies to pureeing for sauces, beverages, and toppings. It’s the most abundant variety in the U.S., is almost always available, and most importantly, has a wonderful flavor profile: refreshing, sweet, juicy, with a hint of citrus!

It’s my friend’s birthday this weekend and I’ve decided to make her a “Pear-themed” present–pear pincushion, a few fresh pears, a pear tart, and pear juice!

If you’re not quite the pear connoisseur but say… have a thing for the circus, or want to make a pincushion for a cat-lover, or maybe love reindeer… and have been learning how to knit or crochet and want a finished handmade something something that you can complete in just a few hours, look no further than  50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet, which is available at your favorite online retailer.

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19 Sep

Freebie Friday: Maple Leaves Trim!

The fall weather is here. I haven’t turned on my air conditioner in the oven I have for an apartment. I have only had one milkshake this week instead of my usual two or three summertime quota. I’ve worn my hair down all this week. And the real proof that summer is over: I’m wearing long-sleeved shirts again. When the fall weather arrives, not only are we reunited with our sweaters but it’s time to bring out our fall decorations. And what better way to spruce up a favorite tablecloth than with some crocheted fall foliage? Today’s FREE PROJECT is the maple leaves pattern from the aptly named 75 ExquisitTrims in Thread Crochet by Caitlin Sainio. Make this trim your own with your favorite reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn. We’ve given you the pattern–the rest is up to you!Maple Leaves TrimFrom airy geometric patterns, delicate eyelets and fringes, to gossamer calligraphic borders, lush floral chains, and charming motifs that children will love—the possibilities for making stunning decorative edgings are endless. This collection of delicate edgings and trims has both written directions and easy-to-follow charts, plus gorgeous full-color photographs. Detailed information is provided for the finished dimensions, thread required, and the number of colors needed for each trim. For beginners there is a comprehensive review of crochet basics and for experts a wide variety of edgings, some more complicated, and an easy-to-use cross-reference format. All the designs are organized by theme and once you find the perfect trim for a project, you can easily locate the pattern and start crocheting. 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet also offers plenty of ideas for using your edgings to customize your projects or embellish store-bought items. From adding elegant trims to cardigans, lacy fringe to table runners and curtains, or embellishing adorable gifts and accessories like pincushions, you can be sure you will find the perfect trim in this delightful reference.

Come back on Sunday where we’ll have details about our giveaway!

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15 Jul

Happy Pub Day!

Hooray! If you’ve been patiently waiting for the next great book by our featured author of the month, Leonie Morgan, then consider your wait worthwhile. We’re so excited to show off 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet: 50 Original Stitches and 50 Fabulous Colorways for Blankets and Throws, on sale now!

ripple 2This is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colorways, perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories. With 100 original stitch designs to choose from, using color and texture to create stunning zig-zags, ripples, and waves, there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter.
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Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes six great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

Pick up this fun, fabulous book and keep some color in your life for as long as you can. After all, winter is coming!

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18 Feb

50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet Goodreads Giveaway!

Be honest, dear crafter: How many times this month have you stepped on one of the many sewing needles you have strewn about the house? Well, lucky for you we’re giving away just the book you need: 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade by Cat Thomas, which goes on sale today!

This pretty collection of functional yet decorative pincushions not only keeps pins and needles in one place; they also make charming accessories that can be displayed in your workroom or given as gifts to fellow crafters. Colorful crocheted hexagons, knitted fruit motifs, elegant flowers, charming woodland creatures, prickly cacti, and other fun shapes are quick and cheery projects for crafters of every skill level.

Is it finally time to give all those wayward pins and needles a home? With this book you can knit or crochet them an entire pincushion city!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet by Cat Thomas

50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet

by Cat Thomas

Giveaway ends February 25, 2014.

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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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