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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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18 Jan

Goodreads Giveaway: Floral Knits by Martin Storey

During winter on the east coast, admittedly, there are many mornings when I wish we could all run around perfectly warm and cozy wearing this all day:

snowsuit But, let’s face it, only babies and possibly Beyonce could get away with wearing this.

So today’s post and Goodreads Giveaway is an extension of our Freebie Friday post where we shared a FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD so you can knit an all-season matching set of very feminine, stylish, and pretty tulip-inspired beret and fingerless gloves from Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs by Martin Storey.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Floral Knits by Martin Storey

Floral Knits

by Martin Storey

Giveaway ends January 22, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Floral Knits is a brilliant collection of colorful nature-themed knit designs to dress your body AND decorate your home–from vests, pull-overs, scarves, shrugs, cardigans, purses, to coasters, blankets, pillows, as well as flower petal accessories. Enter now for a chance to win one of 20 copies. If you miss the deadline, which is this Thursday, January 22, Floral Knits is available at your favorite bookseller. FloralKnits

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Check out our new January and February books!

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16 Jan

Freebie Friday: Tulip Beret (and fingerless gloves)

Matchy matchy! Back in May last year, we fell in love with Martin Storey’s Tulip Fingerless Gloves, one of 25 projects found in his delightful book, Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs. We gave you the pattern as a free download. We realized then and still believe now that these brilliant fingerless gloves are an all-season accessory, just as perfectly at home accompanying a bright camisole on a Spring day as they are providing an extra (albeit stylish, feminine, and flattering) layer of warmth during frostier times–like now, on this exceptionally windy and nippitty NYC Friday night. So we’re offering the matching Tulip Beret as this FRIDAY’S FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD.

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And come back on Sunday–when we start our Sunday Goodreads Giveaway, and you can enter for a chance to win one of 20 copies of Floral Knits! If you simply can’t wait, it’s available now at your favorite bookseller:

FloralKnits

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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!!!

Can’t wait? Order your copy now at your favorite bookseller:

100 Snowflakes to Crochet:

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100 Lace Flowers to Crochet:

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New in December & January!

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23 Nov

Goodreads Giveaway: 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet

On Friday, we offered our free project download, The Sunflower Square Crochet Block, a beginner-friendly project from Betty Barnden’s 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet: Beautiful Patterns to Mix and Match for Afghans, Throws, Baby Blankets, and More. Blocks range from traditional blanket squares with petals and rosebuds to colorful polygons with three-dimensional flowers and leaves. Here are examples of other floral patterns found in her book:

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We’re sure there’s something here to inspire every crochet fan–from beginner to well-seasoned. And, we’re running a Goodreads Giveaway so that you can enter for a chance to win one of 20 copies. See below for giveaway details, and enter before it closes on Thursday!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

75 Floral Blocks to Crochet by Betty Barnden

75 Floral Blocks to Crochet

by Betty Barnden

Giveaway ends November 27, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

If you don’t want to wait or want to give the gift of crocheting to a beloved crafter in your life, 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet can be ordered now at your favorite bookseller:

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Check out our newest November title!

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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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