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19 Oct

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Commuters Crafting

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Friday, L Subway Train, Union Square to 6th Ave, Manhattan: Knitter. She’s knitting a scarf!

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3 Oct

CAUGHT CRAFTING: Spotlight on NYC Commuters Crafting

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Friday, Manhattan, F Line Subway: Knitter

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29 Sep

Happy Pub Day! FOUR SEASONS COLORING & SIMPLE COLOR KNITTING

Two very different books with a common theme are on sale today! Can you guess what the theme is? I’ll give you a hint: fabulous fall leaves.

Four Seasons: A Coloring Book Simple Color Knitting

That’s right: the theme of the day is COLOR! Whether you’re holding a box of pencils or a pair of knitting needles, with these books in hand you’ve got the tools you need to bring beautiful, luxurious colorful pieces of art into your life.

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Adult coloring books are having a true moment this year, and they don’t seem to be losing momentum! Four Seasons: A Coloring Book by Japanese artist Aiko Fukawa is filled with beautifully detailed black-and-white illustrations that will inspire you to bring each scene to life through coloring. There are pages and pages of charming images for each season that promise to delight people of all ages–with rambling rose gardens and whimsical garden critters; wreaths and alphabets composed of fruits and flowers; butterflies and seashells; intricate falling leaves and cozy cat-occupied living rooms; and ribbons and Christmas trees just waiting for you and your colored pencils, gel pens, or markers to complete.

If you prefer something a bit more tactile (or wearable!) for your color fix, Simple Color Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit-with-Color Workshop with 20 Projects should fit the bill. Following the success of both Simple Knitting and Simple Crocheting, Erika Knight now shares her color expertise using the same workshop-based project format. As you work through the projects, you learn new techniques, allowing you to build up an essential repertoire of color-knitting skills, like working motifs in intarsia or creating Fair Isle patterns. When completed, you will have a stunning collection of colorful projects including multicolor throws, colorblock cushions, Fair Isle mittens, and striped scarves and sweaters. You’ll also learn the secrets to composing an enticing color palette, as Knight shares her knowledge of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors; tints, shades, contrasts, and tones in practical terms that anyone can understand. With inspiring photography by Yuki Sugiura that showcases each of the projects beautifully, and supported with clear colorwork charts and illustrations, Simple Color Knitting will take your knitting know-how to the next level.

Buy your copies today!

Four Seasons: A Coloring Book

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Simple Color Knitting

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25 Aug

Happy Pub Day! 500 CROCHET STITCHES & 750 KNITTING STITCHES

We’ve got two new books today that will charm and exhilarate any knit & crochet fan! 500 Crochet Stitches and 750 Knitting Stitches are both a stitch guide and a how-to primer, all in one volume. 750 Knitting StitchesYou get all the information you need to get started, including how to choose yarn and needles, read patterns, work basic stitches, how to check gauge, increase and decrease, and how to join pieces and finish projects and care for your knitted or crocheted items.

The comprehensive pattern libraries include basic stitches and some new techniques to get the fabric you want for that special sweater or hat. Each project is fully explained with instructions and accompanied by a full-color photo of a sample swatch. 500 Crochet StitchesAll swatches are worked in updated yarns, beautifully photographed and accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions, to provide a one-stop resource for knitters and crocheters.

Use one of the many motifs to create an heirloom blanket, or mix and match motifs to create a truly unique piece. Based on The Harmony Guides, these editions are updated with eye-catching photography and innovative new stitches. This is the first time in over five years that The Harmony Guides have released new material, so you can be among the first to get your hands on it!

Order your copies now!

500 Crochet cover

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Knitting cover

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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. 

Inspiring.

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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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