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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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12 Nov

How-To Tuesday: Choose the Best Yarn for Your Project

If you, like me, have ever had trouble selecting the best type of greens for your salad (iceberg? spinach? arugula? kale? some kind of mix?), then you probably also share my anxiety over choosing the best yarn for a project. What might seem like a trivial decision can have major effects on your finished product. I mean, there’s wool, cotton, linen, polyester—even alpaca! The list goes on, unlike the extent of my wisdom on the subject. Luckily there are others out there far more knowledgeable than I. (I’m still searching for a comprehensive salad decision making guide, FYI.)

Need step-by-step guidelines on choosing the best color, weight, and type of yarn for your project? Here’s a great place to start: Crochet Along : Yarn Selection Tips

The Lion Brand blog has lots of helpful tips including side-by-side photos comparing the end result of using different yarns: How To Choose the Best Yarn for Your Project : Understanding How Texture and Color Interact

And just because it’s the season of giving, here’s a page right out of one of our newest and bestselling craft books, The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting, detailing the pros and cons of using every type of yarn in your lace-knitting project: Choose the Best Yarn

The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting by Elizabeth Lovick

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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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