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8 Feb

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



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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14 Oct

#STITCHITFORWARD: Join The Craft Yarn Council’s I Love Yarn Day on OCTOBER 17!


The Craft Yarn Council: #STITCHITFORWARD #ILYD2015

SMPCRAFT loves I LOVE YARN DAY, which turns five this year on Saturday, October 17. To celebrate, The Craft Yarn Council is “calling all fiber fans to share their affection for yarn and ‘stitch it forward’ by teaching at least one newbie to knit, crochet, weave, spin or bomb. Whatever craft it may be…if it involves yarn, we know we love it, we know you love it, and we know others will too!”

To join the fun, which includes ideas on how to stitch it forward, free patterns, contests, giveaways, and more, click the image above or visit!

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5 Mar

Short & Sweet Q & A with Notable Crafter Cat Thomas


We caught up with Cat Thomas, trained textile artist, who has a new book out, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade. For most of Cat’s career, she taught art and design. Now, she’s producing her own designs selling under the name of Baban Cat on sites such as Etsy and Folksy and shares her crafting experiences on her Baban Cat blog.

Coronet pincushion crown with beads Flower brooch, cabbageLetter L embroidery hoop






Cat, what’s your craft?

I knit, crochet and sew. I studied Textile Art so I’ve done a bit of everything in the past. When the children were young I made their dresses and knitwear.


What project would you consider an all-time best?



My all time best is an organic cotton blanket. It was crocheted using 80 sunburst motifs and finished with a lovely scalloped edging. I had intended to make it as a cushion cover but got carried away. It now has a lovely new home in Hong Kong.



What project would you consider an all-time worst?

We all have disasters. Most of mine have been undone and the yarn used for different projects. My first granny square blanket using white organic cotton had the rounds joined in the wrong place. Unnoticable when you’re working but the moment I held it up there was a distinct gap that ran diagonally up one side. Even after blocking it could still be seen. Live and learn!

What tool or material could you not live without?

Reading glasses! Such close work needs to be seen. I can’t do a thing without my glasses.


What’s your hidden talent?

It’s so well hidden I’m not sure it’s there. I’m good at gardening. I grafted a rose that was my father’s favourite so now I have the pleasure of the original and a back up in case anything happens to it.

Learn more about Cat Thomas, her craft, and process at Baban Cat. Her book, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade is available now for purchase here:

50 Pincushions cover


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16 Feb

Free Download: The Mary Necklace Project


I think I’m ready to start playing with the big kids. I completed my first piece of crochet bead jewelry–this simple bracelet–the pattern taken from Bead Crochet Jewelry: An Inspired Journey Through 27 Designs by mother-daughter team Bert Rachel Freed & Dana Elizabeth Freed.
Now I feel confident enough to try out something slightly more advanced. I’ve chosen The Mary Necklace. 

Admittedly, I was initially drawn to The Mary Necklace because its name is so similar to mine. But at the end of the day, what made my choice final was the story behind this piece, which involves a nonprofit organization called The Freshman Fifteen that helps select college-bound students transition into college life by providing them with dorm room essentials.

Bert Rachel Freed and Dana Elizabeth Freed write:
“Mary and her daughter Meaghan began studying with us in September 2007. Their goal was to make jewelry they could sell to raise money for their nonprofit organization, The Freshman Fifteen. The Freshman Fifteen assists select college-bound students by providing them with dorm-room essentials. Mary and Meaghan have dedicated endless hours to producing beautiful work, all of which they sell to give 100 percent of the profits to their cause. When their inventory first became saturated, we insisted that Mary make something for herself. I designed this versatile piece that can be worn long or doubled, day into night.”


My niece starts university next Fall and this piece would look fabulous on her and I think she’d appreciate the story behind it. I’m pretty slow at crafting jewelry, so I better get started now. When I finish, I’ll be sure to post some pictures.


Download The Mary Necklace Project here. It’s FREE! Also, if this free project piques your interest, there are 26 other jewelry projects in Bead Crochet Jewelry, which is available wherever books are sold.


Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books

Praise for Bead Crochet Jewelry:
“This book…has a wealth of information on crocheting with beads. Clear photography makes the techniques accessible to crocheters of all levels.” —Interweave Crochet
“For this mother-daughter designing duo, crochet is always a job well done.” —Crochet Today magazine
“Ready to dive into the world of bead crochet? Let mother-daugher team Bert and Dana Freed lead the way with…27 fully articulated bead crochet designs.” —Beadwork magazine


1 Feb

Freebie Friday: Micro-Macramé

Today’s official FREEBIE DOWNLOAD is a micro-macramé bracelet.

Valentine’s Day is two weeks away! Whether you consider this a good or bad thing (we’re torn here in the office!), these beautiful bracelets are fun and fairly simple to make. It’s a great gift idea for those jewelry lovers in your life. Get a head start on a gift for your mother, daughter, best friend, co-worker… anyone!


Micro-macrame cover

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Powell’s Books



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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!



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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