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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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23 Feb

Shetland Ponies Sporting Fair Isle Sweaters

Have you seen Scotland’s latest tourism campaign? It’s simply brilliant! I really can’t think of a better reason to visit Scotland than these two adorable Shetland ponies wearing Fair Isle sweaters! This is a cuteness-factor overload!

Button up, ponies! It’s chilly out there!

Alright, so it’s a bit of false advertising. I’ve been to Scotland and sadly not once in my travels did I spot a Fair Isle-sporting pony! Someone needs to fix that pronto! A few years ago there was a massive call online to knit sweaters for penguins who were affected by an oil spill in New Zealand (the sweaters prevented them from preening themselves and ingesting the oil). Why not start a campaign to knit sweaters for underdressed ponies!? I know, I know. Ponies don’t really need sweaters, but…but…I just really want to see more photos of cute squat animals wearing Fair Isle! Is that so wrong?

If you’d like to help me realize my dream of seeing more Fair Isle-wearing ponies, then have I got the book for you! The Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle Knitting is not only a great introduction to Fair Isle, there are over 60 gorgeous patterns (plus ideas for variations) and 11 easy-to-make projects in the book, all containing clear step-by-step instructions, color-knitting charts, and close-up photographs. You’ll learn everything from basic two-color seeding to all-over Fair Isle pattern knitting. Check out the sample pages below to get a peek at the pattern directory (some of which I think any pony would love to wear!) I even included a Fingerless Mitts project, which I think would be a cinch to adapt into some hoof warmers!

The Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle Knitting
Step-by-Step Techniques, Easy-to-Follow Stitch Patterns, and Projects to Get You Started
 by Lynne Watterson
$22.99/$26.50 Can.
144 pages, trade paperback

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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