SMP Craft
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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21 Dec

Goodreads Giveaway: The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting

On Friday we gave you an early Christmas present with a free pattern download for a Shetland lace knitted cobweb shawl. Now, here’s another gift: the chance to win the entire book on Goodreads! (Is this the season of giving or what?) Click below to enter (but hurry–the giveaway ends Christmas Day).

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting by Elizabeth Lovick

The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting

by Elizabeth Lovick

Giveaway ends December 25, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

The ethereal beauty and intricacy of Shetland lace knitting might seem beyond the powers of the everyday knitter, but the skills needed are within the reach of everyone who can knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting is designed to take the novice knitter from their first “yarn over” through the steps needed to master more complex patterns. The techniques are introduced with clear step-by-step instructions, charts, and detailed photographs of knitted samples. shetland 3 shetland 1 shetland 2

Don’t wanna press your luck? Order a copy now!

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New in December & January!


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19 Dec

Freebie Friday: Cobweb Shawl Knitted with Shetland Lace

Greetings from sunny Arizona! I’ve returned to my home state for the holidays, where it’s a couple dozen degrees warmer than NYC (not that I’m trying to rub it in!). Needless to say, my puffy winter coat and I are taking a much-needed “break.” But what am I to wear to protect myself from this chilly air-conditioning? (Okay, maybe now I’m rubbing it in, a little.)

The answer, of course, is something lovely, delicate, and handmade–like this gorgeous cobweb shawl knitted with Shetland Lace. shawl 2 shawl 1It’s our FREE PROJECT this week from Elizabeth Lovick’s The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-than-Air Shawls & More. This book is a useful guide aimed at helping all you knitters take your first steps in making a Shetland lace project. Included are all the traditional Shetland motifs, patterns, and insertions including Cat’s Paw, Candlelight, Horse Shoe, and many more, plus suggestions for how to work the different stitches into elegant and traditional Shetland lace accessories such as scarves, hats, and shawls. Atmospheric photographs taken in the wild Scottish landscape and historical information about the development of Shetland lace are an added bonus!

If you attempt this shawl, we’d love to see it. Share your work in the comments, or pin in to your Pinterest board and tag us @SMPCraft.

Order your own copy of The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting today!

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Barnes & Noble

New in December & January!


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28 Feb

Freebie Friday: Lace Pillow Cover!

A very Happy Freebie Friday to you, crafty folk!

Hopefully most of you will be able to sleep in tomorrow! I know that’s one of my favorite things about the weekend. Actually now that I think about it, shouldn’t our bed be one of the most visually appealing spots in our homes? We spend a lot of time there and it’s important to love the space.

lace pillow pic

A quick way to spruce up your bed without spending too much money is to make some new pillow covers. So in honor of the weekend, here is a pattern from The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting for your very own Knitted Lacy Pillow cover.

Download it today and be sure to share your fancified bedrooms with us!

 lace knittingAlong with this pattern you can find step-by-step techniques, easy patterns,
and other projects to knit in
The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting.

Barnes & Noble       IndieBound

Amazon                    Books-a-Million

Powell’s Books        Walmart



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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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