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  • Fall Fashion to Knit and Crochet: 12 Capes and Capelets We Love

    Fall is almost here, and if you're anything like me, you're already searching for the perfect fall pattern to sink your hooks and needles into. Finding that one must-make pattern can be a challenge, particularly when there are so many beautiful patterns to choose from.

    Capes are swinging back into style this fall, according to several sources including this article on Fashionising.com:

    "Capes & cloaks ...  for fall 2012 they're making their move again, pushing the boundaries of fantasy to capture the imagination with new life. From the tailored to the traditional, the Gothic to the bright, capes and cloaks are the thing to throw over your shoulders when the chill hits."

    Looking for the perfect cape for you? Here are 12 of our favorites and why we love them. Follow the pattern links to download the pattern of your choice for free!

    Color and beautiful stitch patterns bring these capes to life, and we love the collars incorporated into each design.

    Crochet Round Yoke Poncho Knit Galway Poncho

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  • 4 Ways Yarncrafting Can Help Kids Heading Back to School

    This time of year it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and anxiety of starting a new school year. Recently it's become popular to introduce teens and children to yarncrafts as they head back to school; it's been seen that crafting has numerous benefits that can help all ages during times of stress. Plus, taking a little time to relax can be helpful for kids and adults, particularly when you take some time to enjoy a hobby you love together.

    Here are some great ways that yarncrafting can help the kids, teens and grown-ups in your life:

    Crafting is something you can do by yourself to relax. Knitting or crocheting a few rows between classes or on the morning bus can lend a sense of value to these hurry-up-and-wait portions of the day. It's a great way to decompress at the end of a long day, and can help clear your mind as you work.

    Yarncrafting can help you connect with other people. Lots of activities for young people seem to be designed to be done alone; but crafting, particularly yarncrafting, can be a great way to spend a little face-time with friends or family. Lots of schools are developing crafting clubs, and crafting with a group of peers can introduce students to new friends.
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  • How to Easily Carry Your Knitting or Crochet Anywhere!

    This time of year, traveling with crafts is something we hear about (and see around us) all the time. What better way to pass the time while waiting in line, taking long flights or car trips, or enjoying the weather at the beach or by the pool?

    Your project bag will hold everything you need for crafting, so take your time choosing the right one for you. Your bag will carry the patterns, tools, writing implements, yarn cutter/scissors and, of course, your yarn. Keeping everything secure and organized won't be daunting with these tips:

    Choose bags with drawstring, snap or magnetic closures. Bags like these will close and open easily for quick access, and won't damage your yarn. Steer clear of zippers and Velcro, closures like these are notorious for snagging yarn or damaging it beyond repair.

    Smaller bags will be easier to carry and manage while you travel. When you're choosing your project, keep in mind that something smaller will fit better into a small bag and be more manageable to work on. You can always pack more yarn and projects in with your suitcase, so you can grab a new project when you arrive at your destination!

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