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Happy, Fast & Free: One Skein Crochet Gift Patterns with Lion Brand Yarn!

While many are just beginning their shopping, we crafters know it’s crunch time! Quick gift patterns are the order of the day – so here are 10 of my favorite crochet freebies that use just one skein of Lion Brand yarn apiece!   Openwork Shawl by Lion Brand A fantastic beginner pattern featuring Shawl in […]

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Pillows Woven From the Heart

What does your heart say?  I wove three heart-shaped pillows with my Martha Stewart Crafts DIY Loom, and each had a different message.  Several messages, actually, because each heart spoke of many things. When I first saw the pattern for the Woven Heart Pillow in the Lion Brand pattern database, I was charmed.  Small, decorative, […]

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Warm Up Your Home This Winter With Hygge

Recently, my wife has taken on a home refreshment project. In her research, she came across the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga). The concept illustrates creating a warm space with chunky knit pillows and throws adding dimension and texture. It’s all about using different materials and layering soft textures like cashmere with faux fur […]

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What Are Your Bad Crafting Habits?

We’ve all got bad habits when it comes to crafting — those little things we do that make our crafting lives harder, but that we just can’t seem to stop doing.   Personally, I have “startitis” — I cast on project after project, no matter how many I’ve already got going on. As a result, […]

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When Knitting Leads to Pain

It began subtly, but over time the pain escalated in my right hand. After knitting, my fingers ached and were swollen. Given what I did every day—a lot of knitting, computer work, and piano practice —this didn’t strike me as unusual, but when I decreased these activities, the pain and swelling remained. I saw a […]

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Spooky Decorations to Make for Halloween

It’s almost October, and that means it’s time to get ready for the most wonderful time of the year — Halloween! If you also love all things mysterious and spooky, you’re probably looking for some projects so you can make your house a scary and haunted place. We’ve got baskets and bowls, ornaments and wreaths, […]

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Make Your Best Friend a Present for National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day, a day to celebrate “all dogs, mixed breed and pure” as well as raise awareness about rescue and adoption, fight breed bans, and recognize all the ways dogs make our lives better. So why not pamper your pup today with one of these projects? Whether you knit or crochet, want […]

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British Animal Shelter Will Let You Knit with Kittens

Crafting around kittens (or cats of any age) can be a challenge, with the little guys playing with your yarn while you’re trying to work. But they’re so cute you can’t stay mad, and a lot of crafters love their feline friends. That’s what the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in the UK is banking […]

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Crocheted Cuteness Incarnate: Crochet Cocoon and Cap

Greetings fellow yarn fanatics! While I’ve been enjoying a trip to Sweden, where fiber arts and crafts seem to be everywhere, I’ve been missing the blog tremendously… And so I was so thrilled to hear from the one-of-a-kind Kara over at Petals to Picots about this unfathomably adorable crochet cocoon and cap project! This project, which […]

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Christmas in July Pt 3: Glittering Knit Bracelet

Do you remember being a kid and wanting to proclaim that you were “best friends” with someone? In grade school I had friendships with 2 girls, and I searched high and low for a Best Friends Forever heart necklace that was divided 3 ways.  When the holidays come around, I feel that familiar feeling of […]

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