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Become a Certified Craft Instructor with the CYC!

Do you enjoy helping others learn to knit or crochet? Do you feel pride when someone you’re helping finally understands a tricky technique? If so, then teaching might be a natural fit. The Craft Yarn Council offers a Certified Instructors Program for those who love teaching others. You can take workshops on-site or through correspondence,…

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The Surprising Way Our Color Cards Are Made

Color Cards are an inspiring tool for crafters to get ideas, and ours have an inspiring story behind them. Our color cards are handmade by Village of Progress, which is a special facility in Oregon, Illinois. Village of Progress provides resources to adults with development disabilities. They enable people to “live fulfilling and purposeful lives,”…

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How to Use Ravelry: Our Top 4 Tips

One of our favorite (free!) resources for all things yarn is the website Ravelry. It’s an astounding collection of patterns (complete with reviews & tips), yarn information, and communities small and large to craft with. If you aren’t already taking advantage of this wonderful site, now’s the time! While the process is simple, it does…

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Supporting St. Jude: $1.9M with Vanna’s Yarns

Several years ago, we celebrated 1 million dollars of donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Through a partnership with our favorite crocheter, Vanna White, we donate a percentage of sales of all her yarns to this extraordinary hospital. We’ve been working with Vanna for over a decade, and it was essential to her that…

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5 Ways To Maximize Health Benefits of Knit & Crochet

It’s time for another addition of Yarn Work & Wellness! This month is Occupational Therapy Month. Contrary to the name, occupational therapy has little to do with one’s job. It’s a process focused on helping people who are struggling with physical, mental or emotional challenges fully participate in work, school, and social situations. According to…

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Crafting for a Cause: Autism Awareness Month

World Autism Day was April 2nd, but all of April is National Autism Awareness Month. The Autism Society describes this month as an opportunity to bring awareness to autism and people living with autism, promote acceptance, and finally, encourage inclusion. Their puzzle ribbon and the puzzle piece are the most recognizable symbols for autism awareness in…

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Break the Mold: Crafting Beyond the Stereotype

When you ask a non-crafter to imagine someone knitting or crocheting, what do they picture? Probably an older gal, grandmother-age, sitting quietly with a cup of tea. And they aren’t entirely wrong! Plenty of yarn-lovers are older women who fell in love with crafting in their youth. And plenty of us enjoy a warm beverage…

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Create income by crafting! 8 ways to get started.

When you’re crafting well and often, you might start to wonder, what’s next? If your hobby is becoming serious, you could consider turning a profit! Some crafters find success creating a part-time gig. Others thrive by devoting considerable energy, and realize a full-time opportunity! Whatever your goals, you can spend time doing what you love…

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Stitch with the Stars: 10 Celebrity Crafters

It can be fun to learn the details about the lives of the A-Listers, but what do we love the most? That despite all appearances, they’re a lot like us. It’s hard to believe they would ever get bored. But they do spend a lot of time waiting around… on film sets, in trailers, for…

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Yarn Work & Wellness: 3 Breath Tips for Crafting Comfortably

Many of us picked up crafting to carve out a little me-time in our busy days. It’s a significant gesture, taking a few moments for ourselves. Chances are, you’ve read about the additional health benefits of crafting. Maybe you saw our post last month, ‘Craft for Less Stress’! One of the most important benefits, which is also…

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