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  • Fly me to the moon, and let me knit/crochet among the stars...

    Exactly fourty-seven years ago, the Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, carrying astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. Six hours after landing, Neil Armstrong famously stepped onto the crater-laden surface and uttered his legendary phrase about small steps and giant leaps.


    Tin-foil-hat-wearing people will tell you the landing was staged and fabricated out of movie magic. Others will tell you the moon is made out of cheese! Yeah right!

    We are here to tell you the truth... it's made out of YARN!

    Up first, we have a wonderful crocheted moon pillow by Joke Decorte, which is just itching to receive a big lunar hug! The perfect addition to any child's bedroom or to make as a gift, we recommend using Vanna's Choice in mustard, black, white, and charcoal gray. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

    If this big ol' pillow is too giant a leap, here's a small step... a too-cute moon amigurumi by Fabiana Canu!

    (Talk about a lunar lullaby!)

    Grab the easy to follow pattern, in either English or Italian, here. We suggest staying with Vanna's Choice, but you'll want to add Beige or Pink Grapefruit for those adorable little hands, and Aquamarine for the star!

    If you're an intermediate crocheter and want to get a little fancier, let's talk about getting you a seat aboard this tiny but mega-awesome rocketship by NeedleNoodles.

    (Oh yeah... this is one sweet ride)

    This pattern, available on Ravelry, calls for Lion Brand's cotton-ease, but you're going to want our 24/7 cotton. Use charcoal (or black) and silver for the ship, and then grab lemon and tangerine for those sweet flames and you'll be blasting off in no time!

    And don't worry, knitters, we've got a rocket ride for you too! This free pattern by the wonderful Ilana R. Marks is super easy, super fun, and an incredible gift for any sci-fi nerd in your life.

    This Rocketship Beanie turns your headmelon into the moon! Created by The Sequin Turtle as part of a project that benefited less fortunate school children in Nasheville, the pattern is available for free. If you want to work it up in a hurry, check out our Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. I've never seen a rocket ship with green accents, so I'd say that you'll want to make your own color choices here. But who can resist colors like "constellation" and "starlight" for a project like this?

    Now here's a funky rocket! If you ask me, this incredibly fun bobble chart by Kari Philpott is perfect for our 24/7 cotton or Kitchen Cotton yarns. Pick a color, any color, grab the free pattern, and go intergalactic!

    And now on to some ideas that will truly satisfy the space jockeys out there...

    Dig this fantastic, hyper-accurate take on the Saturn V Rocket by Emily Premise-Conclusion. You'll want Vanna's Choice in white and black, with a little navy (or colonial blue) and scarlet for the accents!

    And on to the show stopper... another creation by the incredibly talented Ms. Premise-Conclusion. The mother of all NASA geekery... THE SPACE SHUTTLE!

    Here, we're looking at the same white, black, navy and red coloring as the Saturn V rocket, but we're going to want to add terracotta and honey or mustard for the big rocket!

    That's all for now, folks, as it's time for Team Rocket to blast off again... But remember...

    If you shoot for the stars and miss... At least you'll land on the moon! :)

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  • The 12 Kits of Christmas in July: Axbridge Afghan!

    12 Kits of Christmas

    These steaming hot days of one of the hottest summers in memory has us dreaming of the hopefully snowy days ahead. Chilly breezes rolling through the air, blissful frozen water droplets falling from the sky... ahhhhh.  And you know what they say: if you knit it, they will come!

    So for these sauna-esque last 12 days of July, we're getting started on Christmas early!  Each day from July 20-31, we'll be offering an exclusive kit available only at at 20% off for you to start now & finish before the holidays with time to spare. Just think how stress-free your gift giving will be if your hand-made holiday is all wrapped up early! But act fast: these kits are only on sale until August 7!

    The first kit of Christmas in July? The crochet  Axbridge Afghan!


    Made with 13 rich hues of Vanna's Choice®, the Axbridge Afghan brings the bright colors of summer inside for the warmth you and your loved ones will need in winter.  An easy beginner + project, this afghan is looks delightfully complex but is actually perfect for new and experienced crocheters alike.

    Get started on the holidays now: your future self will thank you! Order the Axbridge Afghan kit here now.

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  • Crafty Crocheted Cocktails for National Daiquiri Day!

    Happy Tuesday! Did you know that July 19th is National Daiquiri day? Did you know that the daiquiri is named after an iron mine in Cuba, and was likely invented by an American mining engineer? Did you know it was one of the favorite drinks of President John F. Kennedy and that normally well-behaved Ernest Hemingway was well known for his own variation of the Daiquiri? Neither did I! And now that I know, I still don’t really care!

    It’s all an excuse to day dream on a Tuesday and post wonderful pictures of amazing, mouth watering yarn creations.


    (Happy National Daiquiri Day! Only one of us is a Daiquiri!)

    To celebrate, we’ve got a fantastic Strawberry Daiquiri by YouCute on Etsy! This pattern is totally worth getting. Just grab some Vanna's Choice in raspberry, scarlet, kelly green and crisp white!


    (Psssst... I'm the Daquiri!)

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