Why you should give Susan Bates Silvalume hooks a try…

I come from a long generation of fiber artists: my great-grandmother crocheted, my grandmother knit, and both my mom and my aunt crochet as well. I remember being 5 years old and seeing these gorgeous, brightly colored afghans all around my great-grandmother’s house. She kept them on the sofa, on chairs, and at least one in each bedroom. Everyone in my family has used Susan Bates hooks, so it just seemed natural that I would gravitate towards them too.

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Warm Up America has Neighborhood Spirit

Warm Up America! was started by Evie Rosen whose dream was based on Neighbors helping Neighbors. Evie was a former yarn shop owner in Wausau, WI. In 1990, frustrated by the great need for blankets for the homeless and her inability to knit large quantities fast enough, she came up with the idea of dividing up the process and asking friends to knit and crochet small 7” by 9” sections. Now a nationwide program of the Craft Yarn Council, individuals and groups are encouraged to complete and donate afghans in their own community. To date, hundreds of thousands of afghans and accessories have been distributed to people in need by Warm Up America groups and through the CYC office.

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Let’s celebrate Canada’s 150th!

by guest blogger Lori Tarantini, National Accounts Manager Specialty Chains/Marketing Manager, Coats & Crafts Canada

July 1st may mark Canada’s 150th Birthday, but Canadians are celebrating all year! As Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation events and activities are being planned all over the country. To learn more about all the great events planned check out Canada’s Official 150th Anniversary website.

We love celebrations at Red Heart so we created some fabulous free patterns to celebrate with our Canadian friends.

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