We have all heard the saying “it’s better to give than to receive” right? Well for me it truly is better to give. I would much rather sit down and make something for someone else than make something for myself. It feels even better when I know that it is needed and appreciated. Donating knit and crochet projects to charity groups is not only rewarding, but much needed. Hat and scarves are some of our most popular patterns and I can only guess that a good portion of these projects are donated to a favorite charity. I have done some of the leg work for you by searching RedHeart.com to find a dozen each hat and scarf projects. That’s right, it’s Donna’s Dozen DOUBLED!
Designer Karen McKenna has a new book of crochet designs: Hand-Picked Gloves & Mitts, published by Leisure Arts. The concept of this book is unusual and useful: choose if you want to make gloves or mittens, if you want them closed or fingerless, and the cuff style you want, and then mix-and-match! Plus, all of the patterns in the book are written to use Red Heart yarns.
Red Heart Scrubby yarn is a textured worsted weight yarn named for the fact that it is well-suited to making knit and crochet dishcloths. Although you can craft dishcloths with other yarn types (most popularly cotton yarn), scrubby is made to actually “scrub” those pots and pans more quickly. It also works as a washcloth with a spa-like exfoliating feel. Scrubby is a polyester yarn so it works a little bit differently than cotton (including drying more quickly). If you have never used it before, you might have some questions about it, so here are our tips for working with Scrubby. Continue reading “Tips on Working with Scrubby”
Making an iCord is a quick and easy way to create a beautiful knit cord which can be incorporated into many projects. A few of my favorite uses for iCord are as the ties for ear flap hats (as in my toddler hat) or as a cord to gather the waistband of a skirt, pants or a sweater.
There’s something about warmer temperatures that makes me want to weave! Maybe it’s being able to play with yarn without it sitting on my lap? Or being able to experiment with color and texture, without ending up with a wonky hat? What I do know is — it sure is fun!
If you like to learn crafts from YouTube videos, you’ve probably heard of Yolanda Soto-Lopez and her All Crafts Channel. Yolanda has been filming and publishing English and Spanish video tutorials for crafts for a few years now. She started her videos to help the women in her church stitching group learn new skills, and just used her laptop camera and household lamps. Now she has a dedicated studio area with an overhead camera and strong lighting, so her videos are clear and easy to see.
The wait is over! Twinkie Chan‘s second book, Crochet Abode a la mode has hit the stores! Her first foray into food patterns concentrated mostly on accessories to adorn your body. In the new book we are once again privileged to get a glimpse into the mind of one of the most unique fiber artists of our time.
Welcome to My First with Marly Bird! Each month Marly will teach you a new crocheting or knitting project. These projects are designed to make you comfortable as you transition between learning the stitches and making a project. Every design has a written pattern and a step-by-step video tutorial to follow along.