Donna’s Dozen Simply Unforgettable Impressions

E793 Boutique UnforgettableHave you heard the phrase “you never get a second chance to make a first impression?” A big part of this is the way you look and dress. If you love to knit or crochet then you are always in search of a yarn that looks and feels good. Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable is that yarn. From the moment I saw it I was in love. The name says it all, Unforgettable. It has so many wonderful qualities that a great yarn should have. It has beautiful vibrant shades, pastels and neutrals in the line. Along with eye-catching color choices this yarn is soft, machine washable, and affordable. What more can you ask for?
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Red Heart Sponsors Historic Alex Theatre Art Installation

ALEX1The historic Alex Theatre was opened in 1925 as a vaudeville house, and movie palace. It continued to show movies until 1991, when it closed and was remodeled. In 1993 it was re-opened and now plays host to musicals, ballets, orchestras, still shows movies, and can be seen in various television shows, and can even be rented for special events.

When the Alex Theatre wanted to do something different to celebrate their 90th Anniversary, they reached out to the following organizations: Glendale Arts, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, Art from the Ashes, Jewel City Knitters, The Pasadena Crochet Group, Burbank Fiber Fiends, and the Braille Institute. The scope of this project was huge, and it would take over 70 individuals, from 6 different states, and even 1 country to send in their submissions. The fiber artists were informed about the yarn bombing/art installation in early September. There was a tight deadline of only 6 weeks from the time meetings were held until the actual big reveal night.

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What is the difference between balls and skeins of yarn?

Have you ever tried to pull yarn from the center of a skein and had trouble? You may have been trying to pull from a ball — and balls are not wound to be able to pull from the middle. Follow this handy guide to figure out if you have a ball or a skein, what the difference is, and how to find the end.

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Learn a Stitch, Make a Fair Isle Knit Cowl

Welcome to the eleventh entry in our ongoing series Learn a Stitch, Make a Cowl! Each month in 2015 we have been teaching you a new crochet or knit stitch. You can then use the stitch when you make the featured cowl. This month our stitch is Fair Isle knitting, and the cowl is the Fair Isle Knit Cowl in Soft. Keep reading to learn the stitch and enter to win! Use the hashtag #learnstitches to talk about the series.

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November Featured Throw of the Month

Welcome to the November Featured Throw of the Month! This month we have the Nine Patch Variation Throw made in With Love. Each month we have a new themed throw as a featured free pattern. Each throw will have a tip or two in the blog, as well as a giveaway to win the yarn to make the throw. Keep reading for the tip and to access the giveaway! Use the hashtag #throwmonth to talk about the series.

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Free Team Spirit eBook: Sports Fever!

We’ve put together a colorful selection of 32 ideas for using Team Spirit yarn in four easy-to-reference chapters.

DRESS WITH SPIRIT includes ponchos, scarfs, hats and wristers.

KIDS’ CHEERING SECTION includes ideas for babies and younger enthusiasts.

GAME TIME GEAR is focused on things you’ll enjoy using during the game.

TEAM SPIRIT LIFE includes home décor like pillows, throws, a footrest and a sleeve for your iPad.

Download the FREE Sports Fever eBook!

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Baby, You’ve Gotta Feel These Yarns!

Soft, Luxurious Chenilles: Cutie Pie & Velvety

In case you haven’t noticed, there are two new, unbelievably soft chenille yarns in the Red Heart family! The first is Cutie Pie, a lightweight chenille with a soft, cottony feel. The second is Velvety, a bulky chenille yarn that is silkier to the touch. Both are perfect for all kinds of things for the kiddies. Here are some ideas that we have asked our favorite designers to create for us so we can share the patterns with you.

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Donna’s Dozen Treasured Accessories

E788 Boutique TreasureBeautifully shaded yarn with a touch of wool, easy accessory patterns and a Susan Bates hook or needle sounds like a brilliant way to spend my day and with awesome company. Today I am bringing you another dozen patterns featuring Red Heart Boutique Treasure yarn. This yarn looks rich, but it won’t break the bank. The shaded yarn will make the earliest of beginners look like they have been knitting and crocheting for years. I hope there is something here that will help you give the perfect gift for someone special or even make something for yourself. Bells will be ringing soon….
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