67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela celebrates his Centennial Birthday with Donations at the Capital 

The cold weather seemed to cooperate on Dec 5th 2017 as 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day commemorated the 4th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s passing. As part of the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the South African Embassy in Washington DC, 67 Blankets presented 67 scarves to the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center, operated by Catholic Charities of Baltimore. Hundreds of scarves were collected for distribution.

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FreeSpirit Quilt challenge defines artisanship with beauty, color and creativity

Artisan
noun ar·ti·san \ˈär-tə-zən\: a person who makes things by using skill with the hands.

This is a pure definition for the recent “I Am An Artisan Challenge” hosted by our sister company, FreeSpirit Fabrics. As a “yarnie,” you know the name Kaffe Fassett from his multi-color knitwear designs and beautiful yarns bearing his brand. Kaffe’s love of textiles also graces colorful 100% cotton fabrics perfect for patchwork or any sewing project.

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Hearts a Plenty

Believe it or not, you have less than a month to plan for Valentine’s Day! Whether you are looking for the perfect heart-shaped project to gift or just a way to make the day feel more festive, we chose some of our favorite patterns to get you in the spirit of love.

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Knit or Crochet with the Pantone Color of the Year, Ultra Violet

Have you seen Pantone’s color of the year yet? Ultra-Violet, a stunning and bold shade of purple, has come on the scene to inspire creativity in us all. We went searching for it in our yarn collection and came out with these four shades.

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12 Easy Weekend Projects

The cold of winter is here and it looks like it’s sticking around. If you’re anything like us, your weekend plans are staying inside and out of the cold! These weekend projects have been selected with your time in mind and can all be completed by the time you treck back to work on Monday.

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How to Crochet Scrubbies with Hyperbolic Ruffles

Hyperbolic crochet is a form of crochet worked in the round to grow items exponentially so that they form organic ruffles. Although the term is derived from geometry and can sound a bit complex, the truth is that you can use the basic concept of hyperbolic crochet to easily created ruffled projects, such as scrubbies for the bath and kitchen.
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Start Something New in 2018

If you are looking for a New Year’s resolution consider taking up yarning. Both knitting and crocheting have been shown to improve your health and make you feel happy at the same time. The rhythmic repetitive movements are reported to enhance the release of serotonin and raise your mood. There are programs that suggest taking up yarning to quit smoking and improve health conditions—who knew?

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Top Free Knit and Crochet Patterns of 2017

2017 has wrapped and we’ve rounded up your favorite patterns from this year. We post hundreds of free crochet patterns and free knit patterns to RedHeart.com every year and we wanted to highlight the top 12 patterns based on the number of downloads. From scarves to hats and of course throws there is a variety of patterns in both knit and crochet, ranging from beginner skill levels to advanced.
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