Each one, teach two or three – with Sashay and Ribbons it’s super easy!

In photo L-R: Mary, Ann , Me, Susan

E782Over Christmas I had a chance to get together with family and teach my nieces, Mary & Ann, how to knit. I was thrilled that they were excited by the yarns and about learning how to make their very own scarf. Mary is 12 and Ann is 10 years old and as a rule they are pretty crafty so I was sure they would be successful at knitting too. I thought teaching them with Boutique Sashay and Ribbons would be a great first project since casting on is so easy, and you get to the fun part much quicker.

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Decorate for Your “Big Game” Party with Team Spirit

If you’re planning a party to watch the “big game”, having a birthday party for a sports loving kid or looking ahead to home coming events, have you thought of using your crochet and knit skills for colorful decorations? In my photo, I used an earflap hat on a football as a centerpiece and another hat as a bowl cozy. Who said hats are only for heads?! Scarfs can also be used to add cheery team colors—try a scarf wrapped around a bowl or draped as a party time bunting. Dress cans and bottles in cozies for a sporty look. You may even want to make cozies for everyone to take home as a memento of the event. Continue reading “Decorate for Your “Big Game” Party with Team Spirit”

Three Surprising Causes of Crafting-Related Pain – and What You Can Do About Them

By Jamie Arnold

Staff Writer, BackPainRelief.net

It’s no secret that winter is prime time for crafting. Cooler weather as well as a run of holidays give knitting and crochet enthusiasts plenty of excuses for whipping up cozy mittens, chunky scarves and other unique stocking stuffers, often on short notice. Marathon crafting sessions can result in some of our best work – but they can also lead to lingering pain in the hands, neck and upper back.

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Make a Heart, Give a Heart

Wow, I haven’t even put my Christmas decorations away and I’m already seeing Valentine goodies in the stores. Of course I’m still on a sugar high from all the Christmas cookies and am trying not to look at the Valentine candy (same old New Year’s resolution—to eat healthy). So I’m thinking that this year I will make an effort to make Valentine’s Day a holiday of hearts, not a holiday of candy. Here are my Red Heart ideas for February 14 gifting.

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