Red Heart’s Featured Snowflake Wreath of the Month – January

Enter to Win the Wreath of the Month!

There will be 3 lucky people who will win the yarn, needles and hooks to make this month’s wreath.

Red Heart will be featuring a new wreath project every month in 2013! It will include a free pattern for the particular wreath and some tips and photos for assembly  from the designer Sharon Mann.

PLUS get a January Wreath Calendar that you can print out to keep track of important dates.

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Quick and Easy Faux Brie Perfect for Holiday Snacking

Normally we are all about yarn and fast holiday projects, but hey…a girl has to eat during the holidays too! So, I thought I would give you a quick recipe for those holiday get togethers where you forgot you had to bring something or you want to look like you slaved over a hot stove for hours and it only really took a few minutes – don’t you just love those kinds of things!

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Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 4 Winners

The 4th season of the Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge has been filled with wonderful people sharing their precious handmade works with us. Congratulations to the 5 winners of the ultimate Red Heart Prize Package worth $150! We just loved so many of the projects that were submitted, we decided to award 7 honorary mention winners a $50 prize package. We can’t wait until next season and we have listened to your feedback and will make some improvements to the format of the challenge to be even better. See you next season!

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Real Men Do Knit!

What do you get when you put yards and yards of yarn and tons of knitting needles, spinning wheels and crochet hooks in a room with a bunch of men? The Second Annual Southeast Men’s Knitting Retreat….that what you get! This past November 8th, men from as far away as Denver Colorado and Ocala Florida and all points between gathered at Ashbury Hills Retreat in Cleveland, South Carolina to celebrate their common passion for knitting and fiber. With experience ranging from six months to sixty years, a casual, if slightly structured weekend, was filled with tons of time for knitting around the fire pit…battling the yellow jackets who were swarming for the remnants of last weekend’s apple butter festival…exchanging patterns, tips and techniques, showing off their latest finished projects, and discussing what would be made next. Continue reading “Real Men Do Knit!”

Help for the Holiday Cables Throw By Bonnie Barker Guest Blogger/Designer

By Bonnie Barker, guest designer/blogger

I have a confession:  I love the look of knitted stitches, but I don’t enjoy the process of knitting. I guess I’m a crocheter—heart, body & soul—for better or worse! This is why I am so very excited about designing crochet patterns that mimic knitted stitches. The stitches I incorporate into my patterns are based upon the most fundamental crochet stitches: single, double, and treble crochet; slip stitch and chain. If you already know these basic stitches, you will be able to learn these new stitches, and I dare say learn them quickly and easily. I have personally taught these stitches to children as young as eight years old. One of my students who has significant learning disabilities recently won a blue ribbon at our county fair for a scarf she created using one of these Aran stitches.  Continue reading “Help for the Holiday Cables Throw By Bonnie Barker Guest Blogger/Designer”

Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 4, Week 11

Here we are at our last week of sharing our projects for the Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge.  I still have a few quick items to finish up before Christmas. Tonight I’m going to go through my projects, package and wrap them and I’m also, working on little crochet bags.  I make these every year to hang on the tree.  Each one has the name of one of the grandkids and they have to find their little bag to see what’s in it.  It’s perfect if you just want to give gift cards.  The great thing with this pattern is that I can use any yarn.  All you need do is change the hook size appropriate for the yarn you are using.  These are great for jewelry, change, keys, little cowboys or army men (you know I have a house full of boys) and magnets.  This cute little bag had soooo many uses.  I even made a couple of small ones for myself using Heart & Sole.I keep those in my purse … one for change and the other houses all those *store cards*, such as discounts for gas, groceries, drug stores, etc.  Continue reading “Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 4, Week 11”