Free Printable Yarn Valentines

As a gift to our blog followers, we have a downloadable sheet of Valentines for you! Our graphics team has taken 4 of our project photos and turned them into clever Valentines that I will enjoy giving–I hope that you will enjoy them too! They are perfect for giving to classmates, co-workers, family and friends. I am also going to use them to make a garland in my office cubicle.

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Working with Double Point Needles

I have a confession. I wasn’t a huge fan of Double Pointed Needles (DPNs). The great irony is that I love to work in the round and I love to work on seamless knits.

Over the years I have become a fan, and can tell you that working with DPNs looks much more intimidating than it really is. The most difficult part of working with DPNs is the cast on and first round. After that it’s just knitting (and/or purling) with a lot of knitting needles sticking out of your work while they wait their turn to be used.

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How Do I Decide Which Red Heart Yarn To Use In My Next Project?

Whether you’re a longtime Red Heart cheerleader or are just discovering a new Red Heart yarn in your local craft store, sometimes it can be difficult to decide which Red Heart yarn fits the best with your project idea or pattern. In this post, I’ll help you choose from 11 of Red Heart’s most popular and newest yarns so you can make the right choice for your next crochet or knitting project.

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A Quick Guide to Color Pooling

Have you ever truly wanted to feel like a magician with your crochet hooks? Well now you can! Get ready to amaze your friends, and family when you play with variegated yarn. Red Heart Super Saver comes in a vast array of colors to try out this technique. Color pooling (or yarn pooling) has taken the internet by storm! There are videos, a group on Facebook completely dedicated to it, and it seems everyone is trying it. So jump on this bandwagon, get out your favorite multicolored yarn, and give it a try.

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3 Easy Tips for Getting More Confident with Color

Back in January, I vowed that “color” was going to be my word of the year. If you’re like me, you probably tend to use the same color yarns over and over again. This can be a good thing if those colors make you excited about crocheting and knitting. But, for so many of us, sticking to the same colors actually puts us into a creative rut. In this post, I’m going to share 3 easy tips for getting out of your color comfort zone to keep your projects fun and to keep you inspired about your favorite crafts!

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Red Heart in the Classroom

by guest blogger and designer Nancy Anderson

Creative activities are essential in a well-rounded kindergarten curriculum. The benefits are numerous and include development of fine motor skills, creative problem solving, eye hand coordination and confidence-building through achievement based activities. Plus they are just plain fun and young children are so eager to try new things.

Our kindergarteners have been working with Red Heart yarn all year and are always eager for the next yarn-y activity. One of our favorite classroom activities is yarn stitchery on burlap. This is the perfect activity as it promotes the fore-mentioned skills but is also very affordable. We are able to purchase burlap for the entire classroom, (24 students) for under $10 and the Red Heart Super Saver yarn is not only affordable but has ample yardage for a plethora of projects. Plus the color choices get an A+ for kid friendliness. We have never met a Super Saver color that we did not like.

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