Donna’s Dozen: School Days and Golden Rule Days

Believe it or not it is that time of year again to send our babies off to school again. Yes, my daughter is almost 20, but she is still my baby. This time of year affects everyone from Primary school all the way to graduate school. Red Heart is always here to help. Let’s start out their year in style. First I would like to look at wardrobe:

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Stockinette Cables Square for Cabled Afghan Knit Along

Welcome to the Cabled Afghan Knit-Along! Each week we share a new square pattern and help you learn to make it. Watch videos on Creativebug (sign up for a free account to get access to the videos) and see tutorials here on the blog.

This week we will be working on the Stockinette Cables Square (LW4309-E). You can download the pattern for this square here.

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Janice Ogata interviews Allison Hoffman

Imagine if you will, you want to make a doll for one of your friends that looks exactly like them.  With Allison Hoffman’s new book “AmiguruME”, now you can!  Allison shows you how to crochet basic body parts and how to adapt each face to look like someone you know.  She teaches you how to make your dolls recognizable.   If you flip through the book you will have fun trying to guess the famous faces she has crafted out of yarn. Continue reading “Janice Ogata interviews Allison Hoffman”

The Burbank Fiber Friends play with Boutique Swanky

Imagine my delight when a box of Red Heart Boutique Swanky arrived on my doorstep!!! I had to play with the yarn right away!!! It was over the long President’s Day weekend that I crocheted a hat with this beautiful shiny, sequin laced yarn. It drapes really well, it’s easy to work with and it sparkles like you can only imagine.
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It is a sad day for Hot Dog lovers around the world

It was announced today that Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. What will the County Fair be without Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick?? They are the cornerstone of the Fair stick food phenomenon!  Summer just isn’t summer without a corn dog on a stick, slathered in mustard or ketchup, and a Big Lemonade to wash it down! Perhaps even more important is the stylish and sexy uniform that all Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick employees have to wear! Continue reading “It is a sad day for Hot Dog lovers around the world”

Knitting Behind Bars

Knitting Behind Bars is a program that took 5 years to get off the ground is now going strong after a lot of hard work and determination by Lynn Zwerling, and her team of volunteers. You might think the idea of prisoners sitting around knitting for charity sounds bizarre, but that is exactly what happens every Thursday night inside one of Maryland’s correctional facilities. After retiring from her job, Lynn Zwerling had time on her hands and realized the calming power of knitting might be exactly the thing to help rehabilitate inmates in the local prison system. Surprisingly despite some initial resistance the program has succeeded against all odds. Continue reading “Knitting Behind Bars”