Donna’s Dozen: Hopping Spring and Easter Patterns

I think it is safe to say that we have had one dreadful Winter so I thought I would bring you hope for better days with some Spring and Easter designs. Even if it is still cold and a little dreary where you live I hope these wonderful designs will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Speaking of Fuzzy, let’s take a look at some adorable Easter bunnies.

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Yarn Bombing – You’re Invited

Who: Anyone who wants to knit or crochet an 8″ x 8″ inch square or 8″ x 16″ rectangle is invited to participate.

What: Help us take Manchester by storm and donate a knitted or crocheted square or rectangle swatch to our Yarn Bombing event. All are encouraged to participate in the event whether you are a knitter or crocheter. Not attending the conference? That’s okay too! Get your guild or chapter involved, create swatches, and follow the conference on Instagram to see images of our Yarn Bomb while we are at the show! Manchester will have a whole new appreciation for our industry after we dress the town in all of the colorful swatches! Items left at the end will be pieced together into blankets and scarves and donated to local charities. Continue reading “Yarn Bombing – You’re Invited”

Winter Blast Hat

LW4062I’m not sure if Winter 2014 will be considered a blast or not. I live in the Southeast and was snowed in for 3 days so I really feel for my friends up North. Let’s be clear about something though, if you are going to go out and play in the snow then you have to look good doing it.

My daughter went off to her first year of college in the mountains of North Carolina. We have beaches too, but she picked the mountains. During Christmas break she asked me if I could make her some hats. She wanted slouchy, cute, hip and just plain fun. I found the perfect pattern, the Winter Blast Hat.

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Watching the Winter Olympics?

The Winter Olympics will soon have me spending many hours sitting in front of my television. I never miss the opening ceremonies and find the events amazing. I’ll be watching with pride as our US team (wearing their “Made in the USA” designer outfits by Ralph Lauren) wow us with athletic feats and exciting Olympic events. Certainly I’ll be getting out my needles or hooks as I watch. Since I need to choose a project, I was going through our website for patterns for hats, scarves and other accessories. I’m thinking that many of you will also be looking for projects to keep your hands busy while watching the Olympics…so I’m sharing some of the ideas that use “Made in the USA” yarns (so appropriate for Olympic-watching projects). Here are 14 accessories using yarns like Super Saver, Team Spirit, With Love, Super Saver Chunky, Soft and Super Soft. Red Heart has 17 yarns that are Made in the USA.

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