It’s easier than you think to make pompoms! Find out how in this blog post, complete with step-by-step pictures. As a bonus, go here to see instructions from Handmade Charlotte on how to make a super big pompom in just one minute!
I don’t know about your office, but air conditioning in the office I work in is always too cold for me when I wear sleeveless or short sleeve tops. I’m always hunting for a layering piece to keep me warm. So I made a beautiful rust rectangular shawl that converts into a vest, but what I really needed it to be to wear with my summer top is a shrug. Susan Bates mini knit clips to the rescue! Continue reading “Convert a Rectangular Shawl into a Shrug by Guest Blogger Joan Barnett”
How do you make sure that the sweater you’re making will fit? Make a gauge swatch! A gauge swatch is a small sample of your pattern that you make before starting the main item. By doing the stitch pattern for a few inches you can make sure that your gauge, or the number of stitches and rows in a set number of inches, matches the gauge called for in the pattern. If your gauge does not match the pattern gauge your item will not be the same dimensions as the pattern describes and you may run out of yarn. Not matching gauge isn’t quite as crucial for something like a dish cloth or a simple bag, but for garments such as hats and sweaters having the wrong gauge could mean that the finished item turns out fit for a giant! Continue reading “To Swatch or Not to Swatch?”
Want to make your finished items look even better? Block them! Blocking may seem intimidating, but you really only need a few things from around the house. Read on to become a blocking pro! Continue reading “Blocking as a Finishing Touch”
Is your stash taking over your home? Mine sure seems to grow whenever I turn my back! This spring cleaning season my goal is to keep things organized. I have a vintage curio cabinet I like keeping my prettiest yarn in, I love being able to see everything through the glass doors. Other craft supplies fit easily in the drawer and lower cabinet sections. Continue reading “Spring Cleaning Your Stash”
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.
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”
We have over 100 patterns that were designed with the winter holidays and Christmas in mind on the redheart.com web site. But here are a few colorful ideas for creating a festive atmosphere that I wanted to pass along that don’t really take a whole pattern to explain. Continue reading “Quick Ways to Deck the Halls with Yarn”
It’s time for holiday travels! If you’re lucky enough to be traveling somewhere, and have another pilot, then there’s plenty of yarn time in your future! I’ve pulled together a list of all the things I travel with in the car when going on a longer holiday trip. I’ve forgotten most of these at one point or another, and hope this list helps keep you crafting! Continue reading “Yarn in the Car”
After the Thanksgiving meal is over, there is always the inevitable “ton” of leftovers that need to be packed up and put away before the day is complete. Of course, some leftovers go home with you in plastic bowls. Others will travel home with you on foam plates covered with plastic wrap or foil. That being said, the leftovers I want to focus on are those that will travel home with you on your favorite knit or crochet keepsake. Dare I say it, “stains!??”