BIG NEWS! Craftsy cat is out of the bag!

Over the next few weeks, and for a while after that too, you’re going to hear me talking a lot about Craftsy. Maybe you haven’t heard about Craftsy before, or it sounds vaguely familiar but you didn’t really look into it. What’s a Craftsy? Craftsy is the fastest growing crafty community on the web with over 5 million members in …

Beaded Lace Knitting: Book Interview and Giveaway

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Beaded Lace Knitting: Techniques and 25 Beaded Lace Designs for Shawls, Scarves, and More is a brand new book out by my friend, Anniken Allis. Anniken resides in the UK, so her fantastic book has only recently become available in the United States. Anniken was kind enough to “stop by” and answer some questions about her new book. When did …

Poetry in Yarn Podcast: Episode 3 + Coupon Code

On crocheters learning to knit and disqualifying my husband. Click here for the audio only version. Main Topic:  Crocheters learning to Knit Episode Notes Links: Milk + Honey lotion bars are now Love + Leche Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season Hiya Hiya Knitting Needles Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles Go to the Poetry in Yarn Ravelry store …

Poetry in Yarn Podcast: Episode 2 + Giveaway

Click here for the audio only version. Main Topic: Combination Knitting Episode Notes Links: New England Yarn and Spindle Classes Colorwork Knitting: 25 Spectacular Sweaters, Hats, and Accessories Milk + Honey lotion bars are now Love + Leche To enter the giveaway: email prize@poetryinyarn.com with the special code word. Entry must be received by midnight ET on May 9th.

Villanella Cowl – A New Crochet Pattern

My newest crochet pattern, made with just 1 ball of Good for Ewe Chord yarn, just went live yesterday. It’s the Villanella Cowl: Crochet the Villanella Cowl to adorn your neck in cozy style. Worked from the bottom up, the upper edge is trimmed with jaunty picots. Openwork fans are graphically bold without being overly warm. Made with just 90 …

Sneak Peek

Check out the new knit pattern and new crochet pattern coming soon:

Something to be Proud of

I’ve survived yet another clock switch. If you’ve know me long enough, you’ve likely already heard my mini rant about how Daylight Savings Time is the ultimate sign of the hubris of man. It’s too hard to change our schedules, so we’ll just change time. I was talking to my mother-in-law on the phone yesterday, and she asked me how …

Jumbo – A New Yarn Weight

News hit last week that the Craft Yarn Council is amending their standard yarn weight classifications to include the new, larger category of jumbo. Apparently this is in response to newer, larger-than-bulky yarns that are coming on the market. Americans have a reputation for going for bulkier yarns over the thinner stuff, and it’s easy to feel like we get …

Book Review: Knitting Fresh Brioche

Book: Knitting Fresh Brioche: Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns Author: Nancy Marchant Publisher: Sixth & Spring Books I was very excited to receive my reviewer’s copy of Nancy Marchant’s newest book, Knitting Fresh Brioche: Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns. It’s equal parts brioche step-by-step guide and stitch dictionary, with a focus on two-color designs. Knitting Fresh Brioche is packed with …

Travel Knitting and Mickey Mouse Bling

One of my favorite parts of traveling is picking out a knit or crochet project to take with me. Traveling gives me some time to focus on a selfish project- something just for me. After making a Rickenbacker over our Thanksgiving trip I was eager to pick out a project for our longer family trip we took this past month. …