Book Review and Giveaway: Betsy Beads

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Book: Betsy Beads Author: Betsy Hershberg Publisher: XRX List Price: $24.95 Before I ever learned to knit or crochet, I learned how to make jewelry. Both my grandmother and step-mother were avid jewelry makers, and shared some of their knowledge with me. That’s why I was so excited to see Betsy Beads. It combines knitting with beads to make beautiful, yarn-based jewelry. Beading Basics, the first section of the book, …

New Knit Pattern: Rue’s Song

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Today I’m putting out the pattern for Rue’s Song, a knitted cowl. You can see the details and specifications here. It’s inspired by the book The Hunger Games, so I wanted to take today’s blog post to explain a bit about that inspiration.     WARNING: POST CONTAINS SPOILERS.   The Hunger Games is a book based in a fictional country called Panem. Panem is comprised of the Capital and …

Alternative Uses for Knitting Needles

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Alternative uses for knitting needles Chopsticks: Knit 1, purl 1, eat 1 Hair bun sticks: Use for a stylish up-do. later you can literally let your hair down and knit. Fruit kabob stick: Dpns can be good for your health. Emergency recovery assistance: Use a knitting needle to whack whatever fell behind the dresser back to where you can reach it. Decorative accent: A vase full of knitting needles is …

Tips for Marathon Crochet/Knitting Sessions

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Whether you’re a professional working on a deadline, or you just have to get that one holiday gift done, at some point, you’ll find yourself having a marathon session to finish stitching up a project. Here are some tips for powering through: 1. Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water for good hand health. Avoid caffeinated drinks- they dehydrate. 2. Take Frequent Small Breaks to Stretch Your Hands – I’ll …

Book Review & Giveaway: Shaping Shawls by Anna Dalvi

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Book: Shaping Shawls Author: Anna Dalvi List Price Hardcopy:$26.95 Electronic File:$16.95 Shaping Shawls provides the logistics of shawl shaping without being overwhelming. Anna Dalvi explains how to analyze lace patterns and shape 10 styles of shawl: 2 styles of rectangular shawls, 2 styles of square shawls, and 6 types of triangular shawl. Each construction style has a written description of it’s shaping method, a diagram showing the placement of increases …

Work-In-Progress (WIP) Wednesday: Double Thick Cowl

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. I started a new knitting project a little over a week ago. It’s a cowl: unless I run out of yarn, and then it’ll be a circular scarf. I decided I wanted it nice and squishy and warm, so I’m making it double thick. The method I’m using is kind of like double knitting, except that I’m only using one color on each side. It has eyelets so when you …