enchanted knits special issueThe latest special issue from Interweave, called Enchanted Knits, recently launched, and from the look of things it’s a lovely collection inspired by fairy tales and other fantastical stories.

The magazine offers 27 projects in four themes: Ordinary in the Extraordinary, Sinister, the Classics and Nature’s Magic. You can check them all out at the link above or get … Read More...

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very shannon's summer sweater knitalongI love a good knitalong (though I’m notoriously bad at finishing things for knitalongs), and Very Shannon’s Summer Sweater Knitalong is a good one. It encourages people who’ve never knit garments before to give it a try, and for everyone else it’s a reminder that fall isn’t that far off after all.

This year’s knitalong will run from July 30 … Read More...

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The crochet news is that crochet is rocking the fashion world – all over the world.  This article is from India where the picture here originates.  So, it isn’t just afghans and baby things – as all of us crocheters already knew.  Now, crochet is front page news in the world of fashion.

In India, the traditional garb … Read More...

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Alex Veroneli: sexy or sexist?

by Scarlett Burroughs

Aurifill's Alex Veroneli sexist

Alex Veroneli – who represents the U.S. division of Aurifil Threads – claims to be the bad boy of the sewing/quilting world. Abby of While She Naps shares her thoughts on Alex’s online behavior. If you only have time to read one blog post today, make it this one.

Thanks goes to Denise Felton, former Needlework Editor at … Read More...

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yarnmarket sold to love knittingAccording to a notice on their website and an email sent to subscribers, Yarnmarket has closed its doors and its remaining stock has been sold to Love Knitting.

Yarnmarket was an online yarn, pattern and notions store that was in business for more than 10 years.

The email, sent as usual by Jan and the Yarnmarket Staff says in part:… Read More...

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Week 5: Best Fabric Shop Storefront

by Scarlett Burroughs

The Quilt Shop by Art Meripol downtown-eurkea-springs

I have a special nominee this week for my Best Fabric Shop Storefront contest, namely The Quilt Shop. For starters, it’s located in a historic flat iron building in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Second, the photograph itself is phenomenal; it’s the work of Art Meripol, former Senior Travel Photographer for Southern Living magazine, a position he held for 25+ years.… Read More...

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Review: A Muse Studio Stamps

by Heather Holbrook

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This is my second review for the brand new A Muse Studio Catalog, if you missed my first one you can check it out here.

The brand new A Muse Studio catalog is filled with fantastic new stamps, paper and embellishments!! The are many general themes like the beach and ocean, travel, birthday, sports, phrases and words, large background … Read More...

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Ta Dah!: Iowa pride in a plate

by Scarlett Burroughs

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Kathy of Kindred Quilts made this patchwork license plate as part of the AMB Blog Tour. She admits taking her idea from paper to piecing was harder than she imagined. Visit her blog post, Welcome to Iowa!!!, to learn more about her process, plus get her take on her home state.

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Twelve Hexies (or Less) Blog Hop

by Scarlett Burroughs

12 hexies or Less Blog Hop

Diane of Crafty Pod is calling all *EPP-ers to join her perfect-for-summer blog hop. Relax. You’ll find no overreaching goals on this romp with a needle. Each project requires at the most twelve hexagons as a starting point. Get the 12 Hexies Blog Hop schedule.

*EPP-ers – English Paper Piecers… Read More...

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30-Perfect-Porches-For-Inspiration1The outdoors can be one of the most peaceful spaces to sit back and recharge after a long day.  Dress up your porch space with some ideas from these 30 great “Perfect Porches”.  Sometimes adding a little extra decor and color can be all that is needed for you to feel more at home and relaxed.  And, it doesn’t matter … Read More...

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a new season of knitting daily tvSeason 13 of Knitting Daily (the second with host Vickie Howell) is coming to PBS soon (depending on your local station, of course) and the DVD set of the season is available for purchase now (or you can download it to your computer).

You can read more about the new season at Knitting Daily’s website, but it looks to … Read More...

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Review: A Muse Studio Stamps

by Heather Holbrook

review: amuse studio

The brand new A Muse Studio catalog is filled with fantastic new stamps, paper and embellishments!! The are many general themes like the beach and ocean, travel, birthday, sports, phrases and words, large background patterns, alphas and numbers and florals along with trendy cool sets like a fox, hipster gear, donuts, zodiac stars, coffee and loads more. Many of the new stamp … Read More...

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For those of you in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, this is a great opportunity to learn the art of Zentangle! Beckah Krahula will be at the Amon Carter Museum later this week.

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Join Beckah Krahula, author of One Zentangle a Day as she demonstrates the meditative art of Zentangle. Be inspired while discussing artworks on view in the galleries, … Read More...

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finger knitting david babcockRemember the knitting marathoner? Last year David Babcock become the Guinness World Record holder for knitting the longest scarf ever made while running a marathon (at the Kansas City Marathon in October).

Word has it Babcock is headed back to Kansas City this year, but only for a half, because he’s also planning to run and knit through the New Read More...

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Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco is coming up on July 19th & 20th! If you live nearby, you might want to hop over and take a look around. I went to Renegade a few years ago in Austin and had a great time!

July 19+20, Fort Mason Center Festival Pavillion, Market hours are from 11 am – 6 pm both … Read More...

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The History of S’mores

by Carolyn Bickford

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Something other than bacon is a hit! There were many questions as to what a s’mores actually was. Basically it is two graham crackers with a roasted marshmallow(typically done over a fire) and a piece of chocolate in between.

How was the s’mores invented? S’mores is the contraction for “some more” and no one really knows who was the first … Read More...

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Row by Row in progress

by Scarlett Burroughs

Row by Row

Get your summer quilting on Row by Row. You’ll travel to participating quilt shops in your area (1250 stores total so hopefully one will be close to where you live) and pick up a unique free pattern for a single row. Make 8 rows into a quilt top inspired by all the fun you had traveling around with all your … Read More...

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big squeeze knit juicerWe all love our gadgets, but there’s something kind of cold and impersonal about using them. Touching a screen or flipping a switch isn’t very soul-satisfying, but as knitters we know that connecting with yarn is.

Those two things — fiber and technology — might not seem to go together, but they do for Royal College of Art student Yen … Read More...

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It's Skirting the Issue 2014 at Simple Simon & Company

It’s Skirting the Issue 2014 at Simple Simon & Company

Skirting the Issue 2014 is underway right now at Simple Simon & Company.  It’s a month-long series of girls’ skirt tutorials to encourage sewists to make a handmade skirt to give to a girl in foster care.  There are guest posts all month, and a contest with cool sew-along prizes.  Go Read More...

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Week 3: Best Fabric Shop Storefront

by Scarlett Burroughs

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The Stitchin’ Post is my nominee for this week’s best fabric shop storefront contest. First, I love the architectural style of the building, with aged looking bricks. The canopied and lighted entrance invites you in. The flower boxes add warmth too.

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Here’s a closeup of the Stitchin’ Post’s front entrance.

Be sure and see Week 1 and Week 2 nominees. … Read More...

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