New Mystery Knit Along kits are now available!

They’re here! The kits for our next Mystery Knit Along are now available from our Crochet and Knit Shop! With 6 beautiful colors to choose from, there is bound to be a hue to suit your style.

MKA pink yarn 114x300 New Mystery Knit Along kits are now available!

 

The kits include all the yarn and beads you will need, and the beads are added as you go, making them simple to work with. Like they did in our last mystery project, the “clues” will be delivered directly to your inbox every other week in our free e-newsletter. Subscribe today to be sure you receive the first clue!

We’ll begin this mystery project next month, and we hope to see you knitting along with us as we solve the mystery together! We love hearing how your projects are progressing, so visit us on Facebook to tell us what color you chose.

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Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, we have been featuring crafty ways to go green all month long. Our Summer Issue hits newsstands today, and inside you’ll find another creative way to recycle and repurpose your old sweaters to give them new life.

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Grab your copy today, or better yet, get the digital issue for another easy way to be a friend to the Earth.

 

 

 

 

There are countless ways we can be environmentally-friendly while we knit or crochet. We’re curious – what do you do with yarn that makes our world a better place?

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Charity spotlight – Hats of Comfort

Do you have any yarn in your stash that you don’t plan on using? Whether you got it from a friend or purchased it long ago, perhaps you are hanging on to it simply because you don’t want it to go to waste. Spring is the perfect time to sift through your stash and get rid of unwanted skeins to make room for that new yarn you’ve had your eye on!

hats of comfort Charity spotlight   Hats of ComfortOne environmentally-friendly way to purge unwanted yarn from your stash is to donate it to a charity that means something to you. Hats of Comfort is one charity that is always happy to receive donated yarn. They provide hats and other handmade items to people who have lost their hair due to illness. To help, you can also donate completed projects made with soft yarn that won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Have you ever donated yarn to charity? It’s a wonderful way to give that stray skein at the bottom of your stash some new life and bring comfort to someone in need at the same time. Do you know of any other charities that accept donated yarn?

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Spring Crochet Along – Starting next week!

We are excited to start our next crochet along project, the Periwinkle Mitts from our Spring 2014 Issue! These gorgeous fingerless gloves, by Sue Perez, are working in mostly slip stitches with some interesting twisted stitches and clusters in there to jazz them up. The result is a beautifully textured, comfortable fabric that will be perfect for keeping your hands warm during these spring days when the weather can’t quite decide what it’s doing.

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We invite you to crochet along with us as we make this quick and fun project! Grab some Fantastic yarn by Kollage and a copy of our Spring Issue, and we’ll begin stitching these up together on Friday, April 25th. We can’t wait to start, and we hope you’ll join us in making these toasty mitts!

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Spring Knit Along – We’re finished!

Pet pep Jasmine by garage small Spring Knit Along   Were finished!

Earlier this week, I knit up the little matching bag for my Petunia Peplum Top and I am excited to say that my project is now finished! The cute purse went by quickly, and I was able to take some photos of my daughter showing off her new set.

It was a bit chilly out, but I love how this top looks layered over another shirt. This set is perfect for Easter or any fun, spring day.

 

 

Have you finished your Petunia Peplum Top yet? If you haven’t started yet, you can still pick up a copy of our Spring 2014 Issue and make one for a sweet little girl you know. The Weekend DK yarn by Berroco is a lovely cotton and acrylic blend that will transition into summer nicely.

We’ll announce the start date for our next knit along soon. Our fabulous graphic designer, Danielle, will be making the beautiful Danielle Shawl from our Summer Issue! It was named after her because she loves it so much and it suits her style extraordinarily well. Our Summer Issue issue hits newsstands on April 22nd, but it is now available from our Crochet and Knit Shop. We can’t wait to cast on and knit with you, so grab your Frolicking Feet Transitions yarn by Done Roving and a copy of our Summer 2014 Issue today!

 

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Heads up! – New Mystery Knit Along coming soon

yarn question mark Heads up!   New Mystery Knit Along coming soon

Our last Mystery Knit Along was a big hit, and many of you have been itching to join our next one. You won’t have to wait much longer because our next Mystery Knit Along begins in May!

This mystery project will be knit with a single skein of sparkling lace weight yarn, and it features glittering beads that will truly set off the brilliant design. Both the beads and the yarn will be included in the Mystery Knit Along kit, available soon in our Crochet and Knit Shop.

 

To get the “clues,” be sure you’ve subscribed to our free e-newsletter, and they will be delivered directly to your inbox every other week. You won’t want to miss out on this stunning project, so subscribe today and be the first to hear the announcement when the kits are available. We can’t wait to solve this mystery together!

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Soak – Product spotlight

Since we are focusing on ways to be more environmentally friendly (while having fun and crafting at the same time!), we want to share some great information about a new product in our Crochet and Knit Shop with you.

Soak 164x300 Soak   Product spotlightSoak wash is a gentle, biodegradable cleanser that comes in several yummy scents as well as a scentless formula. Use it to wash your handmade or delicate garments either by hand or in the washing machine. Soak is so gentle that you don’t even have to rinse your clothes after washing with it! This helps to extend the life of your favorite items and leave them smelling divine. The recyclable bottle is made of 100% post-consumer resin, meaning the plastic has already been recycled once through the system.

Soak truly is a product you can feel good about using, and it will leave your handmade items feeling (and smelling) fantastic as well. Try it out, and let us know which scent is your favorite!

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Crochet Along–All done!

I have finished my Raspberry Tart Scarf from Love of Crochet’s Winter issue and I have to say it is quite gorgeous. Well, except for the part where I unintentionally went rogue.

Sigh.

 Crochet Along  All done!I realized as I was reading the directions for row 5 for the second half of the scarf, something wasn’t making sense. I referred back to the stitches I created in row 5 from the first half, and that’s when it hit me—I added some extra stitches. I checked the chart and sure enough, instead of adding just one single crochet in the middle cluster, I added single crochets between the clusters. It definitely took a few minutes to get past my “stunned” stage before I could think about what I should do next. I was only one row away from completing the scarf, so I definitely wasn’t going back. I accepted my defeat of row 5 and moved on.

 Crochet Along  All done!Doing these extra stitches created wavy edges to my scarf instead of a flat, smooth edge. No big deal, but I was really hoping to make it look just like the original in the pattern for my first Crochet Along, but alas, it just wasn’t meant to be for this pattern. Maybe I am meant to free-style for the rest of my crochet life, but I don’t give up that easily. My next Crochet Along is already calling my name, begging me to try again. Look for the project in Love of Crochet’s Summer issue, on sale May 27!

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Getting crafty to go green

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While we try to be as earth-friendly as possible all year round, it’s nice to take some time to think about new ways we can be good citizens of our world. With Earth Day just around the corner, there is no better time than now! We have a few crafty ideas to help you go green and have fun at the same time.

 

Do you have a stash of flimsy plastic bags hiding somewhere in your kitchen? Cut them into long strips, knot the strips together, and you have thick plastic yarn you can use to knit or crochet a sturdy reusable tote that will last for ages.

If you have some old t-shirts that are too tattered to donate, cut them into strips to make versatile fabric yarn. T-shirt yarn is wonderful for making thick rugs, trendy bags, or even pretty storage containers for your shelves.

Next time you’re near your local thrift store, stop in and see if there are any knit or crocheted items you can unravel for the yarn. You’ll want to be sure the pieces aren’t cut from machine-knit fabric because you want to avoid finding many short, separate strands of yarn in the piece rather than a long, continuous piece. After you ball the yarn, use it to make any type of project you like, and feel good about the fact that you are reusing resources!

Have you ever tried any of these ideas? What are some other crafty ways we can go green? The Summer Issue of Love of Knitting goes on sale on Earth Day, April 22nd, and we have another fabulous idea we can’t wait to share with you. Trust us – you won’t want to miss this one!

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Spring Knit Along – Finishing up our top and moving on to the bag

This past week, I seamed up the sides and straps of my darling Petunia Peplum top from our Spring Issue. To seam the front and back together, I used a crochet hook to work a slip stitch along the edges on the wrong sides of the two pieces. Then, I worked a single crochet edging around the armholes and neck.

Pet pep top done Spring Knit Along   Finishing up our top and moving on to the bag

 

After seaming, I quickly knit up the flowers for my top and bag. I went ahead and sewed them onto the front and back of the top, so the only thing left for me to do is make the matching purse and sew 2 flowers onto it. This cute bag will work up in no time, so my little girl should be able to wear this sweet set for Easter! She may need to layer it over another shirt, depending on whether or not the weather cooperates.

 

 

Have you seamed your top yet? What type of seam did you use? We love hearing how your project is coming along, so leave us a message below or on our Facebook page!

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