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  • crochet owl by freshstitches Crocheting baby-safe eyes for amigurumi

    Larger-sized amigurumi make lovely presents for babies… but you’ve got to make sure they’re safe for the little ones! Today, I’m going to give you the pattern for crocheting baby-safe eyes (to replace the plastic eyes often called for in patterns), and show you a technique for attaching the eyes so you’ll end up with […]

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  • scrap afghan knit log cabin tutorial by freshstitches How to Knit a Log Cabin Afghan using Scraps!

    On Friday, I showed you the scrap blanket I just finished… and I love this blanket so much that I think it deserves its own blog post! Sure, it’s brightly colored and fun, which makes it a great blanket. But that’s not the reason it gets its own post… it’s because (since it’s a scrap […]

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  • Knit New Haven: New Haven, CT

    store: Knit New Haven address: 26 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06510 website: http://www.knitnewhaven.com date of visit: ongoing I always find the store spotlight posts the most difficult to write. After all, how can you be sure that you’re properly conveying the calmness that a yarn store has, or the softness of the wonderful yarns […]

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  • A finished Clapotis and some tips

    Just the other day, I finished my claptois, a wonderful scarf/wrap pattern by Kate Gilbert available as a free download on knitty. Clapotis is a wrap that makes use of dropped stitches for a great finished texture. It’s a very popular pattern (over 14,000 people on ravelry have made it), and no wonder! The pattern […]

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  • Loop Yarn store in Phili Loop: Philadelphia, PA

    store: Loop address: 1914 South Street, Philadelphia, PA website: www.loopyarn.com date of visit: March, 2010 I was very excited to visit Loop, because I had heard things. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a neat freak… and I had been told that Loop was too neat, even for me. Someone even used the word […]

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  • how to fix a curly circular needle cord How to uncurl the cord on your circular knitting needles

    It’s one of the biggest problems with circular knitting needles: the cord is often all twisted! When too curly, the needle is difficult to work with… and it’s often in it’s curly state when it comes out of the package or after being stored for a while (as pictured in photo 1, above). Fortunately, it’s […]

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  • Free Slouchy Beret knitting pattern Free Pattern: Persephone slouchy beret

    This slouchy beret is deceptively simple to knit, and makes use of one color-changing yarn and one complimentary solid color to create a gorgeous design. In this sample, I used handspun yarn as the colorful yarn, but any number of commercial yarns would look wonderful, including: Noro Silk Garden, Crystal Palace’s Mochi Plus or Noro […]

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  • Morris and Sons Morris and Sons: Sydney, NSW, Australia

    store: Morris and Sons (formerly Tapestry Craft) address: 50 York St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia website: www.morrisandsons.com.au date of visit: January, 2010 This is my last post about the yarn shops I visited in my recent trip to Australia (although, fingers crossed that I’ll go back soon!). And, although I don’t mean to play […]

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  • making amigurumi with no stuffing poking through How to keep stuffing from poking through amigurumi

    It’s a common problem when making amigurumi: the stuffing sometimes can be seen through the stitches, something nobody wants! Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to minimize the stuffing from poking through the stitches. The photo above is one of my amigurumi… and you can’t see a single bit of white fluff! Crochet through […]

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  • Cutting the bracelet to make stitch markers How to make stitch markers from an old bracelet

    This is an old bracelet that I bought when I was a teenager. I didn’t really wear it anymore, and it was showing signs of age… but I didn’t want to throw it out, because the hearts were so cute! That’s when I thought: I can make stitch markers! This bracelet was a great candidate […]

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