• Sew and Tell: Berry, New South Wales, Australia

    store: Sew and Tell address: Shop 2, 133 Queen Street, Berry, New South Wales, Australia website: N/A date of visit: December, 2009 Like many other yarn stores in Australia, Sew and Tell sells many things other than yarn, including materials for sewing, needle felting, cross stitch and needle point. Even though the yarn collection takes […]

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  • Australia allows knitting needles in carry-on luggage!

    Exciting news! The Australian government now allows knitting needles and crochet hooks in carry-on luggage, as of December 25, 2009! If you haven’t been keeping up to date, here’s a brief history. The US has allowed knitting needles and crochet hooks on the airplane for some time (although there have been some horror stories online […]

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  • The Yarn Barn in Kansas The Yarn Barn: Lawrence, KS

    store: The Yarn Barn address: 930 Massachusetts Street Lawrence, KS 66044 website: www.yarnbarn-ks.com/ date of visit: November, 2009 Let me begin by saying that even if the Yarn Barn were in the middle of nowhere, it would be worth the drive to visit. But, it’s in Lawrence, KS, which is (in my opinion) an adorable […]

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  • free mini sock pattern from FreshStitches Free knitted mini sock pattern!

    Little knitted sweater and stocking ornaments/keychains are popping up all over the place… and I thought I needed to have one, too! A couple days ago, I knitted a miniature sock, and thought I’d share the pattern with all of you! Click here to download the pattern. Miniature socks are a great project to do: […]

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  • SUPER easy cowl pattern FREE Easy Cowl Tutorial

    I’ve talked about dyeing yarn with Kool-aid… and now I have a finished project: an awesome cowl! Cowls seem to be everywhere this season, and I love them because they’re so versatile. As you can see in the photos above, they can be worn around the neck as a scarf, on your head like a […]

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  • La Droguerie in Paris La Droguerie

    store: La Droguerie address: (Paris) 9 et 11 rue du Jour 75001 PARIS (Bordeaux) 8 place Puy-Paulin 33000 BORDEAUX website: www.ladroguerie.com date of visit: July & August, 2009 This summer, while I was in France, I got the chance to visit 2 different stores of La Droguerie (there are 10 stores in France, as well […]

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  • Crocheting through front, back and both loops

    Have you ever wondered about the difference between crocheting through the front, back and both loops? I’ll show you the different fabrics you’ll get using these various techniques! Working in the Round When working in the round, you crochet without turning the piece. This means that the right side is facing you for all rounds. […]

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  • Book News: Page Proofs arrived!

    Hip, Hip, Hooray! The page proofs for my new book have arrived, and they’re beautiful! For those of you not keeping track… I’m writing a crochet book of animals and baby things, to be published March, 2010 with Martingale Publishing. It’s a date that’s fast approaching… I’ll tell you a bit about how (at least […]

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  • Try a bent tip tapestry needle!

    Most amigurumi patterns call for a tapestry needle, which is used for joining pieces together. There are lots of different needle choices available, but I really love using a bent tip needle. What is a bent tip needle? As the name suggests, it’s a tapestry needle (with an eye large enough to accommodate yarn) with […]

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  • Felted amigurumi pattern Tips and Techniques for felting

    One of my newest patterns is Gerry the Felted Bear! We have become quite taken with felting, so in this blog post, we’ll review all the important stuff you need to know. But trust me, it’s easy! Selecting yarn for a felted project All of our FreshStitches patterns are made using worsted weight yarn. You’ll […]

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