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  • How to attach nicely rounded pieces to amigurumi

    I’ve written about how to evenly place limbs on amigurumi by using the stitches as a grid for placement. But, sometimes, if you follow the grid technique, you get pieces that look square when they should be round: Can you see a pointy corner on this platypus eyeball? Fear not… this is easy to fix! […]

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  • Designing a Banana Slug: a peek into the process

    Right now, I’m in Santa Cruz, CA… tagging along with the hubby who has a conference to attend at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In case you didn’t know, the UCSC mascot is a banana slug: It’s not a fierce mascot, but a darn cute one (and not the weirdest mascot, either… check out […]

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  • Tips for Knitting Wingspan

    Have you heard about Wingspan by Tri’Coterie? It’s a trending knitting pattern on Ravelry recently… and I’m seeing it pop up everywhere! I just finished knitting my first one and I’ve cast on for a second. It’s no wonder it’s a popular pattern… Wingspan is both fun and easy, and it’s a great yarn for […]

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  • Photography Resources

    It’s another Tip Tuesday! This is the third (and final) week where I’ll be chatting about photography photos for your finished knitted and crocheted items. I’ve given you my 5 Easy Tips and gone into detail about how to get that great white-background photo. Today, I’m going to share my favorite resources with you. I […]

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  • How to take great photos with white backgrounds

    Last week, I told you my top 5 tips for taking great photos. This week, I’m going to go into a bit more detail about how to get photos of items with plain white backgrounds. Mastering ‘the white background’ is an easy way to get professional-looking project photos. This is how I take the photos […]

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  • guide to crocheting dog toys Guide to Crocheting Dog Toys

    If you have a dog, you probably think of him as a member of the family… so wouldn’t you want to crochet him a sweet toy? When crocheting for a dog, safety is the top priority! It’s a lot like crocheting for a baby, with a few extra considerations to keep in mind. Don’t use […]

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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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