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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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  • 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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