Stitches Midwest and lots of inspiration!

Yarn and Craft Newsletter from FreshStitches


Hey guys! Next weekend, I’m going to be at Stitches Midwest… am I going to see you there? It coincides with the Chicago Yarn Crawl that starts today and goes until August 7!

I’ve really enjoyed reading about the Australian Sheep and Wool Show

What I’m up to

I did some woodworking! I made a toy box for Maddie from American Cherry, and I’m really proud of it!

This is the hardest woodworking project I’ve done so far. I used these torsion hinges which keep the lid open at any angle- it means little fingers won’t get smashed! For this hinge, you need to weigh the lid for proper functioning, I feel very lucky to live near a Rockler Woodworking shop. It’s a lot like the quality assistance you get from a good yarn shop.

I finished the box with tung oil, which gives a great finish. It’s good to go outside of your comfort zone!

Tips and Tutorials

  • Here’s a video for how to use a ball winder and swift. You might also be interested in my review of my favorite at-home winder.
  • Here’s how to read a bead crochet pattern.
  • Surface Single Crochet is such a great technique and Moogly posted a great tutorial!
  • Want to put some colors together? Read this post on selecting colors that go together.
  • More Great Links

    Let me hear from you!

    I’m hoping to see a few of you in person this weekend… and then I’ll be on vacation for a week! Happy summer!