• Mini Knitted Books Giveaway: “Mini Knitted” Book Series + Interview with Sahiyo Ishii

    I have an amazing opportunity for you today! Search Press (the publisher of the adorable Mini Knitted series) is giving one reader 5 books, including: Mini Knitted Christmas Mini Knitted Woodland Mini Knitted Ocean Mini Knitted Safari Mini Knitted Toys Keep reading for details on how to enter! Sachiyo Ishii is the author of 4 […]
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  • list of children's books with knitting by freshstitches Children’s Books with Knitting (and Yarn!)

    It’s gift-giving time! And I LOVE giving books as presents! So I’ve compiled a list of Children’s books that contain knitting (or spinning or weaving or yarn… but it’s mostly knitting)! Not all of these books is about knitting, but yarn gets either a mention or an illustrated appearance! Some of these we already own… […]
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  • Spoonflower cover Review: The Spoonflower Handbook

    I purchased this book with my own funds. The links to Amazon are affiliate links. As with all of my book reviews, this post is 100% my honest opinion. I have received no compensation and I did not agree to publish a positive review. Bringing fabric design to the average person Traditionally, printing fabric was […]
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  • crochet swatch by FreshStitches Do you have this awesome design resource?

    This week, I’m headed off to Stitches South and teaching a packed schedule of classes! One of the classes I’m teaching is Designing Crochet Afghans. Since I’ve designed a few afghans in my day, I’m excited to teach other folks the tools they need to design their own! One of my afghan designs from Modern […]
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  • mini rainbow afghan Peek Behind the Scenes: my Book Proposal!

    My new book, Modern Baby Crochet, was released last week… and I’m so excited about it! The seed of a book is planted when you write a book proposal and submit it to a publishing company. I thought it would be fun to share some of what goes into writing a book proposal… who knows, […]
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  • Woodland Knits by Tiny Owl Knits Book Review: Woodland Knits

    I adore Stephanie Dosen’s (aka Tiny Owl Knits) designs. She designs whimsical and fun knitting patterns… so I was really excited to see her book, Woodland Knits. The book contains 21 adorable patterns, 10 of which are new designs for the book. The remaining 11 designs are well-loved favorites, like the deer with antlers hat, […]
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  • how to draw cute japanese characters Dipping a toe into drawing…

    You’ve probably heard me say that I’m not very good at drawing. It’s true. I usually don’t show you sketches of what I’m working on because they’re so bad! How to Draw Super Cute Characters Of course, I fantasize about drawing lovely sketches of my plans to post on the blog… so when I discovered […]
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  • Book Review: So You Want to be A Knitting Designer…

    Being a knitting/crochet designer is kind of a weird job. Being successful means being part designer, part webmaster, part marketer and part photographer. And you can’t go to school for it. (okay, you can go to school to learn to design, but not do all the other stuff!) I learned it through the grapevine… Most […]
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  • Crochet Zombie Pattern Book Review: Beastly Crochet

    As soon as I saw the cover of Brenda Anderson’s new book, Beastly Crochet, I knew there would be some cuties inside: But… I had no idea there would be so much other awesome stuff! Let’s peek inside, shall we? The Beasties You know me, I can’t resist a cute stuffed animal. (Are monsters really […]
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  • The Crafters Guide to Taking Great Photos The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos, Review

    I don’t buy a lot of books. Working in the industry, I often get sent review copies of knitting/crochet books. I’m also a very healthy user of my local library. So, what’s a girl do when she’s given a $25 gift card to a bookstore? What book did I have to have? (true story… I […]
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