Book Review: The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design
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Posted by Underground Crafter on May 30, 2011 | Short Link

Today, I finished reading Shannon Okey’s The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design (How to Keep Your Knits About You).  If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that reading it was on my list of professional craft goals for the year. The book is a primer for getting started as a (hand) knitting or […]

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Crochet Classics Book Review: Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet
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Posted by Underground Crafter on May 28, 2011 | Short Link

Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet This is one of the first books I bought for my teaching library after becoming a CYC certified crochet teacher and instructor.  The book was published in 2002 and is part of a series of books by Donna Kooler that cover various needlecrafts. I recommend this book for many reasons […]

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Yarn haul – Knit-A-Way, Brooklyn
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Posted by Underground Crafter on May 27, 2011 | Short Link

Several years ago, UB was kind enough to give me a gift certificate to Knit-A-Way in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  Knit-A-Way is conveniently located around the corner from my dad’s apartment.  For some strange reason, whenever I visited my dad (which admittedly is infrequently, but still!), the store would be closed even if it was during […]

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May Giveaway Winners!!!
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Posted by Underground Crafter on May 26, 2011 | Short Link

I’m thrilled with my first participation in a Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway!  Thank you to everyone who visited my blog and especially to those who entered the giveaway!  I drew the winners this morning and I know you are all waiting to hear who won, so without further ado… Giveaway 1 Winner: Carla!   Giveaway […]

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Yarn swap adventure – What we are making
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Posted by Underground Crafter on May 26, 2011 | Short Link

I’m currently hosting a swap through Ravelry’s Blog Hub group.  The purpose of the swap is to share yarn from within our stash with another blogger and attempt to stretch our own creative boundaries by imagining (and hopefully creating) projects using the mysterious yarn swaps we receive. You can read about the yarns we’ve received […]

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WIP Wednesday – The slowest growing baby blanket ever
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Posted by Underground Crafter on May 25, 2011 | Short Link

I have not made much progress on my baby blanket this week.  Yesterday, I chaperoned a group of students attending a conference and brought it with me.  I imagined that I would crochet for three hours.  But there were computers at the conference center and instead I found myself drawn into entering Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaways on other […]

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May Giveaway Day! or, who doesn’t love free stuff?
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Posted by Underground Crafter on May 23, 2011 | Short Link

I’m happy to be participating in my first May Giveaway Day with Sew Mama Sew! If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that destashing is one of my crafting goals for the year. I’m actually offering TWO giveaways (drum roll, please). Giveaway 1: Beginner Knitting Kit (2 gently used DVDs, a pair of knitting […]

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Yarn swap adventure – We only part to meet again
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Posted by Underground Crafter on May 21, 2011 | Short Link

… at least according to John Gay. Well, I guess it is also true if you are participating in my yarn swap project adventure via Ravelry’s Blog Hub group.  Each of us mailed a skein of yarn from our own collection to another blogger.  The initial posts from the recipients are here.  The stories about […]

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Thursday, that is, Saturday craft goals progress update – Week 3
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Posted by Underground Crafter on May 21, 2011 | Short Link

The first thing you might notice is that I am not writing this on Thursday.  That’s because I had other things to say then… In spite of posting my craft goals update a few days late, I have been relatively active this week. Personal crafting goals 4. Make two projects from (or inspired by) Toe-Up […]

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Artists Get Creative with Outdoor Exhibits from the Chicago Daily Herald
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Posted by Underground Crafter on May 20, 2011 | Short Link

Either my crochet/knit news e-mail alert has been recently improved, or there is a heightened awareness of yarn art this week.  Today’s Chicago Daily Herald has a piece about summer public art which opens with a description of “Lichen It” by Carol Hummel at the Morton Arboretum.  (Side note: If you are in the area, […]

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