Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Better Homes and Gardens Crocheting & Knitting
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 28, 2013 | Short Link

This week’s pick: Better Homes and Gardens Crocheting & Knitting Source: Paperbackswap.com Publication date: 1977 Status: Out of print but available online. Condition: Smells like a basement, but in relatively good condition. Crafts: Crochet and knitting. I went on a hunt for this book after seeing Crochetbug’s version of the afghan on the cover.  (For those of you considering making your […]

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Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL: Laying Down the Foundation
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 22, 2013 | Short Link

Welcome to the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL!  If you’re just joining in, you can find the free pattern here in Crochetvolution.  Ravelry members can join our CAL chat here.  Our tag is 2013PFEcal. Welcome to our second week of the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL.  Apparently, some speedy participants have almost finished their shawls already, but do not […]

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Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Coats & Clark’s Book No. 208 Edgings
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 21, 2013 | Short Link

This week’s pick: Coats & Clark’s Book No. 208 Edgings Source: Purchased from CountrynMore2 on Etsy. Publication date: 1971 Status: Out of print but available online. Condition: Edges are worn. Crafts: Crochet, knitting, and tatting. I’ve mentioned this booklet before on my blog.  I bought it when I was planning to learn hairpin lace while I was crocheting my way through Crochet Master […]

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Interview with Joan McGowan-Michael of White Lies Designs
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 18, 2013 | Short Link

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of checking out Vogue Knitting Live with a press pass.  I actually recorded three different interviews at the event, and I’m pleased to share one today. Joan McGowan-Michael is the designer behind White Lies Designs.  In addition to her extensive collection of (mostly) knit (with some crochet) […]

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Year of Projects, Year 2: Experiments and pineapples
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 17, 2013 | Short Link

Yesterday, I took an amazing class, Double-Ended, Circular Tunisian Tapestry with Lily Chin.  I’d never taken a class with Lily before, but I’ve heard a lot of good things.  Well, believe the hype, people, because she is an awesome teacher!  It’s rare to find a talented designer who is also an excellent teacher, but Lily has […]

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Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL: Kick Off!
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 15, 2013 | Short Link

Welcome to the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL!  If you’re just joining in, you can find the free pattern here in Crochetvolution.  Ravelry members can join our CAL chat here.  Our tag is 2013PFEcal. I’m making my second shawl striped using Galler Yarns Inca Eco in Denim and Raspberry. You can read more about why I […]

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Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Fishermen’s Sweaters
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 14, 2013 | Short Link

This week’s pick: Fishermen’s Sweaters: Twenty Exclusive Knitwear Designs for All Generations by Alice Starmore Source: Gifted to me by one of my students who found it for $1 in a thrift shop. Publication date: 1993 Status: Reprinted by Collins & Brown in 2010. Condition: Mild wear on dust jacket. Craft: Knitting In her introduction, Alice Starmore explains that “knitting fisher ganseys entirely in the […]

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Interview with Cheezombie
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 12, 2013 | Short Link

Through my travels through the internet, I often come upon interesting designers.  Cheezombie is one such talent.  She is one of the (relatively) few knit amigurumi designers I’ve come across, and her work has a distinctive style.  Cheezombie is shrouded in mystery, so I’m honored that she stopped by for an interview (but don’t expect […]

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Surmount the Stash – January Review
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 11, 2013 | Short Link

I completed some major (mostly top secret) crochet and knit projects in January, and even used up over 4,500 yards of yarn. Unfortunately, none of it was stash yarn.  Some of you that design for publication may know about yarn support.  This is the yarn that a designer is sent for free in order to […]

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FO Friday: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl and upcoming CAL!
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 8, 2013 | Short Link

I’ve been keeping today’s finished object secret since September, so I’m really excited to finally share it.  It’s a pineapple shawl I crocheted for the Spring, 2013 issue of Crochetvolution. I crocheted this shawl with Inca Eco, a super soft, organic cotton yarn.  It’s a worsted weight, thick and thin yarn. I picked this yarn […]

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