Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Handmade Gifts to Make

This post contains affiliate links. Happy Thanksgiving! In the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) signifies the official start of the holiday shopping season.  In the spirit of keeping the holidays a little more handmade and small business and a little less mass produced and corporate, I’m sharing several holiday gift guides today. Handmade … Read more

Must-Have Beginner Crochet Books

This post contains affiliate links. Happy Thanksgiving! Just in time for the holidays, I decided to update my post on must-have beginner knitting resources with a crochet version.  I’ve been crocheting for 27 years and have been a Craft Yarn Council certified crochet instructor and teacher since 2008.  I’ve taught about 125 beginners to crochet since … Read more

Book Review and Giveaway: 60 More Quick Knits

This post contains affiliate links. Today I’m reviewing 60 More Quick Knits.  Sixth & Spring Books sent me a review copy and with all the stress around holiday crafting, it seemed very timely.  I’ll also be hosting a giveaway for my review copy, so read on for details! Book Review 60 More Quick Knits: 20 … Read more

Book reviews: New knitting stitch guides and giveaway

This post contains affiliate links. I have two new knitting stitch guides to review today: the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume Six: Edgings from Sixth & Spring Books and Knitting Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia by Sharon Turner.  I think it is fairly obvious that I’m a crochet stitch guide junkie.  (Evidence: my reviews of 20+ stitch guides here and … Read more

Year of Projects: Crochet Master Class – Filet sachets

(This post is part of my Year of Projects: Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters series. Click here and here for my  previous posts about the filet crochet chapter.) As much as working with thread and tiny hooks makes me want to hide under the blankets, a series of events last week … Read more

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