Mending the Landscape

Crochet artist shapes projects to soften the jagged edges of New York City The tendril of crochet splayed between razor wire is an incongruous sight, transforming the urban landscape by creating a focal point of beauty. Crochet artist Crystal Gregory, who was inspired to take up crochet by her grandmother, saw in the sharp edges […]

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The following article is an excerpt from Crochetscene 2014. Granny squares—folks tend to love them or loathe them. I waver between the two extremes myself. When the colors of the square motifs really glow, they can be luscious. But when there’s too much of a good thing, we may get granny overload. The granny square […]

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OK Fiber Fest!

Every spring, fiber enthusiasts meet at the fairgrounds in Okanogan, Washington for the OK Fiber Fest! This family-friendly event has an impressive list of vendors, farmers, and a great list of classes taught by local industry professionals. Learn about the journey of yarn from the farm to your needles, starting with live sheep shearing demons. […]

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Celebrate the Earth with Eco-Friendly Fibers

Tomorrow is Earth Day, the day when we celebrate the beautiful place we live, love and, of course, craft! The Earth has been kind to us by providing sheep, llamas, cotton, hemp, and other wonderful sources of crafting material delights. Some of our favorite yarns honor Mother Earth because they’re sustainable and eco-friendly! Work them […]

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Our ongoing series about top-down raglans has covered a lot of ground already: taking essential body measurements, converting those measurements to stitches and rows using gauge and graph paper, and planning a top-down design. In this post, we want to cover the “why” as well as the “how” for raglan fit—why you might want to […]

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How to Crochet a Granny Square

When people think of crochet, they usually think of the granny square, because it’s the quintessential crochet motif. Clustered stitches and open spaces create a block or square design. Crocheters can easily change color each round, so they use it for stash busting. It’s easy to learn and one of the first things I like […]

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LYLYS: Longmont Yarn Shoppe

If you walk into the Longmont Yarn Shoppe from the Main Street-facing entrance, you must first walk through an Egyptian imports store. It’s quite a charming preface to the beautiful and thoughtful yarn shop space. The actual front door is on the alley-facing side of the building. Longmont Yarn Shoppe will be five years old in […]

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Wednesday WIP: Ghost Ranch Shawlette

As an avid crocheter, I am always ready and willing to tackle a new challenge. So, imagine my enthusiasm when the idea was presented for me to put together a “crochet-off”. Crocheters will often compare and contrast their work. Especially when working on a similar project. One person may have a tension that borders on […]

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POW: The Water Lily Shawl

A Must-Make Project + the Perfect Yarn = Stitching Excitement! Have you ever had a project that you really wanted to make, but you had to wait for the perfect time and yarn? Well, that was me with the Water Lily Shawl by Lisa Naskrent. This shawl has been waiting for me to make it ever […]

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As a self-employed craft industry professional, you wear a lot of hats. It can be difficult to figure out which tasks you can contract out and which are essential to your creative vision, on top of which you may feel like you can’t afford to hire someone else to do such tasks. But doing everything […]

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