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  • Wrapped in color
    Wrapped in colorful shawls
    The fall season will be approaching soon and we can look forward to the temperature dropping. In the areas that get a true autumn, a shawl is the perfect cover-up. If you have been knitting for any length of time, a shawl or two or twenty can be...
  • Knitted Potholder
    Share your passion for knitting
    My mom who is a master knitter taught me how to knit as a little girl and I am still knitting today. It has been a tradition in my family and I feel that this tradition is important enough to to write about to get the word out, not only about...
  • Finger Weaving Scarves and Wraps
    Finger weaving scarves and wraps
    Weaving has been growing in interest with fiber lovers. Unfortunately, the cost of a floor loom or even some table top looms are not all that friendly to the pocketbook. Now, Naoko Minowa has come out with a book titled "Finger Weaving...
  • Tonner's Child Dolls - pistachios and cupcakes for Trixie
    Tonner’s Child Dolls - Pistachios and Cupcakes for Trixie
    Hello Doll Collectors. I hope you all, are having a good weekend. And I hope you all have a good week coming up. I wanted to find some dolls that have a nice sunny and summer like quality to them. Something that is sunny but refreshing as well. I...
  • Chicago Yarn Crawl 2015
    2015 Chicago Yarn Crawl preview
    For the sixth year in a row, Chicago local yarn shops will be participating in their annual summer shop-hop, the Chicago Yarn Crawl. The popular nine-day event, stretching through the first week of August and coinciding with Stitches Midwest, has...
  • Gorham sterling mark
    Does a lion or anchor on a silver piece always indicate manufacture by Gorham?
    No!Before around 1950, Gorham identified pieces made of sterling by stamping on each piece a picture of a lion, a picture of an anchor and the stylized script letter, "G" plus the word, "Sterling". See the picture above for an...
  • Warm Days, Cool Knits
    Warm days, cool knits
    If you live in a climate with four seasons, the warm weather always brings on the question of what to knit. Who better to ask then Corrina Ferguson, the author of "Warm Days, Cool Knits", a Florida designer. She has patterns of lighter...
  • Transferring the Canadian goose drawing with tracing paper
    Transferring the Canadian goose drawing with tracing paper
    Tracing paper is the old school way to move a drawing to move a drawing to high quality paper. Creating illustrations on rough draft paper is convenient when on the go, but rendering the final drawing on heavy duty paper is ideal when using...
  • 100 pin loom Squares
    Pin loom patterns
    Pin looms have been around since the 1930's. They made a comeback in the 70s and now are here to stay. You may have seen one made from wood or the newer plastic 'Zoom loom'. With this small 4" x 4" loom you can weave a square...
  • Rectangle granny square
    Rectangle granny square baby blanket pattern
    Granny squares are easy to crochet, but what if you want to make a blanket quickly in one large piece, but don’t want it to be square? This pattern looks just like a traditional granny square,except that it is rectangular instead of square....
  • Yarn sales in July
    July wraps up with local knitting events
    With the 6th annual Chicago Yarn Crawl beginning on August 1, local yarn shops in the Chicago area are using the second half of July to celebrate yarn crafts in a myriad of different ways. If one theme could be chosen, however, that theme would be...
  • A.J. FERNANDEZ TO INTRODUCE THE “ENCLAVE” AT THE 2015 IPCPR IN NEW ORLEANS
    A.J. FERNANDEZ TO INTRODUCE THE “ENCLAVE” AT THE 2015 IPCPR IN NEW ORLEANS
    (Miami, Florida) July 13, 2015— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated and sought after cigars, is proud to unveil “Enclave” at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans. Following in the footsteps of the very...
  • Guilford Art Center presents Craft Expo 2015
    Guilford Art Center presents Craft Expo 2015
    Bringing America's finest crafts to the Guilford green for 3 days - Friday July 17, noon to 9 pm, Saturday July 18,10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday July 19, noon to 5pm.Celebrating its 58th year, the Guilford Art Center's annual Craft Expo will...
  • Had the Beautiful Hatter
    Haddy Madigan the hatter, how about some tea?
    Hello New York Doll Collectors!I hope you all, are able to enjoy a summer afternoon without too much heat. That is, if you can stand a bit of heat. But how about warm weather, where you can still have a cup of steaming hot tea, and hot raspberry...
  • Knot Just Knits closed in June.
    Local yarn shops feel an economic domino effect
    After five years of running a successful and profitable business, Knot Just Knits in Oak Park closed its doors at the end of June.Unlike the tales of woe which bestow the majority of small businesses which close, Elizabeth Halpern ran a retail...
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