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  • Black Friday
    Black Friday and Small Business Saturday yarn shop deals
    If you want to avoid the big-box retailers and purchase something for your favorite yarn-crafter, this is your lucky weekend! Here is a roundup of the deals and happenings at your Chicago-area local yarn shop this weekend.Elemental Yarns: Open in...
  • Small Business Saturday
    Shop Austin's local yarn stores this Small Business Saturday
    National stores are setting the bar lower and lower when it comes to opening early for Black Friday, now as early as 6 pm Thanksgiving evening. But most small businesses remain closed until a reasonable hour on Friday, allowing business owners and...
  •  Caring for handmade crocheted and knit items
    Caring for handmade crocheted and knit items
    Whether you have purchased a handmade crocheted item or made a gorgeous afghan for your home, knowing how to care for it is important. Properly cared for, most handmade items will last a lifetime. Depending on the type of yarn used to create the...
  • Cheeky chicken kids pants Drops Design Garnstudio
    Cheeky Chicken drops knitting for Thanksgiving
    Discovered just in time for this Thanksgiving holiday, Drops Design "Cheeky Chicken" kids' pants knitting pattern is one of many free patterns at Garn Studio. Delightful gifts year round, this chicken pattern can also celebrate...
  • Chicken sweater pattern knitting facebook
    Chicken sweater pattern goes viral on Facebook
    Reaction to a November 21 posting for chicken sweater patterns on Knit and Crochet Patterns, a Facebook community page administered by yours truly, is definitely "something to crow about." After only several hours, the chicken sweater...
  • Winter 2015
    Fashion knitwear for winter 2015
    With the blast of cold air and the white stuff falling, warmth is at the fashion front. Moving from jewel tones into cooler and softer more muted colors will be the trend. Pantone color experts tell us 'Misted Yellow' is the color of the...
  • Knit.Purl
    Knit.Wear changes its name
    Have you been looking for the Fall/Winter issue magazine of "knit.wear" on the newsstand and unable to find it? Don't fret, look for it under its new name "knit.purl". The magazine still has the same "aesthetic and...
  • Bloggers at Vogue Knitting LIVE's Save the Children kickoff tea
    Join the Save the Children Pins 'n' Needles challenge
    The weeks leading up to Christmas and other winter holidays tend to be associated with shopping deals, large family meals, and getting into the spirit with home decorations, but it is also the season of giving. November 12 marks the kickoff date...
  • Easy Knitted Plaid
    Knitted plaid
    This winter tartan and plaid are all the trend. Think bright and bold, a far cry from the subtle greens, reds and blues of yesteryear. Maybe hombre plaids are more your style. Stella McCartney's oversized plaid knit coats and fluffy knitted...
  • Knitting Rugs
    Knitting Rugs
    It was the title that piqued my interest. "Knitting Rugs" is by Nola A. Heidbreder and Linda Pietz. What fun, to knit a rug for a room you would like to redecorate. This book gives you 39 different patterns to get ideas flowing and...
  • Knitting in public
    Eighth grade knitter wins $25k in business competition
    The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (.NFTE) has a mission, their mission is to provide programs available to young people in low-income areas to stay in school and plan for the future. .NFTE reaches out to schools in where 50 percent of the...
  • Sockupied
    Sockupied
    You know you hit the target when an emag makes it into print. The emag "sockupied" started out in 2010 as a digital, fully interactive publication. It included pop-ups, slideshows, videos and more. Knitting socks is popular and as a...
  • Save the Children Blogger's Tea
    Save the Children spreads the word at Vogue Knitting LIVE
    With over 1.2 million twitter followers and an outreach program serving over 120 countries to date, Save the Children knows their audience. So well, in fact, that their communications team formed a target audience at Vogue Knitting LIVE, held at...
  • Renee Jones and Meghan Rock
    Friends join creative forces at the Vogue Knitting LIVE Marketplace
    "Location, Location, Location" is not just for real estate.Renee Jones had moved back to Chicago after a stint on the Eastern Seaboard with her family, when she shortly thereafter began working at Knot Just Knits, a local yarn shop in...
  • Vogue Knitting LIVE at the Palmer House Hilton
    John Brinegar creates a home for his students at Vogue Knitting LIVE
    As Vogue Knitting LIVE instructor John Brinegar was handing out his supplemental instruction material at the beginning of the class Friday morning, he was encouraging the students in the class to contact him with any question regarding knitting,...