Friday, October 9, 2015

Try Creativebug for FREE and DIY Your Halloween!

Have you tried Creativebug yet? I am hooked. Sometimes I don't even make the projects; I just sit and watch the gorgeous videos as I drool over the yarn, fabric, or just the technique. (Is that weird?)

It's a good time to try Creativebug if you haven't already! You can get your first month FREE by using the code HALLOWEEN when you sign up.

Here's a peek at some of the new Halloween classes you can take with your free code. Click on the image to see more details.

*These are affiliate links, so I'll be compensated if you decide to sign up for the free month.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Felt Leaf Wreath for Fall

Did you ever cut out paper leaves when you were a kid? You can use that same kid-friendly technique to make a colorful felt wreath for your door this fall!

Don’t forget that you can make this wreath in one solid color if you choose, rather than alternating colors like I did.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ahoy! Sea Captain Embroidery

Over the summer I participated in local craft shop Blackberg Creative Studio's Cozy Blue sea captain family stitch along. There are three in the series (the sea captain, sea captain's wife, and sea captain's daughter) but I only made it through the first one.

Obviously plans to finish the other two are in order. I just needed a little break. If you have issue completing projects, join a stitch-along. It really motivates you to finish projects.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lots of FREE Sewing, Knitting, and Crochet Patterns

When I'm writing for Craftsy, my favorite posts are free roundups. There are so many awesome free sewing, knitting, and crochet patterns available for download from talented designers. In fact, I often end up downloading most of them as I'm writing.

Spend your money on fabric and yarn -- because you know you need more of those -- instead of patterns when you download these fab freebies from Craftsy.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

FREE eGuide to Finishing Your Knits

If you've ever downloaded Craftsy's eGuides, you already know how awesome they are. The editors at Craftsy curate content on dozens of topics, and this month they just released The Knitter's Guide to No-Fuss Finishing.

Four of the articles featured in this guide are written by yours truly, and the rest are written by three other lovely Craftsy writers who love knitting just as much as I do. (Confession: I do not love finishing knits as much as I love actually knitting, but it's gotta be done.)

Get tips on binding off, knit edges, adding buttons, blocking -- it's all here! And did I mention it's free? Yeah, it's free.

Download the Knitter's Guide to No-Fuss Finishing for FREE here.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Knit Gingko Socks, aka Painkiller Socks

I'm surprised that these socks are identical. Actually, I'm surprised the second sock even looks like a sock.

I worked on one sock while we were in New York visiting Alex's mom, and the second sock was mostly worked while I was high on painkillers after having my wisdom teeth removed. Clearly, not even bloody gauze and a few drugs will stop me from knitting.

Not so bad, eh?

Photo by Alex

Pattern: Toe Up Gingko Socks by Cotton & Cloud (FREE pattern!)
Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Saucon Sock in Purple purchased at Purl's Yarn Emporium here in Asheville

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Win a Copy of Lark's Craft Camp Book For Kiddos

Say hello to Craft Camp: Over 40 Fun Projects for Kids! I'm thrilled to be a contributor of this fun book from Lark Crafts.

Read on to find out how to win your own copy!

Inside the book you'll find three of my projects:
  • Galaxy T-Shirt
  • Yarn Painting (pictured below)
  • Arm-Knitted Scarf