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

This was my first time knitting socks with a cotton/acrylic/nylon yarn, and I'm pretty impressed. I love the colors in the yarn, and they feel perfectly cozy. I might choose wool socks over these on a realllly freezing day, but I think these will work well for most of the winter.

And did I mention you can wash 'em in the washer and dry 'em in the dryer? Sweet deal.

Photo by Alex

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


There are plenty of other fun projects in there for ages 6-12. The crafts are categorized from easiest to most challenging, so you can pick the right craft for your kid.

Want to win a copy for a creative kid you know? Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. I'll contact the winner via email on or around August 6th. Good luck!

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If you don't win or you missed the giveaway, order Craft Camp: Over 40 Fun Projects for Kids here!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sewing an Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress

I sewed this dress for my niece for her birthday back in March, but it's only in the last week that my mom could persuade her to try it on and take pictures. Judging from these photos, I think she likes it.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Crafty Stuff in Austin, Texas

Chair at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's café

I visited Austin, Texas, a few months ago and I neglected to share all the awesome crafty stuff I saw. Better late than never, yes?

I was super lucky to see Shou Ping's paper sculpture exhibit at the Wildflower Center.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Pass to Try Creativebug FREE This Month!

Creativity is Contagious - 1 month free

I'm a longtime member of Creativebug. I took their Imposter Shawl class over the winter, and right now I'm working on a sampler from the Advanced Embroidery Sampler class taught by Rebecca Rinquist.

Creativebug recently restructured their pricing, so it's much more affordable. And now, if you use this pass, you'll get Creativebug FREE until June 30th, plus one class to keep forever. Pretty good deal, huh?

Click here to redeem your FREE month using code SUMMER2015!

*Note that this is an affiliate link, and I will be compensated if you use this link to sign up.*