Category Archives: book review

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My Favorite Crochet Book of All Time

Book Sale is on! Do you love new knitting and crochet books? I love them. I find so much inspiration in books, whether they be collections of sweaters and accessories, books on new (or old) techniques, or books about...nonsense. I love making nonsense! By that, I mean mostly impractical items to keep or give away but that are pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of people who see them. When I found in Twinkie Chan's newest book, "Crochet Abode a la Mode", I started making just that. It might be my favorite craft book ever, and so far, I've made four projects from it. Check them out!

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A closer look at Knits for Everybody!

Our new Knits for Everybody pattern collection is our answer to any knitter's age-old quest for basic patterns that fit virtually everyone on their knitting list. No more scouring the internet or your library of books, this pattern collection has everything you need to knit simple hats, mittens, socks, slipper and pullover sweaters in both fingering and worsted weight yarns from newborn to men's XXL sizes. Pretty stellar, huh? Read on for more pictures and descriptions of each pattern!

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No Place Like Home

Dorothy was definitely imagining a room full of cozy blankets, plush pillows, and sweet knit home decor when she clicked her ruby shoes together and whispered "There's no place like home!" Decorate your abode with our new No Place Like Home collection, the patterns divided into three distinct styles: Farmhouse Flair, Southwest Style and Lodge Living. There's something for every aesthetic and skill level in this sure-to-be-classic collection.

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Book Sale Feature: Celebrating Maine!

There seems to be a hotbed of knitting talent in the state of Maine, doesn't there? Perhaps it's a crafty place where the weather is conducive to a hot drink and a knitting project by the fire. Here are 3 knitting books by Maine authors. With 40% off all books in our (soon to be ending) book sale, you might just want to pick one (or a few) up, and travel to Maine through the craft of knitting!

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3 Great Patterns from the New Colorblock Collection

Have you seen our newest book, The Colorblock Collection? With a great range of garments (including several sleeveless tops) and cheerful colors it's the perfect collection to welcome the first hint of warm spring weather! Here are my three favorite patterns from the collection (awww... who am I kidding!? They're all great!).

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Spinning!

My first love, knitting was quickly followed by dabbling in spinning with a little drop spindle I picked up at my local yarn store in college. I was immediately smitten with the idea that I could spin my very own yarn right there in my dorm room and the rest is history! Now, I have a Sonata Spinning Wheel in my craft room, several drop spindles and a funny little vintage spinning wheel that I can tote with me to the park (and yes, that's definitely a thing I've been known to do occasionally). Now that I've started weaving in a serious way, I can't wait to spin yarn specifically to use on my loom too! Whether you're a beginner spinner, never tried your hand at it or are looking for an interesting book to add to your spinning library, we've got you covered with a round up of my favorite tools and books.

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Book Sale – Last Chance!

Since our recent book sale has begun, we've highlighted how much we've loved Pompom magazine, coloring books, books that highlight alternate ways to use yarn,  our favorite crochet books, and so much more. No matter what craft you enjoy, there's always a book to fill you with inspiration, isn't there? Our book sale is coming to an end soon, so no matter what books take your fancy, from Weaving to Amigurumi to  Star Wars, they're all 40% off! Get your favorites at a great price, while you can.

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Pompom Quarterly Love!

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love Pompom Quarterly! I've been an avid follower since the first issue in 2012 and always look forward to the next installment. I'm so happy that we're able to carry all of the eBook versions of their publications and have some of the more recent physical copies too! In case you're new to Pompom Quarterly I thought I would share my very favorite three editions.

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Crazy for Coloring Books!

Living Wonders Color Art for Everyone Coloring books are definitely have a bit of a renaissance right now and I am totally on board! I love the variety of styles, themes and moods available making it easy to have the perfect book for any mood or aesthetic. Whether you use your palettes for inspiration or you just color to unwind at the end of a long work week, we have a coloring book for you! Best part? They're on sale at 40% off with the rest of our books!

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3 Books to Make…Something Different!

We love knitting and crochet books around here. From our newest book of small accessories Petite Presents,  to crochet books new to our shelves, we love to browse and use pattern books to make items to keep or give away. We also, however, love books about crafts we've never considered trying before. Here are 3 new books with some creative ideas, new techniques, and adorable patterns you might like to try. Go out of your comfort zone and pick one up (now for 40% off in our book sale) and create things you never considered before!

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