Category Archives: book review

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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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3 Excellent New Crochet Books

There's been some outstanding crochet books stacking up here at Knit Picks. With our book sale now on, you can stock up on titles you might not indulge in otherwise. Every single book is 40% off! Here are 3 books I think are pretty extraordinary. They all have projects I can't wait to make.

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Petite Presents

Oh, how I love our new pattern collection: Petite Presents! All the projects use under 150 grams of yarn so they're great projects when you want something to work on over a weekend or need to make some quick gifts. For me, this collection is all about hats, so I thought I would feature my very favorite patterns, in depth.

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Great New Books (at 40% Off)!

Our book sale has come around again! That means 40% off all titles in stock! So along with your yarn order, have a browse to see if any books take your fancy. Here's a few that just might be perfect for your change-of-season crafting!

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5 Favorite Books: Lace Knitting and Crochet

Do you knit lace? Personally, it terrifies me. I've tried it a few times, but between the intricate charts and constant yarn-overs, I get very confused, make mistakes, and often end of ripping my whole project back to the beginning, where I sit baffled at how anyone actually does this. I like lace in small doses: a panel here and there to complement the rest of a (simple) knitted project. I'm working my way up to Estonian shawls in very small increments, and when I look at books about lace, I dare myself to go forward, "lifelines" in hand. Here are five books from the Knit Picks shelves I love to page through. You might enjoy them, too! At 40% off in our current book sale, why not pick one up and cast-on (or dream, like me, of casting on). Our book sale is on, for only a bit longer! "Lace Yarn Studio" is a fun book with a collection of patterns from varied designers. From smaller projects to larger sweaters, you can work your way up to complicated projects and learn a bit more about lace yarn, in the process!

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A Guide to Mix & Match Socks for Top-Down & Toe-Up

Whether you're new to sock knitting or have knit countless pairs for yourself and loved ones, you'll be delighted at the endless options and combinations that you'll be able to create with our new book, Socktacular! Mix & Match Socks for Fancy Feet. Here's how it works: choose to work the socks top-down or toe-up pick one of three styles each for the toe, heel and cuff add in one of twelve stitch patterns And that's how easy it is to create hundreds of unique and customized hand-knit socks.

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