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September 23, 2019
Happy Place With The Neon Tea Party
Marisa Morrison Stein of the blog The Neon Tea Party is on a mission to empower people to get in touch with their creativity through colorful, globally-inspired crafts. She hosts in-person workshops, virutal classes and craft parties over a variety of crafts, including pompoms, friendship bracelets, macrame, weaving and so much more. She even sells amazingly colorful kits, yarn and crafting supplies on her website to help you get started on your next craft project. Without...
September 17, 2019
Yarn & Such: Relationships
Knitting New Masculinities by Estefania Lima   A shy but expressive movement of Brazilian male groups has been meeting to discuss the impact of misogyny on the construction of a toxic masculinity that does not only affect women (the number of feminicides increased 76% in Brazil in the first quarter of  2019, compared with the same period of 2018), but men themselves, who are encouraged to live more aggressively and are lonely. One of these groups, called “Fio da Conversa/...
September 03, 2019
Member Spotlight: Boye
Boye Needle was founded in 1906 when James H. Boye and two businessmen from the sewing machine business joined forces. Boye Needle Company was launched with a patented, revolving cabinet called the “Rotary Case," which housed sewing machine needles, shuttles and bobbins suitable for a variety of home sewing machines. This was a tremendous innovation at the time as consumers had difficulty finding the correct needles and other replacement parts for their sewing machines.   The...
August 22, 2019
YDKWYDK: How to block your projects
Hey everyone! Michele Costa from Stitch & Hustle here to get your feet (and garments) wet with an introduction to blocking. I hope this video and tutorial will help you get on the way to letting your stitches settle and getting the shape and drape you want out of your creations. You can find more on the Stitch & Hustle Blog here and enter the HUGE giveaway to win all you need to start blocking from Eucalan & Knitter’s Pride.     About Michele Michele Costa is the...
August 13, 2019
Happy Place With Hey Brown Berry
Marceline (Marce) Smith of Hey Brown Berry is a BIPOC fiber enthusiast who knits, crochets, spins AND dyes yarn. She has a podcast and YouTube channel, where she shares about her travels and life and, of course, all things yarn.  Without further ado, we are happy to share with you Hey Brown Berry’s Happy Place!   What system do you use to organize your yarn?  Fiber content then colors.   What furniture/storage systems do you use to organize...
July 23, 2019
Happy Place With Hands Occupied
Heidi Gustad of Hands Occupied is full-time knit and crochet desinger. She not only runs her blog Hands Occupied, but she also teaches workshops and co-hosts the Very Serious Crafts podcast. On her blog, she writes about knit and crochet, but she also delves in other yarn crafts and general crafts. She came up with the name for her blog because she likes to keep her hands busy and knit and crochet are the perfect crafts for an anxoius mind!  Without further ado, we...
July 18, 2019
YDKWYDK: How to write your own pattern
Hey everyone! Michele from 144 Stitches and Stitch & Hustle blog here and today I am so excited to talk to you about How To Write A Pattern! I have published over 170 patterns for both knitting and crochet and love designing. Bringing those ideas to life ands eeing others create them is a feeling hard to describe. Pattern writing may seem daunting at first, but I assure you that with these steps you will be on your way. In truth, I could do a 10 part series or course on pattern...
July 16, 2019
Happy Place With The Hook Nook
Jessica Carey of The Hook Nook is a crochet and knit enthusiast, designer and influencer whose passion for all things yarn, style and the color pink led her to create her blog. Today, she has over 120,000 followers on Instagram and regularly posts about her latest projects, what's going on in her life and ins and outs of running a yarn business.  Without further ado, we are happy to share with you The Hook Nook’s Happy Place!   What system do you use to organize...
June 25, 2019
Happy Place With Threadwinners
Thread Winners is a crochet duo consisting of artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn, who met in the California art and museum scene and quickly became friends and collaborators. Since then, they’ve done over two dozen exhibitions together with hopes to do even more. Their name is “a play on the concept of the typically masculine term “breadwinner,’” and they “aim to subvert the patriarchy and status quo through the vehicle of crochet.” Without further ado, we are happy to share with you...
June 18, 2019
YDKWYDK: Gauge and why it's...
By: Demetra Bogri, www.4Elli.com   There are hundreds of articles on the Internet talking about gauge, but do you really understand it? I remember a few years ago when I was trying to learn crochet and knitting, I had a hard time understanding gauge and it's weird because the theory is so simple! The theory says that gauge is the number of stitches and rows in each inch and you must achieve the gauge specified in a pattern if you want your...
June 11, 2019
Happy Place With Jonah's Hands
Jonah Larson is one of the most popular yarnists in the world right now. Back in January he was discovered as a crochet prodigy and at only 11 years old, he's taken the world by storm. Since then, he's been featured in news outlets across the nation and world and even has his own book deal, Hello, Crochet Friends! Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy. He shares his adventures on Instagram and Facebook and has even met politicans and celebrities!...
June 04, 2019
Member Spotlight: Leisure Arts
Leisure Arts has been tapping into the enthusiastic curiosity of makers since 1971. Their instruction expertise guides you on your making journey through lifestyle how-to books, online content and products. They provoke imagination and inspire possibility among makers of all ages through pattern books, Diamond Art, adult coloring, craft kits and more! Historically, you know Leisure Arts for their crochet, knit, cross stitch, quilting and sewing publications, but their fresh new take on...