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May 28, 2019
Happy Place With TL Yarn Crafts
Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts is a crochet blogger who designs, teaches and writes about all things crochet. Since 2013, she's built a community of crafters who are passionate about what they do. She shares her knowledge and life on social media and even sells not only her own designs, but fun maker gifts like t-shirts, coffee mugs and buttons on her website.  Without further ado, we are happy to share with you TL Yarn Craft’s Happy Place!   What system do you use to...
May 06, 2019
Member Spotlight: LoveCrafts
LoveCrafts is a global home for makers that is based in the UK. They believe the joy of making is for everyone, from every culture and community around the world. Right now the crafts they focus on are knit, crochet and sewing, with plans to add more. At LoveCrafts you can get inspiration through their patterns and blog, helpful information through their how-tos and video tutorials and all the materials you need for your next project. From their colorful and versatile Paintbox Yarns,...
April 30, 2019
Sometimes self-care involves friends:...
By Christine Roberts   1.  We come in peace Yes, I was intimidated [to join a guild]! "Guild" sounds so serious and professional, but think of it as a knitting club! I thought all those experienced knitters would smell my fear as I walked into that first guild meeting, but once I got there, I learned that everyone was very friendly and welcoming...especially to newer knitters.
April 23, 2019
Happy Place With Knitatude
Chantal Miyagishima is a knitwear designer who designs patterns with the beginner knitter in mind. She is a self-taught knitter and started Knitatude in 2012 as a place to inspire and educate people about knitting. Today she has over 29,000 followers on Instagram and regularly shares her love of all things yarn, knitwear and small business savvy. Without further ado, we are happy to share with you Knitatude’s Happy Place!   What system do you use to organize your yarn? (by color...
April 09, 2019
A Guide On Our Members' Softest...
Using a yarn you enjoy working with really changes your yarn crafting experience. Knitting or crocheting with soft and huggable yarn is the ultimate way to soothe your nerves as you meditate on each stitch. We once again partnered with some of our members to curate a guide of the best and softest yarns to work with that are sure to get you into a self-care state of mind. Check out our list of the softest, dreamiest yarns available from Lion Brand, LoveCrafts, Red Heart and...
April 03, 2019
A Guide of Meditative and Soothing...
By now we’ve shared with you tips on how to incorporate yarn into your self-care routine and soft and soothing yarns that are fun to work with. Now, we want to share with you our curated guide of the most meditative and soothing stitches. CYC office staff and several of our members all pitched in to create this list, including Lion Brand, LoveCrafts, FaveCrafts, Red Heart and Yarnspirations. Without further ado, here are the stitches WE think are most relaxing:  
April 02, 2019
Self-Care Guide for Fiber Artists
We all know self-care is the name of the game these days. It’s important to practice self-care to avoid burnout and even though the term has become more popular in the last couple years, taking care of yourself is always in vogue. April is Stress Awareness Month and as usual, we’re promoting our Stitch Away Stress campaign and talking about all the ways yarn influences wellness. This year's theme is self-care and throughout the months of February and March, we shared our self-care...
March 26, 2019
Happy Place With Flax and Twine
This month we are sharing our interview with Anne Weil, the artist behind Flax and Twine. Anne is known for her clean and simple designs that offer a fresh perspective on fiber crafts. As a DIY blogger and author for fiber-based projects, we knew yarn would be a common piece in Anne's space. Without further ado, we are happy to share with you Flax and Twine's Happy Place!  
March 19, 2019
YDKWYDK: A guide to hooks & needles
So you want to know which size crochet hook to use with the yarn you bought for your latest project, but you have no idea where to start. Or let’s say you want to knit a cool project you saw on Instagram and you have the yarn, you just don’t know which needles to buy. Well you’re in luck because the Craft Yarn Council has everything you need to know to choose the right hooks or needles for any project! Below are tables showing different sizes of knitting needles and crochet hooks in...
March 12, 2019
Yarn & Such: Money
There are a lot of ways that yarn intersects with other aspects of our lives. Making projects takes time; buying yarn and tools costs money; knitting and crochet (and all the other yarn crafts) are therapeutic; the list goes on. This month’s Yarn & Such topic is money. Your favorite three yarnists discuss in this week’s video their thoughts on side hustles, paying for their hobbies, and so much more. Check out the video on our Instagram page; we hope you enjoy the interview! Please...
March 05, 2019
Guest Post: UNT Fibers Program's...
Hey y’all, I’m Myranda! I am 22 years old and a senior in the Fibers program at the University of North Texas. The Fibers program at UNT is one of the only programs of its kind in the area. Students have come from all over to attend and learn from our wonderful faculty and staff. For a time in the past we were sharing the fiber glory with Texas Woman’s University, but sadly their program is no longer here. Our program focuses on mastery of techniques and the development of...
February 26, 2019
Happy Place With London Kaye
This month we are sharing our interview with London Kaye, a prominent street artist based out of LA known for her yarn bombings. After receiving her BFA in dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she realized her love for crochet and began installing art daily on the street, quickly leading to her work being easily recognized by people around the country.  Without further ado, we are happy to share with you London's Happy Place!   What...