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June 18, 2019
YDKWYDK: Gauge and why it's...
Written 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...
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...