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Archive for November, 2010

Lola Halloween Contest Winners

November 10th, 2010

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We loved all of your entries into our Halloween Lola Caption Contest! Unfortunately, there could only be 4 winners. Congratulations to Jackie B., Yvonne Q., Julia P., and Heather D.! Each of our winners will receive a $25 credit to and a Lola comic book. Click on each image to view it full size. Thanks again to everyone who entered!

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Pearl’s Cardigan CAL Round-Up

November 9th, 2010

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Thank you to everyone who has participated in our Pearl’s Cardigan CAL.  One of the best parts of working with other people on a project is getting inspiration from their finished projects!  Here are a two gorgeous finished projects shared with us on Ravelry.

DinaMarie‘s sweater in Sterling Microspun

cln1105‘s sweater in Lilac Microspun

There are also a few great works in progress that are coming along nicely:

DanaLorz‘s Work In Progress in Ruby Vanna’s Glamour

mmhiscox‘s Work In Progress in Turquoise Microspun

Mudderleigh‘s Work In Progress in Fuschia Microspun

Congratulations to everyone who has finished their cardigan.  Whether you’re finished or still working, make sure to post your pictures to the Pearl’s Cardigan CAL Ravelry group and Flickr group and our Customer Gallery.

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Here Come The Holidays. What Is Your Plan?

November 2nd, 2010

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The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon G...
Image via Wikipedia

It’s getting colder, leaves are on the ground and somehow, November is suddenly upon us.  This is the season we prepare our homes for company, start collecting recipes for the holidays and make plans to get together with people we may not have seen for a while.

Some people prefer summer but I love this time of year.  The air is crisp but not too cold, the trees are beautiful and I prefer sweaters, scarves and coats over sun dresses and shorts.  Thinking about Thanksgiving and holiday parties and imagining what those events will be like, is a lot of fun.  The anticipation is often better than the real thing.

As soon as Thanksgiving is over come the holidays where gift giving is traditional.  After a couple of years of financial strain, people seem to focus less on the importance of showy gifts and think about what might be more meaningful gifts.   It’s not easy to give just the right thing to someone–something that will mean a lot to that person.

As November gets started, I start thinking about what I can do to make the holidays special for the people who mean a lot to me and I start listening and watching them more a little more closely to see if I can come up with an idea that will make them happy.  Maybe it’s a new way of making their favorite food or picking just the right color for a scarf.

What are your plans?  What are you thinking about doing to make the holidays special this year?

Crochet Adds a New Dimension to Pillows

November 1st, 2010

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You probably already know that pillows are a quick, easy way to change the look of a room. Simply change the slip covers on your throw cushions and floor pillows to give the whole space an updated look or color palette. On New York Magazine’s “The Cut” fashion blog, they highlighted these fantastic crochet pillows from Area:

Want to make your own version? Click here to see the many different pillow patterns we offer on, from one with lacy crochet motifs (similar to the look above) to knit & felted pillows to a traveler’s neck-pillow.

Via The Cut.

Do you knit or crochet home decor projects? What do you make?