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Archive for May 8th, 2014


Spring Lace Shawl Knit-Along: Styling Tips!

May 8th, 2014

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KAL_BADGE_2014-300x180It’s our final week of the knit along. Time to talk about finishing up and showing off our projects! I hope that throughout the knit along you have been able to pick up skills and tricks that have not only helped you in this project, but that will carry over into others and help you approach lace with more confidence.

So who feels like that 90 inches is just too far away?

Rather than letting the shawl hibernate in your works in progress basket you may be able to modify it and finish up early. If it’s too short for a shawl it might make a great cowl. Just sew the two ends together and you’ll have a stylish accessory that will carry you right into the winter!

finishedIf it is long enough to wrap around your shoulders you can use a shawl pin to keep it closed and wear it like a stole like I did.

Now if you made it all the way to 90 inches you might find the shawl a little unruly at times. To keep it in place, try sewing a few buttons along one edge of the shawl. You’ll then be able to wrap the shawl around you any way you like and secure it by using the yarn overs as button holes.

No matter how you style it you’ll have a beautiful project that everyone will be so impressed that you made! I hope you all have had fun and learned a lot. Keep your questions coming this week as your projects move toward the finish line!

 

About Grace: Grace DiLorenzo has been knitting for the last 10 years. What started as a hobby quickly grew into a passion. Her favorite things to make are garments and lace. As a teacher at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City she has been able to share her love of yarn crafting teaching beginning through advanced knitting and yarn dyeing classes. She has lead the first four in studio knit alongs and is excited to do it again! grace_200px

50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet Giveaway!

May 8th, 2014

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50-Pincushions-final-coverWe’ve teamed up with our friends at St. Martin’s Griffin to bring you another giveaway that I’m sure many of you multicraftual folks will enjoy! We’ll be giving away two copies of 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet by Cat Thomas, along with a pack of Bonbons in the color Nature. This will be a great addition to a craft library for all you sewers!

In addition to the giveaway, we’ve got 4 great pincushion patterns to share with you from the book. It was hard to choose which patterns we wanted to share because this book is filled with so many adorable designs. From cupcakes, to seashells, a cactus plant, and more – you’re sure to find patterns that not only serve as pincushions, but as cute decor trinkets as well.

One of the best parts about these projects is that they’re small, quick and portable, so you can probably whip up a few on a road trip or commute to and from work!

You can enter the contest below. If the entry form doesn’t work, use this link.

Contest ends June 1st.  (This contest is now closed). 

Congratulations to Loretta Henderson and Linda Carlson, the winners of this giveaway!

Restrictions:

1. Entries must be received by June 1st, 11:59:59 pm, EST.
2. Must be 18 or older to enter.
3. One entry per person.

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