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3 Beautiful Projects to Crochet for Fall From Moogly!

August 31st, 2015

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3 Beautiful patterns to crochetToday we’re sharing a few popular patterns from Tamara Kelly, the amazing crochet and knitwear designer behind the blog, Moogly! If you haven’t checked out Moogly yet, you must! There’s just so much inspiration to be found on her site, you can literally dig through the content for days.

With modest blogging beginnings as a “mommy blogger”, this crafty woman realized her wonderful potential in designing knit and crochet patterns, which eventually led her to change the focus of her blog to showcase more of her creative side, and we’re glad she did.

Our team recently traveled to the Knit and Crochet Show in San Diego, and the lovely Tamara was there and willing to be interviewed by our very own Brand Ambassador, Shira, for an episode of Tea with Shira. Watch below, as Tamara shares why her blog is names Moogly, and shows off some extremely popular patterns of hers, the Alpaca Your Wrap, and Moroccan Tote Bag (patterns below).

Tamara is also an instructor for the increasing popular tutorial website, Craftsy. She teaches a highly rated crochet course (4.75/5) “Quick & Easy Crochet Cowls“, in which she walks you through crocheting 3 different cowls in the round. No need to fear circular crochet with her easy-to-understand instructions. In this course, Tamara shows you how to crochet some of our most popular patterns: 45 Minute Cowl, Cardiff Cowl, and Brompton Abbey Cowl. We hope you start following the Moogly blog and enjoy her fabulous work just as we do!

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch – ::

Find Tamara’s patterns from the video!

Moroccan Tote
in LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
Alpaca Your Wrap
in LB Collection® Baby Alpaca
Easy Log Cabin Afghan
in Textures®




3 Amigurumi Patterns Inspired By Birdwatching

August 25th, 2015

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I personally enjoy reading all the responses when we ask our Facebook fans, “What are you doing besides knitting and crocheting?” These posts are favorites of mine because they give me ideas on things to do and books to read. In the office here, it’s fun to take a break and chat about upcoming personal plans and different hobbies that we’re interested in; we tend to find that many of us have similar interests. So I was thrilled to read that many of you also enjoy bird watching!

BlackbirdBird watching can be so fun – I love walking down the street and seeing a beautiful array of colors flutter by. In my neighborhood and in the Northeast in general, the most common birds that can be found include cardinals, blue jays, sparrows, and mourning doves.

One day, as I was walking through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, a bird’s call caught me by surprise, and when I looked to see where it was coming from, I saw a bird I never saw before. I was so intrigued by this bird and had to know what it was. Thanks to my colleague Danielle, I used my Merlin Bird ID app by Cornell Lab of Orinthology, and based on the description (black bird with red wings), I found out it was a male red-wing blackbird. I was so excited! The app also gave me more information on the bird’s behaviors and sounds. I suggest you check out the app or play around on the website to see what birds in your area you can identify.

Share you love for birds by knitting or crocheting some amigurumi for your desk, shelves, or even friends!

Momma bird and her Baby birds Blue Tit Bird Love Birds Cake Topper

NYC Bird watching sources:

Where do you like to bird watch, and has it inspired any of your crafting projects? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

Seamless Knits for Posh Pups: A Giveaway!

August 14th, 2015

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Today, I’m excited to bring you a giveaway featuring Sharon Sebrow’s latest book, Seamless Knits for Posh Pups! Cats have been dominating the Internet lately, but let’s not forget about “man’s best friend.”

Sharon’s dog sweaters are top-down knits (or can be worked from the bottom up), which makes it easy for you to knit one continuous piece for your furry friend. Inspired by the lack of seamless knits for her own pup, Sharon knitted classic designs which can be modified to your liking; play with different textures, color combinations, and styles.

Below, you can see the simple construction which has been finished two different ways. Otis is sporting a hooded sweater, while Cecil has a classic turtleneck. Both are cute, but who do you want to cast your vote for as the cutest design?

3 lucky winners will be chosen to receive a copy of the book and 2 balls of Vanna’s Choice® yarn. Contest ends on August 27th.

* U.S Residents only (see the fine print under the images below)
* A comment will not be counted as a vote. After you vote, be sure to enter your name and email – we need to know who you are if you win!

Textile Fusion: A Magnificent Lion on World Lion Day (A Descriptive Process)

August 10th, 2015

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Today’s guest post comes from Suzann Thompson, an author, textile designer, and accomplished crochet designer. Suzann will be debuting her “Mama Lion” Textile Fusion piece at Quilt! Knit! Stitch! in Portland, Oregon on August 13-15th. If you’re in the area, please check out the show and see the piece in person. Read below as Suzann has detailed her methodical process for executing her design.

Since today is World Lion Day, we found it quite fitting to share her beautiful artwork celebrating these majestic beings.


It was a great day in spring, when I learned that Lion Brand® agreed to sponsor the first national exhibit of my TextileFusion artwork at the Quilt! Knit! Stitch! My first thought was “Yay!” My second thought was “How can I possibly show my enormous, heart-felt appreciation?” Well, by making a wall hanging, of course! The subject was easy, because LION Brand; and lions’ manes are absolutely a dream to embroider and embellish. So my daughters and I embarked on a research trip to the zoo.

The lion we saw was so handsome. We admired his profile as he napped on that hot and humid afternoon in Texas. Occasionally, he lifted his nose in the air, sniffing the breezes. I sketched and took photos and tried to memorize how his mane and face merged into each other.

Half an hour later, we moved on to find the lioness lounging on a ledge. She was majestic and alert, watching over her three cubs, who slept in a tangle in the grass below. My original plan changed in an instant. That mama was going to be the lion in my wall hanging.


Christmas in July Day 8: 6 Patterns Perfect for Gifting & Home Décor!

July 22nd, 2015

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Christmas in July: Home Decor pieces to Start Working on Now!
Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.

Decorating your home for the holidays can be such a joyous occasion, especially when you’ve got your favorite tunes playing in the background. I hope you’re feeling ambitious because … not only can you knit or crochet gifts for your loved ones, but you can also knit or crochet items for your home as well!

Below, you’ll find a selection of patterns to warm up your home in time for holiday celebrations. Of course, these projects are also wonderful gifts on their own. In fact, several of the patterns below are classics (like the Dancing Cables Afghan or Tree of Life Afghan), destined to become heirloom items that are cherished and passed down for years to come.

Dancing Cables Afghan knit in Heartland® would be a beautiful statement piece for your couch during the winter — or as a gift, which could be passed down from generation to generation. Crochet this Table Runner in neutral or holiday colors for dressing your table when company comes over for the holidays! Try it with Cotton-Ease®Kitchen Cotton or even Vanna’s Choice® or Vanna’s Glamour®! Before those stockings are stuffed with small surprises, make a few for the fireplace mantle or to hang on your wall. Personalize the stocking for each recipient by knitting or crocheting their initials. This crochet Striped Holiday Stocking was made in Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour®.
This Holiday Penguin Afghan crocheted in Hometown USA® is an adorable holiday gift for a child’s room. Use it as a mat, or an afghan for cozying up in the cold. The Tree of Life Afghan knit in Wool-Ease® is the perfect heirloom gift. Lay it out on your bed or couch for your guests to see, and marvel at your work. Make one for a special person this winter! (crochet version here) The Holiday Cheer Table Runner crocheted in Homespun® is another great idea for your dining room decor. If you like to decorate your window for the holidays, you could use this as a window sill place mat for your figurines.