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Test your knowledge for a chance to win! Lets play, is it knit or crochet?

September 16th, 2015

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Tell us which one you think is crocheted, the Millbrook Cowl or the Taconic Shrug, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a 2-in-1 Tote Lion Brand Bag and five (5) balls of Vanna’s Complement. *

Mobile users, click here if you can’t access the voting tools below.

* Only one entry per person. Promotion ends Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 11:59m EST. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email by October 9th, 2015. Open to residents of the USA and Canada. No purchase necessary. Retail value of prize is approximately $50 USD.

What’s Trending for Fall: Why spend $500 on a trendy cowl when you can knit one yourself for less than $60?

September 3rd, 2015

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See it … make it!


We spotted this Nuage Paillette Hand-Knit Tube Scarf in the latest Lafayette 148 catalog (on the left) and it’s gorgeous … not to mention it immediately reminded us of the Dobbs Ferry Cowl (on the right) made in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®.

You can buy the pre-made cowl for $500 OR you can make one yourself for under $60 – which option will you choose for your wardrobe this fall?

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Ode to Summer Hat by Ruth Brasch Made With Vanna’s Choice

August 16th, 2015

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Don’t you just love this hat? Ruth Brasch says, “Ode to Summer is a very stretchy hat that features a textured lace stitch as well as a lace flower panel that covers 25% of the hat. This hat will fit snuggly on the head of the wearer, and is fantastic for children as it stretches with growth!”

Made with Vanna’s Choice®, the paid pattern includes suggestions to create a slouchy hat as well!



This pattern is available for $5 via Ruth’s Ravelry page.

:: Vanna’s Choice® comes in 71 different colorways. ::


August is all about Martha Stewart™ Crafts!

August 1st, 2015

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Compact enough to take anywhere, the Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit makes knitting and weaving easy for both beginners and pros. Use the instructions that come with it to create scarves, hats, blankets, and crafts, or explore other possibilities on your own – we even put together a look book for you, see below. The best part? The Martha Stewart Crafts™ Knit & Weave Loom Kit is on sale for $29.95 for all of August – that’s a savings of 33%! (Please note, this price is for online sales only. Does not apply at retail locations.)

And if that’s not enough, our collection of fabulous Martha Stewart™ Crafts yarns is marked down 20% – Cotton Hemp Yarn, Extra Soft Wool Blend, Glitter Eyelash, Glitter Ribbon, Mambo, Roving Wool.

Below is collection of our most popular Martha Stewart Crafts patterns – enjoy!

Your Next Summer Knitting Project: The Calypso Cardigan

July 28th, 2015

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calypso_titleaOur good friend and knitter-extraordinaire Kristy Glass, leader of the Glass Posse, spotted one of our newest and most popular summer sweaters — the Calypso Cardigan — and loved it for it’s amazing versatility. Made with Modern Baby®, Kristy shows you how to style it in a variety of ways and makes alternate color suggestions too … let’s hear from Kristy!


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