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Start Dreaming About Yarns and Projects With New Color Cards

April 22nd, 2015

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There is no better way to shop at home for yarn than using color cards.  If you’re one of those people who wants to plan your purchase before you actually start shopping, you’ll get the feel of the yarn, and the color with these handy mini-samples.  Some people take one thread off the card from each of the yarns they want to use in a project and hold them together.  Some people look at a color card and get inspired to make a gift for someone special.

We just updated the color cards for six of our most popular yarns (priced from about $1.00 to $3.00) so you can start dreaming about your next project.  Why not have your own collection on hand so you’ll be ready when inspiration strikes!

Vanna Yarns: Sample Card
Vanna Yarns: Sample Card
 Heartland Yarn: Color Card
Heartland®: Color Card
Heartland Thick & Quick Yarn®: Sample CardHeartland® Thick & Quick®: Sample Card
 Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Yarn: Sample Card
 Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®: Sample Card
 Landscapes Yarn: Sample Card
Landscapes: Sample Card
Country Yarn: Sample Card
Country: Sample Card

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Pattern Recommendations: Coming Home Poncho

April 14th, 2015

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In 2005 this pattern was downloaded well over 1 million times! A cultural icon wore it on an auspicious occasion and everyone who could crochet grabbed their hook and a few balls of Homespun® yarn and made one of their own. It turns out that this design is extremely flattering on lots of different body types and has an elegant, feminine flow to it that has kept it popular for the last ten years.

We’ve redesigned and recolored the poncho for 2015 and it’s more fashionable than ever with the latest trend in Boho style. Ponchos are also perfect for this time between seasons when you need to add a layer to lighter clothing or stay warm in your home or office when it’s a bit cooler than you’d like.

There have been lots of fads in crochet over the years but very few involved a single pattern. We hope you like this updated version. You can crochet it for under $30, the sizing is simple and you’ll enjoy this flattering look almost year round.

Get the free pattern: Boho Poncho



She Was Told She Would Never Knit Or Crochet Again … So Here’s What She Did.

February 18th, 2015

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In 2003, Colette Smith was told by a doctor that due to the pain in her hands, she would need eight hours of surgery and she would never be able to knit again.  But for Colette, knitting is an essential part of her life.  She is a fiber artist and designer and simply loves to knit.  When she heard those words from her doctor, she took matters into her own hands (literally) and decided to find a way to heal her hand pain without surgery. Today she is pain free and knits eight to fifteen hours a day – you read that right – she knits 8-15 HOURS A DAY!

If you’re a knitter or crocheter with hand pain, Colette has some great advice based on her own research and experience.  Here’s her story, plus suggestions for those of you who have hand pain, including some surprising tips about how to sit, how to sleep and exercises that could make help you continue to enjoy the crafts you love so much.

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Yarn Lovers, It’s Your Kind Of Year – Year of the Sheep!

February 16th, 2015

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The Chinese New Year is represented by a rotating cycle of twelve animals. There are years named for dragons, and others named for dogs, snakes, and even rats!  This new year, which begins on February 19th, is the Year Of the Sheep!  It’s the cutest animal and the yarniest animal … definite reasons to celebrate. If you’re giving a baby gift to a baby born in the next twelve months, this is the gift – try our Little Lamb Sock Critter as your first project for the new year!

Below are a few of our favorite sheep-inspired patterns for your knitting and crochet enjoyment this year!

Knit Cute Cabled Lamb Crochet Little Lamb Knit Cabled Sheep Knit Fluffy Little Sheep
Knit Cute Cabled Lamb Crochet Little Lamb
Knit Cabled Sheep Knit Fluffy Little Sheep

5 Knit and Crochet and Yarn Trends for 2015

December 23rd, 2014

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1. Big Yarns: Fast Finish Projects

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Our number one trend prediction for 2014 (Big, Bigger, Better) was right on target and will continue to be one of the most important trends in 2015. This year we’ll be seeing more chunky knits and fast-finish crochet projects as the most popular yarns of the last year continue to be important. In our line, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Heartland Thick & Quick® and Country® are all category 6 super bulky weight yarns that make your projects work up quickly while being on-trend with lush, big stitches. Big yarns not only work up quickly but they also have rich texture and great stitch definition that you don’t usually see in store bought items. With the maker revolution in full swing, crafters want show that their work was made by a human being!

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