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9 Tips on How to Get Your Crafting Organized & Keep It That Way!

August 29th, 2012

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Getting craft supplies organized tends to fall to the bottom of my to do list, “After all,” I think, “it’ll just get messy again as soon as I make something, why bother?” But sooner or later the time comes to clear up all the yarn, organize the hooks and needles, and stow all fabric, glitter and crafting supplies away. Good organization can help us make beautiful, useful projects; after all, crafting is much easier when you know where to look for supplies, and can tell right away if you’re running out of something or need to go out and get a new tool.

Here are some tips to help you get organized and, just as importantly, stay organized all year long!

Give everything a home: Things can’t be put away without a home, but more importantly, homeless tools and supplies are almost always difficult to find when you need them. Tired of retracing your crafting steps to try to remember where your shears or glue gun has gone? Then giving these tools a home could be the solution.

Consider labeling: Lots of folks love handwritten labels or using a label maker, but what if you don’t like traditional labels? How about using a small picture of what you’re putting inside? Tassels of yarn on decorative bins, or paper samples on the edge of scrap booking boxes tell you exactly what’s inside with a visual examples.

Fall Fashion to Knit and Crochet: 12 Capes and Capelets We Love

August 16th, 2012

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Fall is almost here, and if you’re anything like me, you’re already searching for the perfect fall pattern to sink your hooks and needles into. Finding that one must-make pattern can be a challenge, particularly when there are so many beautiful patterns to choose from.

Capes are swinging back into style this fall, according to several sources including this article on

“Capes & cloaks …  for fall 2012 they’re making their move again, pushing the boundaries of fantasy to capture the imagination with new life. From the tailored to the traditional, the Gothic to the bright, capes and cloaks are the thing to throw over your shoulders when the chill hits.”

Looking for the perfect cape for you? Here are 12 of our favorites and why we love them. Follow the pattern links to download the pattern of your choice for free!

Color and beautiful stitch patterns bring these capes to life, and we love the collars incorporated into each design.

Crochet Round Yoke Poncho Knit Galway Poncho


4 Ways Yarncrafting Can Help Kids Heading Back to School

August 10th, 2012

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This time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and anxiety of starting a new school year. Recently it’s become popular to introduce teens and children to yarncrafts as they head back to school; it’s been seen that crafting has numerous benefits that can help all ages during times of stress. Plus, taking a little time to relax can be helpful for kids and adults, particularly when you take some time to enjoy a hobby you love together.

Here are some great ways that yarncrafting can help the kids, teens and grown-ups in your life:

Crafting is something you can do by yourself to relax. Knitting or crocheting a few rows between classes or on the morning bus can lend a sense of value to these hurry-up-and-wait portions of the day. It’s a great way to decompress at the end of a long day, and can help clear your mind as you work.

Yarncrafting can help you connect with other people. Lots of activities for young people seem to be designed to be done alone; but crafting, particularly yarncrafting, can be a great way to spend a little face-time with friends or family. Lots of schools are developing crafting clubs, and crafting with a group of peers can introduce students to new friends.

How to Easily Carry Your Knitting or Crochet Anywhere!

July 26th, 2012

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This time of year, traveling with crafts is something we hear about (and see around us) all the time. What better way to pass the time while waiting in line, taking long flights or car trips, or enjoying the weather at the beach or by the pool?

Your project bag will hold everything you need for crafting, so take your time choosing the right one for you. Your bag will carry the patterns, tools, writing implements, yarn cutter/scissors and, of course, your yarn. Keeping everything secure and organized won’t be daunting with these tips:

Choose bags with drawstring, snap or magnetic closures. Bags like these will close and open easily for quick access, and won’t damage your yarn. Steer clear of zippers and Velcro, closures like these are notorious for snagging yarn or damaging it beyond repair.

Smaller bags will be easier to carry and manage while you travel. When you’re choosing your project, keep in mind that something smaller will fit better into a small bag and be more manageable to work on. You can always pack more yarn and projects in with your suitcase, so you can grab a new project when you arrive at your destination!


Untangled Forever: DIY Fix for Never-Tangle Earbuds

July 20th, 2012

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DIY no-tangle earbudsPinterest user Ada(:  recently pinned this nifty project on wrapping headphone cords with embroidery floss, and Apartment Therapy wrote a wonderful tutorial on making it. I love simple, clever projects like this one and knew I wanted to try it on my headphones right away! When the first packs of our new Bonbons yarn arrived, I fell in love with the sparkling colors and got started. I took step-by-step pictures as I used two colors to cover my headphones, and I’ve also included written instructions to help you re-create this project at home. One of the great things about using Bonbons instead of embroidery floss was that I didn’t have to wind the yarn onto a bobbin first, the tiny Bonbons skeins were already the perfect size to craft with.

Here’s the step-by-step story of how I made my sparkling, tangle-free headphones: