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How to Make a Custom Father’s Day Gift Dad Will Love!

May 20th, 2016

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We have a public service announcement: Father’s Day will soon be upon us! The day to honor dad this year is Sunday, June 19 and this week we aim to answer the eternal question What do Dad’s want?  on their national day of celebration. Is it a tie? A wallet? A key chain? We think it’s something more personal; a gift that not only shows you love him, but that you also know what he loves, too!

Enter: our color customizable Hometown USA® afghans. It’s a simple project:

  • Step 1: Think of Dad’s favorite colors. Perhaps his college pride hues, or his hometown sports team?
  • Step 2: Choose your craft. If you’re a knitter, go with our Cabled Afghan pattern (below left); if you’re a crocheter, the Rise & Shine Afghan is the pattern for you! (below right)
  • Step 3: Visit our Hometown USA® page to find Dad’s favorite colors from the over 80 colorways available. Mix and match as you desire!
  • Step 4: Order all the yarn you need (15 balls for our knit afghan; 10 for our crochet afghan) in the colors Dad will love at 20% off!
  • Step 5: Knit or Crochet away, and give Dad a gift he’ll never forget!

Happy crafting, Happy Father’s Day, and please share your projects with us!

Knit Cabled Afghan Hometown USA® Crochet Rise & Shine Afghan

13 Patterns to Help Homeless Animals Get Lucky

May 12th, 2016

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Did you know that May 13-15 is National Pet Adoption Weekend? In celebration of the thousands of animals who will get lucky this Friday the 13th weekend, we’ve rounded up your favorite patterns to make for four-legged friends! From toys to sweaters to beds, these quick-make projects will warm human, feline, & canine hearts alike. Make one for your companion or for an animal in need of some TLC today!

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Crochet Casual Friday Dog Sweater made with Heartland® Crochet Curl-Up Cat Bed made with Hometown USA® Knit Hunter’s Urban Dog Sweater made with Scarfie
Crochet Amigurumi Sardines Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Modernist Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Prospect Park Pretzel Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Coney Island Frank Dog Toy made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Kent Street Bagel Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Romantic Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice®
Knit Cat Bed made with Fettuccini® Crochet Poet Dog Sweater made with Homespun® Crochet Door Hanger Bouncy Cat Toy made with Wool-Ease®
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Crochet Red Hook Cheeseburger Dog Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®

Want to see patterns for other furry critters? Let us know below!


Get Zen with Crochet Wraps and Blankets: A Round-Up by Moogly!

March 30th, 2016

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by Tamara Kelly of www.mooglyblog.com

There’s something so soothing and meditative about crochet. The rhythm of the stitches, the motion of yarn and hook, it can be perfectly relaxing, leading you to that “zen” state of mind – a place many of us need to visit a little more often!

In fact, crocheting can be the ideal meditative activity for many – and the benefits are too many to list here! It can improve your emotional well-being, with less worry and stress, and greater self-esteem; it improves your physical health by relaxing your heart rate and reducing blood pressure; and it can improve your mental health too, boosting both memory and focus!
Of course, the crochet patterns we’re talking about here aren’t the ones that make you scratch your head and test your skills – they are for items like wraps and blankets, particularly those with simple stitch patterns. So with that in mind, here are 6 handpicked and free crochet patterns to help you relax and “get zen!”

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1. Nettie’s Super Simple Tube Wrap by Jessie at Home – Made with 2 strands of Heartland®, the color changes melt into each other to create a stunning gradient!

2. Penelope’s Lacy Wrap by Simply Collectible Crochet – Within 2 to 3 hours, using just one skein of Amazing®, you’ll have something lovely for a Quick Christmas gift or Easter picnic!

3. Braided and Broken Wrap by Cre8tion Crochet – This oversize wrap combines simple stitches with a creative twist to make them pop. Created all with dc and chains only, in Heartland®!

4. Wind Chime Afghan by Lion Brand Yarn – Simple strips made with Vanna’s Choice® are joined with a row of “lace” that’s much simpler than it looks!

5. Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket by Beatrice Ryan Designs –  Pound of Love® and a fun two row repeat will put a smile on your face and brighten your day – and living room!

6. Weekend Weather Afghan by Moogly – With super bulky Lion Brand Color Clouds and an S hook, a unique and easy to make stitch, you can bliss out all weekend!
Now grab your favorite Lion Brand yarns, a comfy hook, and go enjoy the zen of crochet!


Stashbuster Alert: Shira Updates Her Headphones!

March 20th, 2016

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A few weeks ago, I did a post on how to yarn-bomb your headphones.  In the spirit of the Grammys, I used Vanna’s Glamour.  It was super sparkly and shiny and went really well with my hair.

However, spring has sprung and I needed to spruce up my headphone glam! This past weekend I took what I had left over of some LB Collection® Pure Wool that I had dyed two years ago. There wasn’t enough to really make anything but enough to yarn bomb my headphones — this is a great project for yarn scraps!

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Thirty minutes later, I had some pretty awesome new headphones and I must say: people smile at me all the time on the subway now!

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I hope I have inspired you to “fancy up” your headphones!


9 Quick ‘n Easy Easter Patterns

March 12th, 2016

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Bunnies and baskets and eggs- oh my! With Easter right around the corner, you might be thinking there isn’t time to finish any DIY yarn crafts- but there is! The key to a handmade holiday? Keeping it small. It’s all about the accessories, and with these 9 little patterns you’ll be cracking open the homespun festivities in no time.

Try our crochet Amigurumi Bunny Basket for an adorable spin on your Easter morning, or knit the Bouncy Bunny Sock as a cuddly friend for your little one. For a mess free (and hook & needle free!) alternative to dyed eggs, scramble up some Over Easy Eggs.

You’ll be hopping from one project right to the next in no time- enjoy!

Amigurumi Bunny Basket Over Easy Eggs Bunny Dog
Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Basket made with Vanna’s Choice® Craft Over Easy Eggs made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby Knit Bunny Dog Costume made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Knit Little Lamb made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Easter Basket made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Amigurumi Chocolate Bunny  made with Vanna’s Choice®
Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter
Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy made with Wool-Ease® Knit Bunny Hat made with Modern Baby® Knit Bouncy Bunny Sock Critter made with Wool-Ease®
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