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Get to Know Scarfie!

August 7th, 2015

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You’ve got a hankering for new yarn, but you’ve already got a full stash at home — sound familiar? With new Scarfie, you won’t need to worry about having too much or too little yarn for one project. Go ahead, treat yourself to new yarn!

Watch as our brand ambassador, Shira Blumenthal, introduces the latest yarn in our collection. We think this wool-blend yarn will become a new fan favorite!

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One skein of Scarfie is 312 yards — that’s enough to make a full length scarf! Buy a single skein for a small project, or several skeins to make large garments, like the Free Spirit Topper Shira is wearing in the video.

Patterns featured in this video:

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One Ball Crocheted Scarfie One Ball Crocheted Scarfie Knit Neutral Slant Shawl
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Knit Free Spirit Topper Crochet Duo Tone Throw Crochet Effortless Hat and Cowl Set

Inside the Design Department: New Colors of Landscapes®!

August 5th, 2015

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Go behind the scenes with our brand ambassador, Shira Blumenthal, as she speaks with our Design Editor, Susan Haviland, about the new additions to our Landscapes® line! We took the colors you love from our self-striping skeins, and added them to our collection as solid colors! You’ll love the way this roving wool works up in knit or crochet — see our pattern suggestions below!

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Get the look! Try out these patterns, which use variegated and solid colors of Landscapes®!:

Crochet Diagonal Stripes Scarf Crochet Misty Moors Scarf Crochet Rainbow Shawl
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Knit Movie Night #Scarfie Crochet Ribs and Shells Shrug Knit Textured Cowl
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Crochet Tonal Diamonds Afghan Crochet Vintage Ripple Shawl Knit Tall Ribbed Hat

Color Theory: Why We Gravitate Towards Certain Colors

August 2nd, 2015

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In this guest post by Phyllis Alberici, we discover how we perceive color, and how it affects us.

I’m wearing my bright yellow sweater today. The sun is shining and the daises are blooming. I’m loving life. Yellow does that to me. How do different colors affect you?

In the Fifties, as America emerged from two wars, color was making a comeback. Remember those big saucer sized clip on earrings in bright yellow, red lipstick, and poufy skirts and pedal pushers in summer colors? If you don’t, that’s OK because the Sixties were just ahead.

The Sixties were a time of tremendous change in the way we looked at color palettes. Colors were thrown together in the same paint pot and the result was an eye melting psychedelic interpretation of the color wheel. Tie dyed red, pink, purple, teal, yellow and orange walked the fashion runway together. Color had gone wild.

Color theory, which gained popularity in the Fifties and Sixties, along with Technicolor films and glossy movie star magazines, tells us that certain colors affect us more than others. Yellow is cheerful, red sparks strong emotion, peach is sublime, blue is calming and lifts our spirits, green centers us, black is sophisticated.

But what if there is no such thing as color? What if I told you that color is just a bunch of light wavelengths that hit the back of our eyes? It can’t be!

It’s all about physics. Light travels in wavelengths and those waves hit the back of our eyes in an area where the cones are gathered. These tiny receptors are each color coded so that one “sees” red, the other blue and so on. Our brain gets involved by interpreting the signals the cones send to it and the brain says, “Hey, that’s red.”

Our brains give us some pretty sophisticated data to work with and we interpret what it sent out as bright red, maroon, or even pink. All that really exists is those light waves. There isn’t any color. Color is a product of our amazing neurological system.

The light source under which we view color signals is important. If we’re in low light colors darken until navy blue looks like black. Our system shuts down. If we’re in fluorescent light then everything seems to wash out. How many crafters say, “I wish we had better lighting so you could see these colors better?” Artificial light causes colors to shade and confuses our color perception so that white might have a pink or blue hue. But it’s not real. If it wasn’t for the cones in our eyes we wouldn’t see color at all.

And this is where memory comes in. We carry a memory of color from our childhood, from clever marketing, from memorable events in our lives. We gravitate toward certain colors and shun others. Our brains store color memory in an intricate filing system that we can pull out when we buy clothes, decorate our homes, buy a car, or buy yarn. So go ahead, try new colors. Remember, you’re making memories.

Have you ever had a change of heart when it comes to color preferences? What colors do you gravitate to when selecting a pattern?

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Knit Cabildo Cowlmade with Hometown USA® Knit Sparrow Fingerless Gloves made with Sock-Ease Knit Drapey Cardigan made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Curvy Girl Tunic made withHeartland® Knit & Crochet Retro Swing Cardigan made with Hometown USA® Crochet Everyday Elegance Cardigan
Made with Vanna’s Choice®

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!

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Dunfallandy Heirloom Baby Afghan Made with Pound of Love

July 27th, 2015

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Inspired by stonework found in Dunfallandy, Perthshire, Scotland, designer Terry de Roulet created this gorgeous baby afghan which features cables that turn horizontally and meet – a seemingly impossibly feat!

Using Pound of Love®, she wanted to make a machine-washable heirloom baby blanket that baby fingers and toes couldn’t get trapped in and it looks like she succeeded:



We all fell in love with this afghan as soon as we saw it and we’re so pleased to tell you that this is a FREE pattern, available through

:: Pound of Love® comes in 16 different colorways – color seen here is Denim. ::