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February 07, 2018
You don't know what you don't...
Have you ever looked at a skein of yarn and wondered what all the information meant? Do you still confuse the bleach and dry symbols? Well have no fear because the Craft Yarn Council is here to save the day! Check out this handy guide to reading yarn labels and you’ll never be confused again! Knowing what to look for on a yarn label can help you quickly find what you need, especially when you’re in the store shopping. The below guide from Lion Brand shows you the main things you need...
January 31, 2018
Sarah Makes: Confessions of a Beginner...
You’ve followed along in my journey learning to crochet and now it’s time to move on. I’ve finally taken up knitting and boy has it been a bumpy ride. I first tried picking up a pair of needles about a year ago, back before I’d even heard of the Craft Yarn Council. One of my roommates was teaching herself to knit and she tried teaching me, but I just didn’t get it. You might remember from my post about learning to crochet that I don’t have a lot of patience. After about ten ...
January 29, 2018
Member Spotlight: Lion Brand
Lion Brand: if you know anything about yarn, then you’ve probably heard this name before. One of the first yarn companies and manufacturers in the country, Lion Brand has been around since the nineteenth century (1878 to be exact) and sells yarn online and in craft chains and independent yarn shops across the country. Lion Brand was also the first yarn company to feature a celebrity spokesperson - none other than Vanna White. You might know her from popular game show Wheel of Fortune (...
January 09, 2018
Pat Catan's is Warming Up America!
Join Pat Catan’s for their campaign to Warm Up America! For the past 12 years, Pat Catan’s has partnered with Warm Up America! to raise money and collect donations to help people in need. The six-week campaign invites beginners and experts alike to whip out their yarn and make something to donate or give monetarily. Last year, Pat Catan’s raised their biggest donation for Warm Up America! to date, collecting over $30,000. This year, they hope to beat that goal by raising $32,000. The...
December 29, 2017
Sarah Makes: C2C Christmas Blanket
For my December “Sarah Makes” project, I decided to tackle a rather ambitious Christmas afghan. I’ve been trying to learn corner to corner crochet for months in order to incorporate the technique into the blog and I finally decided to hunker down and master it after seeing Make & Do Crew’s adorable Christmas blanket. The blanket is rather large and consists of nine corner to corner crochet squares and a banner at the bottom that is equivalent to three squares. To give myself enough...
December 11, 2017
Hurricane Harvey
It’s almost Christmas and the season of giving is once again upon us.  To mark the spirit of Christmas, I’m going to share my experience in South Texas helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Read on to hear all about my trip helping in people’s homes and handing out Warm Up America! donations! Almost three months ago, I had the opportunity to go to one of the cities affected by Hurricane Harvey, Beaumont, TX, to help people whose homes were hit. I went with a group of...
November 30, 2017
Sarah Makes: Tunisian Crochet
If you’re like me, I learned how to crochet before I learned how to knit. Crochet looked easier to me and I’d heard that it was quicker than knitting. Now I know how to do both (or at least the basics) and as I was perusing Pinterest one day, I came across a term I knew nothing about (Tunisian crochet) and I really liked the fabric it created. Tunisian crochet is a cross between knit and crochet - you use a crochet hook but like knitting, you keep several stitches on the hook. The big...
November 13, 2017
Gobble up these fun Thanksgiving...
It’s almost Thanksgiving and you know what that means - another round of Holiday projects! Read on for our favorite Thanksgiving project ideas, which would make wonderful additions to your table or home decor, plus there's even a crafty yarn project to keep the kids busy while the turkey is cooking. And give thanks for our Pinterest board with even more ideas!   #1. Crocheted turkey #2. Pumpkin napkin rings #3. Turkey coasters #4. Cornucopia   #5. Turkey wreath #6....
November 07, 2017
How to tap into the online knit/crochet...
If you are a part of the online yarn community, you know following the right bloggers and makers can be a huge advantage while growing your skills as a knitter or crocheter. Having the support of experienced knitters and crocheters can help provide you with inspiration, new skills, and help you get past problems you may encounter while crafting. So how do you get plugged into this community? Here are 5 easy steps! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook this month to learn more about each...
November 07, 2017
Warm up America's! #GivingTuesday
Facebook is a powerful tool to not only connect people across large distances, but to shed light on important causes too. This year, Facebook is hosting #givingtuesday on November 28. #Givingtuesday is a global giving movement in the United States and in countries around the world. On #givingtuesday, millions of people come together to support and champion the causes they believe in by donating and fundraising on their behalf. We hope you will consider a...
October 31, 2017
Sarah Makes: Finger Crochet
For my October “Sarah Makes” post, I struggled all month with what to write about. I’ve been practicing several different crochet techniques lately and couldn’t decide which one I actually wanted to write about. I finally landed on finger crochet and here is my experience! As usual, I was in the office one day and I decided to check out the in-office yarn stash. I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for but realized that finger crochet would probably be easier with a bulkier yarn. I...
October 25, 2017
Spooky projects sure to haunt this...
Halloween is right around the corner and that means it’s time to bust out your needles, hooks, pompom makers and more to make the spookiest decorations in town. From monsters to spiders, we’ve got a roundup of the best Halloween inspiration.