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A 2014 CraftSanity Mini Book Review Roundup

  Several fun books are coming my way and distracting me from the harsh Michigan winter. Above is a small selection of titles that I reviewed in my mlive.com a couple weeks back. Read more here. I will be reviewing another stack very soon, so let me know if there’s a title you think I should […]

Great Little Gifts to Knit

In a perfect world I would be posting an updated Q&A with Jean Moss today to coincide with her blog tour, but I’ve been swamped with non-craft related work and have barely had time to brush my hair let alone type up interview questions. It’s disappointing that I haven’t been able to devote more time […]

Adventures in Soap Making: A Review of the new book ‘Soap Crafting’ by Anne-Marie Faiola

My first attempt at soap making was ridiculous. It was my 31st birthday and I was sporting safety googles and rubber gloves. One judging from my getup may have assumed that I knew what I was doing, but that was certainly not the case. At the time, I was beyond nervous about using lye to […]

‘Mend It Better’ Mini Review

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve ripped my pants. If there’s a way to get stuck on a fence by the rear of my pants, by golly, I seem to find a way to do it. I’ve ripped my pants running by fences, guard rails on the side of the road and during […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 129: A Conversation with ‘Extra Yarn’ Author Mac Barnett and Illustrator Jon Klassen

If you found a box “filled with yarn or every color,” what would you do? When this happened to Annabelle, the little girl featured in the new picture book “Extra Yarn” written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, she decided to knit herself a sweater. There was extra yarn left over, so she knit […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 128: A Conversation with Knit Designer Jean Moss

Yesterday I made a last-minute scramble to interview British knit designer Jean Moss via Skype. I had previously agreed to be part of her blog tour for her new book “Sweet Shawlettes: 25 Irresistible Patterns for Knitting Cowls, Capelets and More” and had planned to post a Q&A with her today. But then I started […]

Getting Started on 2012 To-Do List

Happy New Year, dear readers! I hope you’re off to a great start in 2012. Today my newspaper column is about how list-making can help you obtain your goals in 2012. You can check it out here and then you can contribute to the conversation over here. I’m wrapping up work on next week’s column […]

Q&A With ‘Sewing With Oilcloth’ Author Kelly McCants & Book Giveaway!

Today I’m happy to tie on a vintage apron and host a blog tour stop for Kelly McCants, author of the new book “Sewing with Oilcloth: 20 Patterns That Make Sewing with Oilcloth Easy, Fresh, and Fun.” Read on for the late-night Q&A we put together for you and then leave a comment to enter to […]

Summer Reading for Crafters

If you’re looking for some fun new books to inspire your summer craft sessions, I invite you to read my column in today’s edition of The Grand Rapids Press. I reviewed eight books worth checking out. Enjoy!

‘Girl’s World’ Blog Tour Stop and Book Giveaway

I’ve been living in a “girl’s world” all my life. I grew up with two sisters and now have two daughters who love to play dress up and host tea parties for their stuffed animal friends. While all the women in my family are fans of pretty things and twirly dresses, some of us have […]

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding: Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton in all their yarn glory

I’m not a royal watcher and can live without reading the latest details about the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, but when you tie it all to crafting I’m suddenly very interested. A review copy of “Knit Your Own Royal Wedding” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $17.99, 64 pages) by Fiona Goble arrived in […]

A Winter Craft Book Round-Up For You And The Crafters On Your List

I’m taking a quick break from spiffing up my house for the holidays to let you that I reviewed a whole stack of books in my weekly art and craft column that was published in today’s issue of The Grand Rapids Press. And I reviewed more books in the first issue of CraftSanity Magazine. I […]

Modern Top-Down Knitting Blog Tour Finale and Giveaway: Kristina McGowan Shares The Inspiration Behind Her New Book

It appears that I’m doing my best to make Kristina McGowan’s blog tour last as long as possible. CraftSanity the last scheduled stop. And I would have been on time if only I could have posted a quick review of her excellent new book “Modern Top-Down Knitting.” But being the extremely curious woman that I […]

Crunch Time: A Magazine In The Making

I’ve been taking a lot of photos lately and running into a lot of hexagon tile on my latest mission to make a magazine celebrating art and craft. Hexagon tile will not be featured in the publication, but there will be hexagons. Oh, yes, there will be hexagons. :  ) Anyway, I always try to […]

CraftSanity Podcast 120: A day in the life of Chris de Longpre, pattern designer, business owner and self-published author

After Chris de Longpre “retired” from a career in information technology she decided to make the most of her free time. She started knitting – a lot. And Chris, of Kentwood, Mich., wasn’t content to follow a pattern, so she kick up the degree of difficulty and started writing her own patterns. She kept designing […]