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CraftSanity Magazine Issue 9 Preorder Preview Sale

At long last, the CraftSanity Magazine Issue 9 Preorder Sale is on! Preorder your copy by Monday (6/24/13) and save a dollar off the cover price! I’m expecting the magazines back from the printer by Tuesday. The PDF edition will be available as an instant download from this site next week  for $6. You can also sign […]

CraftSanity Magazine Holiday Edition PDF

Hello! I’m popping in to let you know that I made a special Holiday Edition of the CraftSanity Magazine just for you. It’s available as a instant download on the left sidebar of this page for just $5. This mini, ad-free issue features crochet, knitting, ornament-making and baking, too. The age of the contributors ranges […]

CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 Preorder Preview Sale

The CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 Preorder Sale is on! Preorder your copy by Wednesday (11/14/12) and save a dollar off the cover price! You can also sign up for a CraftSanity Magazine subscription and have the next 4 issues automatically mailed to your home. Here’s a preview of the fun projects, stories and recipes featured […]

The First Day of School

The first day of school is always bittersweet. When this day arrives it marks the official end of summer as all children know it and simultaneously brings a gust of exciting expectation of everything that might be possible during the new academic year. Today I’m sending my girls off to a new school with some […]

My Mom Rocked This Crocheted Mario Pattern

We love handmade gifts here at the CraftSanity Headquarters, so it’s no surprise that Abby was thrilled to received a crocheted Mario on her 8th birthday from Christy Ackerman, my mom and Abby’s “nana.” My mom made this excellent gift on an extreme deadline using this awesome pattern posted for FREE on the Wolfdreamer blog. I told my […]

Free Spring Mini Basket Crochet Pattern

This mini basket pattern is inspired by my Great Grandma who used to crochet little baskets around butter tubs for the little girls in the family. Read on for the pattern and happy stitching!

CraftSanity Magazine Issue 6 PDF edition is ready for download!

Now that the print edition of CraftSanity Magazine issue 6 is in circulation, we’re ready to release the PDF edition. It features all the great projects from the print edition – including Maria Stout’s super cute felted crochet chick basket shown above – plus links to websites mentioned in the text. You can purchase an instant […]

CraftSanity Magazine Issue 6: Pre-Order Preview

We’ve been hard at work on issue 6 of the magazine and very happy to report that we’ll be picking it up from the printer March 23. You can reserve your copy here. This issue is packed with people and projects that I hope will inspire hours of creative time this spring. We’re covering everything […]

Proof That Craft Makes The World A Better Place

A couple weeks back when I thought my column writing days were numbered, I had a bit of a panic because I came very close to blowing my opportunity to write about one of the nicest people on the planet. A newspaper reader had sent me a tip about Bob Roskamp, an 82-year-old West Michigan […]

Happy Handmade Holidays!

Seasons greetings from CraftSanity! I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season with family and friends. The Christmas Eve snow didn’t stick here in West Michigan, so I crocheted some handmade snowmen stand-ins. I think it did the trick. : )

Throw on a Giant Doily Blanket and Celebrate Your Granny Style

It was love at first sight when Lisa Gutierrez sent me her Willow Doily Blanket pattern for CraftSanity Magazine issue 4. Isn’t it lovely? Before pattern testing this design, I had never bothered to crochet a doily of any kind and now I’m completely hooked. And who knew that I would actually enjoy working with […]

In Other Jam-Related News: Crocheted Canning Jar Covers

I forgot to mention in my earlier post that I published a fun and easy crochet pattern in CraftSanity Magazine issue 3 to pretty up your jam jars after you try out the strawberry jam recipe. I can’t crochet fast enough to make a lid cover for every jar of jam, but I’m sure enjoying […]

A Crocheted Flower and a Reminder: CraftSanity Magazine Issue 3 Advertising Deadline is May 1.

Spring break is over and I’m in denial. I love it when we can wake up on our own with no alarm clocks and let our days unfold as they will. There were a few squabbles during our staycation, but for the most part we had a great week. And today we ended on a […]

Crocheted Vessels: A Simple Crochet Stitch Elevated To Functional, Colorful Art

This crocheted vessel by Juliane Anderson was one of my favorite things to photograph for CraftSanity Magazine issue 2. The colorful mix of roving and yarn come together to form a wonderful coiled structure that is doubles as functional art and handmade eye candy. Don’t you love the colors?! And the wonderful thing  about this […]

The Best Crocheted Easter Basket Pattern Ever!

Wow do I love to crochet! I just finished another Easter basket while we were watching “Toy Story 3″ with the kids. I used the crochet pattern by Maria Stout that is on page 16 of CraftSanity Magazine Issue 2. (You can download the magazine pdf for $3.99 on the left sidebar of this site […]