Archive for 'Knitting'
Recommended reading for knitters, spinners, vintage fashion lovers, sewists, stitchers and other exuberant crafters
As the temperatures start to dip here in the Midwest, it’s a fine time to grab a new stack of craft books and plot out some projects to work this fall and winter. This past weekend I featured the seven titles above in my weekly craft column for The Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. Here […]
Hello, friends! Today I woke up at 6 a.m. to knit a giant letter “H.” Why? Well, I got inspired by a new craft book and really got into it. As a journalist, printmaker and lover of all things involving text, I have often thought it would be fun to knit letters. However, I’ve never had […]
Hello! Things have been pretty quiet here on the CraftSanity blog while I’ve been off teaching journalism at the local community college. I’ve been swamped, but I have not stopped crafting or writing my weekly art and craft column for The Grand Rapids Press or MLive.com. Today’s column is about arm knitting and my husband, […]
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 […]
Posted: June 20th, 2013 under Crafting with Kids, CraftSanity Magazine, Crochet, Handmade Stories, Hexagons, Inspiration, Knitting, Magazines, News, Paper Piecing, Printmaking, Q&A, Quilting, Recipes, Sewing, Stitching.
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 […]
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 […]
Posted: November 11th, 2012 under Baking, Crafting with Kids, CraftSanity Magazine, Crochet, Embroidery, English Paper Piecing, Fall, Food, Jewelry, Knitting, Made in USA, Magazines, Paper Piecing, Q&A, Quilting, Sewing, Spinning, Stitching, weaving.
I’m taking a quick break from wrapping up work on CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 and prepping for tomorrow night’s free craft event at Schuler Books to share a handmade story project I launched today in my newspaper column. I’m collecting handmade stories and started by sharing a story I wrote for Issue 4 of my […]
One of the best parts of my job is the interesting people I meet. Earlier this month I had a delightful conversation with Grand Rapids knitter, Virginia Loukus, who happened to be sporting a hat embellished with a knitted dish scrubbie when she stopped by my booth at the Fulton Street Artisans Market. As a big fan […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
Some of you may recognize this lovely “Falling Cables Capelet” knitted and designed by Jennifer Casa from the current issue (#4) of CraftSanity Magazine. Jennifer used lovely yarn supplied by Briar Rose Fibers to create the adult-sized capelet above and the child-sized capelet modeled by my daughter, Abby, below. Below are photos of the capelet […]
Check out these cute little finger puppets that I bought to put in my daughters’ Easter baskets. I bought them for $4.50 each at a local “fair trade” shop. I made the purchase even though I have yet to get my mind around how the people who made the puppets are getting any money out […]
With plans for an exciting Handmade Tour of Michigan in the works, I’ve been thinking a lot about the great state I call home. I’ve also been thinking about rising gas prices and how I’m going to pull off this self-funded trip. It’s not a lucrative solution, but I’ve decided to write a fun Michigan […]
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 […]