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Take a sneak-peek at BOUND by Erica Ekrem

September 30, 2014, 15:19 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Bound coverEver have an inspiring observation or thought that you wish you wrote down? Ever have the urge to spontaneously sketch? Ever wish you quickly jotted down a funny quote you heard?

 

Well, now you can create your own unique journals with expert guidance by author Erica Ekrem in her fantastic book Bound out this January. Erica gives everything you need to create over 20 stunning and original paper-bound journals, diaries, and pamphlets.

 

Inspired by nature, create a shell-encased diary, a leaf-enclosed booklet, or a driftwood journal. Looking to cherish, try a memory-inspired scrapbook. Whether for personal use or used as a gift, let Erica un-bind your creativity and teach you how to get bound!

 

Pre-order your copy of today and get ready to make your own bound keepsakes.

 

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Join us for a Chunky Knits Knit-a-long!

September 26, 2014, 18:11 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

Chunky Knits cover (3)Fall is officially here, we’ve entered jacket season, and in about five minutes, it’ll be hat season. Don’t be left out in the cold! Join us for a Chunky Knits knit-a-long (KAL) to make the Button-Up Slouchy Hat and stay warm in the coming months.

 

If you missed it, you can download a free copy of the pattern here.

 

Between the months of October and March slouchy hats are my daily wardrobe staple. I hate it when my ears get cold, so I typically pick my hat patterns based on potential ear coverage. That makes the Button-Up Slouchy Hat perfect for me. See how toasty her ears are?

 

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Fellow Lark editor, Deborah Stack, will be joining me for this mini KAL journey and it’s a notable one for her:

 

“For my entire life, I have struggled to wrangle my curly hair into any sort of order. After many failed attempts to style a hand-knit hat many years ago, I’ve built up the courage to try again. I always wanted a jaunty red hat and a stashed skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky in Cardinal seemed to fit the bill.

 

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While picking up the heart buttons at my LYS, a gorgeous skein of Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky caught my attention. I couldn’t let this incredible yarn sit alone in the sale bin. Now my worries have extended far beyond how to stuff miles of unruly curls into a knitted hat–I need to pick a color!”

 

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As for me, I’ll be casting on with The Plucky Knitter’s Plucky Bulky in the color Hop Diggity and using these adorable bicycle buttons from the famed Jennie the Potter. The yarn was a gift from a dear friend who deeply understands my penchant for green fiber and the buttons are my first purchase from my very first NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. I’ll be proudly wearing this hat and displaying these buttons in Rhinebeck next month, so they’ll finally come full circle.

 

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What are your yarn and button plans? Do you have a color preference to help Deborah decide? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Next week we’ll show you work-in-progress shots.

 

Chunky Knits by Ashley Little will be available starting on October 14th, so be sure to pre-order your copy.

 
 
 
 
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Chunky Knits: Free Sneak Preview Pattern

September 19, 2014, 19:26 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

Chunky Knits cover (3)What’s not to love about fall? Pumpkin spice lattes, fall foliage, and the handknits finally come out of storage to keep us warm once again. The morning air is turning crisp here in New York City and you know hat weather will be upon us soon.

 

Kick off your fall knitting with the Button-Up Slouchy Hat by Amanda Lilley. Here’s a free sneak preview pattern for you from the forthcoming book Chunky Knits by Ashley Little, publishing on October 14th.

 

Free Download: Chunky Knits – Button-Up Slouchy Hat

 

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I’m definitely eyeing my stash for just the right yarn and buttons to cast on. I think a knit-a-long will be in order soon. Stay tuned!

 

In the meantime, pre-order your copy of Chunky Knits today.

 
 
 
 
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One + One

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a knitter in possession of two skeins of yarn, must be in want of a striped shawl.”

 

I may be misquoting the first line of Pride and Prejudice, but I would argue that if Jane Austen were a knitter today this is exactly what she’d say. Striped shawls are very on-trend and we’ve got the perfect free pattern for you.

 

The Old and New Shawl uses just two skeins of DK weight yarn and is from Iris Schreier’s latest book, One + One: Wraps, Cowls, & Capelets. Pair a variegated skein with a semi-solid for a similar look to this sample:

 

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Download your free copy of this pattern here: Old_and_New_Shawl_free_pattern, or store it in your Ravelry library.

 

Be sure to grab your copy of One + One: Wraps, Cowls, & Capelets and cast on today!

 
 
 
 
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Doodle StitchingAdmit it: We’re all guilty of gifting the last-minute, generic card stuffed with some cash as a holiday present—or, if we are feeling fancy, a special Hallmark card with a cash holder—and then feeling the shame of being thoughtless. Well, this holiday season why not give a thoughtful homemade gift, instead? And, there is no other author ready for the challenge than Aimee Ray.

 

The latest installment in her successful Doodle Stitching series is the Holiday Motif Collection arriving in stores this month. Loaded with 20+ projects and over 300 new and original motifs, there are tons of great embroidery ideas and templates focused on the holidays, and other festive seasons as well. To celebrate the release of this wonderful new collection, here’s a look at some of the projects from the book:

 

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There are over 20 projects with step-by-step instructions.

 

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Following the basics and projects, holiday-themed motifs follow for quick transfers.

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Also included are other holiday themes, such as New Year’s and Valentine’s Day patterns.

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Be sure to order your copy of Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection today to get a jump start on your holiday crafts!

 
 
 
 
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One + OneWe published One + One: Wraps, Cowls, and Capelets last week and Iris Schreier was kind enough to take a few minutes to chat about the latest addition to this series.

 

How did you develop the idea for the One + One series?

I love the concept of the One + One books in general, because they give you project ideas for combining 2 unrelated skeins of yarn that could be completely mismatched.  Many people are often interested in a larger project that uses 2 skeins of yarn, and here’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to use 2 skeins together, whether in interesting slip stitch patterns, a layering look, double-knitting, or simple striping.

 

What can readers expect out of the latest installment to the series?

The latest installment includes some contemporary designs that are brand new, and will be fun for beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced knitting.  The book has something for everyone, with 29 projects that cover a huge range of designs and silhouettes.

 

What influenced your designs in this book?

As always, my designs are influenced by the yarns and I love the softness and drape of the lovely luxurious Artyarns yarns used in the pieces, as well as the spectacular colors that make them pop.

 

When you’re designing what comes to mind first—the yarn or the idea for the pattern?

When I design for a new yarn, I have to basically gain an understanding of the yarn for which I am designing, and I live with it for a while–swatching, blocking, ripping, over and over, until I am happy that the design takes best advantage of the yarn.

 

What project do you have on the needles right now?

I am working on a cardigan with a cable/lace collar top-down with a new yarn, Merino Cloud, which is 80% Merino/20% Cashmere.  Also on a shawl version of the September Knitalong.

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What project from this book are you planning to cast on soon?

Personally I really need to make the very, very easy and lovely Versatile Neck Hug, because it will be so much fun to knit using the soft and delicious Silk Mohair, but even better, this is the ultimate hoodie/cowl for winter, and I know I I will get great use out if it.  It can be folded down to nothing in my bag, and slipped on for protection from the cold.

 

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Iris, that WIP cardigan is looking super fantastic on you and thank you so much for chatting today!

 

Check out all of the patterns in One + One: Wraps, Cowls, and Capelets on Ravelry and be sure to order your copy today.

 
 
 
 
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Take a look inside the new Beading All-Stars

September 10, 2014, 20:14 pm  Posted by Lark
 

coverPrepare to cheer for Lark’s new bead book: Beading All-Stars (Sept. 2014)!

 

It’s a goldmine of diverse and stunning projects by eleven of the most talented bead weavers around. If you are a confirmed bead weaver, you’ll be blown away by Beading All-Stars, which hit stores this month. In it, you’ll find in it the awesome beading designs of Marcia DeCoster, Jamie Cloud Eakin, Mabeline Gidez, Diane Hyde, Glenda Paunonen,& Liisa Turunen, Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, Sherry Serafini, Amy Katz, Rachel Nelson-Smith, and Anneta Valious.

 

With twenty unique projects in a wonderful range of looks and colors, Beading All-Stars delivers a rich and varied choice of designs in a single volume. With the complete step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to choose beading projects according to your mood, your sense of style, or when you’re ready to bead a very special piece for a very, very dear friend.

 

Since I’ll be drooling over Beading All-Stars several times in the next few months, I’m going to pace myself by describing just a few of the projects and their authors right now. More will follow next month. Today I’m concentrating on the work of Marcia DeCoster, Jamie Cloud Eakin, and Mabeline Gidez.

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In Beading All-Stars, the diverse and revered Marcia DeCoster (www.marciadecoster.com) serves up two steely metal-colored beaded pieces that are right out of the Jazz Age. Her “Deco Bracelet” and “Erté Earrings,” both with a geometric theme, are perfect accessories for the person who loves to wear the contemporary versions of the swingy Jazz Age look, embraced by women in the 1920s who enjoyed dancing the Charleston. But you don’t have to be a flapper to wear these glamorous, silvery designs. They will look equally elegant with today’s fashions. In fact, they will add a layer of sophistication to everything you wear.

 

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Jamie Cloud Eakin (www.StudioJamie.com) has designed the delicate, elegant “Flower Garden Bracelet” with orderly rows of pearly white beads and grass green leaf-shaped beads. She uses soft turquoise flower beads to create a bezel that surrounds a central, soft green cabochon. With the overall effect of a seventeenth-century French garden, this bracelet will add pizzazz to a lace dress, a summer outfit featuring white, green, or turquoise slacks or shorts, and even a wool sweater.

 

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Flower Garden Bracelet

 

Jamie’s “Spring In Bloom Necklace,” a concerto in gray transparent luster, jade, and amethyst beads, is a delicious five-strand confection complete with shaped, bezeled charms and a large bezeled cabochon and flower pendant. For beaders who love to wear today’s multi-stand look in jewelry, this is an extraordinary, gorgeous piece.

 

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For a sparkly, multi-colored, flower look, Mabeline Gidez (www.MabelineDesigns.com) has created “The Chrysa Bracelet.” Inspired by the multi-petaled chrysanthemum, the centerpiece of Mabeline Gidez’s irresistible bracelet is a flower made of concentric beaded petal patterns that bring the flower into three dimensions. The rose, lavender purple and violet iridescent sparkle of this bracelet is a delicious feast for the eyes.

 

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Mabeline’s olive, gold and aqua “Mystic Sun Earrings,” which glow with inner light, pay tribute to the sun as well as to the precision of the stonework practiced by the Incas. These earrings will glitter and glow like the sun as they dangle from the ears of the lucky person who gets to wear them.

 

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Check back here soon for more great pieces from Lark’s Beading All-Stars. And be sure to order your copy of this inspiring book today!