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Fall Preview Friday: Chunky Knits

August 29, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

There’s nothing I love more than instant gratification knitting. Chunky yarn + chunky needle = Chunky Knits.

 

Chunky Knits ($19.95, October 2014) by Ashley Little is a collection of 31 knitting patterns from 18 designers all using bulky and super-bulky yarns and is coming to a bookstore near you! There’s plenty to choose from to help you stay warm and toasty and to keep your home feeling snug and cozy this winter.

 

The Cozy Cable Hat and Mitten set by Vanessa Ewing works up quickly and is the perfect last-minute cold weather set to knit up when the temperature drops. If you’re a cable lover like me this one is going straight to the top of the knitting queue.

 

 

Snuggling up under a warm blanket with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and watching hours of Netflix is my idea of a perfect evening. Still need to knit yourself a toasty throw? The Honeycomb Throw by Ashley Little is your go-to pattern.

 

 

I come from a family that firmly believes in the old adage “waste not, want not.” That glass jar from last night’s pasta sauce would make a great drinking glass, pen cup, vase, or [fill in the blank], but it’s not the prettiest, right? No problem. The Jar Cozies by Megan Mannell will dress up any old jar. You can even make a matching set!

 

 

Knitting with bulky and super-bulky yarns is also great for gift knitting, so pre-order your copy of Chunky Knits today and jump start your holiday knitting plans.

 

About the author:

Ashley Little is a writer and editor who left her job at Martha Stewart to freelance in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. She has her hands in all kinds of crafts, from knitting to crocheting and sewing. When she’s not crafting, she’s eating peanut butter, listening to Paul McCartney, and playing ukulele—sometimes all three at the same time. You can see what Ashley is making on her blog, TheFeistyReadHead.blogspot.com.

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: Journal It!

August 28, 2014, 13:52 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Keeping a journal is an excellent way to explore ideas and express emotions. An exciting blend of book arts, writing, and collage, journaling provides an outlet for creative thinking and experimentation. But sometimes it can seem a bit daunting. Many never even begin for fear of making a mistake or not knowing where to start.

 

Through the journals of 19 mixed-media artists, Journal It! by Jenny Doh offers plenty of inspiration and ideas, as well as each artist’s favorite techniques, tips, and creativity boosters. The featured work ranges from lettering expert Jill K. Berry’s beautifully-calligraphied travel journals to Jeannette Sclar’s whimsical gardening books, and the techniques include everything from toner-based transfer and watercolor to textures with salt and stitching on fabric and paper.

 

Experienced journalers will learn a variety of new skills and techniques, while beginners, with over 200 photographs to guide them, can start making journals of their own right away.

 

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ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF JOURNAL IT!

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The third volume in the One + One series by Iris Schreier brings you 29 patterns of wraps, cowls, and capelets that can all be made with just two skeins.

I like to think that the ancient dilemma “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” can apply to patterns and yarn. When I walk into an LYS I’m often, nay, always overcome by gorgeous fibers that lead to impulse buying.

I negotiate with myself—“A sweater quantity is just too much without a pattern in mind. I’ll just buy one skein to give it a try. Just one.” Has this ever happened to you? If so, please check out One + One: Wraps, Cowls, and Capelets (September 2014). Your stash will thank you.

The patterns in this collection are perfect for those orphan single skeins you’ve collected. With a little creative combination you can pair two skeins to make the Sheer Rounds Shoulder Capelet by Laurie Kimmelstiel.

 

The stockinette rounds are knit with DK yarn held double while the sheer garter rounds use only a single strand.

The Elena Shawl by Jennifer Wood uses two skeins held double throughout to create an elegant feather and fan lace shawl that sits gracefully on the shoulders.

The Lace Muse Wrap by Lisa Hoffman combines one fingering weight and DK weight skein to produce a lace wrap with sparkly stripes.

The inventive patterns in this collection are made for stash busting, but they also don’t deter from a little stashing up as well.

Pick up your copy of One + One: Wraps, Cowls, & Capelets today!

 

Author bio:

Iris Schreier is the founder of Artyarns, a company that has built its reputation on producing luxurious, sophisticated, hand-dyed yarns of the highest quality. Taught by her mother, Iris has been knitting since she was about six years old. She has always been drawn to decorative and fanciful types of projects and is known best for her unique designs for modular knitting, lacework, and reversible knitwear. Iris is the author of several Lark books, including Exquisite Little Knits (with co-author Laurie Kimmelstiel), Modular Knits, Lacy Little Knits, Iris Schreier’s Reversible Knits, One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs, and One + One: Hats. Visit her Facebook page and see her designs and yarn on her website.

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: Homemade Living

August 21, 2014, 14:45 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

We love the local foods movement, and now it’s time to take it one step further.  Make your own pickles!  Turn those beautiful berries into delicious jam!  They make great back to school gifts for your children’s teachers, and don’t forget – the holidays are just around the corner.

If you think you can’t do it, think again!  In Homemade Living: Canning and Preserving, Ashley English teaches us the tricks of the trade.  Even if you’re a beginner, this book will make it fun and simple.  English offers clear information to help you get started, how-to steps, invaluable trouble shooting tips, tons of inspiration, plus profiles of home canners.  She demystifies the science behind the process, so you’ll know what you’re doing is safe, and tells you what to look for when selecting ingredients.  Broken down by seasons, she shares delicious recipes from timeless canning classics – Strawberry Jam, Sweet Pickle Relish, Apple Butter – to modern twists – Curried Winter Squash Chutney, Peach and Lavender Butter, and Tomato Basil Sauce – that are sure to become favorites.

More in the Homemade Living series:

-          Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens

-          Homemade Living: Home Dairy

-          Homemade Living: Keeping Bees

 

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Crochet Boutique: Hats — Free Pattern

August 20, 2014, 15:13 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

While I was walking through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Sunday I spotted it—the leaves are starting to turn here in NYC. Yes, it’s still mostly green everywhere, but once you see the first leaves you know that fall is not far behind. That means it’s time to pick up that crochet hook, prepare for the coming cold, and Crochet Boutique: Hats by Rachael Oglesby is the perfect book to restart your fall stitching.

 

I love a brisk fall day, but I don’t love an early sunset. The Neon Pom is the perfect antidote for those of us who will inevitably feel sun starved by winter. We can make our own sunshine, so download your free copy of this pattern here: Neon Pom pattern

 

 

Pre-order your copy of Crochet Boutique: Hats and keep your eyes on this space for a fun giveaway in the coming weeks. Hint: there’s Madelinetosh involved. Yes, I’m excited!

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: French General

August 15, 2014, 18:05 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

This week for Fall Preview Friday, we take a sneak peek at Kaari Meng’s upcoming French General: A Year of Jewelry (January 2015; $24.95).

 

Always conjuring up images of romance, café society, haute design, France has—and continues—to be the country of love and beauty. And no one knows the French aesthetic better than author Kaari Meng, designer, home stylist, and founder of the French General store.

 

With a total of 36 French vintage-inspired jewelry designs, Kaari guides us on how to make a necklace, bracelet, and earring that is inspired by each season. If you don’t have the specific beads she used, don’t worry. There are helpful tips on replacements that will still give you that classic French feel. Below are some preview photos from my favorite month, August. So, start practicing your Oh-là-làs and get your beads out this Fall!

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: Flip Dolls & Other Toys

August 14, 2014, 16:01 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

It’s Throwback Thursday time! Let’s bring back the craft-stalgia with one of our old favorites: Flip Dolls & Other Toys that Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go.

Filled with wit, humor, and inventiveness, these delightful interactive playthings sometimes literally turn your expectations inside out. Page after page of clever projects include a caterpillar that changes into a butterfly, a vampire who becomes a bat, and ordinary dolls that transform into superheroes!

Laura Wilson is a designer and illustrator who lives between Memphis and Nashville, TN. Her creative work has been featured in many publications and websites, including CraftzineSew, Mama, Sew!Whip Up; and Kid’s Crafternoon Sewing. Find her online at WeWilsons.Blogspot.com.

 

Check out the Flip Dolls book trailer below:

 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF FLIP DOLLS & OTHER TOYS:

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Tune in this Monday, August 18 from 10am-noon EST to see Candie Cooper present projects from her new book, Earringology  (Lark Crafts, $24.95, June 2014) on JTV’s Jewel School. She’ll be presenting a variety of techniques from knotting to easy metalworking alongside trendy materials like leather and silk.

 

You can watch live online at Jewelry TV, or use their Channel Finder to tell you where you can view in your area.

 

About the book:

In her stunning follow up to Necklaceology, Candie Cooper creates 50 beautiful beaded earring projects that are fun for both beginners and seasoned beaders. Stylish and feminine, they work for the office, a night on the town, or a casual weekend. In addition to beads and wire, these lovely pieces of jewelry include leather, clay, charms, found objects, and other fun materials. Cooper’s accessible instructions on tools and techniques, plus plenty of detailed photos, guide you every step of the way.

 

About the author:

Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for unique materials and color combinations, inspired by her extensive travel and years living in China. She is the author of several jewelry books with Lark, including Necklaceology and Metalworking 101 for Beaders. Candie hosts the public television series Hands On, has appeared as a featured guest on PBS’s popular Beads, Baubles, and Jewels, and teaches creative workshops nationally. She currently lives in Wabash, IN.

 

Check out some of Candie’s beautiful earring designs below:

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures

August 12, 2014, 14:16 pm  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

I couldn’t wait to try my hand at a few of the projects in our new August title: Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures: 30 Projects to Copy, Cut, and Fold by Hiroshi Hayakawa.

 

The book contains an array of delightfully cute and spooky paper monsters and creatures that would make a perfect craft project for Halloween. I really enjoyed making the Baby Alien, Black Cat, and Trash Can Robot projects (picture below!) and look forward to making more to use as table decorations for Halloween parties this fall.

 

The project instructions and templates for the Baby Alien, Black Cat, and Trash Can Robot projects, plus a few others, are available on our FREE STUFF page. Try some out and share a picture of your projects with us in the comments section!

 


Get your copy of Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures today by ordering here, and get a jump start on your holiday decorating!

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Chips

August 08, 2014, 14:09 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

This week we’re celebrating Fall Preview Friday with a delicious new twist on an old favorite: CHIPS: Reinventing a Favorite Food by Chris Bryant, coming out this October!

Everyone loves chips, the ultimate snack food and popular party treat! Now, with this beautifully photographed cookbook, you’ll have a variety of flavorful options for making many different types of chips.

Choose from over 60 delicious, savory or sweet varieties, including vegetables (potatoes, kale, beets), fruit (apples, plantain, pears), and other fun options (pitas, tortillas, wonton wrappers). Get a primer on potatoes, find out about tasty toppers and delectable drizzles, and try out some perfectly matched dips. Several top food bloggers are contributing their favorites, and the yummy photographs look good enough to eat.   In addition, you’ll find chapters that will familiarize you with the ingredients, techniques and tools you’ll need.

 

Check out some of these mouth-watering recipes from the book:

Fried rainbow beets.

Lotus with red curry.

Peppery dill beets.

Strawberry chips for dessert!

During a long run as Senior Art Director of Lark Books, Chris Bryant became the in-house food authority. His knowledge of cooking and culinary trends helped guide Lark’s food titles, including Cake LadiesA Year of Pies, and the Homemade Living series. Chris is a professional food and photo stylist and recipe developer. He is a member of Southern Foodways Alliance, Slow Food USA, and Culinary Historians of Piedmont, NC. Chris is developing his own food blog, extraslaw.com, to go live September 2014. He lives in Asheville, NC.