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Throwback Thursday: Cake Ladies

September 18, 2014, 19:24 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Cake LadiesAlmost every town in the South, large or small, has its own cake lady, that one special person who shows her love for friends and families by providing delicious Southern baked goods for all of the community’s special occasions. In Cake Ladies by Jodi Rhoden, this southern tradition is celebrated with profiles of 17 different women who wear this title with pride.

 

These talented bakers don’t just share their personal story; each one also reveals their signature recipes, providing detailed instructions and mouthwatering photographs so bakers everywhere can enjoy delicious desserts with some southern charm. With a variety of traditional southern cakes, ranging from a caramel cake and a strawberry shortcake to a pineapple upside-down cake and Mississippi Mud, you’ll be eager to try them all. It won’t be long until you too are a cake lady, making your loved ones’ celebrations a bit sweeter with the perfect cake for their birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and graduations.

 

Be sure to order your copy of Cake Ladies today and let the baking begin!

 

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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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Throwback Thursday: Hand in Hand

September 11, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by joshglickman
 

Hand in handThis week we’re celebrating Throwback Thursday with Hand in Hand by Jenny Doh! This imaginative book showcases DIY crafting ideas for kids from twenty top parenting bloggers.

 

From papier-mâché masks to keepsake pillows to family banners, these fun-filled projects that both parent and child can make together. With the flip of a page, these simple moments with your child will create lasting memories, inspire creativity and instill confidence in your child’s abilities.

 

Included are easy-to-follow instructions for children and family members of all ages, beautifully-illustrated pictures and creative designs, and personal antecedents from parenting superstars. Jenny Doh’s Hand in Hand is one family craft book will be sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

 

Jenny Doh is the former Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio magazine and is the President and Founder of crescendoh.com. Jenny serves regularly as a keynote speaker across the nation delivering messages on creative passion, authentic leadership, effective communication, and focused compassion. Jenny was recognized by Folio magazine as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing industry. Jenny’s previous books include Signature Styles and Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration. She lives in Santa Ana, California.

 

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Take a look inside the new Beading All-Stars

September 10, 2014, 20:14 pm  Posted by Jill Jarnow
 

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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Mystic Sun Earrings

 

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!

 

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: Artful Halloween

September 04, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by joshglickman
 

Artful HalloweenFriends, Halloween is right around the corner!  Interested in some spooky – but stylish – Halloween projects this year? Then be sure to grab Artful Halloween to get ready for October 31st with 31 beautiful costume, pumpkin, and home-decorating ideas!

 

Give your house a spooky, sophisticated look with projects like black lace votives, a “blood-splattered” paper bouquet, monster cupcake toppers, glow-in-the-dark treat buckets, illustrated pumpkins and black doily spider webs.  Also included are guidelines for tools, materials, and techniques to get you started.

 

Author Susan Wasinger designs houses, products, books, and magazines.  She is the author of several books, including The Feisty Stitcher and Artful Christmas, which comes out in September!

 

You can get ready for the holiday season by ordering your copy of Artful Halloween here.

 

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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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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.