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Take a sneak-peek at BOUND by Erica Ekrem

September 30, 2014, 15:19 pm  Posted by John Foster
 

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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Throwback Thursday: Wee Felt Worlds

September 25, 2014, 17:07 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Wee Felt WorldsFor Throwback Thursday this week, we’re taking a look at the adorable Wee Felt Worlds. There’s something magical about things made in miniature—and now you can create whole wee worlds of them, with three-dimensional critters and scenery!

 

It’s easy to do with needle felting, an oh-so-simple process that requires very few tools!  Choose one of ten fun felted scenes with 50 individual items, including a prehistoric landscape with dinosaurs, volcanoes, and Paleolithic plants; a camping adventure featuring an adorable bear cub; a sweet sewing room, and even a galaxy far, far away with UFOs.

 

Along the way, readers get tons of techniques and tips from the designers—from basic felt shaping to creating joints—and lots of helpful step-by-step illustrations.

 

Author Amanda Carestio is the author of several Lark titles, including Fa la la la Felt, Never Been Stitched, Heart-Felt Holidays, and Felt-O-Ween (out now!).

 

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SeedBeadChic Poster_LowRes 2Attention Georgia beaders! Beadjoux Bead Store (Braselton, GA) is pleased to announce a special weekend of events with Lark author and bead artist Amy Katz.   The weekend of October 10-12 will be reserved for a book signing, trunk show party and two classes taught exclusively by Amy Katz.

 

Amy Katz has been beading for 20 years and teaches beading workshops and classes across the country. Her designs revolve around the “high-end” jewelry store look using quality seed beads, crystals, pearls, and more. She is the author of the new Seed Bead Chic (Oct. 2014), and her website is BeadJourney.com. She lives in Fairfax Station, VA.

 

The weekend of events will begin with a book signing and trunk show party on Friday October 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Amy will be signing her new book, Seed Bead Chic.  It features 25 upscale and elegant projects that look like the fine jewelry you would find in high-end boutiques.  This book is a must have for every beader!  Hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the book signing.

 

Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12 will be reserved for classes taught by Amy Katz.  Amy will be teaching her Slide Baby Slide bracelet design on Saturday and her Elena’s Necklace design on Sunday.

 

For more information about the weekend events featuring Amy Katz, please contact:

Beadjoux Bead Store
6750 Highway 53
Suite 103
Braselton, GA 30517
706-658-0007
http://www.beadjoux.com/

 

 

 
 
 
 
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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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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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