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Spring Preview Saturday: Lace Yarn Studio

October 11, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

coverFor those knitters who adore laceweight yarn, beautiful shawl patterns abound. Yet where do you turn when you’ve had your fill of shawls, and want to explore more uses for your ultra-fine yarn?

 

In Carol Sulcoski’s Lace Yarn Studio (April 2015), 26 stunning projects utilize laceweight yarn in unique and exciting applications. Patterns range from a beaded skirt to a scarf and vest set, providing an exciting new way to experience your favorite fine yarns.

 

Carol J. Sulcoski is a knitwear designer, writer, hand dyer, and teacher. Her books include Sock Yarn Studio (Lark), Knit So Fine (Interweave), and Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns (Interweave), and Carol’s work has also appeared in such magazines as Vogue KnittingKnitSimpleInterweave KnitsKnitScene, and  Noro Magazine. Carol’s hand-dyed yarn can be purchased at blackbunnyfibers.com

 

Take a peek at some of our favorite patterns from the upcoming title below, and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 

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Felt-o-ween Giveaway: Punkin’ Treat Pouch

October 10, 2014, 15:21 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

9781454708513_ccvr c#E21EC9 (3)Celebrate the spookiest day of the year by having some crafty fun with our new book, Felt-o-ween!

 

The team behind the popular Fa La La La Felt and Heart-Felt Holidays brings you 40 BOO-tiful decorations and costumes for a festive Halloween. Requiring little or no stitching, these felted projects are 100% beginner-friendly, including pumpkin candy bags, a huggable vampire stuffy, a creepy crawly wreath, and plenty of ears, headbands, and other wearables for revelers young and old. 

 

To help get you ready for Halloween, we’re giving away TWO special Felt-o-ween prize packs with a copy of the book, as well as materials to make your very own “Punkin’ Treat Pouch.”

 

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, October 15. Winners will be selected by Thursday, October 16. Click here for the official rules.

 

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Dress up this Halloween with Playful Hoodies!

October 09, 2014, 17:45 pm  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

Playful HoodiesAs my morning commute becomes colder each day, I find that the comfort of a well-loved sweatshirt can transform a miserable morning into a tolerable one. Although I don’t have many hoodies in my closet, the few that I do own are well-worn and ragged, featuring college names and vacation destinations from years ago.

My love of cuddly outerwear isn’t new—my parents fondly reminisce about my early childhood, when a full-length, rabbit-eared, cotton-tailed onesie was my outfit of choice, regardless of the weather. For almost a year, even on hot summer days, I insisted on pulling up my bunny-eared hood and waddling around in fluffy-tailed fleece.

When Playful Hoodies was released, I couldn’t help but think back on all of the hoodies which have provided warmth and comfort over the years. In fact, our entire craft team was enamored by the adorable hoodies throughout this book! Somehow, we all found our spirit animals or alter-egos had made their way onto the book’s pages.

As we crowded around, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the incredible projects before us, an inspired proposal was made. Brita, a fellow Assistant Editor, let us know that she had already purchased the supplies to make a project out of the book for Halloween. The entire Lark Crafts team instantly and unanimously decided to adopt Brita’s inspired idea, each choosing a hoodie project to craft for Halloween!

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Brita had first pick, and decided to be a gnome. Even before we had made the final decision to take on hoodie projects as a team, Brita’s beard fur was in the mail!

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John chose to be a fox, while Connie chose a raccoon hoodie (her project is featured in another Lark title, Sewn Together, but it is designed by the same author, Mary Rasch).

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Josh, our friend in the publicity department, decided to join us as a wizard. And I, of course, will be a white rabbit—an homage to the oft-worn footie pajamas of my youth.

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We will make sure to post updates of our progress as we craft our celebratory hoodies. Our sweatshirts just arrived in the mail, and the fun is about to begin!

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Be sure to order your copy of Playful Hoodies today and join in on the fun!

 

 
 
 
 
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9781454708506_cvr.inddNow that fall has arrived, it’s finally time for apple picking. I visited an orchard in upstate New York last weekend and picked a bushel of Jonagold, Idared, Empire, and Mutsu apples. With a whole bag of delicious apples at hand, I’ve been on the lookout for some tasty recipes that call for them.

 

Our new title CHIPS: Reinventing a Favorite Food by Chris Bryant (which hits stores today!) offers recipes for three varieties of apple chips: Spiced Apple Chips, Apple and Sage Chips, and a recipe for Baked Ras el Hanout Apple Chips with Yogurt Sauce from guest contributor Ashley English. All three varieties would make a great snack at a fall party.

 

Pick up a copy of CHIPS starting today and try out these apple chips after your own trip to the vineyard! Check out delicious photos of these recipes below:

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Spring Preview Saturday: Stitch Love

October 04, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Welcome to Spring Preview Saturday! Each Saturday this fall, our Lark editors will be sharing previews of our upcoming titles for Spring 2015. Check back each week to get the latest scoop on what’s coming soon with these sneak peeks from Lark Crafts.

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Stitch love coverLove stitching? Love animals? Well then you’ll definitely want to check out Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small by Mollie Johanson coming this January!

 

The book includes 25 irresistibly adorable projects (the Frozen Yeti Ice Pack is my favorite), plus over 100 beginner-friendly embroidery motifs. The patterns feature a variety of irresistibly cute critters—pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, even mythical favorites like Pegasus. 

 

Check out a few of the wonderful projects below and stay tuned for more on Stitch Love as the holiday season approaches. In the meantime, learn more about Mollie on her blog: wildolive.blogspot.com.

 

Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big and Small by Mollie Johanson will be available on January 27, 2015 and is available for pre-order now.

 

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Week 2 of our CHUNKY KNITS Knit-a-long!

October 03, 2014, 18:58 pm  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

Chunky Knits cover (3)It’s week two of our Chunky Knits Knit-a-long, and we’ve made some great progress on our hats!

 

One of my favorite things about simple knitting patterns is their easy adaptability. I love making small modifications to knitting patterns to help them fit my body and my style. For those who enjoy modifying patterns as much as I do, take a look at the changes I’ve decided to implement in my rendition of the hat.

 

I decided to work with my red Berocco Ultra Alpaca skein, and the little heart buttons I picked out were smaller than the size the pattern recommended. In order to accommodate this change, I decided not to include buttonholes in my garter band (my tiny buttons would have slipped right out). Instead of buttoning the garter flap down, I will sew it permanently in place, and use the buttons as a decorative bonus!

 

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I also decided to slightly change the way that the garter flap is created. Instead of binding off at the end of the final garter row, I bound off at the beginning of the row. This allowed me to begin knitting in the round without cutting and reattaching my yarn!

 

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The pattern we are following can be found here, for those who are just now joining us! There is still one more week to join us in our knit-along.

 

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 – One + One: Hats

October 02, 2014, 17:33 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

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October is here, which means hat weather is quickly approaching! Get ready for fall with some of these gorgeous knitted hat designs from Iris Schreier.

 

Knitters love to make hats — and ONE + ONE: HATS, the second book in Iris Schreier’s exciting new series, gives them a stunning array of fashionable, functional, and beautiful projects. Best of all, each one uses only two skeins of yarn!

 

The hats come in a broad range of colors and textures, and Schreier explores a variety of knitting techniques, from knit and purl to lace; stranded colorwork and slip stitch; and double knit. Pick up a copy today and get ready for winter! 

 

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ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF ONE + ONE: HATS

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, October 8. Winners will be selected by Thursday, October 9. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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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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ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF WEE FELT WORLDS

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, October 1. Winners will be selected by Thursday, October 2. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!