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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:

Spiced Apple Chips

Spiced Apple Chips

Apple and Sage Chips

Apple and Sage Chips

Baked Ras al Hanout Apple Chips with Yogurt Sauce

Baked Ras el Hanout Apple Chips with Yogurt Sauce

 
 
 
 
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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
 

One + One hats

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

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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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Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, September 24th for your chance to win a copy of the book + a special Cake Ladies apron for your kitchen. Winners will be selected by Thursday, September 25th. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!