November 26, 2013, 05:00 am  Posted by Shannon Quinn-Tucker



Enter for a chance to win all four copies of the fabulous crochet books shown above! 

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, A.H.K.!

Last year, I made a mid-year’s resolution to learn to crochet. This year, I kept it. Crocheting is so much fun, and I’ve already made the Skinny Scalloped Scarf from Crochet Love and the Chunky Ribbed Scarf from Crochet Boutique.

Because it’s the holidays, and because Lark loves you, and to celebrate the one resolution I’ve followed through with in the last 20 years, we’re giving away a sweet little bundle of four Lark crochet books to one lucky winner! Simply enter a comment below, and you could win a copy of Crochet Love, Crochet Boutique, AmiguruME, and Crochet Garden.

Whether you’re a newbie crocheter like me or are already accomplished with the hook, you’ll find a wide range of projects in these books: fresh, modern wearables and accessories; sweet, zakka-inspired, simple-to-stitch projects; amigurume people you can create in any shape or size; and lovely, floral-inspired motifs for any season. 

How can you enter for a chance to win this essential collection of crochet books? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 5. Any comment will do, but why don’t you tell us about any holiday crochet projects you have in the works? One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced on Friday, December 6. Click here for the official rules. 



Stormy Weather Knee HighsInto each life some rain must fall — or so say Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ella Fitzgerald. Too bad Henry and Ella didn’t have a pair of spiffy knee high socks with storm cloud appliqués from Stash Happy Appliqué to perk them up. But you’ll be right as rain this spring when you grab a pair of  socks, download the Stormy Weather Knee Highs pattern here, and start combating those rainy day blues in no time!

Authored by the oh-so-talented Cynthia Shaffer, Stash Happy Appliqué offers up a bevy of ways to use your stash of fabric, including a mod skirt, café curtains, a tote bag, a lampshade, and so much more.

Stash Happy Applique




Don’t let April showers get you down — download your free pattern of Stormy Weather Knee Highs, then snag a copy of Stash Happy Appliqué for more creative ways to use your fabric stash!


Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: AnimalsIt seemed like spring was never going to arrive this year (Snow in March? Totally unfair.), but I think warmer weather has finally settled in for good here in Asheville. And with the higher temperatures, a lot of us are feeling the urge to get stuff done: cleaning our front porches, packing away sweaters and scarves and pulling out sundresses, and planning our springtime craft projects—like these cross-stitch designs from Trice Boerens’s Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Animals. The great thing about Two-Hour Cross Stitch is that every design can be made in a short amount of time—just right for stitching while you take a spring break road trip, soak up the sun in your yard, or indulge in an extra-long lunch (ahem) to enjoy the warmer temperatures.

Get started on your spring craft projects by entering to win a FREE copy of Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Animals, plus two finished, framed pieces from the book: a little duck holding an umbrella and a squirrel with an acorn. You just can’t get any more spring than that!Squirrel and Duck

Plus, you can download a PDF pattern of these two designs for free: just click here and get stitching.

For even more cross-stitch fun, pick up a copy of Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Animals at BN.com or at your local bookstore. You’ll find animal-themed projects to fit every occasion – birthdays, holidays, baby showers, and more!


UPDATE: The contest is over and we have chosen a winner! Thanks to everyone for participating!

To enter to win two framed cross-stitched pieces and a copy of Two-Hour Cross-Stitch: Animals, leave a comment on this post between now and 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to know what cross-stitch project you’re currently working on. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced by Thursday, April 18. Click here for the official rules, and good luck!


The older I get, the less I like cold weather. That’s why each year, I tune in to see if Punxsutawney Phil is going to do me right, avoid seeing his shadow, and send us all an early spring. (To find out everything you wanted to know about Phil but were afraid to ask, check out the official Groundhog Day site here).Seeing Shadows Phone Case

If, like me, you’re just trying to power through February to get to that first hint of warmth in March, I’ve got the perfect project to work on while you hunker down: this too-cute Seeing Shadows Phone Case by Mollie Johanson from Heart-Felt Holidays. Download the pattern, and pass the time stitching up a unique accessory for your phone or handheld device. Then before you know it, spring will be here!

Download the pattern here: Seeing Shadows Phone Case

To purchase a copy of Heart-Felt Holidays, where you can find crafts for every season of the year, go to BN.com.


Lace Boot Toppers by Amanda LilleyNo, it’s not a subscription to the Jelly-of-the-Month Club. This holiday bonus is way better. Our friend Amanda, of Amanda Lilley Designs, is giving away a few of her fabulous patterns! You might remember Amanda from my Etsy wishlist blog post, where I featured her Redeemed Cowl. Amanda was kind enough to share her pattern for the cowl, which you can download here.


And, this week only, you can enter for a chance to win patterns of her Lace Boot Toppers and Oxford Mitts!


To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EDT on Monday, December 31. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to hear about your favorite holiday memory. Five winners will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced by Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Click here for the official rules. The winners have been chosen and will be notified soon! Thanks to everyone for participating!Oxford Mitts by Amanda Lilley


Check out all of Amanda’s fantastic patterns at Amanda Lilley Designs on Etsy!


All I Want From Etsy

December 20, 2012, 09:00 am  Posted by Shannon Quinn-Tucker

Every holiday season, it seems my list of gifts to give grows longer. A friend of mine recently shared what seemed to be a simple solution: Get each person something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.

Her plan sounded great to me—until I hopped on Etsy, where my personal list was instantly revised to something I want, something I want, something I want and…well, you get the picture.

Turns out I’m in dire need of a little leafy decoration for my home, something stylish to stash my makeup in when I travel, a micro-crocheted turtle that simultaneously fulfills my love of both turtles and miniature things, an adorable wall hook for my work cubicle, a few beautiful pieces of neckwear, and some fabulous knee-high socks. Plus, who can say no to a fox wrap?

Take a look at my finds, and perhaps discover some wants of your own!

My Etsy Wishlist

Row by row, starting at the top left:

Top Down, Knee High Socks by AmandaLilleyDesigns

Crocheted Leaves by Eljuks

Lace Cowl by AmandaLilleyDesigns

Rounded Cosmetic Pouch by Octopurse

Crochet Fox Scarf by Novelopt

Micro Crocheted Turtle by Suami 

Teapot Wall Hanger by Misakomimoko

Ethnic tribal thread choker necklace by Arrowsrain

Bird Crochet Necklace by LavenderField


Rudolph Hoop OrnamentAs much as you love spending time with your kids, there might come a point during the holiday break where you sort of can’t wait for them to return to school. (Maybe that point came the day after your kids got out of school. I’m not judging you. I’ve been there, too.)

Avoid cabin fever by keeping everyone busy—bake cookies, get in some outside playtime, and make these simple holiday ornaments from Pretty in Patchwork Holidays!The Quite Personable Pickle Ornament

The Quite Personable Pickle Ornament, designed by by the book’s author, John Q. Adams, and the Rudolph Hoop Ornament, designed by Angela Mitchell, are simple enough to involve kids in the crafting and easy and quick enough to keep their attention. Little ones can help cut out the templates and trace their shapes, and older kids can participate in the gluing, stuffing, and stitching.

After you complete the pickle ornament, follow the tradition of hiding it in your tree, then bestow an extra gift on the first child who finds it. Let your child decide where to hang the Rudolph Hoop—perhaps on his or her bedpost or doorknob, or on a festive holly branch in a mason jar. However you choose to use your ornaments, you’ll be creating happy holiday memories that your kids will cherish.

Pick up a copy of Pretty in Patchwork Holidays at BN.com and find many more ideas for holiday crafting—quilts, wall hangings, stockings, and table runners abound, and many of the projects can be adapted to use throughout the year!


Pretty in Patchwork Holidays 

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Another Project Giveaway from Crochet Garden

November 14, 2012, 09:00 am  Posted by Shannon Quinn-Tucker

Suzann Thompson’s Crochet Garden is now 50% off at BN.com as part of the Giving Handmade Holiday Sale! We’re celebrating by giving away not one but—wait for it—TWO projects from the book. Download “Gambel Oak Leaves” and “Maple Leaf” and crochet some happy fall foliage that you can attach to gift bags, hang from a doorknob, or use to spiff up your workspace.

(And if you missed it, hop over to last week’s giveaway of “Mini, Midi, & Maxi-Mums” and keep on crocheting!)

Crochet Garden is just one of many Lark books at 50% off in the Giving Handmade Holiday Sale, so go to BN.com and get inspired to do some creative gift-giving!


Crochet GardenI’m bound and determined to hold on to the last vestiges of fall. Even though the trees around my house are almost bare and we’ve seen some early snow here in Asheville, I’m still surrounding myself with fall-themed creations. Hey, winter doesn’t officially begin until December 21, right?

This weekend, I’m planning to get started on my goal of learning to crochet, and my first project just might be these mums from Mini-MumsSuzann Thompson’s Crochet Garden. You can keep the spirit of fall alive, too, by downloading a PDF of “Mini, Midi, & Maxi-Mums” for absolutely free! Crochet a variety of sizes in any autumnal color you’d like, then spread some fall love by tying a string to each mum and hanging them in a sunny window, scattering the mums around your table at Thanksgiving, or attaching them to other projects. (Bonus: you can use them as Christmas tree ornaments, too!)

After you’re finished, get inspired to crochet other projects for the holidays—the Pineapple on page 42 is a great way to welcome holiday guests, and the Poinsettia (page 91) and Edelweiss (page 98) add indoor cheer when it’s chilly outside. Plus, Crochet Garden offers tons of other garden-inspired designs to keep you happily crocheting all year long. Click here for free “Mini, Midi, & Maxi-Mums” project instructions, and get started today!


Free Projects For Your Thanksgiving Table!

November 07, 2012, 12:44 pm  Posted by Shannon Quinn-Tucker

Pumpkin Pie in the SkyThanksgiving is only 15 days away, and you still have to buy the turkey, find that green bean casserole recipe you only make at this time of year, and figure out a seating arrangement that will keep Uncle Clark and Cousin Larry far enough apart to avoid a Hatfield-and-McCoy showdown.

Fortunately, creating table décor doesn’t have to be a stressor—we’ve got a couple of project ideas that are fun, easy to make, and will add pizzazz to your Thanksgiving table.

Heart-Felt HolidaysFirst, download this free pdf of (Pumpkin) Pie in the Sky by Aimee Ray from Heart-Felt Holidays! A delectably simple little project, these felted slices can be used as place card holders—just slip a name card between the whipped cream and crust. Plus, each guest can take his or her pie home as a sweet reminder of the day.

Next, check out Five Thanksgiving Placemats Kids Can Make on Babysittingjobs.com. Your kids will have a blast creating nifty little placemats for their own special table using fun items like fall leaves, felt, and golf balls.

So forget the turkey and trimmings for a few minutes and create some table décor that everyone will love (and, who knows, might even distract Clark and Larry from their family feud)!