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My new Knit Animal Lovies book is now available!

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My new Knit lovie animal book is now available

I wanted to share the news;  My new knit animal lovie book is now available.  Gee, I didn’t know you could knit.   I hear this a lot.  But the fact is that yes, I am bi-stitchual… is that a word?   I enjoy just about every craft.  I still haven’t delved too much into scrapbooking.   I have made some cards and have basic supplies but the bug hasn’t hit me yet.

I learned that my new Knit Animal Lovies book is now available at LeisureArts.com   I designed 12 animal lovies but these are the 10 that were the final selections.    Each square has a different design so you can mix and match whichever square you like to the lovie of your choice.  I had so much fun making this.  I have a Crochet lovie book and people wanted a knit book.   These designs are different from those in the Crochet book.   (a couple overlap like the Puppy and Owl).     The books will be available in crafts stores such as Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Knit Picks, Amazon, and many others  in January 2016.    It is a great value.

I wanted to share the info with all of you.  I know that many of you knit and Animal lovies make a great gift for little ones.  I love making these to give at Baby showers.    I wanted to share a few photos with you.  If you want to order your copy please go to this link:   Knit Animal Lovies Book    

.  I’m really happy with how the book turned out.  I think you are really going to like it.  Keep on reading to see some photos of the lovies in the book.

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How to sew Crochet Granny Squares together.. Easy Peasy!

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How to Sew Crochet square together

Learn to Sew Crochet Granny Squares Together

In this post I will teach you how to sew (seam) crochet pieces together.   Here I will demonstrate with a granny square but the same methods apply for other pieces as well.

I love crocheting and knitting but the one thing I really don’t enjoy that much is when I need to seam (sew) pieces together.  I know we’ve all been there.  We have just completed our last granny square and now the daunting task of sewing them all together is before us.  Well.. that and sewing in tails is another drudgery I would love to avoid.

If I had a magic wand I would just magically make all those tails go away and have all my pieces magically sew themselves together.   But alas no such luck.

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A Crochet Snowman Ornament….Fast, Cute and Easy!

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Easy Crochet Snowman ornament

Easy Crochet Snowman Ornament

Christmas season is in full swing.  It seems every store has their Christmas decorations up and on display.  I see so many cute Christmas ornaments.  Some affordable and others not so much.  Since time seems to be at a premium I wanted to share a quick project.  These little snowman ornaments meet the requirements of quick, easy and cute.   We used to make these little ornaments when we were kids so it brings back great memories.   You can use them on the tree or put them on your presents in place of a bow.

You can make them with any type of yarn (and weight) and hook size.   Of course the bigger and heavier the yarn the bigger the snowman.   This is a good project for using up your yarn scraps.    I uploaded a youtube video tutorial and it has been well received.

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How to Measure Gauge; What is it? Why should I care?

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Tool to Measure Gauge on crochet and knit items

Learn to Measure Gauge

In this post you will learn how to measure gauge.  Have you ever wondered what gauge was and why you should care?   I get a lot of people that say they never make a gauge swatch and that they really don’t understand gauge.   If you have been fortunate enough to create garments that fit without making a gauge swatch let me say that one day your luck may run out.  What probably happened is that you were working very close to the gauge indicated on the pattern.   Lucky you!

Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows a knitter or crocheter makes per inch using a certain yarn and needles or hook.  Since not everyone crochet or knits with the same tension (this affects gauge), it is a very good idea to make a gauge swatch before beginning a new project.   There are items that you can crochet or knit in which gauge isn’t critical.  However if you are working on certain items like garments it is important to be able to match the gauge that is specified in the pattern instructions.  This will ensure that your item/garment is the same size as the size the designer intended when designing the item and that the amount of yarn required (as specified in pattern) is sufficient to complete your project.

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Learn to Sew Fabric Lining to your Crochet and Knit Blankets

Fabric Lining on Crochet Items

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Learn To Sew Fabric Lining to your Crochet and Knit Blankets

In this post I will share how to Sew a fabric lining to  your crochet and knit items.    Today I uploaded a video tutorial on my youtube channel that many people have requested.  I have gotten this question so many times.  How do you sew a lining to a crochet or knitted blanket without ruining it?   Well, in today’s video I show you how I do it.

There is no need to be afraid of your sewing machine.  Using a few little tricks you can sew a fabric lining to your work easily and quickly.   I recommend blocking your blanket first to get a true size.  This is important since you will need to know what size to cut your fabric lining.  In the video I demonstrated on a 12 inch granny square (for filming purposes).  The concept is the same with all sizes.

First you will need to work at least 2 rows of single crochet all the way around your piece.   (for knitted pieces I work 2 knitted stitched on each edge, right and left of each row.   I also work the first two rows and last two row in the knitted stitch. This gives me a new edge to sew).  There are several ways you can sew a lining to crochet and knit blankets.  I demonstrate how to do this using a sewing machine.  However, it is still possible to do the same thing by sewing the lining on by hand.   Not having a sewing machine doesn’t mean you can’t sew linings to your projects.  You can also use this same technique to sew linings to bags or other items.

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