Enter giveaway for chance to win copy of 'Cozy Knits'

It’s that time of year when you probably want to knit warm accessories, and “Cozy Knits, 50 Fast & Easy Projects From Top Designers” (Interweave/18.95) offers a unique collection of simple patterns to make it all so ‘easy.’ The book’s author, Tanis Gray, former yarn editor for “Vogue Knitting,”  has included a range of patterns for shawls, … Continue Reading →

Knitting book helps you prepare for cold months ahead

A collection of fashion-forward scarves are featured in Ann Budd’s “Scarf Style 2, Innovative to Traditional, 26 Fresh Designs to Knit,” (Interweave/$24.95). From straight to circular, you’re sure to find a scarf, shawl or cowl that suits your taste. Designs range from textured and casual to lacy with a more dressy appeal for evenings out on the … Continue Reading →

Buttons available from collector's stash!

Carol of Northville, who’s been cleaning out her drawers, says she has “an old tin of many, many buttons” and is looking for someone who can use them. If you happen to be that person, please email me at and I’ll forward your email address to her. Please put the word “BUTTONS” in the subject … Continue Reading →

More books to giveaway!

Hmmm…I just found several more books here on my desk for giveaway. If you’re interested in cardmaking, sewing for infants, decorative painting, crafting ideas for a wedding, tie-dyeing, upholstering furniture, knitting toys or embroidering items for your home, just drop me an email at and tell me which book(s) you’re interested in possibly receiving. Please put the word “giveaways” in … Continue Reading →

Stay warm this winter with 'Free-Spirit Shawls'

Be inspired with new and more fashion-forward patterns for knitting shawls with “Free-Spirit Shawls, 20 Eclectic Knits for Every Day” (Interweave/$24.95) by Lisa Shroyer, editor of “Knitscene” and author of “Knitting Plus: Mastering Fit + 15 Projects” and “The Best of Knitscene: A Collection of Simple, Stylish & Spirited Knits” (both from Interweave). The book … Continue Reading →

"Knitting Off the Axis" book giveaway

Why not try a brand new approach to knitting? Designer Mathew Gnagy offers insight into non-traditional ways for knitting sweaters — sideways and at odd angles in his recently published book, “Knitting Off The Axis, Projects + Techniques for Sideways Knitting” (Interweave Books/$24.95). The book is divided into three sections, Truly Sideways, Mostly Sideways and … Continue Reading →