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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 →

Be part of 'It Girl Crochet' book giveaway

When it comes to unique crocheted accessories, “It Girl Crochet, 23 Must-Have Accessories” (Interweave/F+W/ $22.99) really has it going on with patterns for practical and stylish wearables. Written by Sharon Zientara, the former assistant editor for “Interweave Crochet” magazine, and currently manager at Skacel’s Makers’ Mercantile in Seattle, Washington, the book offers three different themes for … Continue Reading →

Enter giveaway for chance to win 'New American Knits' book

“New American Knits” (Interweave/F+W/$24.99) by Amy Christoffers, designer of the Savory Knitting patterns, is a wonderful collection of “classic sportswear patterns” that might just take you down memory lane if you’ve ever worn casual close-fitting sweaters, and who hasn’t? Featured patterns include cardigans, pullovers, a shrug, a wrap, hats, fingerless gloves, a cowl, a hooded … Continue Reading →

Bernina Dealer previews long-arm machine at American Sewing Expo

BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines recently announced that its Ann Arbor Sewing Center will showcase the BERNINA Q 20 Long-Arm Machne at booth 329 this weekend at the American Sewing Expo to be held at Suburban Collection Showplace. (The machine is not yet available for purchase.) It’s reported … Continue Reading →

Don't miss 'Stitch N' Pitch' at Comerica Park Sept. 28

The seventh annual “Stitch N’ Pitch,” co-sponsored by Mittens for Detroit and the Black Sheep Knitting Guild, will be held at Comerica Park Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. for knitters, crocheters and other needlearts enthusiasts. Wendy Shepherd, executive director of Mittens for Detroit, says participants are encouraged to bring a pair of “new, unused men’s mittens or … Continue Reading →

Help!!! I need to get rid of more books

Hmmm…It’s desk cleaning time AGAIN!!! And, as usual, I need help clearing away some of my craft books! If you’re interested in helping, please drop me an email at jbrown@detroitnews.com with a list of crafts you’re interested in, and maybe I have something to send your way. Please put the word “desk”  in the subject … Continue Reading →

Make '60 Quick Luxury Knits' with Cascade Yarns

If your knitting skills are at the intermediate or advanced level and you enjoy making and wearing high-end knitted items, then “60 Quick Luxury Knits (Sixth & Spring Books/$17.95) has “easy, elegant, projects” that’ll make you the envy of fellow knitters this fall and winter. The featured patterns are designed with “The Venezia Collection from Cascade … Continue Reading →

Make 'Happy Feet' with knitwear designer Cathy Carron

Known for her skills as a fashion-forward accessories designer, Cathy Carron now shares her assortment of unique sock creations in her latest book, “Happy Feet, Unique Knits to Knock Your Socks Off” (Sixth&Spring Books/$19.99). She’s designed a collection of fun-to-wear socks, slippers, legwarmers, knee-highs and lots more. Some are embellished with paillettes at the ankles, pom … Continue Reading →

Learn to crochet this summer tote at The Wool and The Floss

Just in time for summer, The Wool and The Floss is offering a class to teach you how to crochet the stylish and sturdy bag seen here. Classes are being offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 3rd, and 1-3 p.m. May 28th and June 4th. Fee for the class is $48, which includes the yarn and pattern. … Continue Reading →

Join others in Diamondale for hours of crafting

Members of TangleMania Club and Craft 911 will join together to share ideas and have lots of fun tomorrow, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at SmittenDust Studio, 257 South Bridge St. in downton Dimondale. “The studio is the only 1900-era building on the corner of Bridge and Jefferson Streets, next to the ice cream shop. This non-teaching event is … Continue Reading →