Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Books at the Library

The library bought a couple of new books on knitting and crochet.

Knit Red: Stitching for Women's Heart Health by Laura Zander is obviously for knitters.  Every pattern in the book uses red yarn.  Certainly you can choose whatever color of yarn you prefer, but this book's premise is to raise awareness of women's heart disease which kills more women than all types of cancer combined (according to the facts in this book). 

The patterns include lacy and bargello type shawls, sweaters, dresses, capes, fingerless gloves, ...well, you get the idea.  There are thirty patterns for any type of knitting that you prefer to do.

For our crocheters, we have Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques by Robyn Chachula. 

There are 29 patterns for afghans and pillows.  Some are all of a piece and some are done in motifs.  A couple of patterns are entrelac (diamonds) or something closely resembling entrelac (attached squares). 

These patterns are designed to use the styles you know in slightly different ways.  There is a wonderful round design made of single crochet worked over a second color carried along the edge.  At certain intervals, the carried color becomes the working color.  This way you get a design without having to break off the old color or sew sections together.

 If those directions were about as clear as mud, please come in and check out the book.  Page 78.  You'll see.

Happy crafting,


The Last Crochet Klatch

Thursday, June 21st was the last meeting og the Crochet Katch.  The regular attenders were sad to see it end, but will join with the knitters on Knit Night.

Happy crafting,


Monday, June 4, 2012

Knitting for the Wedding

Are you maybe helping out with a wedding, but you'd rather be knitting?  You could offer to make the guest favors. 

Our thanks once again to Lion Brand Yarn for letting us borrow their photos.

Image of Wedding Favor Bags

For the free pattern, see

For the crocheters among us, here's a bridal shawl to use instead of a veil:

Image of Bridal Shawl

For this pattern, see:

There are a number of amigurumi patterns that are as cute as can be:

Image of Amigurumi Bunny <font color=red>Wedding</font> Cake Topper   Image of Amigurumi Two Peas in a Pod   Image of Amigurumi Little <font color=red>Wedding</font> Cake

For these patterns, I would go to the Lion Brand Yarn website and put "wedding amigurumi" in the search box.

There are wedding barrettes, pillows and crocheted favor bags.  And don't forget to check in Ravelry which has patterns for shawls, afghans, and garters.

Happy crafting,