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How gorgeous are these handspun yarns from Larimeloom? I’m inspired to finish up with my practice ball of yarn so I can move on to more beautiful materials. I have a pattern for a scarf I’d love to complete while J is deployed this winter, but I need some help because I don’t understand all of the instructions. I can knit and purl just fine, but when it comes to those fancy stitches, I’m completely lost.

I believe Julia Roberts played a large role in making knitting trendy several years ago. Do any of you knit or crochet? How did you learn your craft?

(via perch)

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As many of you know, I was invited to San Francisco to help out at the CraftStylish booth. What is CraftStylish, you ask? CraftStylish is the ultimate resource for EVERYTHING crafty — from knitting to crocheting, sewing to quilting, jewelry making to paper crafts and more. The site is updated daily with patterns, projects and ideas to inspire novices and pros alike. Plus, they feature blog posts by contributors who are experts in their particular craft, like Susan Beal (jewelrymaking) and Jeffery Rudell (paper crafts).

At the Renegade Craft Fair, the CraftStylish booth was giving away I Heart CraftStylish.com pins and encouraging crafters to register for the chance to win a Taunton Press book of their choice. By entering the raffle, they also received a free copy of either Quick Stuff to Make or Quick Stuff to Sew, special issue CraftStylish magazines.

I had the best time hanging out with Jess (on the L) and Michaela (on the R), the managing editor of CraftStylish. Jess told me that I was going to love Michaela, and she was right! Michaela was so much fun and told THE best stories. Who knew that a conversation over dinner about plane crashes could be so entertaining?

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth! It was a pleasure meeting all of you, and you totally inspired me to get my craft on!

PS – Check out The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge and enter to win a prize package worth over $250!

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sf, here i come!

I’m flying out to SF today to meet Jessica for the Renegade Craft Fair. When she asked if I’d be willing to help out at the CraftStylish booth, I accepted her invitation without hesitation. I love San Francisco, and I love crafts and crafty people.

When I’m not hanging out with the CraftStylish folk, I’ll be spending money at some of my favorite stationery vendors…

…and discovering new favorite designers, artists and crafters.

Stop by the CraftStylish booth and say hello!

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I don’t normally watch “Martha” in the morning, but since I’ve been home from work this week, I’ve had the chance to catch a couple of episodes. Martha Stewart makes me want to be a better — more crafty — person. It’s Scrapbooking Week on the show (conveniently, Martha’s line of scrapbooking tools just debuted at Michael’s craft stores), and everyone in the audience sits with their own scrapbooks open on their laps. Some of them are insanely complex. Those are the ones I usually find to be cheesy. But the ones with clean lines and simple, pretty paper are a bit inspiring. I kind of want to buy the entire scrapbooking line and transform my memorabilia into presentable little packages. Labels! Acid free page covers! Decorative edge trimmers! Oh, I wish I had the time (and patience and craftiness) to pick up another hobby. I promised myself that the first activity I start when I get to Omaha is my beading. I invested so much money in beading supplies and have made nary a necklace in weeks.

Everything will change once I have a proper table to work on. I will suddenly be filled with creativity and inspiration. There will be no stopping me…maybe.

By the way, did you know that Martha Stewart is turning 66 this year? She looks fabulous for her age. On yesterday’s show she discussed part of her skincare regime, but I can’t afford any of the products she uses.

(image via marthastewart.com)

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