I quit wearing my coat a few weeks ago. It’s not that the weather was warm – far from it, actually – but I am simply done with winter. This time of year, sometimes a pair of hand warmers can make the difference between being cold and being comfortable. Read more
In college, I had a wonderful art history teacher who believed that the best way to study great artists was to research their sketchbooks. We spent all our time looking for as many sketches and scribbles as we could find leading up to their great paintings. We rarely even bothered with the final pieces! It really opened my eyes to new artists I had never heard of before – artists I never thought I would appreciate as much as I do now. Sonia Delaunay is one of those artists that continues to inspire me. Read more
When we updated our website last year, we added a really awesome new pattern page with lots of improved search features. So many, in fact, that we realize it might be a bit overwhelming for some of you!
Recently, we got a question about one of our crochet patterns that begins in the round with a sliding loop. I crocheted a lot for a previous job, but I had never heard of a sliding loop for crochet. After a quick Google search, I realized this technique is also known as a magic ring or a disappearing ring. It’s a great skill to have because it helps you start crocheting in the round without getting that pesky hole in the top center of your piece.