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The Magic Yarn Project

A few weeks ago I started volunteering for The Magic Yarn Project, which is a nonprofit organization that makes yarn wigs/hats for children with cancer. I feel that it’s karma (or synchronicity or “the powers that be”) that I found out about this organization, as I have experience with the exact things they need help…

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Meet Pam of FiberCrafty!

I recently met Pam online in a creative business owner’s group. She has just launched an awesome new website, FiberCrafty, which showcases indie designers and other fiber-related products. I love discovering new and unique goodies to fuel my passions! I asked Pam to talk a little about how and why she started her business, here’s…

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A Tale of Two Shawls

Hi there! My name is Jess, and I work with Lisa (and several other awesome creative business owners) to help her plan and create content for her business. Today she’s letting me take over her blog to talk about my two most recent shawl projects!   The Plan For my birthday and my daughter’s birthday…

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How to measure and get gauge in crochet and knitting

The experience of knitting or crocheting is an adventure! It should involve a fair amount of experimentation, but also some careful planning. If you just jump into a project without any preparation, you’re likely to run into a major problem: gauge. Read this post to learn more about what gauge is and how to get…

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Sometimes gauge just doesn’t work the way you planned

I started crocheting about two years ago. As with any new craft, I started small and made cowls, hats, scarves, and other accessories. A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to make my first crochet garment and chose the Drops Summer Bliss Vest. This long, lacy vest has a Boho feel, and I really…

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Recap: TNNA 2017

How do yarn industry professionals get education and networking opportunities for our businesses? We actually have our very own trade show! The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) hosts needlearts wholesale trade shows, and I just got back from my trip over the past weekend to Columbus, OH. TNNA is an international trade organization representing retailers, manufacturers,…

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Knitting is Healthy

Knitting is healthy! One thing I always comment on to beginning knitters is that it’s a meditative hobby. When you first learn to knit, it can help to count each step as you’re making the knit stitch. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Repeating this mantra allows you to focus on what your…

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