Yarn Blocking Help

Blocking is a method to finish a piece and to give it a refined look. It will straighten and align your stitches, "open up" your lace work or cables and help your finished product 'lay' or 'drape' with perfection. You will see better stitch definition and the pattern will really shine through when you take the time to block your work. There are...

Free Pattern – Football Hat

As much as we want to pretend like it’s not happening, Summer is winding down, and pretty soon the cool Fall nights will be back along with FOOTBALL! Here is the perfect little hat for a sweet child in your life to keep their ears warm while playing in the leaves. This pattern has sizes from 6 months to 10 years, and requires a 16″...

What I Wish I Knew

I have knit for as far back as I can remember. When I learned to knit, I learned on my grandma’s aluminum Boye knitting needles.  I always loved to walk in her house and hear the clicking of her working on whatever project she was in the midst of. I would go in her yarn closet and stick my head in the many, many pink Mary Maxim bags of yarn...

Home Free Pattern Round Up

Summer is winding down and it's almost time to be making our way back indoors. We've put together a round up of 10 free patterns for items for your home to help make spending the cooler days inside a little brighter! Just click the link to open the pattern. Please share with anyone you think would enjoy these patterns! Cup Cozies Yarn...

Celebrity Lookalike Fashion

For many years we have looked to celebrities and well-known artists to see what trends to follow or the newest style of clothes to wear. There is even television make-over shows that help your everyday gal or guy get a similar look of celebrities. They show them how to do it for a fraction of the cost of the high-end items celebrities or models...

My Favorite Items

I have been asked several times what is my favorite crafting item, what can I not live without? My first response is yarn of course, but obviously, that is not the answer people are looking for. Is there a MUST HAVE, a “I can NOT live without this” product? Yes! It is the Knit Picks circular needle set. I was taught to knit on wooden...

Technique Tuesday – Pattern Help

Repeats and Symbols One of the most common errors or issues with understanding patterns is interpreting repeats. We use symbols, brackets, and parenthesis as a way to simplify and shorten a pattern. We would like to break down part of a couple of patterns that have several different types of repeats and help explain each part. Example round: In...

Product Spotlight – Mary Maxim Puzzles

Puzzles are a wonderful activity to share with your family! No matter what the age, anyone can help with a puzzle, and they are proven to help with your brain function and memory. Who couldn't benefit from that? Puzzles are shown to work both hemispheres of your brain at the same time, exercise your brain cells, and also can prove to be meditative...