Behind the Scenes: Denise Interchangeable Knitting & Crochet

I’ve known the folks at Denise Interchangeable Knitting & Crochet for years, as we live about 30 miles from each other and sometimes carpool to trade shows. Recently I paid a visit to their office and talked about family, community, and love affairs with yarn. Since you couldn’t be with us, here’s my report. There’s a prize …

FAQs: Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructors Program

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That post title is really a mouthful, isn’t it? One of my many professional gigs is Master Teacher for the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program.  According to the Craft Yarn Council’s website, “since 1982 more than 15,000 students have completed the course and gone on to teach in retail stores, adult education programs, and …

Navigating Knit Stitches with Stitch Maps

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This post contains affiliate links. Knitting stitch charts have been around for quite a while, and they are reasonably straightforward and standardized. However, they aren’t ideal for every type of stitch pattern. The website Stitch Maps offers a novel way of charting knitting patterns which solves some of the problems inherent in a grid-based knitting chart. Read on, and …

Review: Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters

Indepensable Stitch Collection by Melissa Leapman

Quarto Publishing provided a copy of Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters free of charge. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Did you hear me squee when this came in the mail? No? You must not have been on the East Coast at the time. There aren’t enough crochet stitch dictionaries on the market. I’m always scouring …