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January 2010

Free Patterns From the Archive Pt. 3: Princess Mitts

Continuing to look back through the Potter Craft News archive and find some recent classics that our fans loved and offer them up again to CrafterNews readers (is that a full sentence?).

This beaut is the Princess Mitts pattern from The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes (of KnittersReview.com)

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Project of The Month: Susie Hoodie from More Big Girl Knits

Try the Susie Hoodie from More Big Girl Knits: 25 Designs Full of Color & Texture for Curvy Women by Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer (Potter Craft, October 2009), founders of Knitty.com. With just the right amount of vertical cabling and a sweetly detailed hemline, this sweater will have all your friends—even the not-so-big girls—clamoring for your secrets.

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Craft Green in 2010
Sonia Lucano’s Top 3 Eco-Friendly Crafts

Did you resolve to jazz up your home décor this year? And to save money, and to do your part to help the environment? If you think it’ll be difficult to keep so many resolutions, try remaking, restyling, and reusing items that you already own for unique, beautiful, and affordable results.

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DIY Your Wedding Day
An Interview with Esther K. Smith, plus a free project

The Paper Bride: Wedding DIY from Pop-the-Question to Tie-the-Knot and Happily Ever After by Esther K. Smith (of Purgatory Pie Press) is a one-stop guide to everything you’ll need to plan the perfect wedding, from DIY invitations and albums to guest books, escort cards, and more. CrafterNews chatted with Esther about her work and inspirations, crafting for brides-to-be, and what it’s like to work with her once-groom.

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Which Wendy Dress Suits You Best?
Take Our Quiz to Find Your Perfect Style for Spring

Sofia Coppola and Zooey Deschanel, Claire Danes and Amy Poehler: what do these stars have in common? They’re all huge fans of the classic, clean, and contemporary dresses, separates, and graphic tees that make up Wendy Mullin’s clothing and accessories line, Built by Wendy. And that sounds great for Sofia and Zooey, but what about you? Take our little quiz below to find out which of Wendy’s dresses suits you best.

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A Room of One’s Own
Sherri Haab's tips for developing a creative oasis and a peek at her workroom

Although her schedule is packed with workshops, appearances, and teaching, crafty superstar Sherri Haab can always come home to relax and craft in her sunny, airy, and inspiring workroom. We’re excited to bring CrafterNews readers an exclusive glimpse of Sherri’s studio, as well as share her top tips on designing and organizing your very own creative oasis.

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CHA Preview

CrafterNews is headed to Anaheim later in January for the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show. If you’re in town, be sure to visit us at Booth 3200 for appearances and demonstrations with our fabulous authors and fun extras like Photojojo cupcakes and free projects from Martha Stewart and Wendy Johnson (of WendyKnits.net).

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