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February 2013

Interview with Knitting Instructor and Author Sally Melville

Check out this interview with acclaimed instructor and author Sally Melville as she shares some knitting tips and tricks, her favorite garment, and even her ultimate craft fail!

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The New Crochet: Vote for Your Favorite Cover!

Ever wonder what it’s like to design a book cover? Here’s your chance! CrafterNews invites you to help us choose the cover for The New Crochet by Marion Madel.

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Tutorial from Knitting Pattern Essentials by Sally Melville

Regardless of skill level, every knitter knows there are many times when a time-invested project doesn’t live up to expectations. In this excerpt, acclaimed instructor and author Sally Melville explains that the best place to start creating or modifying a pattern is by copying a garment you love.

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Tovah Martin’s Moss Terrarium Technique

If you’ve got the winter blues, a terrarium might just be the cure. In The New Terrarium, horticulturist Tovah Martin unlocks the secrets to these miniature worlds with practical advice bringing your favorite plants indoors as well as luscious, inspiring examples of ways to display nature in your home. Here, Tovah shares her technique for planting moss, which thrives in glass-enclosed environments.

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Crafter of the Month: A Striped Boyfriend Sweater

We’re excited to introduce a new series on CrafterNews: Crafter of the Month! Our authors love seeing readers make projects from their books, and so do we. Kally Aronis made an adorable striped pullover based on a pattern from Boyfriend Sweaters, and we just had to share.

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Presenting The Sketchbook Project Tour

The Sketchbook Project is a constantly evolving library of artists’ sketchbooks from around the globe. The library annually tours its completed sketchbooks, exhibiting in galleries across 15 countries. Interested in learning more about the Sketchbook Project? If so, you’re in luck! The Sketchbook Project’s mobile library—filled with this year’s sketchbooks—is going on tour!

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Look What We Made: DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

After spending hours exploring the wealth of gorgeous paper cut designs on Etsy and Pinterest, I decided it was the perfect time of year to try my hand at making my own cards.

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Corrections from Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller

The following corrections are the patterns found in Vampire Knits. The corrections are listed by pattern, page number, and row number. We hope you find this useful. Lore Hoodie (Page 48): Berroco Peruvia Quick should have a 5″ symbol indicating yarn weight, not 4. Gauge: 12 stitches and 16 rows = 4″ (10cm) in stockinette [...]

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A Scrapbook Novel Giveaway from Darien Gee

Scrapbooks and storytelling—what could better than that? The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is the latest book by Darien Gee, who infuses her writing with a love of crafting and the opportunity to make new friends through crafts. In this special guest post, Darien offers her insight on why scrapbooking is such an important activity.

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway from JewelMint

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a new piece of jewelry. Thanks to our friends at Jewelmint we have six “Adornmint” Jewelry Boxes to give away. Just leave a comment here telling us what projects you’re excited to make (or receive!) for Valentine’s Day, and you’ll be entered to win.

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