Have you ever loved a book so much that you wanted to make every project from it? We certainly have, which is part of the reason why Dot Vander Pol is such an inspiration. She has knitted every project from The Knitter’s Book of Wool (at least once!) and shares her experience in this month’s Crafter of the Month feature.
Crafternews always loves heading to Columbus, Ohio, each summer for the National Needlearts Show, which exhibits the latest and greatest in all things knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, cross-stitching, and embroidery.
This spring is bustling with crafty activity as our favorite authors travel around the country teaching and meeting their readers in person. Want to know if they’re coming to your area? Check out our guide to events in coming months to find out!
Are you thinking about taking the leap from following patterns to designing your own? Some of the best-known knitting and crochet insiders share their thoughts and best tips for young designers on breaking into the business, improving your skills, and finding inspiration.
Whether you’re an avid sock knitter or just casting on your first pair, The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parkes (the brilliant “yarn-whisperer”) shows you why you should pay attention to your yarn before you knit a single stitch. In an exclusive guest post from the fiber guru herself, Clara explains the pitfalls of socks gone wrong, how to approach new knitting challenges, and why, when it comes to knitting socks, practice doesn’t always make perfect.
We love attending the New York Sheep and Wool Festival held each year in Rhinebeck, New York. Who can resist all the gorgeous yarn on display, lamb cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, dog herding competitions, and (our personal favorite) the pumpkin chucking contest? Despite a few passing downpours, the festival was in full effect!
It seems the Indian summer has finally ended across the East coast and autumn is officially upon us. Time to dust off the old boots. But before you slip your feet back into those boots, make sure you’re equipped with proper socks!
If there’s one thing we love about fall, it’s fiber festivals. Where else do you get to check out the newest yarns and the adorable animals who produce them? We’ve rounded up the best fiber festivals and other craft events—including quilt shows, jewelry fairs, and general handmade fun—that fall has to offer, from New York to Texas and beyond.
Every knitter has a story about a project gone awry. There’s the gigantic sweater that won’t stop stretching out; the late baby gift finished after the baby has outgrown it; and, of course, the odd felting catastrophe. Some of our favorite knitting authors share their worst knitting disasters and how they managed to salvage them—or didn’t!