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Monthly Archive for December, 2010

Book Review – Diagonal Knitting

This grand book, rich with content and visuals, reviewed in our Winter 2011 issue currently on sale, is one of the most important knitting books of the decade. Here’s the review, excerpted from the same issue:

Diagonal Knitting: A Different Slant (Schoolhouse Press)
by Katharine Cobey

In the old days books were published when someone had something really important to say, something with a purpose that could shake things up. This treasure of a book goes beyond patterns. It is a work of art. It explores diagonal knitting from the core, with beautiful photography and illustrations on every page. With great technique, rich history, and visuals, this book is sure to become an American classic. It is a unique textbook with a purpose, making you wish it was printed in hard cover.

Here are some photos from the book:

Spiral Dress

This is one of my favorite photos, Katharine Cobey modeling her own creation

Also, click here for an in-depth review of the book, along with a bio on Katherine Cobey, by Knitter’s Review.

Please leave a comment here to enter drawing. Comments will close Monday, January 3rd, 8:00 p.m. EST and the winner announced the following morning.

Happy New Year!

Update: The winner is Kathy and her comment follows:

I have been knitting for 50 years and would love a book like this! It is a “WOW”!

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 31, 2010 12:33 PM | 98 Comments

Winter Solstice Winner #11 Photos and Story

As many of you know Christine Schreier of The Puppenstube decided on Winter Solstice Eve to give away all 11 of her gnomes instead of the one she had originally offered. Tree, who was listed as winner #11  blogged her story and photo of the gnome she received from Christine, with her daughter. It is very sweet. Thank you Tree!

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 31, 2010 09:43 AM | 5 Comments

Berroco Shoal

Nice shawl pattern from Berroco, posted on WEBS Yarn Store blog. Click here to download free pattern. Skill level is Easy.

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 30, 2010 07:17 AM | No Comments

Peg People Zipper Pull

Peg Pull

This fun tutorial by Rachel Wolf can be a great project to do with your child(ren). Also, you may already have tiny wooden ornaments or half-finished projects waiting to become your new zipper pulls! Scroll down on her post and check out the Spy Hat she has made; very unique with her beautiful yarn.  Tutorial for the Spy Hat is available both in English and Dutch.  Rachel is the contributing designer for the recycled sweater gnome hat in the Fall 2010 issue of Living Crafts, pictured below.

Gnome Hat

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 30, 2010 06:15 AM | 2 Comments

Crocheted Wall Street Bull

Bull by Olek

Check out this article on this crocheted bull on the CNN website.

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 29, 2010 07:02 AM | 1 Comment

Mittens and Hat Knitting Pattern

Baby Bear Cub Hat & Mittens

This darling pattern is offered by Stitch Nation and Vogue Knitting. To download free pattern please visit
Britex Fabrics Blog. Enjoy!

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 28, 2010 09:04 PM | No Comments

Book Review – Wee Wonderfuls

Wee Wonderfuls
This wonderful book, mentioned in our December 21st blog post, called It’s Nutcracker Season, was reviewed in the Fall 2010 issue of Living Crafts. Here’s the review, excerpted from the same issue:

Wee Wonderfuls
24 Dolls to Sew and Love

By Hillary Lang
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang)
The dolls and animals in this book are very unique. The author lovingly names each of her creations and offers several different original styles all in one book. Refreshing and ultra charming, this one is a keeper and well worth the investment.

Here’s a video on the book:

Please leave a comment here to enter the drawing. Comments will close Thursday, December 30th, 8:00 p.m. EST and the winner announced the following morning.

Update: The winner for the Wee Wonderful book is Tracy Lanzon-Holman:  ”Thanks for offering this book! Hope helpful this would be to my creating. What a wonderful commnity that has developed from your magazine.  Tracy from Guelph, Ontario, Canada”

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 27, 2010 10:09 PM | 200 Comments

Back Issue SALE!

Winter 10-11 Fall 2010

Summer 2010 Spring 2010

Winter 2010 Fall 2009

Summer 2009 Spring 2009

Winter 2009 Summer 2008

Spring 2008 Winter 2007/2008

All back issues (except Fall 2008) are now on sale until January 3, 2011. The current issue is included in this sale.  U.S. rate is $5.50, Canada $8.50 and Other International $13.50!

Happy New Year!

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 26, 2010 12:17 PM | 5 Comments

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays to all our friends wherever you live in the world, and whichever spiritual practice you choose (or none). Even though we may be physically apart it is amazing how close you all feel through this magazine, and now this baby infant blog! Thank you for all the ways you have supported our labor of love, called Living Crafts. Looking forward to 2011!


Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 25, 2010 01:31 PM | 2 Comments

Winter Solstice Magic

This afternoon, shortly before the Winter Solstice, I received an email from Christine Schreier of The Puppenstube, that she has visited our blog and seen the number of people who participated in her Ore Gnome giveaway, and that she decided to give away every gnome she has, to increase the chance of winning for everyone. Christine, I am overwhelmed by your kindness and your generosity. May you be an example for all of us. Thank you for representing a true spirit of giving. You never seize to amaze me with your talents, in the art of handwork, and love.


The Puppenstube

Our 11 lucky winners are:

Michael C.: I would love to win one of those cute gnomes.

Meghan Lambert: I love these gnomes!!!

Kristyn: what a cutie! thanks for the giveaway!

Susan: He’s a cute little gnome.

Ms Beezus: I made the perfect gnome lady to accompany this handsome guy!

Valerie: Oh my goodness-I was thinking I might give these to a grandchild BUT NOOOOOOO! I would have to keep this one for me! Too cute. Thank you Christine for the smiles and joy your gnomes spread.

Amy G.: These gnomes are the cutest things ever!

Colleen C.: How adorable!!! Thanks for offering a chance to win Gnomey!!!

Brooke: That is so adorable! love all of them!

Jodi H.: I LOVE these little gnomes! I hope to make some myself someday.

Tree: I absolutely love these!! So wonderful! Thanks for the chance! My daughter would adore a little fat gnome.

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 22, 2010 06:26 AM | 11 Comments


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