Big Apple Lemon Drive

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Want to be part of making history and have lots of fun doing it? Want to promote your guild or group and win some money for it? Join the Craft Yarn Council in its Big Apple Lemon Drive to draw awareness about the stress-busting benefits of knitting and crochet!

Why the need for lemons in NYC you ask?

Inspired by the success of its Stitch Away Stress campaign in April, the Council wants to have some more fun with the stress-reducing benefits of knitting and crochet… this time on one the most stressful days of the year, April 18, 2016, otherwise known as Tax Day!

April also happens to be National Stress Awareness Month (you get the connection).

With the help of your guild or group, the Council plans to hand out thousands of knitted and crocheted lemon stress balls with a message about the stress-reducing benefits of these crafts to taxpayers on the busy streets of New York City. Hopefully, they will be inspired to take up knitting or crochet and experience the health benefits themselves!

(courtesy of www.craftyarncouncil.com)

To learn more visit craftyarncouncil.com/bigapplelemon and to sign up click here!

Watch Twinkie Chan make a lemon from start to finish!!!

Vickie Howell’s Watermelon Baby Bib!

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You may’ve noticed that just as fruit goes in and out of season, its respective member’s likenesses go in and out of style. Last year you couldn’t walk more than a few paces in your local department store or boutique shop without seeing something inspired by pineapples. This year, the same seems to be the case for its less-acidic friend, the watermelon! I’ve seen slices everywhere — from beach balls and buttons, to handbags and headbands, to dolls and dresses. Watermelon is the new pineapple. Clearly.

After spying this trend (again, and again), while out and about, I jumped on Pinterest to do further research. The result was a rabbit hole of watermelon findings, of which I curated my favorites onto a virtual board. That particular board, I promise, is bursting with fruit flavor! Click here to scroll through, and repin to your juicy, heart’s content. But I digress.

Watermelon Bib

My point is that I was inspired. That inspiration combined with the fact that I was headed on a trip to visit some of my favorite bubbies, got me thinking about cute ways to apply the trend to something a baby would wear. It’s so dang hot right now, though that the only knitwear I could bear to subject a little one to, is a sweet bib. So, I grabbed the Takumi needles from the set I always travel with (you can watch the video on Facebook from this week’s, “Ask Me Monday” live feed to hear more scoop on knitting while traveling), and cast-on for this wee watermelon, wearable-treat! Here’s how you can make one too.

Enjoy!

xx,
Vickie
Yarn Arts Ambassador, Clover Needlecraft

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Materials
1 ball each of Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell, in colors: (A) Crimson Twine, (B) Jade Jersey, and Scraps of (C) Cotton Club
Clover Takumi Bamboo 16″ (41 cm) Circular Needle, Size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm)–or size needed to obtain gauge
Optional: 2, Clover Takumi Bamboo Double-pointed Needles (dpns), size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm)–or size needed to obtain gauge
Clover Chibi Tapestry Needle

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Finished Measurements
Length: (at center) 5 1/4″ /13.5 cm
Width: 9 1/2″/24 cm

Gauge

21 sts. x 44 rows = 4″/10 cm in Garter Stitch

Directions
Note: This section is worked in short-rows, and can knit with either a circular needle or two dpns.
With Color A, CO 24.

Row 1: K 23, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn (last st will now be wrapped.)

Row 2: K 23.

Row 3: K 21, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 4: Knit 21.

Row 5: K 19, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 6: Knit 19.

Row 7: K 17, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 8: Knit 17.

Row 9: K 15, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 10: Knit 15.

Row 11: K 13, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 12: Knit 13.

Row 13: K 11, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 14: Knit 11.

Row 15: K 9, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 16: Knit 9.

Row 17: K 7, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 18: Knit 7.

Row 19: K 5, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 20: Knit 5.

Row 21: K 3, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 22: Knit 3.

Row 23: K 1, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 24: Knit 1.

Repeat Rows 1-24, seven times MORE.

Note: If you chose to use dpns for last section, switch to circular needle here to accommodate extra sts.

Next Row: K 24, pu 23 across top of piece. –47 sts

Next Row: Knit.

Neck shaping:
Row 1: K 15, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 2: K 15.

Row 3: K 14, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 4: K 14.

Row 5: K 13, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 6: K 13.

Row 7: K 12, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 8: K 12.

Row 9: K 11, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 10: Knit 11.

Row 11: K 10, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 12: K 10.

Row 13: K 4, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 14: K 4.

Row 15: K 3, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 16: K 3.

Row 17: K 2, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 18: K 2.

Row 19: K 1, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 20: K 1.

Left neck shaping done.

Row 21: Knit 47.

Rows 22-41: Rep rows 1-20 (only wrap and turn rows will now be works on WS rows.)

Right neck shaping done.

BO.

Edging:
Note: You can use either dpns or circular needle for this section.
With Color B and RS facing, pu 88 sts evenly along entire bottom edge.
Row 1 (WS): Knit.

Row 2: Knit, picking up 7 sts evenly. –54 sts.

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: Knit, picking up 2 sts evenly. –56 sts.

Row 5: Knit.

BO.

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Ties:
With Color B and either dpns or circular needle, pu 4 sts at top corner of bib.
Work in i-cord for 10″/25.5 cm.

BO.

Repeat for opposite side.

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Finishing

Using Color C and tapestry needle, duplicate stitch “seeds” in desired pattern across bib.

Weave in ends. Block if necessary.

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Warm Up America! Crochet Challenge by B.hooked Crochet

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B.hooked Crochet is inviting you to be part of their challenge to aid the organization Warm up America! At Clover we’re still working hard to make that afghan and there’s still time for you to join!

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To learn more about the organization Warm Up America click here.

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The Challenge is open worldwide to anyone who would like to participate. Each participant will complete the afghan pictured above (in the colors of their choice) to donate it to Warm Up America! Foundation.

Please join our Facebook group if you wish to participate! It gives you the opportunity to share your pictures and progress!

This pattern is beginner-friendly! Having a little crochet experience helps, but is certainly not required. You will be provided with four detailed video tutorials, diagram and written instructions to help you through this process.

-courtesy of www.bhooked.com

Click here for an easy free pattern that will get you started on the challenge!

Tool School Takumi Interchangeable Knitting Needles with Steve Butler

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What is it? – Few knitting tools are more useful than a quality interchangeable circular knitting needle assortment. At home or on the road it’s like having a knitting shop in a case.  With all the component parts you can create the perfect knitting tool to fit virtually any intended project.  To make the Takumi Interchangeable Circular assortment more accessible, the component pieces are now available individually along with some useful accessories.  Takumi Bamboo Knitting Needles are legendary for their warm, organic feel with just the right amount of flex to them to make them comfortable.  Newly designed points make them perfect for any size yarn or knitting application.  Attach the knitting needles to restyled cords that are incredibly soft and flexible and you have the perfect circular knitting needle.  New connectors, stoppers, repair hooks and an attractive case round out the system.  All you add is the creative inspiration for your project.

What does it do? – This is the ultimate knitting tool box.  Acquire  the components as you need them and create the assortment that is perfect for everything you do.

Takumi Bamboo Interchangeable Knitting Needle Points – Nothing feels or performs like bamboo.  The interchangeable points are available in twelve sizes to meet the needs of virtually any application.  Sizes available are 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,10.5,11,13,15.

Takumi Interchangeable Cord – These cords are newly redesigned to be soft and flexible, enabling your projects to lie flat as you knit.  They are available in five sizes. The lengths available are 16, 24, 29, 36 and 48 inches.

Takumi Interchangeable Cord Connector – Interchangeable connectors allow a whole new dimension in flexibility.  For larger or uniquely sized projects two or more cords can be joined together to make a single longer cord.  The connections are smooth and seamless so there is no hang-ups with even the finest, most delicate yarns.

Takumi Interchangeable Stoppers – Interchangeable stoppers simply screw into the ends of the cords when the needle tips are removed.  They are large enough to prevent stitches from sliding from the ends of the cord but small enough to tuck away in your kit.

Bamboo Knitting Repair Hooks – Bamboo repair hooks are an essential to any knitting kit.  The Takumi Knitting Repair Hooks come in two sizes, each with a pointed end and a crochet hook style end.  The hooks allow you to manipulate your yarn to effectively repair a dropped stitch from even five or six rows down without having to pull out all of those stitches and start over.

Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needle Case – With all of these wonderful components the only challenge is keeping them all together.  Problem solved.  This attractive case organizes the components as you acquire them for easy access as you need them.  It’s spacious enough to accommodate the entire set if you so desire.

 

Watch Tool School Here!!!

 

Whimsical Wonder Clip Holders by Carol Porter

wc1Make a whimsical Wonder Clip holder for your Wonder Clips!!! Here’s how….

Wonder Clips Holder, Purple/Lavender Felt

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Supplies:

Art No. 8461 Flower Frill Template

Lavender Felt Strip 4″ x 7″

Three green felt Leave

One Votive Candle Holder

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Directions:

1.Make one large flower frill petal.

2. Fold felt strip along the long edge; stitch raw edges; clip to the stitching every 1/4″ then cut the loops.

3. Glue 3 leaves evenly around the edge of the candle holder.

4. Roll the loop strip and glue into the candle holder.

5. Glue and insert the flower frill petal                                                                                      into the center.

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Supplies:

Art No. 8921 Needle Felting Mold Rose

Art No. 8901 Pen Style Needle Felting Tool

Art No. 7926 Natural Wool Roving Pink

Art No. 7922 Natural Wool Roving Moss Green

One Preemie Hat OR Sleeve Cuff from an old Sweater

Polyester Stuffing

Directions:

1.Make the felted rose following package instructions.

2. Fold ribbing from cuff or hat back on itself; fill with stuffing.

3. Cut a felt circle the size of the base and glue in place.

4. Glue felted rose on top of stuffing.

5. Enjoy your new Wonder Clip holder!!

Download our free project sheet here to learn how to make all FOUR Wonder Clip Holders or from our website www.clover-usa.com under project sheets.

Quilt! Knit! Stitch! 2015 Clover’s Flower of the Hour

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It’s that time in the year once again for Quilt! Knit! Stitch! in Portland! We will be there of course, and we hope to see you too. Learn more about the show and how to purchase your tickets at the official website www.quilts.com.

Join us August 13-15 from 11-5pm in the Flower Garden where we will be doing the Flower of the Hour. We will be showing you how to make flower accessories that are easy to add to any project and every hour we will be using a different tool, you definitely don’t want to miss this!!! Take a look at some of the tools we will be using and make sure to stop by our booth at #2247

Pom-Pom Makers

“Hana-Ami” Flower Loom

Mini Flower Loom

Kanzashi Flower Makers

Flower Frill

Crocheted Flowers