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Monday, June 24, 2019

The 2019 Chain Link conference is fast approaching, and there is only 1 week left to get those entries in for the fashion show.



If you are a member and attending the conference, please consider entering something! The fashion show is low key and fun, and your entry does not need to be your own design. 

We have made some changes to the entry process this year. The entry form is entirely online and is due by June 30th.


I hope to see all your lovely projects in the show!

Book Review - Crochet in a Day

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Title: Crochet in a Day
Author: Salena Baca, with Danyel Pink and Emily Truman
MSRP: $24.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

I received a free review copy of Crochet in a Day from Stackpole Books. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

Do you like crochet projects that work up quickly? Get your quick crochet fix from Crochet in a Day!



Salena Baca is the author of My Crocheted Closet, which I had reviewed some time ago.  In Crochet in a Day, she joins forces with two other talented designers, Danyel Pink, and Emily Truman, to bring you a whopping 42 projects. All of the projects are designed to work up in a day or less.

The first half of the book focuses on wearables. There are hats, headbands, shawls, mitts, and more. There's even a cute pair of slipper socks.



One of my favorite designs in the book is this Dreamy Poncho. It's a simple pattern that really does work up quickly, but looks so lovely, lacy and elegant that it looks like it took forever.



The last half of the book focuses on home decor, featuring washcloths, baskets, table linens, and other decorative items. This hanging herb holder is reminiscent of classic macrame plant holders, and would brighten up any kitchen. 


I also love the chunky, Fast Track Basket. One can never have enough baskets. Of course, the only logical thing to fill a yarn basket with is...more yarn! 


There are so many more beautiful patterns in this book than I can show you here. If you're a crocheter who likes to have a finished object every time you sit down to crochet, this is the book for you.  


You can enter to win your own copy of Crochet in a Day! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Stackpole Books. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US. The winner will be contacted by email and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Central Time on June 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Book Review - Wildlife Cable Afghans

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Title: Wildlife Cable Afghans
Author: Leisure Arts
MSRP: $9.99 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

I received a free review copy of Wildlife Cable Afghans from Leisure Arts. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

Bring the great outdoors inside with these Wildlife Cable Afghans! I love the modular, "choose your adventure" concept of this book.




First, pick the animal you want. There are patterns for a bear, moose, wolf, and deer. Each of the animals has a colorwork chart for the main section of the afghan. Finish off the section with a decorative, crossed stitch border.



Next, choose your sides and corners. With 4 of each, you can create a truly unique look. These trim pieces are where the cables really shine, adding loads of texture. Make all 4 sides the same, or all different, it's entirely up to you!



You can enter to win your own copy of Wildlife Cable Afghans! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Leisure Arts. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US. The winner will be contacted by email and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Central Time on May 31st. Hurry and enter below! 

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Book Review - Super Simple Summer Tops

Monday, April 15, 2019

Title: Super Simple Summer Tops
Author: Sharon Hernes Silverman
MSRP: $9.99 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

I received a free review copy of Super Simple Summer Tops from Leisure Arts. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

Add some fun to your summer wardrobe with these Super Simple Summer Tops! This must-have booklet has 6 fast and easy patterns in lighter weight or cotton yarns. Each of the tops comes in 6 sizes, from small all the way up to 3X!




One thing that struck me right away was the use of color in the pattern text. The stitch counts for each size are written in a different color, so it's easy to follow the size you want. It's such a simple thing but makes a huge difference in the readability of the pattern. Large print and lots of white space make the patterns easy to read too.




Of course the designs themselves are absolutely lovely, and easy to wear. My favorite top in the book is Enchanting Empire. I just love the funky belt, with tails flowing down the back.




You can enter to win your own copy of Super Simple Summer Tops! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Leisure Arts. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US. The winner will be contacted by email and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Central Time on April 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Book Review - Delicate Crochet

Friday, March 15, 2019

Title: Delicate Crochet
Author: Sharon Hernes Silverman
MSRP: $29.95USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

I received a free review copy of Delicate Crochet from Stackpole Books. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

It may not seem like it, but spring really is coming.  With it comes the need for lovely, lacy crochet tops and accessories.


Delicate crochet is a collection of designs from top designers, all of which are clear and easy to follow. Most of them have short instructions with repeating pattern stitches, and charts too.

I really fell in love with the Damask Rose Wrap by Katya Novikova. With it's pink color and floral theme, it just feels like spring.



The book is not all shawls and wraps, though there are plenty of those. There are also sweaters, vests, scarves, and more. There's even the beautiful Cyndi Floral Lace Skirt. Paired with leggings, it could easily go from workday wear to an evening out.



Delicate lacework often brings to mind lace doilies and other classic pieces. This book takes lace in a much more contemporary direction, with fun and fresh designs like this Ziggy Vest. I love the way it folds to drape over the shoulders.


The book includes many more gorgeous designs, as well as sections on techniques and other resources. 

You can enter to win your own copy of Delicate Crochet! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Stackpole Books. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US. The winner will be contacted by email and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Central Time on March 31st. Hurry and enter below! 

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2019 Chapter Challenge

Thursday, January 31, 2019





The CGOA Chapter Challenge for 2019 is now open!

Challenge runs January 31 - June 30, 2019

The challenge for this year is preemie blankets.

Visit the CGOA website for more info.



Kristine
 
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