Ever grab your yarn and tools of choice–needles or hook–and decide to make a piece on the fly. This means stitch by stitch with an idea of where you going but without a real plan.

I have a time or two (or three). Wink

Today’s chat gives you my most recent journey in an “on the fly” crafter. I also share my most recent purchases. Grab your yarn and a beverage of choice…

Enjoy!

When Crafting on the Fly Goes Wrong

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BOOKS

Socks a La Carte 2: Toes Up!
Pick and Choose Patterns to Knit Socks Your Way

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These socks will keep you on your toes!

Jonelle Raffino and Katherine Cade are back with more toe-tapping designs in this follow-up to the best selling Socks à la Carte. Create perfectly fitting pairs every time with toe-up construction and sizing tips from the experts. Become a master sock designer by combining interchangeable foot, leg and cuff patterns to create your own original designs. Perfect for sock mavens and beginners alike, Socks à la Carte 2 combines design savvy with easy-to-follow instructions to knit eye-catching socks every time.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Innovative flip pages: Preview your designs before you knit them by matching the foot, leg and cuff of your choice. See what your socks will look like before you knit them.
  • Easy tutorials: Clear, illustrated instructions guide you through the toe-up technique, specialized cast ons, sock sizing and more!
  • Thousands of design possibilities: Totally unique and personalized socks are possible with over 50 pattern options. Create literally thousands of different pairs!

Toe-up socks are easy with Socks à la Carte 2. Knit your perfect pair today!

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Textured Stitches
Knitted Sweaters and Accessories with Smart Details

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Beloved knitwear designer Connie Chang Chinchio presents for the first time a complete collection of twenty brand-new designs.

Knitters know Connie Chang Chinchio’s wildly popular patterns from Knitscene and Interweave Knits and will be clamoring for this book of original projects. Textured Stitches brings her trademark combination of simple knitting with lovely patterned stitches to flattering, wearable garments and accessories. The patterns are fun to knit, mixing quick and easy stockinette stitch with more involved stitch patterns like lattice, knitted pleats, cables, twisted stitches, and ribbing. The textured stitches help create a tailored fit, while classic stockinette lends drape and polished finish. Knitters will also learn how textured stitches affect gauge, how yarn choices influence the look of patterned stitches, shaping, and special cast-on and bind-off techniques.

The result is a wardrobe full of stylish and smart sweaters, tanks, tees, and accessories that you’ll love to make and wear.

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