Known for her cleverly named ‘Check Meowt,’ cat-themed socks, Girly Knits’ designer Lauren Riker has published her first book, ‘Knitted Animal Socks.’ The pattern book features six, super-girly sock designs, each featuring a different cuddly creature. Wear pig socks to school, fox socks to the bar, or owl socks on a hike.

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While knitting is our true love, we all know that idle hands crave something crafty. If it’s not yarn, it’s fabric. And if it’s not a sewing machine, it’s a loom. No one understands the crafty pull more than Heidi Gustad who operates under the moniker Hands Occupied. And for years we have all benefited from her self-fulfilling¬†need to create the next best thing. First there were patterns, then there were Read Along¬†Knit Alongs, and now a podcast! Co-hosting with two other serious crafters – Mollie from Wild Olive and Haley from Red Handled Scissors – these 45-minute episodes delve into crafty pursuits from sewing to knitting and everything in between.

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Chain letters are out; FibreShare is in. FibreShare, the international yarn swap matchmakers, launch another round of their happy mail initiative on May 12th. Sign up for FibreShare and let their team pair you with another likeminded knitter, with whom you will swap fiber-themed packages. Fill your package with fiber swag, crafty goodies, and of course yarn, and receive a similar package from your new fiber pal. A fun way to share your crafty obsession!

Sign up for this round of FibreShare before May 19th:


Grab your favorite skeins of worsted weight yarn and cast on this seriously fun cardigan. Now. Its one-size-fits-most, drapey fit is not only trendy but versatile. Pair it with a tank and jeans, or throw over a dress for a casual, bohemian-inspired look. Shown knit in a speckled yarn from Hello Stella, this cardigan would look equally fabulous in a semi-tonal or solid colorway.

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