February 29, 2024   5:49am

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Our last “post” on knitting got so many hits, a friend in the business Phyllis Howe offered to give us her knitting and crafts suggestions …

When you really want to demonstrate you care, make something for someone you love. This gift of hand and time truly demonstrates how much the object of your affection is cherished. So, if you’re a knitter or crochet enthusiast, here are a few suggestions for inspired mid-winter projects …

Click on the above contact and be transported to the world of Coats & Clark – a 200-year-old manufacturer of threads and yarns. They have hundreds of “free” patterns, from the most basic on up to more advanced, and with 9 different brands of yarn, there’s a suggestion for every one.

If crocheting is in your blood – and we hear that once it is, you’re “hooked” for life, try this site for some contemporary patterns.

The ultimate “Knitting in NY” store for materials and inspiration is Knitty City. This large upper west side store caters to all of Manhattan. Known in the blog world as the friendliest knitting store in town, they offer one of the most comprehensive selections of yarns and materials. During Valentine’s Day season (February 1-14), they are offering 10% off on all gift certificates. So even if you don’t knit, you may love someone who does and they are sure to love you all the more for your thoughtfulness.

Here are a few suggestions for other craft related blogs or sites of interest:

www.dovetaildesigns.com — some free patterns, great ideas and several terrific pattern books (about $10.00). The book named “Holiday Decorations” has an adorable pair of valentine bears (see picture above) that you can make easily — in just about 2 hours.

http://www.masondixonknitting.com– An online dialogue between a NY knitter and her southern counterpart that discusses all things knitting and otherwise.

www.ravelry.com – A new resource for knitters’ worldwide. If you sign up for this site, you’ll find a universe of kindred spirits and information.

www.vogueknitting.com – The fashion forward knitting magazine! Check out the free pattern for a red cashmere cable hat.

www.interweaveknits.com – The “other” leading knitting magazine. Interweave is known for its classic look and each one of its quarterly issues is a treasure trove of ideas. Sign up for the Knitting Daily newsletter and stay in the loop.

A subscription to either of these magazines is a sure-fire gift idea!

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