My Favorite Things – Clover Needlecraft

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

I’ve always been a fan of Clover’s bamboo knitting needles. In fact that was my first pair! Now many knitting and crocheting needles later, Clover is still my first choice and have made some of my other favorite things! They make some of the most ingenious products that makes craft projects look professional, even for a beginner.

Have you ever tried to make a yo-yo by hand? I have, and refuse to ever do it that way again! Watch this video on the Clover Yo-Yo makers and you’ll see why. The Clover Yo-Yo Makers come in small, medium, large and x-large in numerous shapes – butterfly, heart, flower, oval and more.

PS. I also refuse to make pom-poms by hand now too! Thank you Clover!

 

I recently got a Flower Frill template too. It’s a plastic template where you flip & fold fabric or paper to make a flower! This is what Clover made with the Flower Frill template, just imagine the possibilities!

Clover Double Ended Tunisian Crochet Hook

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills.

Now Tunisian crochet isn’t anything new. Well new to me. They go back a gazillion years. Well, maybe not that far, but it is an old technique. But now there’s something new on the market from Clover. It’s the Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet Hook. With a hook at both ends, it allows you to crochet in the round so you can make beautifil projects ranging from a cute little coffee cup cozy (you know, like those cardboard sleeves coffee places use) to hats to a cell phone holder to purses to …. well, you get the idea.

My handmade, reusable coffee sleeve

You can make a whole lotta stuff! Clover’s web site has instructional videos.

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Free Stuff Friday Winner!

It’s the best part of Monday, time to announce our prize pack winner. Congratulations to… Loralie! Enjoy these fun fabric craft goodies!

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This pack includes 2 bottles of fabric glue, 3 Simplicity Headband Decor embellishments, 2 Clover Flower Frill Templates, and Dritz Iron on Embroidered Letters.

The winning answer to “What did you love to make as a kid?” is…

“Embroidery. And once I learned, I embroidered pillowcases for family every Christmas for years.”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

Free Stuff Friday!!

It’s another Free Stuff Friday!! We are so excited to give away our next prize, a fabric crafting prize pack!

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This pack includes 2 bottles of fabric glue, 3 Simplicity Headband Decor embellishments, 2 Clover Flower Frill Templates, and Dritz Iron on Embroidered Letters.

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winner and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of week: What did you love to make as a kid?

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Mixed Cable Headband

Easy and Cozy Mixed Cable Headband (knitting pattern)

We’re running out of time to wear our knitted items to keep us warm, but luckily, this project works up pretty quickly. This easy headband is a great way to introduce yourself to cables, and end up with a cute final project along the way. You can choose a different cable, but I like that the mixed cable is both simple and interesting.

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

It’s one week until St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s time to create St. Patrick’s Day themed crafts to give as presents to loved ones, and to bring some green to your decor!

The tutorial for this Shamrock Angel is featured on Think Crafts from our Guest Blogger Noreen from The Crafty Journal. This little angel would make lovely table decor or gifts for your little angels!

Shamrock Angel - Think Crafts

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Overnight Beanie Pattern

Overnight Beanie Pattern

I was very proud of myself this Christmas, when I was able to successfully finish homemade projects for everyone with a few days to spare. I realized kind of late in December that I had missed a few people because I was so focused on creating these huge impressive pieces for my immediate family. I definitely had a mad craft dash to get all of my gifts finished in time. Thank goodness I had this super easy pattern up my sleeve. It’s called the overnight beanie because I typically start it at night and then finish the next day. All in all, I would say it takes about 6 hours for an experienced knitter to complete, and the recipient will be very happy with the result. The key is to use a thicker yarn than recommended for your needles. This creates a really tight and warm stitch with very little effort. While I know plenty of people who are over the moon happy with the result of this hat using the pattern provided, it’s really easy to switch up to add a little decoration. You can add cables, ribs, color changes, or whatever else you like to make this hat your own.

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