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Monday
Oct142013

Sun Young Park Prints & A Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing Giveaway

The first time I saw super-talented illustrator Sun Young Park's work in Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, I thought "I need to wallpaper my office in these illustrations." And now, I can—and so can you! Sun is now offering prints of some of her favorite illustrations from the book in her new Etsy shop, and STC Craft blog readers are in for a treat—a Gertie giveaway! To enter to win a copy of the book along with an 8 x 10" print of the illustration above, leave a comment below telling us about a vintage or vintage-inspired piece you love by November 1 at 1 PM EST. One winner will be chosen at random.

See more of Sun's beautiful work on her website, and make sure to take advantage of free shipping from her shop exclusively for our readers through the end of October with offer code "STCCRAFT."

Good luck!

Click here for official rules.

Monday
Oct072013

Knitted Slipper Book Releases Tomorrow with Extra Bonus: Online Technique Videos and Live Planet Purl Interview!

It's finally time—The Knitted Slipper Book is officially on sale tomorrow, October 8! To celebrate the release, author Katie Startzman will be a guest on Planet Purl's video chat at 12 pm EST. Tune in to hear her talk all about the book as well as her amazing book trailer, ask her questions, and even have a chance to win a copy for yourself! 

To add to this week's excitement, Katie has also created companion videos to walk readers through some of the finer points of slipper construction included in the book. Want more guidance on hand felting? Can't quite figure out how to attach your cozy shearling lining? Then keep checking in—Katie will be updating this page over the next few days with additional video tutorials for your fall slipper-knitting sessions.

And of course, make sure to check out The Knitted Slipper Book, available wherever books are sold!

Tuesday
Oct012013

The Yarn Whisperer Is Coming to a Town Near You! 

Author and yarn expert Clara Parkes will be traveling from coast to coast to read from her new memoir, The Yarn Whisperer, beginning next week! In this captivating, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny collection of stories, Clara explores the role knitting has played throughout her life. At each stop she'll read a selection from the book and sign copies, conduct a light-hearted quiz show with her famous 'Claramels' as prizes, take questions from the audience, and stay until the last skein has been squeezed!

 

Hear what the critics are saying

"I see a lot of yarn books in this gig, and "Whisperer" is not only the best I've seen this year, it's one of my all-time faves. Seriously, it's that good." - The Oregonian

"I don't want to stop reading. Each chapter is a little jewel." - Knit Circus

Can't wait? Then listen to an excerpt from The Yarn Whisperer, read by Clara herself!

Don't miss Clara in your city! Tour dates & venues include*:

October 10 at 7pm - Seattle area, WA @ Third Place Books

October 11 at 6pm - San Francisco, CA @ Book Passage

October 12 at 4pm - Portland, OR @ Powell's Books

October 13 at 2pm - Pasadena, CA @ Vroman's Bookstore, featuring a special appearance of the Yarnover Truck!

October 14 at 7:30pm - Denver, CO @ Tattered Cover

October 15 at 7pm - Minneapolis area, MN @ The Bookcase

October 16 at 6pm - Chicago, IL @ Sulzer Library (with books provided by The Book Cellar)

October 17 at 6:30pm - Nashville, TN @ Parnassus Books (with support from beloved Nashville yarn shop Bliss Yarns)

October 19 & 20 at 11:30 am & 3pm - Rhinebeck, NY @ New York Sheep & Wool Festival (with books provided by Merritt Books)

October 24 at 7pm - Portland, ME @ Longfellow Books

 

*Copies will be available for purchase at all signings. Please be sure to support your local independent bookseller!

Monday
Sep162013

Knitted Slipper Book Sneak Peek Book Trailer

These last few crisp, fall evenings have really put us in the mood for warm beverages and cuddly knitwear. I know we're not the only ones ready to hole up with a few bundles of wool, which is why we're so thrilled to present this "knitted" trailer for The Knitted Slipper Book by Katie Startzman. We are sure that this short story of slipper-making and love will enchant you. (You've got to check out the sets, which Katie and her sister designed and built out of wool and cardboard--and then there's the amazing sound, including the click clack of needles, the chirp of a cuckoo clock, and the crackling of a fire).

This everything-you-need-to-know guide, which releases on October 8, is chock full of adorable slippers and house shoes for everyone you love. And stay tuned, because starting in October, author Katie Startzman will be releasing step-by-step videos to walk you through some of the techniques in the book! Take a peek at some of the sweet and cozy projects here, and make sure to pre-order your copy today!

Thursday
Sep052013

The Yarn Whisperer

As anyone with a love of wool can attest, renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes is an unstoppable force in the fiber arts community, and her site Knitter's Review is an important resource for knitters everywhere. In her brand new book, The Yarn Whisperer, Clara shares personal, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny stories from her travels, framed by her lifelong love of knitting. To celebrate the release of this un-put-downable essay collection, we're offering a special treat: you can listen to Clara read one of her essays here! The Yarn Whisperer is available in stores now—make sure to grab a copy today.