My ongoing obsession, since I made my very first crocheted blanket for my grandmother, is blankets. I love knitting or crocheting blankets especially for newborns. Pairing them with a cute hat and a pair of booties or a bib is a great way to give to others and occupy your time. Of course I do this sort of thing for a living! Makers have a very special place in the world. Welcoming a newborn into the world with a warm blanket and hat? What could be better for a Maker?
Basically this is just a roundup of ideas and sites where you can find great information, and great patterns, for you to consider. I like to share great site finds, free ebooks, free pattern finds, and as you know evvery Sunday I share places to donate your handmades. Of course it is a way that I can pay it forward :) No one can match the joy of giving a handmade gift . So Makers, let's get busy!
There are a lot of free ebooks available to knitters and crocheters (and I'm sure those who sew also) I have a collection of these books myself.
Ravelry and Pinterest provide a gigantic amount of patterns and interesting yarns but really sometimes you don't even know where to begin. Type in cute baby blanket pattern to the search box and see what you come up with. Wow. Issuu is a huge help to me so I cull through the free magazines a lot. I recommend that Makers start with issuu. I like to try to maximize choices and minimize confusion. I'm sure many of you would agree.
Sites that are specifically for both knitters and crocheters include the amazing collections at Garn Studios. Yes Drops Designs can be a little confusing. However, again if you use the search box and the site becomes easier to navigate. Also, you'll find various languages and knitting terms offered. www.garnstudio.com/home.php?cid=17 I've already mentioned Yarnspirations, a website that showcases yarns from several yarn companies under one site. Red Heart Yarns owned by Coats and Clark offers users many great patterns for free. The yarns can be found in stores just about everywhere in the USA and Canada. www.redheart.com/ is easy to navigate so users can find what they need quickly.
Well that's it for today's round up. Check these webpages out and see if you can find a great project to donate or give as a gift!
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