Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2017 – Day 1

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Jan 132017

THIS is the most wonderful time of the year for my yarnie peeps! ūüėČ

Friends + fiber and beads+ fun!

Thank you Bead Biz for the opportunity to work with you!  The magatama beads and the sparkly threads are from Bead Biz.


These beauties from Dusty’s Vintage Buttons are part of a new project for The Yarn Mission featuring Neighborhood Fiber Co Cobblestone DK.


More yarn and color inspiration from Neighborhood Fiber Co:


And spreading some love…cause it’s the Brooklyn way…crochet stitch markers from One Geek to Craft Them All!


These are from a new-to-me vendor: Cozy Color Works.


From another new-to-me vendor: Feather Your Nest featuring Blue Moon Fiber Arts. ¬†The pictures don’t quite capture the tones and color flashes; they’re very impressive in person!


And, of course, no VKL is complete without a visit to Tess Designer Yarns for some of that delish Superwash Merino!


More superwash merino to go with these minis from last year.

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The Pussyhat Project

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Jan 082017

My yarny peeps…it’s not too late to participate in the Pussyhat Project!¬† In addition to being a drop AND pickup point, Slip Stitch Needlecraft [my FAVORITE yarn shop] is hosting a knit & crochet circle to make them.!!!

Follow the links for details.

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Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2017

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Jan 082017

Calling all yarny, fibery and beady peeps…it’s that time again! ¬†Vogue Knitting Live is coming back to town.!!! Click the link for details; check the Ravelry¬†group for pockets of people looking to get together during the event. ¬†Tell your friends and don’t miss it!

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Crochet Argyle Pooling

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Jan 052017

So…for the past couple of months I’ve¬†been caught up in the world of Planned Pooling…the result of which is a mesmerizing argyle pattern using variegated color yarns and some magic ūüėČ

These are a few shots of my early progress (yarn is Tess Designer Yarns Superwash Petite in Sheepdog)


I’m using the Marly Bird method; visit her YouTube channel and dive in!

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Happy 2017!

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Jan 012017

Greetings, Peeps!

Very happy to be rid of the previous year and looking forward to this bright shiny new one!

I’m hoping to have more content, published designs and other creative excitement to share, as well as keeping y’all current on all things yarny and beady!




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Free Shipping December 2016!

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Dec 032016

Greetings, Peeps!

For your holiday shopping, I’m offering free standard shipping for purchases over $50.00 on all items currently available at my Handmade at Amazon shop, VCB + Maille for the month of December 2016.

Merry Happy Everything!


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Save the Date: October 15, 2016 – I Love Yarn Day!

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Oct 092016

See here for details! #StitchItForward and kick-off your holiday crafting!

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Save The Date: October 8, 2016

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Oct 062016

It’s not too late…make plans to¬†check¬†out the¬†Kings County Fiber Festival!


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NYC Yarn Crawl 2016 at Slip Stitch Needlecraft

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Sep 252016

Great times had by all on Day 2 of the NYC Yarn Crawl at Slip Stitch Needlecraft!

Check out my photo album here!!!

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Slip Stitch Needlecraft is part of the New York City Yarn Crawl 2016!

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Sep 192016

Greetings yarnie friends!

Be sure to stop by Slip Stitch Needlecraft during the crawl; check out the 2016-yarn-crawl-flyer for details and hope to see you there!!!

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Craft Fair at Slip Stitch Needlecraft

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Aug 192016

Join me and other local crafters / artisans for the Craft Fair at Slip Stitch Needlecraft on Saturday August 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please see the flyer¬†for details and hope to see you there. ūüôā

P.S.: ¬†Here’s a couple of pictures of my setup at the event! ūüôā

Check my Twitter and Instagram for more pictures!

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Support. Network. Build.

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Aug 132016

These three words came to mind revolving around a discussion I’ve had in one form or another numerous times relating to local yarn shops: support. network. build.

Support for local businesses that serve their communities by providing new or improved services.  In support of each other, the LYS provides a creative outlet to the community, who can offer the stability of a core base in return.

Network with groups / organizations / communities by reaching out with activities, etc. where people can learn and socialize while doing something they enjoy.

Build a following by working together to strengthen the reciprocal commitment between business and community.

If these things sound similar, it’s because I think they complement each other and work together…like the circle of life in the yarn universe.

Mom taught me to both knit and crochet as a kid on Red Heart yarn, probably from Woolworths (a moment of silence, please); I’m sure many of us¬†started out that way. ¬†Fast forward several decades…I’m crocheting fairly¬†regularly now, and know¬†considerably more about yarns and such; most of which I’ve learned by researching things like fibers and their attributes, joining organizations, and attending classes / shows / events.

There’s the cost vs value debate. ¬†I define cost as how much you pay and value as the worth of how much you get for what you pay. ¬†Bear in mind that your LYS doesn’t operate like a chain store; they don’t have corporate backing and the owner(s) do not take¬†an hourly salary for the time they spend in building their business. ¬†The person / people who run it love what they do, but business is business just the same. ¬†They generally teach and / or make an effort to invite teachers at a cost that they absorb. ¬†I have traveled for classes, but always try to make an event where teachers come in from out of town, that way I can use the money I would have spent on travel for classes: ¬†value.

When it comes to pricing, there may be a greater variety in price and your LYS, some of which can be based on fiber content, availability, season, etc.  While you may be able to find an item less expensive at a chain, part of the value of a LYS comes from the services they provide, such as alternative solutions, project assistance and camaraderie; again: value.

Your LYS peeps are knitters and / or crocheters (and maybe into other disciplines) like you, and want to share their love of fiber with like-minded people.  To that end, they strive to develop classes, events, etc. in order to engage creativity.

For more than a decade, I’ve had the opportunity to teach beginner to intermediate crochet at two LYS, as well as privately, and on other occasions. ¬†My goal in that regard has always been to inform and educate, starting with a good foundation,¬†covering fibers, stitches, tools, pattern reading, etc. ¬†I trust that any of my students will vouch for me on this ūüôā

I believe that even for people who already know how to crochet or have crocheted for years, there’s always something to be learned or refined, a new tip or trick for your skill tool box. ¬†Push¬†the boundaries of your comfort zone. ¬†Branch out and amaze yourself!

To me, learning is a continuing process. ¬†I still take classes too ūüôā





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