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Magazine Review: DIY Holiday 2014

DIY holiday
DIY Holiday 2014: The Crafting Life Interweave/F+W; $9.99

This time I don’t have a book review, but a magazine review. When I first saw the announcement for DIY Holiday 2014, I just knew it was going to be great!

There’s a wide variety of different projects for every level crafter. Whether you like crochet, spinning, mixed media, or jewelry, there’s something there for you. The best part is that all the projects keep budget in mind.

I absolutely love the crochet lights garland and the Christmas trees. Another nice surprise was the directions to make a CD spindle for yarn spinning. When I talk to individuals about getting started in spinning, I recommend making a spindle using CDs and a dowel. It avoids the need to make a purchase when you aren’t sure you if you will like it. The directions in this issue are straightforward to follow and get started spinning!

Holiday Flower Lights
Holiday Flower Lights

A while back I picked up a Zoom Loom. I haven’t had much of a chance to use it up to this point. DIY Holiday includes a project idea for it so I really have no excuse!

I’ve always wanted to give jewelry making a try and the Olympic coin necklace looks like a lot of fun.

The directions for all the different projects are easy to follow and nicely presented in the magazine. There are nice close-up shots of the different projects so you can see necessary details. I highly recommend it.

Best of all, F&W sent me three copies to give away to my readers! As an added bonus, I never heard back from one of the Christmas Crochet book giveaway winners, so I have four items to give away this week!

As usual, the rules to enter are simple:

1. Make sure you “like” my Facebook page.
2. Make sure you “like” the book review post on Facebook.
3. I pick FOUR winners!

I’ll pull the winners on Friday, November 28th. Good luck!

Knitscene Editor Promoted to Editor of Interweave Knits

The following is an announcement from Interweave/F+W Media…

LOVELAND, CO – February 22, 2013 – John Bolton, SVP and Publisher for Interweave/F+W Media today announced the promotion of Knitscene editor Lisa Shroyer to editor of Interweave Knits and Knit. Wear. Over the past five years, Shroyer has developed Knitscene magazine from a once-a-year special edition to one of the fastest-growing quarterly knitting magazines on the market. Her fresh approach to style in Knitscene has resonated with contemporary knitters, and in 2013 the magazine will move from special issue status to a full subscription magazine.

Shroyer is excited to bring this same energy to Interweave Knits, and explore the signature style that has made the magazine well-loved in knitting circles. Interweave yarn group editorial director Karin Storm was thrilled to offer the promotion, stating, “Lisa has built a reputation as a creative editor with a great sense of style and deep knowledge of the knitting industry. Interweave Knits and Knit. Wear. will continue to grow and thrive under her leadership.”

Interweave will commence with a search for a new editor for Knitscene magazine. Former Interweave Knits editor Eunny Jang will be leaving Interweave in early March to pursue other opportunities.

Interweave is the leading publisher of yarn-related enthusiast media, with category-defining magazines, like Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Knit. Wear., and Jane Austin Knits. Interweave’s knitting books, such as Knitter’s Companion, Handy Book of Sweaters, and Weekend Hats, are perennial top-sellers in the craft market, and the company has experienced explosive growth in the video learning category through dozens of workshop videos with the hottest names in knitting. KnittingDaily.com, with more than 1.1 million members, is among the largest online communities of knitters, and Interweave’s PBS television show “Knitting Daily TV” reaches millions of homes nationwide.

F+W Media, Inc. is a community-focused, content creator and marketer of products and services for enthusiasts offering a diversified portfolio of ecommerce, books, ebooks, magazines, events, competitions, educational services, online and streaming video, and more. F+W Media is parent company to such leading brands as Digital Book World, Writer’s Digest, and Interweave and is considered the authoritative, trusted voice guiding enthusiasts to achieve success, profit from their passion, or find inspiration. www.FWMedia.com

Knitscene Editor Promoted to Editor of Interweave Knits

The following is an announcement from Interweave/F+W Media…

LOVELAND, CO – February 22, 2013 – John Bolton, SVP and Publisher for Interweave/F+W Media today announced the promotion of Knitscene editor Lisa Shroyer to editor of Interweave Knits and Knit. Wear. Over the past five years, Shroyer has developed Knitscene magazine from a once-a-year special edition to one of the fastest-growing quarterly knitting magazines on the market. Her fresh approach to style in Knitscene has resonated with contemporary knitters, and in 2013 the magazine will move from special issue status to a full subscription magazine.

Shroyer is excited to bring this same energy to Interweave Knits, and explore the signature style that has made the magazine well-loved in knitting circles. Interweave yarn group editorial director Karin Storm was thrilled to offer the promotion, stating, “Lisa has built a reputation as a creative editor with a great sense of style and deep knowledge of the knitting industry. Interweave Knits and Knit. Wear. will continue to grow and thrive under her leadership.”

Interweave will commence with a search for a new editor for Knitscene magazine. Former Interweave Knits editor Eunny Jang will be leaving Interweave in early March to pursue other opportunities.

Interweave is the leading publisher of yarn-related enthusiast media, with category-defining magazines, like Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Knit. Wear., and Jane Austin Knits. Interweave’s knitting books, such as Knitter’s Companion, Handy Book of Sweaters, and Weekend Hats, are perennial top-sellers in the craft market, and the company has experienced explosive growth in the video learning category through dozens of workshop videos with the hottest names in knitting. KnittingDaily.com, with more than 1.1 million members, is among the largest online communities of knitters, and Interweave’s PBS television show “Knitting Daily TV” reaches millions of homes nationwide.

F+W Media, Inc. is a community-focused, content creator and marketer of products and services for enthusiasts offering a diversified portfolio of ecommerce, books, ebooks, magazines, events, competitions, educational services, online and streaming video, and more. F+W Media is parent company to such leading brands as Digital Book World, Writer’s Digest, and Interweave and is considered the authoritative, trusted voice guiding enthusiasts to achieve success, profit from their passion, or find inspiration. www.FWMedia.com

Fall Interweave Crochet Issue: Disappointing

Since it was a rainy day today, I took some time and checked out the fall issue of Interweave Crochet I received on Saturday in the mail. I noticed that on the cover it highlighted seven knit/crochet combination patterns. This left me, in a word, disappointed.

While I have attempted to knit several times over the years, it is hardly my forte. I don’t subscribe to this magazine, or any crochet magazine, to have knitting patterns. When close to one-third of an issue is devoted to patterns that include knitting, it is a complete waste for me.

Now, I am sure there are many who were happy to have these patterns included in this issue. I however, was not. Let’s forget fora a moment that crochet is often regarded as knitting’s red-headed stepchild and that I doubt a knitting magazine would ever do the same. The people who purchase this magazine are crocheters and as a result, they should focus on their main audience.

Now, I understand many will feel I am making a fuss over nothing. It is just a magazine after all. And they are probably right. However, when people are counting every penny oftentimes today, the editors should focus on providing the most relevant content possible, which gives their readers the “most bang for their buck.”

The editors of Interweave Crochet should have made these patterns an “online bonus” instead with maybe a one or two page article about it in the magazine itself. I, for one, would have been much happier.

New Jersey Highlighted in Spin Off

I am excited to announce that my article about fiber-related opportunities is in the fall issue of Spin Off! The magazine is now on newsstands and higlights all the great fibery things about my state.

For those of you who are not familiar with Spin Off, it is a quarterly magazine published by Interweave. It covers topics for both the novice and advanced spinner regardless of use of spindle or wheel. I look forward to each and every issue and read it from cover to cover — including the ads!

I hope you will consider picking up a copy and checking it out. If you do, I would love to hear your thoughts on my article. Even if I didn’t have an article in it, I hope you would consider picking up a copy…it is well worth a read!

Interweave Hurt Book Sale Now Online

Interweave began the hurt book and overstock sale today at http://www.hurtbooksale.com.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the hurt book sale, this is a great opportunity to pick up craft books on a first-come basis while supplies last. Topics include quilting, beading, jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, felting, spinning, weaving, needlework, sewing and mixed-media.

Hurt books are still in good condition but imperfect in quality and have minor dings such as a scratch on the cover or a bent page. New this year to the sale will be a search engine for sorting books by title or subject and a pull-down tab for sorting by lowest price items and the newest releases.

I highly recommend you check it out!

A Very Exciting Announcement!

I have a very exciting announcement. My first design has been published! You can find it in the May/June issue of Quick & Easy Crochet and is called the “Great Granny Drawstring Purse.” I can’t tell you how excited I was to see my purse in the magazine. I hope this is my first design in a long line of creative ideas to share with others.

If you decide to pick up the magazine and try the pattern, I would love to hear how you like it.