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Monday, June 9, 2008

Knit and Crochet links

Are you looking for some good resources for your knitting or crocheting? Perhaps some new inspiring patterns, or some fun and funky yarns? Maybe it's a new notion you need to make your handwork easier. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started, but I'll be updating this page as I find new and interesting sites to share, so check back often.

Patternworks not only has a wonderful website with all the latest knit and crochet patterns, kits and yarns and a very nice selection of notions and gifts, but they also have a beautiful and inspiring paper catalog which you can request. It's one of my favorite things to find in my mailbox! I have been to their shop in breathtaking Center Harbor, New Hampshire many times and I can tell you with confidence that it is one of the most pleasant places to spend time talking to the ladies and checking out all the new yarns and patterns and inspecting the various finished samples found around the shop.

Mary Maxim is a family owned needlework and crafts mail order company that has been in business for over 50 years. Some of my favorite sweater patterns and kits have come from them. They carry brand name yarns such as Bernat, Patons, Vanna's Choice and Lily, but they also have their own exclusive line of yarns from sportweight to bulky. Their kits always have excellent directions and a generous supply of yarns included. They also have a nice selection of free patterns available on their website. Their customer service is top notch too. The Mary Maxim paper catalog is another one I love to see in my mailbox!

Herrschner's is a great resource for knit and crochet projects and ideas as well as any other craft you can imagine. One of my favorite parts of their site is the weekly sales pages, especially the yarn sale page. They are updated every Wednesday evening, so that's when I check in! I have found some great bargains there over the years. They also have a paper catalog which is a pleasure to thumb through.

Halcyon Yarn is located in Bath, Maine and their company history is fascinating. They have all kinds of supplies for knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving and other fiber arts. Their selection of brand name yarns as well as their own signature yarns is extensive. You can subscribe to their newsletter to keep up with their sales and other news.

Knitting Warehouse is a great site to browse through if you're looking for what's new in the yarn world. They carry many of the name brands of yarn and crochet thread, kits, notions, embellishments, books and patterns. They also have lots of free patterns available from Bernat, Patons, Lion Brand, Red Heart and others.

Lion Brand Yarn has a fabulous website which I raved about here. You can sign up for their email newsletter to keep up to date on all the yarn, tips and free patterns they have available. I love getting their newsletter and saving patterns I just know I'll use some day!

What are some of your favorite sites for knitting and crocheting? Post a comment and share!

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