Vanna's Choice yarn by Lion Brand is endorsed by Vanna White, television personality and avid crocheter. This acrylic is soft and substantial, good for afghans and winter scarves.
Should you wear a skinny tie? If so, what are the best ways to wear this fashion accessory?
I enjoy collecting sewing patterns almost as much as I enjoy sewing with them. Here are some of my patterns and tips on how to build your own pattern collection.
If you have the desire and the academic ability, you can graduate from college in just three years. As one who completed a bachelor's degree in three years, I offer my explanation of how I did it.
My most used cookbooks are a mess, but that is because they have recipes my family loves and information to help me achieve success in the kitchen.
Autumn brings harvest and Thanksgiving--both inspiring to crafters! Here are ideas for paper crafts, aprons, knitting and more.
There are Kindle apps especially for knitters. I keep my Kindle and my knitting basket near each other so I can refer to e-book patterns and apps while I knit.
Sewing faster and better is not difficult with these ten easy tips from an experienced dressmaker for simplifying and organizing.
Handmade cotton dishcloths are useful, durable, and fun to make. You can have endless variety in pattern stitches, shapes, and color combinations. I knit mine, but crochet works, too!
Intensity is a trait that teachers and parents often find annoying. It can also, however, be a part of a gifted child's nature that can be understood and managed appropriately.
The author tried a bulky yarn and a lightweight yarn, then selected great knit or crochet patterns to go with each yarn.
You can successfully resize a knitting pattern. The math is just arithmetic with some fractions or ratios--nothing to fear! Step by step, you can scale a patter up or down.
Philosophy and Jack Bauer? Really! Jack causes us to ponder what we really believe about life.
Many crochet books crowd the marketplace, but I have selected some stand-out books. From beginners through advanced crafters, there is a book for everyone.
Pantyhose are becoming relics of an age past. Here I make the case in favor of pantyhose.
Aqua Net is essential in southern humidity and heat. When other hairsprays give up, Aqua Net hold on. It's the only hairspray I use.
The style guides you used 30 years ago don't tell you all you need to know about writing for the Web. Yahoo! offers this guide to take your well-written work and make it Web-ready.
Steve Forbes knows enough about money to explain it to the rest of us. Read this book and know more than most Americans do about economics. We use money daily, so why not understand it?
Flower girl dresses are special dresses for special wedding attendants. Make one or find one at a great price.
Mockingjay is the final installment of The Hunger Games series. A lot has to happen to resolve the many conflicts, so Suzanne Collins had her work cut out for her!
Good habits are not incompatible with creativity. Most creative individuals benefit from a bit of structure. S.J. Scott helps us out with this book.
Find some great patterns for crocheted gifts in this clever e-book from Jaime Eads Maraia. Bags, scarves, hats and novelties are included.
Some movies, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, can be enjoyed over and over. The humour never grows old. Watch this comedy standard today.
Why should you choose Dale's Baby Ull for your next baby knitting project? Washable, durable softness in a merino wool baby yarn makes heirloom garments good enough for our littlest people.
Caron Simply Soft is truly soft, even for garments worn against the skin. It is also affordable and easy to knit with.
Tom Wolfe wrote The Right Stuff based on plenty of research about the Mercury Seven.
Fair Isle knitting is a pleasure to learn if you have the right resources. Here are some of the best books, sites, and videos for learning this craft.
Stripes is a classic movie about what it means to be an American. Cold War humor, some crude scenes (which can be skipped) and lots of iconic lines make this movie entertaining.
Elizabeth Zimmerman taught many knitters to trust themselves and dare to knit without fear and without tears. Knitters around the world still use her formulae for knitting.
Pearl Harbor was a horrific event in American history. It also inspired all sorts of heroism, real and fictional.
Xanadu is an eighties movie with the music of ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) and Olivia Newton John--with Gene Kelly for good measure! Just good, clean fun.
I love my Kindle Fire and share the many reasons I find it so helpful and fun to use. Books, apps, and even web browsing are some of the functions it offers.
The 'Little House" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder is an enduring classic. Laura honed her descriptive skills while narrating for her blind sister, Mary. She became an exemplary writer.
My all-time favorite animal book to read aloud to children is Sammy, the Classroom Guinea Pig. Here's why:
Apples to Apples is a game that can appeal to all ages, making it perfect for family get-togethers. There are several different versions now, so mix it up with Sour Apples to Apples!
Aging eyesight required better lighting for crafts. Careful color matching for quilters and other artists also requires full-spectrum lighting. The Ott-Lite delivers!
Universities today have far too much administration and not enough real teaching of actual content areas going on. If thought faculty ran the universities, you need to read this book.
Learn about acrostics, haiku, and Limericks. Not all poems need to be long.
Scary novel offers one possible scenario for the end of America. This is scary because nothing in the novel is really impossible. One might say, "too close for comfort."
Atlas Shrugged has never been more timely. Make time to read this book and understand our dying America. Renew your zeal for freedom.
Art With a Purpose is the easiest way to provide children with a solid foundation in drawing and other art skills. This curriculum is affordable and simple to teach.
Learn the history of the personal computer through one woman's journey from IBM card to personal computer.
Indiana has produced more than its share of writers. Do the cornfields somehow inspire creativity? Check out these authors from the Hoosier state, from Lew Wallace to Kurt Vonnegut.
Professors are really not difficult to impress. Simply read your syllabus and follow it and you will be ahead of most of your class. If you truly went to college to learn, do your job!
All children can learn to draw. Some have special talent, but all can learn that everything is made of basic shapes that can be put together. Here are resources for young artists in training.
Here are tips from an experienced costume mistress. Learn about costumes from movies, books, and history. Hogwarts, Star Trek, Middle Earth, and American history are included.
This quick, family-themed craft for children is a good choice for Fathers' Day, Mothers' Day, or lessons that discuss family relationships. Supplies are inexpensive and generally on hand.
Recommended books for teaching English or Continental knitting styles are reviewed. These are books any knitting teacher should have for reference.
Needlework can teach valuable lessons about perseverance and offer opportunities for family bonding. My life would not be the same without growing up sewing and crocheting and knitting!
Once-a-month cooking is a strategy that has helped busy women from many walks of life. It is a real boost to the spirit to know a home-cooked dinner is already made and just needs to be heated up.
Take a boy's flannel shirt and style it for a girl using these step-by-step cutting and sewing instructions.
Making yarn flowers on a loom is easy and can be a good creative outlet for all ages. Join them to make blankets, scarves, and more.
I have always loved Gunne Sax dresses. Jessica McClintock created beautiful styles that still look wonderful for special occasions today.
Review the best knitting needles of all types: straight, double-pointed, and circular. Compare the knitting properties of bamboo needles, aluminum, wood, and more.
Dave Barry take American history and looks at it through the eyes of a comedian. Face it, we Americans are a crazy, funny bunch of misfits!
I offer a look at my various knitting projects, including photographs and pattern links. Good knitting books are recommended as well.
Crochet and knitting can produce lace faster than many more complicated methods. See examples of lace made with needles or a hook.
Men, is a bow tie right for you? Learn how to tie one and how to wear one.
A former bridal alterations specialist offers tips and resources for wedding sewing success. From choosing a pattern and fabrics to sewing and fitting, learn to do it yourself.
Many of the most gifted students no longer become teachers. How can schools attract the best of the best to teach the next generation?