Super Amazing Posts By Ashley

Ashley is a writer and editor who left her job at Martha Stewart to freelance in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. She has her hands in all kinds of crafts, from knitting to crocheting and sewing. When she's not crafting, she's eating peanut butter, listening to Paul McCartney, and playing ukulele -- sometimes all three at the same time. You can see what Ashley is making on her blog, The Feisty Redhead.

    Crochet Blanket Designs to Make Your Home Cozy for Fall

    Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Crocheting |

    Even if I'm not cold, I still like to have a blanket around me when I'm hanging out at home in fall. I consider blankets part of my at-home wardrobe, along with sweatpants and oversized t-shirts. Whether I'm watching TV or having my morning coffee, there's just something about wrapping up in a cozy blanket to make me feel comforted. Bring a little extra coziness into your home this fall with these warm, cuddly crochet blanket patterns.

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    6 Different Types of Sleeves to Draft and Sew

    Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Sewing |

    Identifying different types of sleeves is especially important if you're into designing your own clothes. Just a simple change of sleeve style can transform an entire pattern, plus it's helpful to know what different types of sleeves can do for your body and the entire silhouette of your top or dress. Take a look at just a few of the different types of sleeves in the sewing world. I bet you'll start noticing a difference next time you pick up a sewing pattern!

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    Uses This Method to Make Seaming a Knitted Project Faster & Sturdier

    Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Knitting |

    I knit and sew, but never had I ever thought about combining the two until recently. Having never used my sewing machine to sew hand knits, I learned a lot from the experience. Fabric can get sucked into the abyss, hand knits can stretch — any number of things can happen. Check out a few tips for using your sewing machine to sew hand knits to avoid any mishaps.

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    The Long and Short of It: Short-Sleeve Knitting Patterns

    Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Knitting |

    It took me many years to figure out why someone would ever knit a short-sleeve sweater. "Sweaters are only for winter," I'd say. "Why bother with short sleeves?" Transform yourself into a short-sleeve sweater fan with these sweater knitting patterns from our always-fabulous Craftsy designers.

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    Craftsy’s Geekiest Knitting Patterns

    Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Knitting |

    Some might say that knitting, in itself, is a display of geekery. To that I say, pshaw! There are plenty of other ways to show the world that you're a geek, though. Wave that geek flag high when you add one of these nerdy patterns to your list.

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