Comfort for Critters

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Make a Doggie Puff Toy!

No more weaving in ends...with the Russian Join!

Do you love changing colors often in a pattern, but hate weaving in all those ends? If so, the Russian Join may be a solution for you!

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Knitting & crochet world records!

Knit the Fisherman's Rib!

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this fun stitch!

The History of Crochet

Make an Easy Cat Toy!

Knitlandia – A delightful reading destination!

What fun it was to read a book about something so near and dear to CFC volunteers. No, it wasn’t a book about cats and dogs, but one about knitting and knitters! Knitlandia, by Clara Parkes, was an engaging tale of one yarn enthusiast’s journey to knitting retreats, fiber mills and tucked-away stores on family vacations. It took me on a journey to distant lands which I’d love to visit, and retreats full of people I’d love to meet!

Parkes began her own online magazine, called Knitter’s Review, years ago and so immersed herself in the world of yarn. She talks about the ways it’s fabricated, coveted and used. For someone who is content with Walmart’s standard 4-ply, I had no idea it could be so complicated and beautifully exotic.

With just the right amount of humor she takes readers along to Iceland, Paris and the amazingly quirky festivals right here in the US. At times I laughed out loud (when she talks about knitting in public) and at other times I felt so inspired that I longed to read and knit at the same time (alas, I can’t!).

It’s a quick read, at just over a dozen chapters, with each one focused on a very cool locale and the yarn to match. I found that I didn’t need to be well-versed on how yarn is crafted, or have the author’s encyclopedic knowledge of the trade, to enjoy her trials and travels. You don’t even need to know how to knit . . . if you can crochet or enjoy any fiber art, you're welcome too.  Simply put, if you love roaming the aisles of your craft store, mesmerized by (and reaching out to touch) all the beautiful yarn, you’ll fit right in.

She eloquently captured what I’ve seen in my many years as a fiber-artist (my new title, which I am totally embracing!). Breaking out some yarn in almost any gathering, will draw like-minded people out. And, all in all, they are the nicest people to have around. If you want a fun read that will be hard to put down, travel to Knitlandia!

* Just FYI, this is a completely independent review. I receive no compensation at all for my review, except the satisfaction that comes from sharing my love of yarn and reading!

Do You Knit or Crochet to Relax?

blankets with drawings!

Create Your Own Yarn-Winder!

Click here for directions on making tidy yarn balls out of all those unruly leftovers!

Websites for Great Ideas!

As I come across websites which have good information, I always want to pass it along. So many sites promise a lot, but deliver a lot of ads! These two sites are by companies which make yarn I especially like, which is how I found them to begin with. I encourage you to check out these sites and grab as many freebies as you can. If there’s a brand of yarn you especially like, please check out their website for patterns as well!

Lion Brand Yarn Company at

I love that this company’s mission statement is, “Creating a more colorful, connected, and giving world.” At their website you’ll find a free newsletter, but so much more. There are literally thousands of free patterns, all well-organized. You can search by knit or crochet, with over 3,000 patterns available for each craft! You can also sort them by skill level and even type of yarn.

I was thrilled to see that they even had a “Pets” category. There are patterns for fun pet toys, clothing and pet beds! If you click on the following links you can access their patterns for a very cute pet bed. I’ll be trying out the crochet pattern very soon!

Knit Pet Bed     

Crochet Pet Bed

Caron at

Caron makes wonderful “yarn cakes” which I really enjoy using. They rarely tangle and unwind so smoothly! Their variegated cakes let you create an item that magically changes color as you knit or crochet along, without stopping to tie on a new color (and then weave in all those ends!).

They too have many knitting and crochet patterns. They also have an area for crafting items for cats and dogs, which mainly focuses on beds, blankets and scarves. Two patterns I’ll be checking out are for a “Snuggle Pet Blanket” which combines two layers and a dog bed that is created to cover a pillow. Both are beginner patterns (perfect for me), but they are very cute and can be made to be quite colorful.

If you know of any other great sites, please let me know so that I can share them with the rest of the volunteers! For those who may be rightfully wondering, I’m not being compensated in any way for this endorsement. I just like to pass along useful information when I find it, and especially when it’s free!

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