April is Stress Awareness Month! Unwind with Knitting and Crochet

Unwind with Knitting and CrochetI am a huge proponent of knitting and crocheting to destress. I learned how to crochet about three years ago, and I’ve been knitting for two years. While I still consider myself a beginner in both of these crafts, I do love to unwind with knitting and crochet.

Doing a generative activity like writing, drawing, or even reading can be overwhelming when stressed. The idea of coming up with something new to write or journal about does not seem relaxing if stress levels are already high! Same goes with deciding on an image to draw, and even taking in information from something as light as a novel can go right over my head if I’m distracted and panicked. I’ve found that my favorite things to do when stressed include crocheting, knitting, and playing piano. Not learning a new pattern or song—that is too generative when stressed—but working on an easy pattern or playing a song I’m already familiar with. It’s a beautiful distraction and, in the case of knitting and crochet, I am still making something!

April is stress awareness month, and our friends at the Craft Yarn Council have a lineup of wonderful opportunities and learning experiences to help you destress. Share your story and learn more about what April has to offer when you want to unwind with knitting and crochet.


Craft Yarn Council

Next month, during April Stress Awareness Month, Craft Yarn Council (CYC) is encouraging knitters and crocheters to UNWIND and Stitch Away Stress. CYC will use social media to create a space where followers can breath easy and to facilitate conversation about trending topics within the wellness community. Each week we will center conversations around the following themes and how knitters and crocheters use yarn crafting to heal within each of the categories.

Trending Topics

Week One: SELF

We will focus on self care and self love. Many wellness platforms have taken up the cause to encourage women specifically to start taking better care of themselves: mind, body and spirit.

Week Two: THE MIND

We will focus on using knit and crochet to both exercise the mind and using it to rest your mind during stressful periods.

Week Three: COMMUNITY

This week will focus on how knitters and crocheters come together to build communities both in their own cities and online.

Week Four: INSPIRATION

The last week we will talk about how inspiration has the ability to heal, where to find it, and how to be an inspiration within the yarn community

How to Get Involved

  • Use your social platforms to encourage your audience to join the discussion by sharing their own photos and stories using #StitchAwayStress.
  • Download and share CYC’s graphics, animations and the Unwind press release.
  • Host your own Unwind contests and giveaways.
  • On your blog, share your story of why you knit or crochet and how it has benefitted you.

Assets: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwRV-Rzs6k5BeFdocHB2bHFkbVE?usp=sharing

CYC’s UNWIND Giveaways

Invite your followers to join the Craft Yarn Council all month long for April Stress Awareness month giveaways!

Contest Details:

  • Share any of CYC’s Stress Awareness Month posts or images on Facebook or Instagram and tell your story to your friends as it relates to the topic of that post. You must use the #stitchawaystress for a chance to win one of four UNWIND prizes. Each prize is valued at $50. Contest runs April 1-30. Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced week of May 8th.

If you are planning to participate in our Unwind Campaign, please shoot us an email at info@craftyarncouncil.com. We would love to hear from you! Thank you and with your help we will make this April Stress Awareness Month the best one yet!

 

What is your favorite way to relieve stress?

Love Yarn? Prove It! + Brand New Patterns

How much do you love yarn? No, this isn’t a rhetorical question. We really want to know!

Our friends at the Craft Yarn Council have created a quick online survey to gauge just how much crafters love to knit and crochet. This is a great opportunity for you t make your voice heard and speak up about your favorite kind of craft. Your answers could shape the way crochet and knitters are seen in the future. Who knew that in just a few minutes, you could impact the future of knitting and crochet?

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But that’s not all! Once you complete the survey, you’ll be entered to win one of  25 gift cards worth $25! These gift cards can be used at some of your favorite craft store, so start daydreaming about your next yarn purchase!

Don’t wait! Take the survey now and enter to win an awesome prize!

 

BONUS! As a thank you for your participation in the Craft Yarn Council’s 2014 survey, we’ve gifted you some of our latest and greatest crochet and knitting patterns.

 

Awesome Free Crochet Patterns

Pink Daisy Mug Cozy – A girly and fun free crochet pattern that’s perfect for winter.

Cotton Candy Dreams Crocheted Cuff – All the fun and none of the calories! This cute cuff is colorful and eye-catching.

Cape Cod Afghan – No need to book a trip to the cape! This afghan is perfect for cool winter nights.

Stained Glass Dishcloth – Love the look of stained glass? Incorporate the gorgeous look of antique windows into your own crochet patterns.

Blooming Purple Beanie – Purple is so hot right now and this free crochet beanie pattern is so darn trendy.

 

Fabulous Free Knitting Patterns

Chain Stitch Scarf – This homemade scarf pattern is quick, simple and downright perfect for winter.

Knit Ripple Blanket – What’s better than a warm and toasty afghan on a cold winter night? Oh right – nothing.

Soft and Smoky Potato Chip Scarf – No, this scarf is not made from potato chips (sorry to disappoint you), but the ruffle look and elegant colors are sure to make up for it.

Chic Diagonal Stripe Scarf – The name says it all – this showstopping scarf is classy and cool.

Artsy Potato Chip Scarf – Look good no matter where you go with this free scarf knitting pattern.

 

 

 

Which do you prefer: Knitting or Crochet? Why?

 

 

 

Snow Need to Flake Out – 14 Snowflake Crafts & Giveaway

Get your snow gear ready because AllFreeChristmasCrafts has a blizzard of snowflake and snowmen crafts that you have to try. Now, we all know that the winter can feel a little dreary at times. However, there is a way to add some cheer to this frosty season. We’re talking about snow. No, not the freezing fluffy white stuff outside, but adorable crochet snowflake and snowmen crafts. With these projects, you get the best of both worlds: the beauty of snow without the bitter cold.

Wear snowflake scarves and sweaters so that you can stay warm and stylish when the temperature begins to drop. Snuggle up in a comfy sweater near the fire or accessorize with a trendy scarf for those moments when you have to venture outside. Snowflake clothes aren’t your thing? No worries, we have plenty of other snow-spired projects. What about decorations to make a winter wonderland in your home? Or, chilly ornaments and snowmen to add even more snowflake fun to your home?  We’ll admit that we’re suckers for anything remotely reminiscent of Frosty the Snowman because he’s just so darn cute. If you feel the same as us, then you’re going to be blown away at the Frosty-inspired crochet projects we found. Whether you prefer snowflakes or snowmen, we know there’s something here for you!

 

Wear Your SnowflakeFalling Snowflakes Sweater

Get warm and cozy with a snowflake sweater or scarf. Picture yourself curled up on the couch in your handmade sweater, drinking a warm cup of hot cocoa while reading a book as it lightly snows outside your window. Sounds pretty relaxing, right? We think so, too. Stay warm this winter and crochet your own cold-weather clothes!

  1. Cascading Snowflakes Crochet Scarf
  2. Falling Snowflakes Sweater

 

 

 

 

Snowflake OrnamentsSparkly Crochet Snowflake Ornament

Create unique homemade Christmas ornaments for your tree this year. The designs of these crochet snowflake ornaments are all unique because we all know that no two snowflakes are the same.

  1. Picot Loops Crochet Snowflake
  2. Crochet Snowflake Ornament
  3. Sparkly Crochet Snowflake Ornament

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. and Mrs. SnowmanFrosty the Snowman Inspiration

Last, but certainly not least, are our frost-spired crochet snowmen. Everyone loves jolly Frosty the Snowman, so why not get a little creative and crochet some of these happy little guys? Great to use as decorations around the home, these crafts are too cute to pass up!

1. Crochet Snowman Family
2. Crochet Snowman Jar Cozy
3. Mr. and Mrs. Snowman
4. Frosty the Snowman Tea Cozy
5. Crochet Frosty the Snowman

 

 

 

Giveaway!99 Snowflakes Volume 2

Win 99 Snowflakes Volume 2, a book full of stunning crochet snowflake patterns, from the light, large, and lacy, to the solid, small, and compact.

With the patterns in this book, you can learn how to make frosty decorations like:

  1. Chilly Snowman Christmas Stocking
  2. Crochet Snowflake Garland
  3. Upcycled Crocheted Doily Snowflake Garland/Bunting

The deadline to enter is July 8, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time, so enter today for your chance to win!

 

 

 

 

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SNAP! Conference Swag Bag Giveaway!

FaveCrafts on InstagramLast week, FaveCrafts and AllFreeKidsCrafts teamed up to take on our very first SNAP! Conference in stunning Salt Lake City, Utah. We made a lot of new friends, brought home a ton of fun stuff (in fact, we got so many goodies that we couldn’t fit them all in our suitcases and had to ship them home!), and took lots of fun pictures on Instagram! There are more blog posts to come about our crafty adventures, so we don’t want to tell you everything about SNAP! quite yet…

…but we are way too excited to show you some of our SNAP! Conference swag and give you the chance to take it home! Aside from meeting a lot of wonderful bloggers and chatting with a few of our favorite companies, one the best parts of SNAP! was checking out the newest craft products out there, and we want to share our finds with you. One lucky reader will win our SNAP! Swag Bag! Keep reading for details!

 SNAP! Swag Bag Giveaway

What you’ll win:

  • 1 large paisley stencil from Royal Design Studio
  • 2 small stencils Royal Design Studio
  • 1 6-piece pack of Darice Fabric Markers
  • 4 paint markers
  • 5 pieces of embossing essentials from Darice PLUS a sample from their Core’dinations collection.
  • 1 36-pack of premium printed cardstock from DCWV
  • 1 12-pack of cards from AC Cardstock
  • 5 assorted Duck Tape sheets PLUS 2 new glow in the dark Duck Tape Sheets
  • 5 assorted small rolls of Duck Tape
  • 2 2-oz bottles of Americana acrylic paint
  • 1 Sewer’s Best Friend kit from Babylock
  • 1 10-piece sewing thread collection from Pick Your Plum
  • 1 Ruffle Fabric Magical Diagonal Scarf Kit
  • 2 packages of paper straws
  • 2 tubes of Gorilla super glue
  • 1 customizable water bottle from Expressions Vinyl
  • 1 mouse pad from Atly
  • 1 decorative burlap bag from Sizzix

PLUS! Pamper yourself with:

  • 1 bar of soap from Modern Masters
  • 1 pair of sunglasses from noVae clothing
  • 1 pair of earrings from Cents of Style

Want to win this amazing crafty collection? Leave a comment below and answer our question to be entered to win. You have until Sunday, May 4th to enter, so get your comment posted today to ensure that you’re in the running to win this exclusive SNAP! Swag Bag Giveaway!

Giveaway Rules:

  • Contest open to US and Canada residents 18+
  • One comment/entry per person per blog post.
  • Contest closes Sunday, May 4th at 11:59p CST.
  • Leave a comment on this blog post answering the question below to be entered to win.
  • Winners will be posted on FaveCraftsBlog.com and notified by email on Monday, May 5th.

Tell us: What’s your favorite way to craft?

Win the Sewing Storage Collection of Your Dreams!

Everything Mary Sewing Machine CoverIt’s a good thing we don’t keep the Everything Mary Complete Sewing Storage collection by our desks, or the AllFreeSewing editors would have taken off with it. With a trio that includes a Sewing Machine Cover, Sewing Box, and Rolling Sewing Machine Tote, we find this bunch completely irresistible.

Everything Mary Sewing Machine Cover

The great thing about this exclusive collection from Everything Mary is that each piece includes additional storage opportunities for items. For example, the sewing machine cover not only protects your machine from dust in style, it includes pockets that surround the entire cozy. Thanks to this innovative addition you don’t need to wonder where your seam ripper or patterns are.

Everything Mary Square Sewing BoxEverything Mary Square Sewing Box

We’re particularly excited about the square sewing box that is part of this brilliant prize. The removable trays allow you to stack your supplies in the most space effective way within the square body of this container. Even more helpful is the dome top that provides additional space for goods that you might not otherwise confine in a cube.

Everything Mary Rolling Sewing Tote

 Everything Mary Rolling Sewing ToteWhat we’re really wild about, though, is the rolling sewing tote. As a group of sewing editors who work in an office away from our home bases, a rolling tote would be invaluable. Since the start of the Everything Mary Sewing Storage Collection giveaway we’ve been dreaming about rolling our machines to the office for a sewing soiree. Socials, trade shows, or just a move from one sewing room to another in the house would be made all the easier thanks to this nifty solution.

So, how do you get the Complete Sewing Storage Collection from Everything Mary?

If you want to win this exclusive collection, here’s what we suggest you do…

  1. Like the Everything Mary Facebook page! They’re awesome; you’ll love being friends with them.
  2. Like the AllFreeSewing page. We’re pretty awesome too and want to be friends with you!
  3. Enter here!

Want an Everything Mary Complete Sewing Storage Collection? Win One!

You’re getting picked up in an hour for a weekend with your significantly older cousins, and while you’re excited for the reunion, you know there will be a lot of downtime at night (everyone retires early on the farm). What do you bring to do? Your latest finds from the library aren’t terribly captivating, nor is solitaire after fifteen rounds. Your eyes alight on your sewing machine. A later model, it isn’t too heavy or very loud, but how will you transport it?

Everything Mary Complete Sewing Storage CollectionOK, so maybe this isn’t your exact scenario, but if you sew you’ve most likely had some need for machine transport. In such cases where protective gear for your favorite machine is necessary, the editors at AllFreeSewing happily recommend products from Everything Mary. Integrating contemporary style into craft storage containers, these products offer the best in terms of aesthetics and functionality.

For sewing enthusiasts like ourselves, Everything Mary imagines every accessory for your machine possible. From the basic necessities like the Sewing Machine Cover and Square Sewing Box, to more innovative products like the Rolling Sewing Tote, this merchandise is on every sewist’s wish list.

Obviously you want these accessories, but beyond merely looking fabulous Everything Mary’s products are practical for the typical sewist’s lifestyle. You don’t have to be in the scenario above to understand the value of a good sewing machine cover. With the dual capability of keeping dust out of your machine and storing notions in its pockets, this machine cover is, in a word, ideal. If you’re in need of some overall sewing room organization, a sewing box like the one from Everything Mary can handle even your fabric stash. Keep the clutter neatly contained with this box, which includes a space for your spare pins and needles underneath the lid. Are you the traveling type? The Everything Mary Rolling Sewing Tote keeps the standard model securely in place, allowing for easy transportation of more than just your sewing machine. Take your entire project along to a weekend away, a trade show, or even when transferring sewing rooms in the house.

Everything Mary

 

Everything Mary Complete Sewing Storage CollectionEverything Mary satisfies a basic sewist’s needs with their innovative and stylish products, and AllFreeSewing is thrilled to announce an opportunity for you to win all three of the aforementioned goodies this month! Until April 24th, you can enter the Everything Mary Complete Sewing Storage Collection giveaway once a day, every day. Normally not sold together, one lucky person will win the Everything Mary Sewing Machine Cover, Square Sewing Box, and Rolling Sewing Tote for free!

How do you transport your sewing machine?

Clean Out the Closet Giveaway!

The new year is practically here, and we’ve spent the last couple of days gearing up for 2014 by cleaning out our craft closet!  From scrapbook paper to gift bags, stamps to googly eyes, we have an amazing collection of unused craft supplies…and, best of all, you could win it all!

To make room for all the amazingness that 2014 is sure to bring, we are having a huge “Clean out the Closet” Giveaway!  Whether you’re new to crafting or are looking for some supplies to help inspire an amazing project, this collection is sure to please!  There’s paper, stamps, stickers, yarn, dies, books, clay, and SO much more.  Even if you just own a glue stick and a pair of scissors, you’ll be able to craft something amazing with the products in this awesome collection.

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Want to win this huge assortment of supplies?

Head on over to the giveaway page and register to win nowYou have until January 14th to enter, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return, the greater your chances of winning this amazing giveaway!  Head on over to the giveaway page now for all the must-read information…and good luck!

Happy 2014 to all you awesome crafters out there!  What are you looking forward to making in the new year?

12 Days of Christmas – Sleigh Winner!

Can we get a drum roll, please? This prize is huge! First we want to thank everyone who commented and participated in our contest. It was such a huge hit and we couldn’t be happier with the enthusiasm.

12 Days of Christmas - Sleigh of Prizes

Congratulations to the winner of the huge sleigh of prizes from our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

 Pixie1026!

She commented on our Day 11 project and said:

“This looks so simple and pretty, but since my daughter has better hand writing, I think I will need to recruit her.”

Thanks so much, Pixie! We know you’ll have lots to craft with when you get your prize in the mail.

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Pixie has won one of each of the prizes that were featured for the 12 Days of Giveaways contest. I bet she’s going to be crafting up a storm this Christmas!

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Unfortunately there can only be one winner, but keep checking back on the blog as we have more chances to win crafty prizes every day!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 12 Winner

Congratulations to the winner of Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Ruth C. 

 

Ruth answered the question, “Have you made any festive holiday clothes or accessories this year?” and said

Over this past year I crocheted my 7 granddaughters a ladybug dress with a purse to match. They all looked so cute in their outfits that I hosted a “Ladybug English Tea Party” for all of them plus their mothers…so fun…great memories!

 

Ruth entered the contest by leaving a blog comment on this featured project- Santa Baby Suit.

Santa Baby Suit

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Ruth will be receiving a prize from Red Heart just in time for the holidays! Please contact us with your information!

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Thank you everyone who participated in our contest yesterday! Be sure to check out today’s free project and prize. You have twelve chances to win with a new prize every day! And don’t forget to enter to win our Sleigh of Prizes.

You can check out our list of free projects, patterns, prizes, and winners in our 12 Days of Christmas 2013 Wrap Up.

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 11 Winner

Congratulations to the winner of Day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Anne

 

Anne answered the question, “Which color set would you prefer to use: Bright Colors or Metallic Shimmers?” and said

Oooh. Metallic shimmers, of course!

 

Anne entered the contest by leaving a blog comment on this featured project- Crystal Embellished Believe Vase.

Crystal Embellished Believe Vase

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Anne will be receiving a prize from Elmer’s just in time for the holidays! Please contact us with your information!

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Thank you everyone who participated in our contest yesterday! Be sure to check out today’s free project and prize. You have twelve chances to win with a new prize every day! And don’t forget to enter to win our Sleigh of Prizes.

You can check out our list of free projects, patterns, prizes, and winners in our 12 Days of Christmas 2013 Wrap Up.