Stitch Cleveland in YMN + Interweave toys

The August issue of Yarn Market News just arrived, with a really nice writeup about Stitch Cleveland. (I love the model on the cover, she’s got roving woven into her hair. Don’t think I wouldn’t do that if I had longer hair! It’s very Frida Kahlo, I like it).

Interesting news from Interweave:

Crafty parents concerned about the safety and quality of their children’s toys have an alternative: do-it-yourself. KnittingDaily.com, Interweave Press’ new online knitting community and pattern library, is offering knitters nine free handmade toy patterns—from a knitted horse to fairy-tale hats and a charming tea set, a great alternative to plastics for imaginative playtime. Three of the patterns call for organic yarns, which is another option for parents looking for affordable eco-conscious, or ‘green’ toys.

The free toy patterns are available online at: www.knittingdaily.com/toys

If you’ve got children of your own or children to knit for, these patterns should come in handy with the holidays coming sooner than we’d like to believe…

And speaking of tiny fuzzy things — many kisses to little Ms Isobel Cash, aka the tiny baby kitty my friend Natasha rescued this week (story here). It was right around this time three years ago that our baby Spike and his brother Milkshake were rescued, and now they’re big, spoiled healthy boys. I’ve met Isobel’s feline siblings and know she’s in good hands (paws?). I just wish I could get out to Pittsburgh and squeeze her myself!

If little Isobel made you go “awww!”, might I recommend Crafters for Critters? They’ve raised thousands of dollars for animals in need.

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