2016 Year in Review

Year in Review 2016 - StitchesNScraps.com

With the new year just around the corner, let’s take a quick look back at 2016. I’m happy to say this site has grown by leaps and bounds this year, thanks to all of you! The Facebook and Pinterest pages have grown as well, and Stitches ‘N’ Scraps is now on Instagram and Twitter too.

Continue reading →

Pattern Review – Wavy Garden Shawl by Iris Schreier

My wavy garden shawl

In the June Yarnbox last year (2014), was the Wavy Garden Shawl pattern by Iris Schreier, and the yarns needed to make it. I’m fairly inexperienced with knitting lace, and this pattern had a lot of things going on that were new to me. I made several mistakes (probably more than I even noticed), but in the end I think … Continue reading →

Product Review – Susan Bates Digital Row Counter

Susan Bates row counter

As you may remember, I recently received a package from Red Heart that included a Susan Bates digital row counter. This is a brand new product for 2015 (UPDATE: it’s now available on Red Heart’s site and I have updated the links in this post!). I’m not typically a big fan of row counters, but this one looked intriguing and … Continue reading →

Pattern Review – Knitapotamus by Heidi Bears

My finished knitapotamus

I’ve had my eye on Heidi Bears’ crochet patterns for a while now. It’s so creative, the way she takes all different regular polygons and magically creates wonderful creatures with them. But at $6.50 each, I always hesitated to try one. I didn’t really have any NEED for a stuffed dragon, after all… 4 of my friends are having babies … Continue reading →

LYS Review – The Nook in Lisle IL (part 2)

The work room at the Nook

A little while ago, I told you a lot about my LYS, the Nook in Lisle IL.  That post sort of kept growing and growing, until I found I had written too much and hadn’t even mentioned yarn yet! I decided to keep all the yarnie goodness for this 2nd post. The Nook has two owners, Tina and Kitty, both … Continue reading →

LYS Review – The Nook in Lisle IL (part 1)

Yarn bombed car

I’ve learned, over this last year, that a great LYS can be so much more than a place to buy yarn. It’s a home away from home, a place for fun, friends, advice of all kinds, and that warm fuzzy feeling that you just belong. It’s like the line from Cheers – “where everybody knows your name.” At least, that’s … Continue reading →

Product Review – Boye Crochet Dude Blocking Boards

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking these links, I may be compensated. You get the same great price, and you are helping to support this blog! I have several items in a pile, waiting to be blocked. I love what blocking does for my FOs, but I definitely don’t love doing it. I must … Continue reading →