BETTER THAN A VIDEO GAME is playing around with the Random Stripe Generator at  This colorful virtual toy lets you chose from dozens of colors and then turns them into wonderful striping patterns that you can use in planning your knit and crochet projects.  It’s great for choosing afghan color combinations, or even quilts worked in stripes.

COLOR, COLOR EVERYWHERE!  Pantone, the group that sets the color trends, has announced the “in”fashion colors for Spring, 2008.  A major neutral is Snorkel Blue, which seems to be color-speak for good old navy brightened a bit with a touch of cobalt. Look for brighter reds, and lots of accessories in freesia (that’s yellow if you are not botanically inclined). Silvery grey continues the metallic theme from last year, and cantaloupe (the peachy inside color, not the beigy rind) will be big.  If you want to see these, plus over 20 pages of sketches of designer outfits with color ideas, go to

WANT TO MAKE GREAT QUILTS, QUICKLY AND EASY….Marti Michell, who has been involved in the quilting industry for over 35 years, can show you some easy methods, neat cutting and sewing tips using her “Perfect Patchwork Templates” and her rulers. You’ll want to make many trips to

DAILY KITTY FIX…Many knitters, crocheters and quilters are feline lovers.  You might enjoy The Daily Kitten, a site that daily  posts  a photo of a new kitten and its story, submitted by viewers. The kittens, many of which are rescues, are enchanting, and the stories wonderful. Visit  it at To help you spoil your own cats, we included a special kitty rug in our new Leisure Arts book Afghans for All Seasons and All reasons. The rug, designed by Carole Fitzgeral, is round and features tassels for kitty to play with.  (For more on this book, click on the title)

FOR FILET CROCHET LOVERS…Michelle Ryan is a designer from London, England, who has a fantastic site with lots of free charted patterns for filet.  They include two gorgeous shawls, and many smaller designs such as a variety of cats, flowers – even a wrestler!  The charts are well done and easy to follow, and she has an instruction section for those who have never done filet before.  She also has free patterns for crocheted jewelry, and a lot of other interesting things.  Visit her at

FOR THE LATEST ON WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE QUILT WORLD….try a visit to any one of the shows produced by Quilts, Inc, where you’ll find everything a quilter could want on sale, meet the stars of the quilting world and get a chance to take a class with the best quilting teachers in addition to seeing some magnificent quilts. If traveling is not in your future plans, the web site can offer an online substitute. 

CALLING NASCAR FANS!  The famous Dale Earnhardt afghan pattern – done in Tunisian crochet (afghan stitch) is offered free at Cindy’s Crochet  Cindy also has a collection of charts for pillows for many NASCAR car numbers,  as well as lots of other free patterns.

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