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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Cozy Gifts

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! Fashion forward clothing and jewelry, with your added personal touch, will be worn and loved for years to come.

    Wrap Your Loved Ones in Afghan Warmth

    We want nothing more than the most relaxing, Restful Afghans for you and your loved ones. So cozy into your favorite spot on the couch, and crochet your favorite design or designs. Most afghans are rated easy for almost any crafter to accomplish, so you’ll be snoozing in no time!

    Restful Afghans - 8 All Time Favorite Afghan Patterns to Cozy Into . #LEA7721

    Become A Cable Master

    Crochet your way to cable mastery, and make some fabulous knit-like hats in the process, with Alaskan Hats Using Slip Stitch! You’ll find seven slip-stitch hats from easy working your way to complex, guided through each project withe easy-to-follow instructions. You’ll be slip stitching those bobbles, cables, braids, and ridges in no time!

    Alaskan Hats Using Slip Stitch - Step by StepTechnique to Make Cables Look and Feel Like Knit #7549

    Wrap Up Their Wardrobe

    Choose from a collection of 10 all-time favorite sweaters, pullovers and cardigans for those on your holiday list. Sweater Weather presents all-time favorite sweaters, pullovers and cardigans with a variety of stitch patterns to expand your skills and create comfy, trendy and functional designs.

    Sweater Weather - 10 Cute and Comfy Designs to Keep You Warm #LEA7716

    Warm Hands, Warm Hearts

    Our Fingerless Mitts Knitting Project Kit has everything you need to create warm and comfortable fingerless mittens in just one weekend. Not only will the completed mittens make great holiday gifts, the kit itself would be a great gift for any knitters or aspiring knitters on your list!

    Fingerless Mitts Knitting Project Kit #50964

    A Baby Life Well Lived

    We’ve seen tons of baby quilts over the years, but few have captured our hearts the way this Baby Life Quilt has! Perhaps it’s the modern palette, or maybe the mixture of fun patterns with solids. But most likely it’s the colorful words of wisdom for a baby life well lived.

    Baby Life Quilt - Easy Applique Pattern Pack #37553

    All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, and they are sure to cherish them for years!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Cozily yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Wildlife Afghans: Choose Your Own Adventure Crochet

    Wildlife Afghans lets you mix and match your favorite wildlife and side panels to crochet your own afghan masterpiece.  Do you remember choose your own adventure books? Wildlife Afghans is the crochet equivalent.  First you choose between a bear, moose, deer or wolf.  Then you choose your favorite side panel and corner pieces and you have a one-of-a-kind afghan! We love Wildlife Afghans so much that we invited today's guest blogger, Christine Naugle, to talk about the inspiration for her fabulous designs. Welcome Christine!

    Hey everyone, this is Christine Naugle, the designer behind the Wildlife Cable Afghans book. I am so excited to see the release of this book with Leisure Arts. I am even more excited about why this book is unique, it is unique because you get to design your own blanket!

    https://www.leisurearts.com/wildlife-cable-afghans.html Wildlife Cable Afghans by Christine Naugle

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    When I decided to design a new set of blankets I wanted them to focus on the outdoors and wildlife. I wanted the blankets to be appealing to the men in our lives and/or have a more rustic feel to them. So many designs feature beautiful flowers and romantic colorways that I adore but, to put it simple, they are more feminine. In this new design set, I wanted the afghans to be all about creating unique and eye catching textures, I wanted them to be perfect for someone like my Husband, Dad, or Grandfather. For inspiration I scoured Pinterest for Cabin Decor and found many framed cabin images and sayings. So, I went to my sketch pad and started jotting down multiple frame ideas. The idea of a silhouette came to me first and I decided to try a deer.

    Deer in Wildlife Afghans by Christine Naugle. Deer in Wildlife Afghans by Christine Naugle.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The deer was fun to draw, my husband even got involved and taught me the differences between mule deer and white tail deer. He was excited about this blanket design which made me even more excited too. Next up was the side panels. I knew I wanted rich textures, cables, and an eye catching design. Many hours where put into making swatches of different stitch combinations and finally the panels where coming together. Boy, it was so much fun to see this project working out like I envisioned. The corner squares where fun and quick. I knew I wanted them to represent a wagon wheel but in my own design style. Boy Howdy! It worked. I knew immediately that I had to do another afghan design.

    Moose in Wildlife Afghans by Christine Naugle Moose in Wildlife Afghans by Christine Naugle

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The moose was next up. I loved the prints along the side panels with the simple embossed-like diamond corners. Again, some rich texture to pull the blanket together with the striking silhouette was a success. I was on a roll and had to do at least 2 more designs.

    Bear in Wildlife Afghans by Christine Naugle Bear in Wildlife Afghans by Christine Naugle
    Wolf in Wildlife Afghans by Christine Naugle Wolf in Wildlife Afghans by Christine Naugle

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The bear and wolf blanket designs where just as fun to work up. The bear was extra fun because my children call me, "Momma Bear". My favorite part of the wolf design is the feathered or arrow look to the panels, it is unique and fun to work up.

    But, once again, the best part about these blankets is that you get to decide which pieces you want to work up. The Wildlife Cable Afghan book is designed for you to pick and choose each piece of the blanket to make it unique and to your liking. Simply choose the animal silhouette you like best: deer, bear, wolf or moose. Next select the side panels. The panels is where your texture will really begin. Each panel has a unique cable like pattern that will draw your eyes to the blanket as if it were a photo being displayed. Lastly, you get to select the design of each corner piece. Again, each one of these pieces is unique and feature different looks from a diamond accent, to a dream catcher whimsical design, to a circular cluster (almost wagon wheel effect), to a more simple cabled square. No matter which piece you select, your finished blanket will be personalized to your liking and will be a masterpiece when you are completed.

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