One Skein Knit Leg Warmers Pattern for Beginners

Keep cozy and happy all winter long with these chunky knit leg warmers snug around your legs. Leg warmers are great for dancers. I love thick white wool against delicate ballet pink, and the porcelain look of a dancer’s limbs. However, you can wear these leg warmers for a lot more than dancing. They are lovely with a dress, a skirt, or READ MORE

Easy Last-Minute Paper-Punched Valentines

Make these easy, last-minute paper-punched valentines in a jiffy, and have a ton of fun doing it!  I love making a unique handmade cards. These cards come together so fast, you can easily create a bunch of teacher or class valentines quickly. Actually, these cards were a happy accident. Allie (11) wanted to do some crafting the other READ MORE

A Simple Knit Basket Pattern for Beginners

I’ll admit it, I’m a little obsessed with bringing knits to home decor, and this simple knit basket pattern is no exception. Find this fun, nubbly project over on Apartment Therapy right now! Or, if you’d like a PDF Pattern, you can find one in the Flax & Twine shop. This is a traditional knitting pattern, which READ MORE

Hand Crochet Round Pillow Pattern

I’m so thrilled to announce the new pattern release of this beautiful Hand Crochet Round Pillow Pattern! Traditional crochet stitches at an oversized scale like this make a wow-worthy statement of this simple round pillow. Crochet this pillow with no tools other than your own two hands and some gorgeous wool. In no time, you’ll have this lovely READ MORE

Top 12 Projects and Patterns of 2016

I’ve taken the first couple of weeks of 2017 to reflect back on the year a little. It’s been pretty exciting!  The great news is that Flax & Twine continues to grow, both the blog and the shop, in big ways! I paid particular attention to Google Analytics, which is so helpful to gather insights on READ MORE

Mini Resolutions – 30 Day Commitments for Year-Long Success

Happy New Year, everyone! This year, instead of a huge year-long hope-of-a-resolution, try an experiment with me! I am making 12 Mini Resolutions. Mini Resolutions are 30-day commitments to small changes you’ve wanted to make in your life.  I think it’s going to be a great way to be successful and implement some great shifts in how I READ MORE

Easy Last Minute Holiday Table Setting DIY

Well, we’re in the home stretch running toward Christmas now. I wanted to share an easy, last minute holiday table setting idea with you! These clip-on cardinals caught my eye when I was out holiday shopping. I was smitten immediately, and I knew I wanted to use them on my table this year. Let me tell you READ MORE

Quick and Easy DIY Girls’ Jewelry Projects

Back when I was a brand new blogger, I designed a series of little easy-to-make DIY girls’ jewelry projects . The projects were intended as advent gifts. I actually posted a brand new jewelry tutorial every day in the month of December! It’s hard for me to conceive making that happen today. But, I hustled hard, working to READ MORE

Comfort & Joy by Melynda Bernardi

I’m so thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Melynda Bernardi’s new book Comfort & Joy. I met Melynda a number of years ago at a conference. She struck me immediately as a warm, inviting and lovely person. She is, and everything she makes and designs reflects that exactly. I love this sweet little book READ MORE

Don’t Miss! Black Friday Deals for Fiber Lovers

It’s that time of year, you guys! The holidays! I love the holidays and spreading the cheer! Of course, this whole season starts with a mean set of Black Friday sales everywhere, and I didn’t want to be left out of all the deal making!!  I have some great Black Friday Deals for fiber lovers, and great ways READ MORE

Making WAK Seed Stitch Knit Beanie Hat + Discount Code

I would not have survived London without this beautiful seed stitch knit beanie hat by We Are Knitters. The Avanto hat pattern and yarn came in a kit, complete with the prettiest wooden needles, a darning needle and even a tag!  The project is a straight pattern without any shaping, so is absolutely fabulous for beginners. READ MORE

Easy and Fast Hand Crochet Pouf Pattern

I’m so excited to be sharing this hand crochet pouf pattern with you guys! The minute I made this lovely hand crochet blanket last spring, I knew I would have so much fun trying different projects with this technique. So, it was serendipity when Vickie Howell, guest editor of this special issue of Crochetscene, contacted me to READ MORE

12 Things To Do On A Family Trip to London

12 Unusually Fun Things To Do On A Family Trip To London

We loved London! I wanted to share our favorite, fabulous and unusual things to do on a family trip to London.  I have three children, ages 13, 12 and 11–yes, I was a little nutty having babies at one time. So, when we found out my husband had to go to London for work, we took READ MORE

No-Sew Free Felt Animal Mask Patterns

These felt animal mask patterns make last-minute Halloween costumes a breeze. The masks need only felt, elastic, a cereal box and my free PDF patterns below. Add a t-shirt and leggings and you’re done. These felt masks will be featured today on my local Fox news station, Channel 2, today in the 4:00 news hour.  Squee! READ MORE

Travel To A Cotswolds Cottage in England

I wanted to share a little about my family’s recent travels to a darling 1640s Cotswolds cottage in the village of Biddestone, England. First, I love staying in Airbnbs when we travel because staying in a home instead of a hotel emerges you into the experience of being somewhere. Furthermore, this Cotswolds cottage was absolutely charming. I wanted to show you READ MORE

Mid-Century Style Counter Stools from Rove

I’m in love with our new Norman Mid-Century Style Counter Stools from Rove. Many of you know that we moved into a new house a few months ago. One of the critical areas that needed furniture was our new and beautiful kitchen island. You can’t have a big island like this without a stylish and comfortable place to sit! As READ MORE

Make a Fabulous DIY Embellished Jean Jacket

You’re going to love this fun DIY embellished jean jacket. Denim makes a fabulous, neutral back drop for almost any sort of decoration. As a result, the possibilities are endless. Make this embellished jean jacket personalized for the perfect back-to-school addition to your wardrobe. I wish I could show you my brainstorming notebook of all the fun things I wanted to add to READ MORE

Life is Better With A Little Me Time. Seriously!

Does this back to school thing have you as crazy as I am? With three kids getting older (all 5th to 8th grade!), it seems like things just get nuttier and busier with every passing day. You add to that my newly signed book contract (yay!), and you have an Anne that’s feeling a tad READ MORE

Get Excited, I’m Writing My Second Book!

Yay! I’m so excited to announce that I have just signed the contract and will be writing my second book with Potter Craft (Penguin Random House).  I feel honored that they have entrusted another collection of beautiful craft works to my hands. My mind spins with all the possibilities! Can you tell from the photos what I READ MORE

12 Inspiring Icelandic Sweater Patterns

I recently returned from Iceland, where I was unbelievably inspired by gorgeous Icelandic sweater patterns, or Lopapeysa. The Lopapeysas are charactaerized by beautifully patterned yokes done in a charming mixture of colors. The wool the Icelandic use, lopi, is made from Icelandic sheep and contains both wind hairs and fleece. Lopi is remarkable in that it is not spun, so READ MORE

New! DIY Finger Knitting Trimmed Pillow

Good news! I have a new DIY finger knitting trimmed pillow tutorial for you, plus a new partnership with KOEL Magazine to tell you all about. KOEL Magazine is the brain child of the beautifully stylish design blog, so that means it’s bound to be gorgeous! KOEL Magazine celebrates crafting with yarn to create a stylish home. I am READ MORE

Crochet Stones How To Video Class with Anne Weil

Sharing this crochet stones class with you makes me so happy.  People ask me about making crochet stones and for a tutorial to explain exactly how all the time! Now, you, too, can learn how to make these beautiful keepsakes, and through a gorgeous video class. In the Creativebug video, I walk you through exactly how to do READ MORE

Fabulous Family Travel to Paris and Iceland

We just returned from incredible family travel to Iceland, Paris and Bruges. I adore traveling internationally, and it’s been over 10 years since I’ve been across the pond, and never with the kids. We have been planning a trip to Europe for years, but put it off multiple times for a move, my book and another move! Once we looked at costs for our original READ MORE