Laurelhurst Cardigan from Straight Stitch Designs – A Pattern Review

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Shortly after having my daughter, I was chatting with my friend Amy and mentioned that I’d been eyeing the new Straight Stitch Designs cardigan pattern being shared online. It was the very next day that Kimberly emailed me a copy of the Laurelhurst as a baby gift, which was such a sweet surprise (and fun coincidence!). She didn’t ask me to write a review, but I really liked how it turned out. So I figured I would, even if I’m not sure I can be truly unbiased since I got it for free!

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I have a newsletter! You should sign up, here’s why.

Newsletter 411

After reading lots of compelling articles telling me how important your subscriber list is, I finally started a newsletter a few months ago (check out While She Naps for great tips on writing a newsletter, she has an e-book about them too!). I used to do weekly Friday Favorites posts with the same format and simply switched that into the newsletter.

I quietly converted all of my direct email subscribers to newsletter subscribers once I had something to send out, and it recently occurred to me that some folks read via Bloglovin or Feedly¬† and might be in the dark on what they’re missing. So this is a brief peek at what I send out each Friday! You can subscribe through this link, it goes out Friday mornings and every once in a while to share a pattern release or coupon.

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“Growing Up Sew Liberated” – A Sewing Book Review

sew liberated book review

Time for my monthly book review – for June it’s “Growing Up Sew Liberated: Making Handmade Clothes and Projects for Your Creative Child”* (affiliate link) by Meg McElwee. I love this book! It is such a pleasant read, and would be a perfect present for a pregnant friend who sews. There are 20 fun tutorials/patterns from clothes to toys, all displayed alongside tips on the Montessori way of framing the day and incorporating independence in children.

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