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Prime Publishing Raises Money for the Addus Hope Foundation February 26 , 2024

Northbrook, IL – From February 19-February 25, 2024, Prime Publishing raised money for the Addus Hope Foundation through its quarterly Clicks

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Prime Publishing Hosts 3rd Annual Cards for Veterans Charity Drive November 17 , 2023

Northbrook, IL – From October 1 through October 31 2023, Prime Publishing hosted their third annual Card Drive for Veterans through its websit

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Prime Publishing Raises Money for the American Red Cross of Hawaii September 15 , 2023

Northbrook, IL – From August 28-September 3, 2023, Prime Publishing raised money for the American Red Cross of Hawaii through its quarterly Cl

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Prime Publishing Hosts Security Blankets Charity Drive

From November 16 – December 17, 2018, Prime Publishing hosted a Security Blankets Charity Drive through its website AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com. Prime partnered with Project Linus, an organization that donates handmade blankets to sick and traumatized children, while Lorna’s Laces, a Chicago-based yarn company, sponsored the drive. Prime Publishing received 111 handmade blankets from nearly every state in the Union, thanks to AFCAP’s generous and talented readers.

“This charity drive was my first at Prime,” said Jaji Hammer, the drive’s organizer and AFCAP’s newest editor. “I didn’t know quite what to expect, given blankets can take a while to make, whether you’re crocheting, knitting, or sewing. But the blankets just poured in! I’m so beyond grateful for Prime’s community of crafters!”

Hammer worked closely with one of Project Linus’ local chapter coordinator’s, Judi Goldman, who has run the North Chicago, IL chapter for decades, and has facilitated disbursement of many of the over 170,000 blanket donations it has received.

“Last week, Jaji Hammer brought 111 of the most beautiful handmade blankets to my home,” said Goldman. “Each one is beautifully handmade with lively colors and cozy patterns. One hundred and eleven children will be comforted by these blankets, as well as their family, friends, and medical staff.”

And, as an added bonus for the crafters who donated blankets, each was entered to win a beautiful yarn bundle giveaway from Lorna’s Laces worth $50.

Prime Publishing and Project Linus plan to collaborate annually on this charitable endeavor, and strive to collect more and more blankets each year. Goldman said, “We are so grateful to Prime Publishing, their staff, and all of the crafters who donated their time, talent, and love to make blankets for the children Project Linus serves.”

And we at Prime are so grateful for Project Linus.

For more information on Project Linus, click here.

Prime Publishing Featured on Craft Yarn Council’s Blog

Northbrook, IL — Prime Publishing was recently featured on the Craft Yarn Council’s blog! Check it out here to learn more about what Prime Publishing is working on this year, as well as a brief history of the company.

Based out of Carrollton, Texas, the Craft Yarn Council (CYC) is the yarn industry’s one-stop resource about all things yarn. They represent the leading yarn companies, accessory manufacturers, magazine, book publishers, and consultants in the yarn industry. For more than 35 years the Council has sponsored a wide range of promotional and educational programs, including its highly acclaimed Certified Instructors Program, Discover Knit and Crochet classes, and its popular I Love YARN Day event (the second Friday in October), which offers a virtual meeting place for the nation’s knitters and crocheters.

We are proud members of the CYC, along with other leading companies in the yarn industry such as Red Heart Yarn, Lion Brand, LoveCrafts, Clover, Leisure Arts, Creativebug, and more.

The folks at the CYC are currently working on publishing a series of “Member Spotlight” blog posts for their blog. One member is featured on our blog each month and they are planning to spotlight all of their members by the end of 2018. The goal of these blog posts is to educate their readers about their members and what each of them is up to.

Check out Prime Publishing’s member spotlight blog post here!

Stitch and Unwind Shines with Awesome Crochet Blogger Award

Northbrook, IL – Stitch and Unwind is the official blog for AllFreeCrochet, AllFreeeCrochetAfghanPatterns and AllFreeKnitting. Many loyal crocheters, knitters, bloggers and enthusiasts visit the Stitch and Unwind blog daily, but this time the blog was awarded with the 2013 Awesome Crochet Blogger Award from Kathryn Vercillo, blogger of Crochet Concupiscence.

The Awesome Crochet Blogger Award is when Kathryn celebrates 30+ of the best crochet bloggers on the web. The blog gets recognition that Kathryn thinks they are doing something amazing. “I read about 300 crochet blogs regularly so I’d like to think that I have a good grasp on the pulse of the crochet blogging world.”

When a blog rounds up the best free crochet patterns into one location, it’s extremely helpful to the crochet enthusiast about what project they might work up next; it’s great inspiration and a great place to find other bloggers. These roundups link to the patterns for bloggers to use, which is why the blog is worth recognizing.

Kathryn chose Stitch and Unwind as the winning blog of the year because it “regularly does crochet pattern roundups linking to various free crochet patterns from their network. What I love most is their themes, some of which are common themes that many of us are interested in working (such as round ripple afghan patterns) and others that are truly unique and inspirational (such as tribal crochet patterns). Each post includes a personable introduction to the theme. The links to the free crochet patterns are sometimes sorted by subcategories within the theme.” Stitch and Unwind usually gets over 100,000 visits per month.

For those who have visited the blog, they know they can find just what they’re looking for. And for those who haven’t, be sure you check it out for your next project. On behalf of Prime Publishing and the Stitch and Unwind blog, we’d like to thank Kathryn for her dedication to our blog as well as the amazing award itself. Here’s to an exciting New Year!


Contact:

Christine Weiher, Editorial Community Manager
AllFreeCrochet.com
StitchandUnwind.com
Prime Publishing
847-205-9375

 

About Prime Publishing:

Prime Publishing LLC was established in 1995 as a traditional niche book publishing company. Today, they are an Internet Media Company that operates web sites, eMagazines, and communities focused on the niche areas of crafting and cooking. A full list of web properties, free newsletters and free eBooks can be found at www.primecp.com.

 

AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns Hosts Charity Blanket Drive

Northbrook, IL — As we welcome fall with open arms, we can’t help but reflect back on the highlights of summer. During the month of June, AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns teamed up with Red Heart to host a Charity Blanket Drive to benefit Project Linus. From June 1-July 15, crocheters from all over the United States donated homemade afghans to the offices of Prime Publishing (home of AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com) in Northbrook, Ill.

Each person that donated a blanket was automatically entered to win a prize package from Red Heart. Included in this prize package was one large red and black canvas tote bag with the Red Heart logo, ten skeins of Red Heart Plush Baby yarn in Kiwi (along with one corresponding crochet baby blanket pattern), one package of Susan Bates plastic yarn needles,  one Susan Bates aluminum crochet hook (size I-9), and six various crochet magazines and brochures full of free tutorials and color photos. The winner of the prize was Ann Rosine of Shelbyville, Ill.

We’re happy to share that AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com received an overwhelmingly positive response from our online community of crafters. More than 100 homemade blankets were donated to Project Linus of North & Central Chicagoland, and we know the children that receive these homemade blankets will cherish them forever. We are so appreciative of the time, money, and love that went into making these wonderful blankets. It’s truly been a rewarding experience to help such a worthy cause. It’s very encouraging to know that such a small company can have such a large impact on those around us.

For more information on how you can craft for a cause, please visit FaveCrafts for a complete list of charities (including Project Linus). Read more about AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns’ Charity Blanket Drive at Stitch and Unwind.