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50 States of Glorious Hiking Destinations

There are very few things that can compare with the thrill of hiking. From the fresh air and scenic views to the natural appreciation that can come from rambling through a trail, spending time in the great outdoors not only enhances your health and improves your mood, but it's also the gateway to …

Hiking

How to Crochet a Star Garland

Here is a fun crochet project that yields an adorable decoration for any occassion.<p>I started playing with star shapes the other day, and knew I had to make this project to share with you. Directions for two sizes of crochet stars are included in this how-to as I wanted a mix of both large and small …

how to weave in ends as you knit – continental style

this has really become the summer of stripes for me, be them on shawls or sweaters, which means I have a million ends to weave in. I’ve been asked …

Crafting

Charting charts: a new way to keep track of knitting

A long, long time ago, when I was a young 'un, a knitting pattern for this--><br>used to look like this:<p>GRANDMOTHER'S LACE EDGING<p>Cast on 22<br>Row 1 : slip …

Acer's coolest new PC lets you build a computer like Lego bricks

Building your own computer is starting to come back in style thanks to initiatives like Phonebloks and Google's Project Ara, and now Acer is bringing that idea to the desktop. It's introducing a new PC today called the Revo Build Series, which starts as a small core block and can then be built upon …

Everything coming and going on Netflix for August 2015

There are around 80 titles being added to Netflix next month, while 40 are going offline. Find out what to watch right here.<p>Netflix is losing some high-quality content in August, so watch while you still can. The spectacularly beautiful and fun "The Fifth Element" goes offline August 1. The …

Entertainment

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don't

If you take 10 communities and run a simulation, it’s easy to see why we need as many members of the ‘herd’ as possible to get vaccines – before it’s too late

Environmental Health

'Measles parties' a bad idea, California public health officials warn

California public health officials are warning parents against "<p>measlesparties," saying that intentionally exposing unvaccinated children to a person with measles could put them at grave risk.<p>"Measles is a serious illness that can have significant consequences," California state epidemiologist Dr. …

Public Health

Spotlight: Personal Growth Expert Fabio Angeleri

MagMaker / February 9, 2015<p><b>My name is</b> Fabio Angeleri and <b>my medium is</b> personal growth.<p><b>My love of</b> meditation started when I was around 22 during very …

Measuring This Brain Region Could Predict Depression And Anxiety Years Before It Hits

We all encounter challenges and obstacles in life, such as divorce, death, illness and unemployment. But while some people are highly resilient and able to cope with these stresses, others struggle deeply, and may experience anxiety and depression as a result.<p>So why is it that some of us thrive in …

Sony buys movie rights to yet-unreleased sci-fi comic Descender

It looks like Mark Millar isn’t the only guy who can sell the movie rights to a comic book that hasn’t been released yet. According to <i>Deadline</i>, Sony …

Crossed Double Crochet Afghan Block Pattern • Oombawka Design Crochet

Let’s Learn A New Crochet Stitch! This week we will teach you how to crochet the crossed double crochet stitch. You can use this stitch to make this …

How to Crochet Christmas Light Decorations

Christmas is almost here, and what better way to get in the holiday spirit than crocheting your own ornaments! This week you'll learn how to crochet …

Free Colorful CCrochet Rag Rug Pattern

This rag rug is small, measuring only 23 inches wide by 18 inches high, but its visual impact is huge and dramatic thanks to the vibrant colors. My …

Sewing

Sewing is a fun hobby enjoyed by many! Learn how to sew and solve sewing machine problems, find free patterns and more.

7 Free Wire and Bead Crochet Necklace Patterns

01 of 08<p>Some of the Wire Necklaces You Can Make With Our Free Patterns<p>If you enjoy crocheting wire jewelry, or if you'd like to give it a try, …

7 Free Wire and Bead Crochet Necklace Patterns

01 of 08<p>Some of the Wire Necklaces You Can Make With Our Free Patterns<p>If you enjoy crocheting wire jewelry, or if you'd like to give it a try, …

Fast, Free, Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

When you first learn how to crochet a blanket, you want one that is quick and easy so you don't have to wait for weeks to see the results of your …

Criss-Cross Thread Crocheted Granny Square Pattern

Skill Level: Easy<p>Materials<p>You can use just about any yarn or crochet thread for working this square, but I recommend using thread or very fine yarn. …

10 Yarn Crafts for Kids

01 of 12<p>Who else LOVES yarn as much as we do? It is so versatile! Knitting, crocheting, crafting, the list goes on! The best part? Kids really enjoy …

Crochet Basics: Draw Up a Loop

Nearly every single crochet pattern that you will ever try to follow will include the phrase "draw up a loop" so it is important that you learn what …

Yarn

23 Children's Books You Need To Read Again As An Adult

With help from The New York Public Library's Youth Materials Specialist, Betsy Bird, we put together a list of 23 books worth giving a second read.

The Bitcoin bump: stores turn to virtual currency for a marketing boost

Accepting Bitcoin brings press and a surge of geeky customers<p>Sapan Shah started accepting the virtual currency Bitcoin at his Subway franchise in the Philadelphia suburb of Allentown in November. Almost immediately, people began trickling in from out of state just to experience the novelty of …

How to Whip Stitch - Free Instructions

01 of 12<p>Two Crocheted Afghan Squares to Be Whip Stitched<p>Here I have a couple of crocheted afghan squares. I am going to whip stitch them together.<p>02 …

How to Make Plarn for Crochet, Knitting and Braiding

Whether you shop at the farmer's market or the grocery store, either way, you're likely to come home with some plastic produce bags filled with yummy …