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Archive for December, 2008

Knitting for the Earth

December 30th, 2008

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We love to see new and creative uses of yarn. British director Sarah Cox created a knitted short film called “Don’t Let It All Unravel,” that draws attention to the global climate crisis. The piece has been to film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Live Earth Film Project, and the Encounters Film Festival just last month.

Click here to watch the short film. Via BBC.

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Seen in the Yarniverse: Amigurum-E

December 29th, 2008

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Amigurum-EJoshua, benegesseritrm on Ravelry, shared with us his adorable amigurumi version of Wall-E, which he calls “Amigurum-E”. Inspired by Vanna’s Choice in Mustard, Joshua added the Silver Grey limbs and perfect little red and white E on his chest. He got every detail right, including the marble eyes and even a sound chip that makes him say his name when hugged! We just wish we could hear him from across the internet!

Want to show us YOUR creative projects with our yarns? Whether you designed it yourself or used a pattern, we want to see your creations! Visit our our Customer Gallery!

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Extra Super-Duper Bulky-Weight Yarn

December 24th, 2008

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Knit up a sofa in a couple of hours!  I wonder what size knitting needles were used?

Thanks to Jane for pointing out this fun example of knitted art.

Via BoingBoing.

Studio Snippets

December 23rd, 2008

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We love our customers . . . they are smart, and funny, they surprise us, and make us laugh.

I thought from time to time I would just share pictures, comments, stories & fun from the Studio.

Today one of our customers named Melody stepped up to the counter to buy six balls of our beautiful Cashmere.  James (our Asst. Manager) was ringing her up.  I looked up at the big pile of cashmere on the counter and said, “Goodbye Cashmere”, and I reached out to pet it.  Just then I heard a growling sound and a barking biting-like sound from across the counter.  I jumped about a foot and looked up to see Melody and James laughing there heads off (the sound, of course, came from Melody).  It was then pointed out to me, with a big old smile, that’s what you get for touching someone else’s Cashmere.


Holiday Windows — With Colorful Yarn

December 22nd, 2008

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While walking from our Lion Brand offices to my graduate school, I spotted tons of festive yarn decorations in local businesses. All of the local Starbucks are featuring sparkling balls of yarn, including this great wreath:

I’m a student on a budget, so making a wreath like this will definitely save me money on decorating! I can use my leftover yarn from other projects to make this beautiful, simple project. All I have to do is wind my yarn into balls and attach to a wire wreath frame, available at any craft store. I might also use a pom-pom maker and add some pom-poms too.

This display at Urban Outfitters has strings of lights mixed together with yarn for an exciting and unique look:

Want more crafting ideas? Here are a few patterns to help with the holiday spirit:

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