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Archive for February, 2009

Studio Snippets – Ode to Blocking

February 24th, 2009

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A customer came in the other day to our New York Store, and asked if there was a trick to keeping her gauge consistent.  She was working on an afghan made up of many knitted squares.  She knew she would be knitting them over a long period of time and wanted to know how to make every block exactly 1 foot square.  I told her, “Easy, blocking!”

Blocking is the final step to make every yarncraft project perfect.  It can even out your stitches, and make each piece exactly the size you want it to be.  If you live in New York, come by the Studio for more information on the the products we carry for blocking, and or blocking class.

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Knitted Car Cozy

February 20th, 2009

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Brooklyn artist Cynthia Ruse’s knitted car cozy, “This Year’s Model,” is currently on display at art space Chashama in New York as part of art collective CoLAB’s window display. If you’re in the area, stop by and see it on West 37th Street in Manhattan.

Knitting Can Delay Memory Loss

February 19th, 2009

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Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that people aged 50-65 who had been busy reading, playing games or engaging in crafts like knitting were found to have a 40% reduced risk of memory impairment.

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Social Fabric: Weaving Makes a Statement

February 18th, 2009

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Watch “Social Fabric,” a short film about our friend Travis Meinolf, an artist who uses weaving in public to advocate weaving and the personal production of blankets and cloth goods as an empowering act. Click here to see it on YouTube.

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Crochet On! Working with Two Strands Held Together

February 16th, 2009

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Thanks to everyone for your comments on my first crocheted scarf. After that project, my co-worker Mily introduced me to crocheting with 2 yarns. At her suggestion, I worked with our Lion Cashmere Blend yarns in navy and camel. My tendency right now is to make tight stitches. So I concentrated and used a large hook to crochet the scarf. I used a pattern that Mily and I deemed the “Vanna Pattern” because it is the pattern used in the give-a-ways on the Rachael Ray show. It is similar to the One-Skein Beginner Scarf with a slight modification. After ch row, I started the second row with dc and alternated with sc making sure to end with a dc. Then I would repeat, starting each row with a dc and ending each row with a dc and alternating in between with the sc.

After completing the scarf I saw Zontee’s post about a crochet hat pattern. I made the hat, and it was quite fun learning to crochet in circles. Once I finished it, though, I realized I am not a crochet hat person. I will save the yarn for something else. I can see now that I will develop a habit of modifying or creating my own patterns to fit my needs and abilities. Mily used the same pattern but with different yarns and a different hook size, which showed me how different yarns give a different look and feel depending on the size of the hook and the yarn.

I’ve started a third project and have many lined up. I will share them with you as I complete or discover something. My next project is a mat for my front door. Be sure to check out my profile under Meet the Bloggers.

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