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Archive for September, 2009


Knitta Please Hits Fashion Week

September 16th, 2009

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New York Fashion Week is the place to see and be seen. Underground yarn-bombing group Knitta Please got into the spirit by adding colorful knitted covers to poles outside of the Standard Hotel. The project, which will be on display through tomorrow, is meant to celebrate the relationship between fashion, design, crafting, and street culture. Click here to take a look at the photographs on Flickr.

Via Gothamist.


Was It Nostalgia?

September 15th, 2009

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This pattern from our new catalog was an instant sensation.  Many of you who rated this pattern said that yarn-covered hangers bring back great memories of grandmothers or aunts who had these in their homes.  This updated version uses beautiful colors of the Cotton-Ease yarn and received rave reviews. One customer emailed us that she is planning to make 100 of them to create 10 gifts of 10 hangers each for her friends and co-workers.  It seems like this pattern is just so easy and the results so beautiful and practical that it’s more than nostalgia making these popular.  What do you think?

If you have made any of the patterns on our site, please to post a review.  Your pattern reviews help others decide which patterns to make.

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Knit & Crochet Questions: What Do You Want to Know?

September 14th, 2009

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In honor of our 50th episode of YarnCraft, we’ll be answering YOUR knit, crochet, and craft questions. We have already gotten tons of questions on the YarnCraft blog and on Facebook, but if you have questions on techniques, if you want suggestions on must-have knit and crochet books, or just some ideas about great projects for your mother-in-law, leave a comment, and Liz & I will do our best to answer them.

Join us on Sept. 22 (Tuesday) to listen and see if we’ve answered your question!


The Knitting Version of Julie and Julia

September 11th, 2009

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The film Julie and Julia has inspired one knitter to take her own challenge: knit and blog about all 48 projects from Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on Top of the World. Beginning in January, Mary will knit one garment per month in the order that they appear in the book. She’ll be tracking her progress on her blog. Until then, Mary is preparing by purchasing yarn and supplies, making gauge swatches, and choosing the perfect color combination. It’s an enormous and inspiring task. Best of luck, Mary!

Want to join Mary’s knit-a-thon? Simply purchase your copy of Knitting on Top of the World and join her Yahoo group by clicking here.

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A Huge Statement with Fiber

September 10th, 2009

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I always find it inspirational to see what’s happening with the world of fiber arts. I spotted this giant wall installation by Craftwork on MoCo Loco. Made with wool and aluminum, Craftwork describes this 2-piece series, Wool Works:

Using aluminum and natural wool top slivers, each screen is a collection of long hanks of wool hand made and twisted into rope. These rope strands are bound together by combining knotting and held in place with powder coated / mirrored aluminum tubes. Craftwork signature Pompoms punctuate and locate the macrame knots woven through. In these beautiful works, there is a strong visual interplay between graphics, materials and textures whilst fusing large scale textile design with jewelry.

It reminds me (of course) of yarn, but it also has a beautiful, modern, architectural quality to it. A very cool piece that any fiber lover will enjoy.

Via MoCo Loco.


Crochet Jewelry – An Elegant Gift On A Budget

September 9th, 2009

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Craftzine has a fun and easy crochet necklace pattern, part of their month-long celebration of yarn and all ways to craft with it.


Labor Day Was Great For Crochet and Cooking Out

September 8th, 2009

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A guest post From Marlene, sales associate at Lion Brand:

This Labor Day weekend, we spent a few days at my parents’ house. We barbecued, told stories, and had lots of good laughs. During the evening, while some folks played dominoes, we girls pulled out our yarn and hooks and crocheted a while. We even taught my sister how to crochet and we were delighted to see how quickly she grasped the concept and how well she was doing.

Pictured from left to right: My sister, Acela; my sister-in-law, Mily who also works at Lion Brand; me, and my niece Bianca who interned this summer at Lion Brand.


What Yarn Weight Do You Think is Best For Beginners?

September 3rd, 2009

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You have certainly been on the receiving end of learning to knit or crochet and perhaps you have taught someone else these crafts.  What weight yarn do you think is best for the process of learning to knit or crochet? Here is a link to a weight chart and the Lion Brand yarns that fit into each weight class.


Cozy Up to Yarn with Craftzine.com!

September 2nd, 2009

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Our friends over at Craft are hosting Cozy Up to Yarn Month on their website, featuring great knit, crochet, and yarn craft projects throughout the month of September. They are also featuring an adorable fuzzy panda amigurumi crochet-along. Click here to check out the first crochet-along post!

Click here to check out a preview of all that this month has in store, and be sure to bookmark Craftzine.com so you can check back often during the month of September, where yarn lovers will find lots of inspiration.

To spot all the yarny goodness, look for this banner:

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Yarn to Keep Your Ears Busy

September 1st, 2009

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The listeners of YarnCraft are some great people, and Liz and I just wanted to share a couple of the kind and amazing things they have been saying on the YarnCraft blog and in the Ravelry fan group. We want to thank our listeners for their kind words and for stopping by and tuning in twice a month!

I’m a weekend home remodeler. So while I’m painting, sawing, sanding and scraping I listen to your cast. This inspires me so when I’m too tired to paint and scrape, I pull out the needles and start knitting. [...] Keep up the great work – who would have thought a yarn craft show would work audio only? Not me, but you keep me coming back twice a month. – Ellen

Hi Liz and Zontee…I have been listening to your podcast since the very first episode and love it. I have gotten so many ideas from you. Looking forward to another podcast. After listening to your last podcast I may try my hand at Entrelac, you have given me the courage to try something new. By the way my name is Joan and I live in NJ.

Hi Liz and Zontee,

Thanks so much for your terrific podcast, I enjoy every episode and eagerly look forward to the next one. My name is Lorraine, and I have been knitting steadily for a little over a year, mostly making socks and scarves [...] Audiobooks and podcasts help make the commute back and forth to Staten Island each day bearable, so thanks for that.

This is Linda from Stoughton Massachusetts (a suburb of the great city of Boston Massachusetts). I live in the burbs but commute to the city (yarn crafting on the subway and the commuter rail every week day).

I want to start out by saying that I love your podcast and get lots of inspiration from just listening. In addition, I’m learning tons. Thanks for a great show to look forward to each week.

If you haven’t already discovered YarnCraft (our radio-style online show for knitters and crocheters), I hope you will take 30 minutes while you’re knitting, crocheting, commuting, or even walking the dog to check it out…and of course, feel free to leave comments on the YarnCraft blog. Click here for more on how to subscribe to the show.