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Archive for October, 2009


Celebrate Halloween with Horror Movie Knits!

October 29th, 2009

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I love watching horror movies to get ready for Halloween. Surprisingly, there are many horror films that feature knitting! Here are some of my favorite scary movies to add to your Halloween queue:Pumpkin candy bag

  • Paranormal Activity: Visit your local theater to see one of the main characters knit and make jewelry. The yarn she uses is either a flammé or bouclé. Maybe it’s Homespun!
  • Halloween: In the John Carpenter original, babysitter Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) proves that knitting is more than a casual pastime. The remake by Rob Zombie features many crocheted afghans in various scenes.
  • Idle Hands: What better way to keep idle hands busy than through knitting?
  • The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values: Matriach Morticia Addams often knits for her family.
  • Rosemary’s Baby: The women who congregate in Roseymary’s apartment knit.
  • Delicatessen: This French film features a woman who makes a machine to frog her work just as quickly as she knits. At least she’s never bored!

Have a ghoulishly good Halloween, everyone!


British Artist to Crochet Two 30 Foot Lions for the 2012 Olympics

October 27th, 2009

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A British artist will spend the next two years crocheting two giant lions for the London Olympics.  The creation of the lions will be available for viewing on a webcam.


See Art in Action

October 27th, 2009

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A few weeks ago, our friend, artist Travis Meinholf wrote about his new installation at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art. Now, you can watch him talk about the show while people interact with it!

See the show from now until January 24th in San Francisco, CA, and help Travis weave!

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Add a Stitch of Interest

October 26th, 2009

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If you’re getting bored of garter and stockinette stitch, try something new! I personally love experimenting with the textures of different stitches.  Looking through the many stitches on StitchFinder, I always ask “What can I make with that stitch?”  The truth is I have too many ideas! Belts, scarves, shawls, blankets, maybe add a little lace here or a cable there… So I thought I’d share a few ideas with you.

First of all, when you’re experimenting with a new stitch, you really should do a gauge swatch.  But it’s not so bad, you’ll get the hang of the stitch and you can create a washcloth or squares for a patchwork blanket! Once you know the gauge you’ll be able to make a better decision about what to make and how many stitches to cast on.

Making anything square or rectangular with your new stitch will be a cinch!  Just decide on the length and width of your project and divide by the length and width of a repeat in your gauge swatch.  Just make sure you’re starting with the right number of stitches for your stitch pattern (for example, if your stitch pattern says “chain a multiple of 6 + 3” and  you want 10 repeats you would chain 63).  From there you can make scarves, shawls, blankets, or pillow covers!  If you make a long skinny strip and add two D-ring to one end you’ll have a belt!  If you knit a rectangle, fold it in half, sew two sides together, and add a strap, you have a purse!

You can also add a new stitch to an existing pattern or idea.  Substitute stockinette for a more textured stitch; switch out one lace pattern for another or switch cables.  By simply switching up the stitch you use you keep your projects interesting!


Learn to Crochet and Teach Others!

October 22nd, 2009

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You’ve asked for crochet videos, and now we have them! These fast videos will help you refine your crochet skills. Use them to teach yourself or others how to chain, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, and treble crochet. If you prefer written directions, be sure to visit our Learn to Crochet page for more information. We’re always making new videos, so be on the look out for even more knitting and crocheting clips!

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