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Archive for May, 2012


Glittery Shrug Crochet-Along: Selecting a Size and Working the Lower Half

May 31st, 2012

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Glittery Shrug Crochet-AlongHello everyone! If you’ve been following along with these blog posts in real time, then today is the day that we start our Glittery Shrug! For those of you who are just now joining us, it’s not too late to work up a gauge swatch and jump in! You can also look back at these posts later and follow along at your own pace.

Selecting a Size

When you read through the pattern before you start the garment, you’ll notice that the shrug is made in two pieces, a top half and a bottom half. Since the whole base of the garment is just two pieces, it’s easy to customize. The finished bust measurement is a bit flexible since this isn’t a traditional cardigan. Also, some people will want to wear the shrug closed across the bust, and some will want to wear it open, in which case it can afford to be a little smaller. The first set of numbers in the measurement section is the Finished Circumference for the front opening. This measurement is the edge that comes around your neck, down the front, around your back and back up again. This finished circumference is made up the top (collar) edge on the upper half, and the bottom edge of the lower half.
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art Gets Yarn Bombed! Q&A with Jessie Hemmons

May 29th, 2012

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened its Craft Spoken Here exhibit in early May, and it’s the first time the museum has hosted an exhibit focused on the art of “crafting”.  The exhibit features art pieces by 39 craft artists from 11 countries who work with a diverse selection of media such as ceramic, rubber, glass, wood, silk, natural fibers and more. What’s even more innovating is the museum’s idea to yarn bomb the facade of their Perelman building.

Elisabeth Agro, the curator of Craft Spoken Here, commissioned Jessie Hemmons, an artist known as the “Philadelphia Yarn Bomber” to yarn bomb the building’s facade.  Elisabeth felt that “yarn bombing the front entrance of the Perelman building would be a great extension of the exhibition” and that yarn bombing would truly enhance the craft experience of this exhibit.  Elisabeth shared that part of her decision to include yarn bombing was because – “it truly is an extension of my personality as a curator. I want to engage my audience, get them to be excited about the subject matter as I am.”  It’s hard not to get excited about what crafted goodness lies beyond the exhibit entrance yarn bombed in bright shades of Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice and Hometown USA yarns.

In celebration of this historic yarn bombing installation, I reached out to Jessie Hemmons to learn more about her passion for creating fiber street art, and why she specifically chose to work with Lion Brand yarns for this piece.

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Knit and Crochet with All the Colors of Spring Flowers

May 28th, 2012

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With spring in full bloom all around us, it’s hard to ignore all the beautiful colors!

These flowers were all in bloom near our New York City offices, and have the same lovely tones as the cotton and cotton blend yarns that are perfect for light, warm-weather crafting. Beside each flower and the matching yarn, I’ve added one of the most popular patterns we have in that yarn and a link to explore even more patterns in the chosen fiber.

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Kitchen Cotton
Hot Pepper
Crochet Hexagon Market Bag

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Cotton-Ease
Plum
Knit Women’s Eloise Eyelet Cardi

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Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp
Clementine
Loom Woven Placemats

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Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton
Curacao
Knit Sun and Sea Shawl

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Recycled Cotton
Rose Coral
Crochet Cottontail Dishtowels

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LB Collection Cotton Bamboo
Gardenia
Knit Eyelet Swing Cardi

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What’s your favorite flower, or favorite color to craft with in spring and summer? Leave a comment to share your thoughts!

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Glittery Shrug Crochet-Along: Choosing a Yarn and Gauge Swatching

May 24th, 2012

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VanessaHello fellow yarn crafters! My name is Vanessa, and I will be your host for this Crochet-Along. I am one of the store associates at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, Lion Brand’s store and education center in NYC.  I have a degree in fashion design, and I have been knitting for fifteen years and crocheting for seven years. The project that we’ll be working on for the next several weeks is the Glittery Shrug pattern done in Vanna’s Glamour yarn. Don’t worry if you haven’t done a gauge swatch yet. Even if you have not yet selected your yarn, this post will help guide you in the right direction, as well as provide you with helpful tips.

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How to Crochet Over Your Ends

May 23rd, 2012

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Tired of weaving in ends whenever you reach a new skein in your crochet project? Avoiding crochet colorwork project because there are too many ends? Try crocheting over your ends! This easy technique allows you to keep on crocheting so that the end you have to weave in is the very last one. Here’s how to do it.

How to Crochet Over Your Ends

You’ll have two pieces of yarn: the working yarn and the tail you’re weaving in (top image). Place the tail over the top of your next stitch (second image). Then, complete your stitch as normal (third image). This securely hides your tail in the middle of the stitch (bottom image). Continue in this manner until the entire tail has been used, then snip any excess yarn that may be sticking out. That’s all there is to it! This technique is helpful for both stripes and solids, so get crocheting!

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