Today’s guest post is brought to us by Tamara Kelly, author and designer of Moogly Blog.
New year, new resolutions – and one of the most common ones for us crafters is getting our stash and supplies organized! You can by bins and shelves and all sorts of sorting things… but you can also use your stash to make organizational supplies! Two in one, and so much more fun than store bought items. Here are some great free knit and crochet patterns using Lion Brand® Yarn to get you started!
1. Valentine Pouch (Lion Brand – Knit): You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to make this pouch – made with Vanna’s Choice®, it will keep all sorts of goodies organized and show your supplies some extra love!
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For the last few months, we’ve been sharing personal stories of healing from those involved with Project Knitwell, an organization dedicated to bringing comfort and therapy to people facing stressful situations through the joy of knitting. We asked you to share your stories and this month we’re featuring one submitted by Rebecca Houser.
I’ve been a knitter for about 40 years now, and have always enjoyed it, but I never needed it more than in the summer of 2010.
My dad called to ask me to come take care of him for a week – my dad, the guy who never asks me for anything. He had taken a bad fall, and at 84, was not able to care for himself. Although the call came while I was working in the garden and totally grimy, I was on a plane within two hours, flying from my home near Tulsa to Las Vegas, where he lived.
I expected to be gone just a week, so I only took a few small, partially completed projects. What a blessing my WIP pile was at that moment, when I couldn’t think about much of anything except getting to my dad.
When I got to his house, I loaded him and my knitting into the car and took him to the ER. He was dehydrated, recovering from a kidney infection, and had broken his tailbone in the fall.
I expected to be able to take him home the next morning, but overnight, his aortic valve collapsed, and he died 3 1/2 weeks later. I was devastated. My husband was stationed in Iraq at the time, so he was not able to be the help and support that I so desperately needed, and I would end up being stuck in my dad’s house for another 2 1/2 months as I settled his estate and packed up the contents of his house. I had never been more distressed.
In this guest post by Gali Beeri, she reveals a knitted costume perfect for the theme, “wicked witches” …
Just because Halloween is behind us doesn’t mean my costuming adventures have ended! I like to find opportunities for costuming year-round. The last costume party’s theme was wicked witches.
Choosing the project was the easy part – I’ve long been fascinated with the shape and dramatic look of Maleficent’s horns. Then it was time to select my yarn and start designing on the needles. I chose Vanna’s Choice® in Black held together with (you guessed it) Vanna’s Glamour® in Onyx for a touch of sparkle, worked on a US 8 needle.
I cast on a few stitches in I-cord, worked a few rows, and then started increasing and working in the round. I played with positioning of increases and decreases to create the desired slant and twist in the horns. Taking notes along the way, I reversed the shaping for the second horn to create mirror-image horns.
I knitted a flat circle for each horn and seamed it most of the way around each base. A length of jewelry wire bent into shape and inserted into each horn provided some structural support. Then I stuffed the horn with fiberfill and seamed the piece closed.
To affix the horns to my head, I stitched them to a sturdy lace-look elastic headband. Testing the placement of the horns while using the subway car door as a mirror perhaps entertained my fellow commuters!
From the beginning I knew I wanted the horns to have a light feature. In the past I’ve added string LED lights to my hair (for my winged superhero look), which were powered by a pack of three AA batteries. This can be quite cumbersome to carry on the head, so this time I sought out string LED lights with a smaller power source – two coin cell batteries. (I found mine here.) These smaller batteries are much easier to hide in my hair, especially when I added a piece of black lace fabric to my updo as a cover for the battery pack.
I wrapped a string of red lights around each horn, spiraling the wire around the knitted piece. This had the added benefit of helping the knitted piece to keep its shape, and the contrast of the silver wire against the black fabric also highlighted the curvature of the horns.
The horns made a comeback for another costume party. This time I turned my hair into a sculpture of sorts and added several decorative objects into the mix – including a knitted tiny turtle by Mochimochi Land!
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Today’s guest post comes from Tamara Kelly author and designer of Moogly Blog. Tamara is sharing 6 diverse crochet patterns that you can complete just in time for your New Year’s celebration. Whether going out, or staying in, you’re sure to find something here to suit your celebration needs!
The last holiday of “Happy Holidays” tends to be overlooked for crafting – but crochet might be just the touch your New Year’s Eve needs! And after the big gift-making rush, settling in with something sparkly, something fast, and something fun is very appealing! Ring in the new year with these fast (and free!) crochet patterns – all featuring Lion Brand® Yarn!
Whether you’re going out or staying in, the Glitzy Accent Scarf in Vanna’s Glamour® is fun to make and wear – and thin enough to wear indoors or where New Year’s Eve doesn’t require layers to leave the house!
On the other hand, if you are celebrating outside, you might need something warmer – and the Hurry Up Holiday Cowl will do the job! Made with Hometown USA®, it takes under an hour and just one skein to make, so it’s the ultimate last minute pattern! (You can also try Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in a sparkly color like Starlight or Celebration)
Going out, staying in, cozying up under a crocheted blanket – whatever your plans are, I wish you all a happy, safe, prosperous, and yarny new year!
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Claire Cromwell is the Studio Manager at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City. In this post, she celebrates Star Wars with both knit and crochet projects!
You may have heard about this film sequel coming out today – a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yes, the highly anticipated sci-fi film comes out today and you can bet I’ve got my ticket ready! I’ve been a Star Wars fan for most of my life and here at work I’ve been providing a daily countdown to the new film.
There may not be an iconic crafted item for Star Wars (like Doctor Who’s long stripey scarf), but that doesn’t mean that fans haven’t put their creativity to good use. A few years ago in our staff holiday swap I received a knitted “Gnomda” – a co-worker adapted a gnome doorstop pattern and turned it into venerable Jedi Master Yoda!
May the Force be with you!