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The Therapy of Crochet and Knitting

February 25th, 2013

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Has crafting ever brought you out of a tough time? Often, the meditative and creative aspects of yarn crafts can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to coping with grief, depression, or that funk you just haven’t been able to emerge from. Though knitting and crochet are often looked at as lighthearted, serene crafts, the emergence of many crafting social groups over the last several years speaks to the release of both the craft and the social component that frequently comes along with it. A new book highlights the healing that can come from crochet.

Crochet Saved My Life chronicles the journey of a college freshman coping with the usual suspects–new school, new state, new friends–as well as the far less familiar, including the surprise diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor. Author Kathryn Vercillo describes how she found release from her anxiety and stress in the therapeutic nature of each repetitive stitch.

More than telling her own story, which includes the profound motion of dropping a knife from her wrist and picking up yarn instead, Vercillo also shares the stories of other men and women who have found solace in crochet and knitting, as well as the effects these crafts have on those with various mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis.

To learn more about the book, click here.

So many of us have found comfort in the stitches of knitting and crochet. Have these yarn crafts gotten you through difficult times in your life? Share your experiences below. 


Yarncrafting is My Superbowl!

January 23rd, 2013

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Tiny Football by Anna Hrachovec, view the pattern here.

 

Superbowl Sunday is just around the corner! I’m usually more excited about the snacks at the Superbowl parties than I am about the actual game. About 20 minutes in my attention starts to drift and I find my fingers sneaking towards my newest yarncraft project. Although I am rarely paying attention (and probably wouldn’t understand what was happening if I was), I still have a great time spending time with loved ones and sharing in the excitement!

The Superbowl is a great excuse for crafters to have fun whether you are a sport fan or not. Patty was telling me about how Franklin Habit has a favorite sports bar that he frequents. They know him so well that they give him a resounding greeting when he walks through the door and have a lamp just for him so he can see his knitting!

Here are three ways that you can celebrate this Superbowl Sunday with yarncrafting:

  1. Organize a get together with your local knitting or crocheting guild.
  2. Find a crafter-friendly bar or restaurant and support your team by making a project in their colors.
  3. If you are going to a Superbowl party with friends, don’t forget to bring extra yarn and supplies for anyone who is starting to acquire that glazed over look :)

6 Patterns for Handmade Holiday Crafts

November 26th, 2012

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Thanksgiving is over, the leftover food is eaten, and the holiday season is in full swing! Many of you are probably now switching over from your Fall themed decor, to your winter/holiday themed decor – and as always, you should think of ways to incorporate some handmade elements.  I’ve rounded up some great knit, crochet and craft projects to get you thinking about holiday crafting.  These projects can be a fun activity to get the kids involved as well!

Making handmade holiday greeting cards can be a great family activity. Get the kids into embroidery by starting off with a small project like a card. You can even take this idea and go all out by creating yarn artwork to hang on your walls or fireplace mantle. This type of craft would also be perfect for crafting with a pack of Bonbons, which already come in an assortment of fun colors for you to choose from.

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8 Craft & Crochet Projects Made with Bonbons from Bloggers

November 15th, 2012

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In September, we showed you the Wrapped Headband in Candy Colors by Cathy, from the blog Trinkets in Bloom – who created a bright, sparkly headband wrapped in the Party and Celebrate assortments from our newly released yarn, Bonbons; today, I’m going to share with you a few more  Bonbons projects made by some crafty bloggers.

Bonbons are a great collection of mini skein yarns that allows you to mix and match with color while you craft, knit or crochet.  The projects featured from these bloggers highlight various different ways Bonbons can be used, and with 8 different colors of yarn in one package – there are so many different opportunities for experimentation.  Take a look for yourself!

(When you click on the image or project name, it will take you to the blogger’s page for instructions)

 

Bohemian Twist Necklace
This Mama Makes Stuff
Crochet Chain NecklaceCrochet Chain necklace
Thanks I Made It
DIY String Wall Art
Nail String Art
Creme De La Craft

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Easy, Step by Step Photo Tutorial: Colorful Crafted Headband with Bonbons

September 20th, 2012

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Cathy in HeadbandWith the new release of our mini skein yarn collections Bonbons, Lion Brand invited a few of our favorite craft bloggers to create unique and inspiring pieces that can easily be recreated with Bonbons.

We received a variety of fun and interesting projects from 11 awesome bloggers, and I’m excited to share with you one of our favorite projects.  We love the bright and vibrant colors of this headband wrapped in Bonbons, and the charm addition on top of the band allows you to give it a personal touch.

I will continue to share the rest of the Bonbon projects with you in an upcoming blog post, but for now – check out theWrapped Headband in Candy Colors” by Cathy, author of the blog, Trinkets in Bloom.  Cathy chose her Bonbon colors in the Party and Celebrate assortments.

Supplies:

  • Bonbons yarn: Party, Celebrate
  • 1 Headband
  • 1 Rhinestone pin or other charm (Cathy used a vintage earring with no backing).
  • Small amount of ribbon (not necessary, but helpful).
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Aleene’s Jewel-it glue
Wrapped Headband Supplies Bonbonheadband Tutorial

Click here for the step by step instructions to create your own Bonbon wrapped headband!

I can’t wait to show you all of the great ideas that these crafty ladies had for using Bonbons.  Have you worked with Bonbons yet? If so, what have you used them for? Tell us about your Bonbon projects in the comments!

 


Craft Your Own DIY Halloween Wreath

September 14th, 2012

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Craft Your Own DIY Halloween Wreath TutorialHalloween is right around the corner, but crafting for the holiday doesn’t have to be a fright! In just 15 minutes, you can make your very own sparkling wreath. All you need to gather is a styrofoam wreath (any size; mine is 6 inches wide), a styrofoam cone (mine is 2.5 inches tall), some glue, a crafting/Xacto knife (be careful!), a writing utensil, 1 ball of Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Eyelash in Onyx, and one package of Bonbons in Beach. Ready to craft? Let’s get started!

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9 Back to School Projects for Teachers

August 23rd, 2012

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It’s back to school season! Start the school year off right with a yarncrafted classroom. These projects are perfect for any educator, so get your yarn ready. Click each image to view the pattern.

Knit Felted School Colors Laptop Sleeve
This laptop sleeve helps keep computers and tablets safe. You can also use it to store textbooks!
Yarn Wrapped Desk Organizers
Keep track of your office supplies with yarn wrapped organizers.
Fall Nesting Bowls
Nesting bowls help keep your desk neat and tidy. Use them to store paperclips, office supplies, or sweet treats.
Felted Acorn Pencil Case
Store your pencils or chalk in this sturdy felted case.
Greenmarket Lunch Bag
Always keep track of your lunch with this reusable lunch bag.
Super Summer Backpack
Keep all of your school supplies in one handy place with this handy bag.
Amigurumi Apple
Every teacher deserves an apple, and this crocheted one will last for years!
Wise Owl Toy
This owl will watch over the wisdom of your classroom.
Amigurumi Bookworm
A bookworm’s place is in the classroom!

How are you using yarncrafting this school year? Be sure to share in the comments!

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9 No-Knit/No-Crochet Craft Projects to Do with Your Kids

August 14th, 2012

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It’s that time of year when kids are getting home from summer camp–but not yet going back to school. If you’re looking for activities to do with your kids, either at home or on vacation, here are some of my favorite craft projects.

In addition to being fun and easy, they are also awesome for using up small quantities of yarn (or to play with new Bonbons multi-packs)!

Image of Tassel Necklace Image of Pom-Pom Animals Image of Fairy Wands
Tassel
Necklace
Pom-Pom
Animals
Fairy
Wands

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Discover New Ideas; 9 Popular Pinterest Pins

August 2nd, 2012

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Are you on Pinterest? Because we are! In a previous post on our blog, “Introducing Pinterest, a Great Resource for Crafters“, Jess introduced you to Pinterest and discused some great benefits for joining the picture sharing social media site.  Since we pin many images on our boards that come from the Internet, I thought it would be fun to share some of the popular pins on our boards.  We tend to pin cute and inspiring images, storage ideas, yarn crafting tutorials and ideas, and lots more.

If you click on the link under the image, you’ll be taken to the direct source of the image, and underneath that link, you’ll be able to view the board where the link was pinned.  We actually have a total of 22 boards on our Pinterest page, so don’t hesistate to look around – maybe you’ll find a project of yours that we’ve pinned!

Baby Cowboy Boots
Baby Cowboy Boots by Gina
(Four Leaf Clover) – pattern from Ravelry.
Board: Handmade Baby

Audrey Hepburn Knitting

Audrey Hepburn Knitting from Flickr user Vintage_Knitting
Board
: Classic Hollywood Yarncrafting

Yarn Bomb Chair

How to Yarnbomb a Chair by Lion Brand
Board: Yarnbombing

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Untangled Forever: DIY Fix for Never-Tangle Earbuds

July 20th, 2012

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DIY no-tangle earbudsPinterest user Ada(:  recently pinned this nifty project on wrapping headphone cords with embroidery floss, and Apartment Therapy wrote a wonderful tutorial on making it. I love simple, clever projects like this one and knew I wanted to try it on my headphones right away! When the first packs of our new Bonbons yarn arrived, I fell in love with the sparkling colors and got started. I took step-by-step pictures as I used two colors to cover my headphones, and I’ve also included written instructions to help you re-create this project at home. One of the great things about using Bonbons instead of embroidery floss was that I didn’t have to wind the yarn onto a bobbin first, the tiny Bonbons skeins were already the perfect size to craft with.

Here’s the step-by-step story of how I made my sparkling, tangle-free headphones:
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