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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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D.I.Y No-Knit, No-Crochet Yarn Crafts for July 4th

June 26th, 2012

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July 4th is a great time of celebration where we recognize the Independence of the United States from Great Britain in 1776.  Now, we’ve all come to appreciate this holiday as a great day to turn on the grill, hit the picnic tables, and spend quality time with loved ones. And who can forget the fireworks!

Since there are so many BBQs and parties happening this day, I thought it’d be fun to share some easy projects for festive red, white, and blue decor to add to your celebration. Wow your guests with DIY yarn craft projects that requires no crochet hooks or knitting needles.  Get the family involved as well, this is a great project for the kids who will be out of school!

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4 Yarns Perfect for Your First Dye Project

June 12th, 2012

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Dyeing your yarn is a great project for the warmer months of the year, and can blossom into a hobby that you’ll enjoy year round! When you want to try dyeing your own yarn, here are a few tips that will help you choose the yarn, dye and tools you’ll need to have a successful project:

What tools to use? The first step in dyeing is assembling the right materials. Make your you have a non-reactive pot to heat the dyebath in (try steel or enamel pots), tongs to move the yarn, and protective covering/clothing in case of spills. If you’re working with kitchen-safe dyes, then you can use the pots you cook with, but in general it’s a good idea to have a separate set for dyeing.
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New to Yarncrafting? We’ve Got Some Tips to Help You Along Your Journey

April 12th, 2012

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Secret Stash: Helpful Tips For Yarn LoversI’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m still a beginner yarn crafter, as I just learned how to knit last summer. Since I’m not as experienced as others, I’m always thankful when I find tips or new techniques to improve my knitting experience as a whole.  Lion Brand just released an e-book entitled Secret Stash: Helpful Tips For Yarn Lovers, which is a compilation of tips submitted by users like you, ranging in topics from organization, how to teach others to knit/crochet, easy ways work with multiple yarns at once, and a lot more.  As a little sneak peek, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips with you!

I think this one is my favorite:

 “I knit up gauge swatches for the yarns in my stash and staple them to index cards on a spiral ring.

I write the yarn name, color name, care instructions, needle size and gauge on each card.  That way, the next time I use that yarn, I don’t have to swatch again. It also works well as a color wheel for choosing shades for a new project”

-Collen M. Palmer

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How to Make Your Own Easy, No-Mess Easter Basket Grass

April 5th, 2012

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Easter-Basket-HeaderMaking Easter basket grass yourself is a great idea; it’s a simple, fun activity you can do with kids, and helps get everyone into the holiday spirit with egg-hunt anticipation.

Making your own out of yarn secured inside the basket also means you’ll have a lush, great-looking basket and no more plastic grass all over your house or yard. This easy tutorial will show you how to create a festive Easter basket in any color.

What you’ll need:

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Michelle Edwards Shares Tips to Help You Get The Most Out of Your Project

April 4th, 2012

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In a recent essay in our newsletter, The Weekly Stitch,  Michelle Edwards, author of A Knitter’s Home Companion, discusses project sustainability. Michelle writes,

“Sustainability is about working a project from the first to last stitch, sewing it up, and weaving in loose ends. Blocking it, if needed.”

Her essay discusses the importance of managing your projects, and considering the different factors that help you decide what the purpose of your project is (who is it for, time allotment, yarn needed, etc).

For example, when you see that luxurious, super soft, richly colored skein of yarn, ask yourself: Do you just have to have it? Can it work into a project you have in mind?

Michelle shares her tips with us to help become more efficient yarncrafters. Maybe after you read her story you’ll start tackling some of those WIPs (Work In Progess) that are laying around in storage!

Click here to read Sustainability by Michelle Edwards.

What do you do to ensure that your project is sustainable? Share some of your tips and thoughts with us int he comments.

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