|32 inch Portable Amish Loom||19 inch Portable Amish Loom|
About 12 years ago I received a call from someone who wanted to help an Amish friend sell his hand crafted looms. It sounded like an interesting and unique way to use yarn so I decided to get in touch with him. I was told that Joe was a carpenter who lived and worked on a farm in Mio, Michigan, where the population was somewhere under 2,000. Joe did have a phone and I was able to call, but the phone was in the barn, since the Amish are not permitted to have telephones in their homes. So I had to call many times and let it ring a lot in order to reach Joe when he happened to be there.
Joe built his entire home himself, with help from neighbors, and made his living as a carpenter. As a hobby, he started crafting looms from local wood. They were beautiful works of art. Eventually a few of his neighbors started using the looms to make shawls and blankets to sell. The women who used the looms loved to work with Homespun® because of its silky feel and the fact that it worked so well with the loom.
Over the years we bought the looms to sell online, although the supply was not always easy to get. There was the fact that Joe made every single one himself, which meant there was a limit to how many we could purchase, and there were life events that interfered. One year there was a fire in the barn that put him out of commission for 6 months and one year his wife was ill so he stopped making the looms.
Joe is retired now, so there won’t be any more looms. We’re selling the last of the inventory, although we’ll definitely be keeping one as a keepsake. If you’d like a piece of history and a beautiful object crafted lovingly by hand, now is your chance. One of a kind made by one person in the world doesn’t last forever.
Congratulations to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who just got married in France this week! In honor of the “Brangelina” marriage, we’re rounding up some of our previous wedding pattern posts which include great ideas for handmade wedding attire, gifts, decor, and more!
“After all these years, we have history – and when you have history with somebody, you’re friends in such a very real, deep way that there’s such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together.”
-Angelina Jolie (Elle Magazine)
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Meredith sometimes wondered how life would be if she could travel back in timeand change just one thing. What if a seemingly random choice had been different? Like, why had she craved bright pink everything when she was a kid? She’d had the pink lunchbox, backpack, pencil case, flip-flops, barrettes…even a bright pink toothbrush!
Now, in college, she absolutely couldn’t fathom why she’d adored that color. She wondered, though, if she’d have become a different person had her early taste run to earth tones.
An ecology major, Meredith loved studying organisms and their environments. Similarly, she loved living in the balance–this was how knitting came in. The beautiful simplicity of two sticks and a ball of yarn offset the high-tech essentials of 21st century life. The subtle yarns she favored evoked country roads, open fields, dunes, rocky shores. Like the rugged, marled Fishermen’s Wool she’d recently used–it conjured up a time when handwork was honored, and things made to last.
Especially pleasing were the useful lunch bag and pencil case she’d knitted of Fishermen’s Wool® in only a few hours, then felted (magical!), then appliqued with a beguiling acorn and rustic apple tree. Afterwards, she showed them to Paige, her roommate.
“These are totally adorable!” Paige exclaimed. “How’d you find such great projects?”
Meredith flashed onto her younger self and suddenly realized it was actually because of that Pink Phase that she’d become everything she was, here and now.
“Oh,” she smiled, “someone I used to know pointed me towards them.”
All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
A story by Selma Moss-Ward.
Do you love sharks? We do! In celebration of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel we’re bringing you a roundup of some of our favorite shark-themed patterns to knit and crochet while you watch.
|Crochet Shark Hat by Repeat Crafter Me
made with Vanna’s Choice®
|Crochet Shark Time Pouch by Moogly||Knit Whale Shark iPhone Cover by Reuben Briskie||Crochet Shark Pencil Holder
by For His Glory Handiwork
|Crochet Shark Hat by Boomer Beanies||Knit Shark Hat and Mittens by Nuriya Khegay
made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby
|Knit Lemon Shark by Karen Null||Crochet Hammerhead Shark weight by Jazmo
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Wool-Ease® is one of our classic, wool-blend yarns that’s perfect to use when you’re just learning to knit or crochet. It’s soft and versatile for all sorts of projects, big and small — our Tree of Life Afghan being the most popular! It’s a great yarn to use for your first sweater, as well as for smaller sized projects like amigurumi and fall accessories like wristwarmers.
The best part is that Wool-Ease® is on sale now through August 31st!
Below is a selection of our most popular patterns that use this yarn.
|Crochet Curvy Girl Intertwined Poncho||Knit Slip Stitch Afghan||Crochet Lady Like Pullover|
|Knit My First Raglan Cardigan,
3/4 Sleeve Variation
|Crochet Robo-Blanky||Knit My First Raglan Pullover|
|Crochet Amigurmi Penguin||Knit Meandering Rib Scarf||Crochet Fingerless Gloves|
If you were born between August 23rd and September 22nd, your Astrological sign is Virgo, the sixth sign of the Zodiac. Virgo is represented by the Virgin Maiden, and like their namesake, people born under this sign are typically gentle and reserved. Virgos often gravitate to care-taking professions like healthcare and medicine and they make loyal friends and companions.
Virgos are known for their attention to detail. They are intelligent, analytical folks and great problem solvers. Careful Virgos prefer to take their time making decisions and with their slow and calculated approach, they are excellent communicators. For better or worse, people born under this sign are often perfectionists and while this quality may lead them to great professional success, it can also cause them to be too critical of themselves and others.
Famous Virgos include Beyoncé Knowles, Keanu Reeves, Sean Connery, and Sophia Loren.
The colors used in this scarf are inspired by the attributes associated with the astrological sign: sapphire for eloquence, navy for intelligence, colonial blue for helpfulness, and chocolate for loyalty. If you have a Virgo friend with a birthday coming up, they will surely appreciate the time and skill that goes into a handmade gift. Since Virgo loves to analyze, an especially thoughtful gift would be to teach them your craft. Activities like knitting and crochet are great for Virgo’s careful, methodical mindset, so don’t be surprised if your friend wants to make you something in return!
Every baby is a member of a royal family and deserves to wear a crown! This month’s top pattern is an ingenious design knit in everyone’s favorite new yarn, Modern Baby®.
There is definitely a theme to what’s popular this month. Many of the other popular patterns were designed in the lively, upbeat colors of Modern Baby® and several were created with Sock-EaseTM, a fingering weight yarn, perfect for working with in the warmer months.
As you can see, you don’t need to make socks to enjoy Sock-EaseTM. The Crochet Candy Color afghan was made with this yarn. It’s bright and lightweight–perfect for a warm weather throw to keep you cool in an air conditioned room.
So keep it light this summer and you can continue to knit and crochet even when it’s 90 degrees outside!
We love using lots of color in our patterns, which is why I’m excited to introduce a new Lion Brand yarn: Vanna’s Palettes. Similar to Bonbons, with Vanna’s Palettes you get eight mini-skeins of yarn, specifically designed to compliment each other and a coordinating skein of Vanna’s Choice®. Each package of Vanna’s Palettes comes with suggested Vanna’s Choice® color pairings and a knit or crochet pattern. Couple Vanna’s Palettes with a matching skein of Vanna’s Choice® and you’ve got a nine-color project at an affordable price!
Below is a selection of Lion Brand’s latest Vanna’s Palettes patterns:
Sock-Ease™ is a Lion Brand finger weight yarn that is perfect for socks. The colors range from bold, vibrant solids to colorful gradients excellent for striping. Not just for socks, Sock-Ease™ is also great for scarves, accessories, and even afghans. And that’s not all. . . you may not know this but for easy-care crafting, Sock-Ease™ is also finished with aloe vera which will soften your hands as your knit or crochet! Pretty neat, don’t you agree?
Make your next project the All Season Wristers, the most popular pattern for this yarn. And now until July 31st, Sock-Ease™ is on sale for 15% off the original price.
Below you’ll find a selection of popular patterns that use Sock-Ease™:
|Crochet Candy Color Afghan||Cozy Crochet Socks|
|Knit Baby Bright Pants||Knit Women’s Double Strand Toe Up Socks||Knit Sparrow Fingerless Gloves|
|Crochet Garden Scarf||Knit Thigh High Footless Socks||Knit Houndstooth Check Tie|