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Yarncrafting Costumes: Designing a Moon Crown

April 21st, 2016

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My knitted costuming adventures continue! This time on a cosmic scale…

I’m very drawn to the moon – for its symbolism and beauty, and as a visual marker of the passage of time. When the theme of “cosmic carnival” was announced for a costume party, I jumped on the opportunity to create a moon-related costume. At first I considered trying to recreate the Moon Tarot card – a concept I might pursue at a later date. For this project, I wanted something simpler and less time-consuming to make, since (as usual) I was working on a tight deadline. I decided to knit the phases of the moon into a headpiece.

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For my yarn, I chose Vanna’s Glamour® held double. I used two strands of Onyx for the new moon and darkened portions of moon phases, and held together a strand each of Topaz and Platinum for the full moon and light sections of lunar moon phases. The champagne and silver shades combined to create a subtle marled effect.

When I’m in the brainstorming stages of a costume project, I like to chat with the knowledgeable staff at our Lion Brand Yarn Studio to hash out design ideas. What technique would work well to knit flat circles for the moon phases? They recommended a pattern using short rows, which I adapted for this project.

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For the crescent, first quarter, and waxing gibbous moon phases, which required both the light and dark yarns, I used the intarsia technique to incorporate both colors.

Jewelry wire and floral wire have quickly become essential in my crafty costume toolbox. I used thick gauge jewelry wire to attach the circles to the store-bought crown that formed the base of my headpiece. This wire is sturdy enough to hold the circles upright. Thin gauge floral wire was perfect for wrapping around the thicker wire to fasten the components to the crown even more securely.

A silver dress from my costume stash, silver accessories, and glitter rounded out the look. With a string of LED lights wrapped around the crown, this lunar queen was all set to light up the cosmic carnival!

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Get the Look for Less – Make a Jumbo Pom Pom Bag Charm!

April 20th, 2016

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Celebrities Love Bag Charms: Emma Roberts, Cara Delevigne, Kylie Jenner, and Lily Allen

Jumbo pom pom bag charms are the must-have accessory for spring. We’re seeing them on celebrity purses everywhere – Emma Roberts, Cara Delevigne, Kylie Jenner, and Lily Allen are all fans, just to name a few! We love this trend because it’s so easy to DIY – all you need is a ball of yarn and a jumbo pom pom maker. Give it a try with our easy to follow photo tutorial!

Materials:
1 ball of Vanna’s Choice® (pictured in NEW Shocking Rose)
Clover Jumbo Pom Pom Maker
Keyring with chain (you can find keychain parts on Amazon, or get thrifty and repurpose the parts from an old keychain!)

PS –  this look is vegan-friendly!

Make a Jumbo Pom Pom!

 

 

5 Ways to Style a Circle or Triangle Shawl

April 20th, 2016

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There are so many beautiful shawls that you can make with Shawl in a Ball, you’ll be sporting a different one every day! Shira shared her style tips for a rectangle shawl but today she’s rocking the Easy Half Circle Shawl. She’ll show you even more ways to wear your new favorite accessory! Try these style with a triangle shawl like the Somerset Shawl too!

How do you wear your shawl?

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Get the pattern!

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4 Most Popular Patterns made with Vanna’s Complement

April 18th, 2016

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The brushed look of Vanna’s Complement® makes it perfect for everything from hats to afghans! And you can get this yarn on sale all month along with all of Vanna’s signature collection yarns.

Shira picked out the most popular patterns knit and crocheted with Vanna’s Complement®. Which one is your favorite?

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Shoreline Afghan (crochet) Millbrook Cowl (crochet)
Tivoli Slouch Hat (knit) Deerfield V-Neck Pullover (knit)

 

Your Knit Style: the Westport Cabled Cardigan made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

April 17th, 2016

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There’s no piece of clothing I love more than a cardigan. Cardigans are the perfect addition to any outfit and it’s so easy to dress them up and down. They’re great for winter but also great to throw over your shoulders in the summer.

The Westport Cabled Cardigan is stunning! It’s simple but features a bold cable made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®.

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Check out a 360 degree view of this great garment below!

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