November 21st, 2014
The slouchy hat is a popular style of headwear loved by knitters, crocheters, and non-crafty types alike. Slouchy hats add style to your cold weather accessorizing and they’re great for protecting your hair from the harsh elements. If you want to learn how to make one of these highly sought after hats, we’ve got a treat for you!
Today’s tutorial is by Vanessa from the Crafty Gemini YouTube channel, and she’s going to show you how to crochet the Metropolitan Ave hat, one of our most popular slouch-style patterns. This easy-to-crochet hat is worked in one of our beautiful color changing yarns, Unique and because Unique is a bulky, category 5 yarn, the hat works up quickly — you’ll be done in no time.
So get your supplies ready and check out the video below.
November 21st, 2014
This time of year many of us will be traveling for the holidays. It’s a stressful time and we need our knitting needles and crochet hooks now more than ever. The time you spend at airports waiting for your flight and on the plane won’t be wasted if you’ve got your yarn with you to make gifts or to simply enjoy the meditative feeling you get when you knit or crochet. One thing you don’t need is to worry about whether you can take the tools you need a plane. Here are some frequently asked questions on the subject so you can be in the know about what you are permitted to take on the plane.
Are knitting needles and crochet hooks allowed in carry-on luggage?
On domestic flights in the US, knitting needles and crochet hooks are permitted by the TSA in carry-on luggage. The TSA suggests that you carry wooden or plastic needles over metal. Circular knitting needles are preferred over straight. Each country is different, though. If you are travelling internationally be sure to check the guidelines of your airline and security agencies abroad. You may be allowed to fly into a country with knitting needles in your carry-on but be required to check them on your return flight.
What about scissors?
Scissors with blades shorter than four inches are permitted in carry-on luggage on domestic flights. Although they may seem innocuous, thread cutter pendants like these are prohibited by the TSA and should be kept in checked luggage. Nail clippers are a good, travel-sized alternative for cutting yarn and are permitted in carry-ons. If you have questions about other items, the TSA has made a handy search tool.
It’s always handy to carry a print-out of the TSA policies but keep in mind, screeners can confiscate any items they do not feel are safe regardless of these guidelines. If you’re able to confirm ahead of your trip that the airport has mail facilities or a service such as Airport Mailers, you may be able to send prohibited items home instead of losing them for good. You may want to carry a padded, self-addressed, stamped envelope just in case you are not permitted to bring your needles or scissors on board. It’s best to leave supplies that are costly to replace or hold sentimental value at home in case you have to part with them. Carry dental floss in your carry-on. You can use the blade to cut yarn and the floss is great for holding stitches in a pinch if you’re asked to surrender your needles.
While it can be frustrating, remember that this season can be stressful for everyone. It’s helpful to have a back up plan and always be courteous!
What’s your experience been? Have you ever had trouble with your knitting or crochet at the airport?
November 20th, 2014
When you think about the people who have made a lasting impression on your life, who do you remember? I remember my great-grandmother who made holiday dinners for twenty people in a house built for two. I remember every one of my teachers from first to sixth grade. I remember my mother’s best friend who taught me to knit.
Learning to knit or crochet is a lifelong skill and giving the gift of these skills is a meaningful, useful, special ability that has the power to change our lives and the lives of others. If you know how to knit or crochet, you probably are an ambassador for these crafts. Wouldn’t it be great if more people could create handmade sweaters, afghans and scarves? Wouldn’t it be great if more people could give their work to charity and to loved ones? Now’s your chance.
There’s a new website that’s launching in the New York City area that helps people arrange in-person meet-ups so they can either teach, learn or improve their knitting and crochet skills. It’s called Yarndevu and is described as “Rendez-vous for yarn lovers.” Right now you can sign up for a limited test in the New York area and be part of the first wave of people invited to the site.
If you’re interested in being a part of this or in learning more, sign up and tell your friends. The friends who don’t know how to knit or crochet will remember you for it!
An Easy Two Ball “Twist Cowl” Pattern and Tutorial by Stephanie from All About Ami: #Scarfie Challenge
November 20th, 2014
#Scarfie = A selfie with a scarf!
Brr! It hit 32 degrees or below in all 50 states on Tuesday¹, November 18th, can you believe that? That means that plenty of you knitters and crocheters have been piling on the layers and grabbing your cozy hats, gloves, and scarves. Now that everyone is in full cold-weather crafting mode, more and more #scarfie projects are popping up, and we’re so delighted to see them! And today, we’ve got another fabulous #scarfie from our friend Stephanie at All About Ami.
Stephanie’s cowl is both simple and quick, and uses about a ball and a half of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, leaving you with enough yarn to work on a smaller project, like a cute earwarmer to match your cowl. Not only does Stephanie share her written pattern, but she walks you through it with a step by step tutorial that’s easy to understand as well. Check out Stephanie’s post and see for yourself!
Find Stephanie’s pattern here: Crochet Twist Cowl
¹ – source reference: NPR
November 19th, 2014
Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. In this post for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month she shares how crafting can be used to prevent and treat age-related memory loss. Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Many crafters are doing their part to raise awareness around this awful disease. In this post I’ll share some research and information about how knitting and crochet may be used to prevent dementia in some people and improve quality of life for those who already have this condition.
November 18th, 2014
When I’m invited to someone’s home for Thanksgiving, I like to bring a gift. On Thanksgiving there’s often such an abundance of food that bringing more food sometimes seems like overkill. I prefer to contribute to the festivities by making something for the table or for the hosts’ home. If you’re the one hosting the meal this year, there are many ideas here for your own festive table.
These twelve gift ideas are super easy and most can be made by someone who doesn’t know how to knit or crochet. Get other family members into the spirit by working on them together.
We’d also love to hear your ideas for hand crafted Thanksgiving gifts and table decor.
|Yarn Bombed Branches
in Vanna’s Glamour®
|Wine Glass Braids
|Crochet Petite Harvest Pumpkin
in Vanna’s Choice®
|Embroidered Place Cards
November 17th, 2014
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A great gift for a knitter or crocheter – turn two balls of yarn into two cute wreaths in minutes! Use them as ornaments, then knit or crochet them into fabulous projects.
For this project you’ll need two balls of yarn (here we’re using LB Collection® Silk Mohair in Azure and Sunbeam), as well a tapestry needle.
Remove labels from yarn, (hang on to them if giving to a yarncrafter!) and remove a little bit of yarn from each ball. If your yarn isn’t already in a cake or doughnut shape, wrap it around a water bottle or cup to make “cakes.” From the yarn you removed from each ball, cut 2 lengths of yarn (1 of each color), long enough to wrap around your package. Set them aside. Thread tapestry needle with remaining yarn in first color.
November 16th, 2014
Thanksgiving is often the best time to get the family together — how about having a Pre-Thanksgiving crafting hour!? It’s also a great way to keep kids occupied, as you and the rest of the family make preparations for the main event.
Kids can decide what kind of fruit and vegetables go into the Cornucopia. Show them how to wrap yarn to make the Pompom turkey. Or my all-time favorite: play hide and seek with your very own Tom Turkey while waiting for guests to arrive or food to be served!
Display finished works in the hallway, living room, or dining room table for a handmade centerpiece that makes a great conversation starter at dinnertime. I’ve selected a few quick and easy inspirational projects to get you started on your handmade Thanksgiving:
|Pom Pom Turkey||Crochet Thanksgiving Gourds||Thanksgiving Fruit Ornaments||Crochet Napkin Rings|
|Crochet Cornucopia||Knit Leaf Strewn Table Runner||Crochet Tom Turkey||Thanksgiving Wreath|
Are you incorporating any handmade items for Thanksgiving? Feel free to share with us in the comments below.
November 14th, 2014
Debby Ware’s latest book, Holiday Hats for Babies is on bookshelves now, and in it you’ll find some seriously cute holiday hat projects for the little ones.
Thanks to our friends at The Taunton Press, we have an adorable hat pattern for the Festival of Lights, the Hanukkah Hat. Made in the LB Collection® Superwash Merino, this hat works up super soft, and it’s easy to care for (machine wash, lay flat to dry).
AND, we’ve got two copies of Holiday Hats for Babies, one for each winner − see below for more details!
This giveaway is now CLOSED.
Guidelines for the giveaway:
Entries must be received by November 21st, 11:59p.m. EST
Must be 18 and over to enter.
One person per entry
*All winners will be announced on the blog and social media. If you do not respond to the e-mail indicating that you were selected as the winner within 7 days, another winner will be selected to receive the prize.
November 14th, 2014
Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.
|The Celebrator Dog Sweater||The Celebrator Hat|
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