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News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

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What an Episode of “Crafting With the Stars” Might Look Like

November 22nd, 2014

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We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

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Airline Travel Rules For Knitters and Crocheters

November 21st, 2014

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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.

What if my knitting needles are confiscated?
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?


The force is strong with this one … it’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet!

October 24th, 2014

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We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

Enjoy and please share widely!

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Inspired to use the force too? Here are a few patterns to inspire you!

Yub Nub Scoodie by Kristen Stevenson, made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Chewy Cozy by Yarn Twins, made with Fun Fur® and Vanna’s Choice® Yoda Hat by Amanda Whiting, suggested yarn, Woolspun

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Expert Advice on How to Be at a Fiber Festival

October 22nd, 2014

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Writer, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.

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I’m terribly sorry, but I don’t have time to stroll around the mall sipping a Giganto Grande Pumpkin Spice Extra Foam No Whip Latte. I have to go to a fiber festival. If you are reading this, very likely you also have to go to a fiber festival, or are getting ready to go to a fiber festival, or have just come back from a fiber festival. Possibly all three.

October for most grown-up folks means Halloween. That’s cool. Dancing around and getting squiffy on Pumpkin Spice Vodka Tonics while dressed as Sexy Nurse or Sexy Ghost or Sexy Claims Adjuster isn’t my idea of a zingy time, but it doesn’t matter. I have no room for Halloween parties. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I have to go to a fiber festival.

Perhaps you have not yet visited a fiber festival. Perhaps you have only recently been inducted into the enthusiastic, international group hug that is the fiber arts community. If so, you may be confused by the unfamiliar urge to walk out the front door and follow the scent of sheep dip and fried dough.

You may find yourself standing in front of a sign that says WELCOME TO RHINEBECK and wondering where you are, what you are doing there, and how you got so far from your home in Hickory Flat, Mississippi, without even realizing it.

Keep calm. You are going to be fine. In fact, you are going to have a ball, provided you observe the following.

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Make A Zodiac Scarf for Scorpio Birthdays

October 8th, 2014

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If you were born between October 23rd and November 21st, your zodiac sign is Scorpio, the eighth sign of the Zodiac, represented by the scorpion. Folks born under this sign are often serious people who take great care to learn as much as they can about others.

Scorpios are not afraid of obstacles or challenges — whether it’s something unavoidable or a competitive frenemy. In fact, they thrive on adversity and love trying to prove that no one can stop them!

cancer-signThe colors in this scarf match the essence of the sign of Scorpio: burgundy for strength of character, cranberry for passion, wild berry for their complex and secretive side, and terracotta for Mars (the planet Scorpio is ruled by).

Famous and fashionable Scorpios include: Julia Roberts, Katy Perry, Rachel McAdams, and Anne Hathaway.

If you have a friend who has a birthday coming up, a handmade gift is perfect, and since Scorpios are drawn to intense, rich colors, there’s no doubt your friend will appreciate a new scarf made by a close friend. If you are a Scorpio yourself, make two – one for you and one for a friend!

The Scorpio zodiac scarf is available for both Knit and Crochet (pictured). Not your sign? Check out our other zodiac scarves here.


Make a Tunisian Crochet Entrelac Throw with Kim Guzman

September 27th, 2014

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tunisian_crochet_09272014We’re so happy we found Kim Guzman‘s three-part tutorial for the Tunisian Crochet Entrelac Throw. Considered to be an intermediate level three pattern, Kim’s tutorial will guide you though this special technique.

Get the kit!

Get everything you need to make this afghan in one kit (in the colors seen in the photo to the right) OR we have an alternate version with different colorways available too.

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Kim’s easy tutorial is below in a three-part playlist.

 

 

Make a Tunisian Crochet Entrelac Throw with Kim Guzman

If you enjoyed Kim’s tutorial and are interested in Tunisian crochet techniques, check out her YouTube channel for more tutorials .


A Crochet Lover’s Giveaway: Reversible AND Tunisian Crochet Books!

September 19th, 2014

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Today, we’ve got a wonderful double whammy of a giveaway for you: two books each, for two winners!

Thanks to our friends over at Stackpole books, we are able to give away copies of Sharon Silverman’s newest release: Tunisian Crochet for Baby. This book is chock-full of adorable – yet modern designs, perfect for babies and toddlers. Take your Tunisian crochet to the next level with Sharon’s wonderful patterns.

And – courtesy of the good folks over at Interweave/F+W , we are able to share copies of Laurinda Reddig’s new book, Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique. Laurinda’s reversible intarsia technique earned her an award from the CGOA at the Knit & Crochet Show in 2012, and she continues to gain success along the way.

Both of these books feature awesome designs that are sure to be great additions to your pattern libraries! Read below for details on the giveaway.

This contest is now closed, congrats to Juli G. and Paul S.!

Contest ends Friday October 3rd; only open to U.S residents
Rules and guidelines:
1. Entries must be received by October 3rd, 11:59p.m. EST
2. Must be 18 and over to enter.
3. 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.


Doggone it! It’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet …

September 15th, 2014

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We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

Enjoy and please share widely!

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Inspired to dress up your dog? Here are three of our newest doggy sweater patterns:

Octopus Dog Costume The Dragon Slayer Dog Costume Modernist Dog Sweater

Click here for more dog sweater patterns.

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Learn how to Half Double Crochet and Create a Washcloth with Vanessa from The Crafty Gemini

September 12th, 2014

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Today, we bring you a great tutorial by Vanessa from The Crafty Gemini. Watch as Vanessa works through the Serene Spa washcloth pattern with Kitchen Cotton, showing you just how easy it is to crochet a quick project and learn a new stitch.

Vanessa is also hosting a giveaway with a chance for one lucky person to win 3 skeins of Kitchen Cotton. Find more information on the giveaway by clicking here!

Check out more from Vanessa by visiting and subscribing to her channel, The Crafty Gemini.


Success! When WildCare asked for baby bird nests, the knitting and crochet community said yes!

September 5th, 2014

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Knitters and crocheters really do save lives!

Earlier this year, WildCare, a wildlife rehabilitation hospital based in San Rafael, California, put out a call for knitted nests for the orphaned baby birds they care for. As of today, WildCare has received 3568 nests from 394 knitters and crocheters from all over the world, even as far away as Australia and the Ukraine!

We love this story so much because it shows the power that knitters and crocheters have when they come together to support a common cause. One ten year old featured in an NBC “Making a Difference” segment said, “I’m really glad that I made something and it’s helping an animal live.” His whole family – mom, dad, siblings – knitted nests together! You have to see the little girl knitting in the round on double pointed needles – already an expert at such a young age!

Even though the 2014 campaign for nests has been fulfilled, WildCare says you can make a nest for the 2015 season if you like (info here) or more preferable for right now, they suggest two projects to support for the winter season: The Mother Bear Project and the Red Scarf Project (Lion Brand friend Lily Chin is Red Scarf Project spokesperson).

To add to WildCare’s suggestions, Lion Brand is involved with two great organizations that accept knitted and crocheted donations:

Warm Up America – accepts afghans and afghan sections to circulate to social service agencies, including homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, American Red Cross chapters, veterans homes, senior centers, hospices and religious organizations serving families and individuals in communities around the country.

Project Linus - accepts afghans for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. You can visit their web site for drop-off locations near you and if you’re in the New York City area,  we’re proud to say that until the end of November, Lion Brand Yarn Studio at 34 West 15th Street is accepting afghans on behalf of Project Linus. In fact, our Studio window is dedicated to knitting (and crocheting) for charity this month!

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