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Monthly Archives: June 2008

  • 5 Ideas for Knitting & Crocheting in Groups

    Whether it's for a charity or just for fun, being around others can truly enhance the experience of knitting and crocheting. In YarnCraft (our 30-minute downloadable audio-show) episode #17, my co-host Liz and I shared ideas for gathering to knit and crochet in a group.

    WristersHere are a few tips:

    1. Do a pattern together. Whether you each create a rectangle for a Warm Up America! afghan or you all make the same pattern (like in our knit-along), you can find support (as well as expertise and advice) in numbers.

    2. Add your own influence. Take a pattern like our basic wristers and personalize it. Each person can make it in their own colors, adding their own embellishments, etc.

    3. Try new yarns. Throw a "yarn-tasting" party by gathering some friends and passing around some new yarns. Everyone can make a swatch of each yarn to take with them, so that you all know how the yarn works up and you have a record of the colors you like.

    4. Teach new people. Bring new knitters and more experienced knitters together and hold a class. This is a great activities for mothers and daughters, girl and boy scouts, groups of new mothers (maybe make it a baby shower activity) and more.

    5. Create for a cause. Make items to donate to the charity (find one at our Charity Connection) of your choice. It's always nice to know that your handiwork is going to a good cause.

    For more ideas, as well as some great pattern recommendations, visit the YarnCraft blog post on this episode.

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  • The Afghan That Was Created From Our Swatch Experiment

    In last week's post I talked about how we design based on experimenting with swatching. Last week I shared a peek into the process by which we decide on color sequencing.

    Here is the afghan we created with the new Vanna's Choice colors that was based on that swatch.

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  • Seen in the Yarniverse: Male Knitters and Crocheters

    Male knitters are popping up more and more these days. It's exciting to see boundaries being changed and people are being more open-minded about crafts. There's a wonderful article at Greatreporter.com that looks at males in the knitting community. We also had an episode of YarnCraft featuring Men Who Knit & Crochet. As a male knitter myself, I got odd looks from subway passengers while knitting a scarf on my way to work. But it's great to see that the number of males crafting is on the rise -- one of the readers of the blog, Robert is working on the Tree of Life pattern right now, in fact. Also, one of my good friends, who's a world-class rock climber was one of the last people I'd have expected to crochet, but he's made some incredible things.

    Are you a male knitter or crocheter? Speak up by commenting on this post and introducing yourself!

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