Monthly Archives: July 2010

  • Yarn on the Covers of Magazines & Catalogs

    Recently, I received a Garnet Hill catalog in the mail and was really excited to see yarn on the cover. Being in the yarn industry, I like to collect various memorabilia that relates to knitting, crocheting, and yarn. Over the years I have collected magazine and catalog covers that feature yarn; it's always great to see yarn on these covers because it means that people feel that knitting and crocheting are a part of their daily lives.

    Below, I have provided pictures of some of my favorite covers. Enjoy!

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    Where have you seen yarn in popular culture that made you happy? Tell us about it by leaving a comment!

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  • Knit-Along with Me! Join Me on Knitting Daily TV All Summer Long!

    Earlier this spring, I flew out to Cleveland, Ohio and spent a couple of days with the crew of Knitting Daily TV. Not only did I get to meet Interweave Knits Editor Eunny Jang who is also the host of KDTV (that's us on set, to the right), but I also got to film three knit-alongs with her for this summer's season of Knitting Daily TV. I also got to meet many other different designers and yarn-world figures who make an appearance on this season.

    Although I've made a bunch of videos for our YouTube Channel and I've done some local TV interviews, I've never done a series of TV segments before. Although it looks quite warm and relaxed on set, it really takes the energies of quite a few people to make everyone look good, sound good, and to make the knitting and crochet process make sense on screen. It was fun for me to see how much filming could be squeezed into a couple of days and how many people it takes to make sure that all the pieces fall into place.

    This summer, you can join me on Knitting Daily TV as I knit the Fallen Leaves Scarf, the Little Lamb Sock Critter, and the Tabard Vest--three projects that will be sure to expand your knitting skills. We'll cover things like slip stitch knitting, cabling, and reading lace charts. It's going to be a busy summer!

    The season's just starting, so click here to check out associate producer Annie Hartman Bakker's preview of the first five episodes. Then click through to KnittingDailyTV.com and click on "TV schedules" at the top to find out when the show's airing near you! This season is the 500 series, so any episodes starting with a "5" are new. I can't wait for you to join me!

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  • The Versatility of Yarn Painting

    Yarn painting is a fantastic way to craft with yarn without knitting or crocheting. Most famously practiced by the Huichol people of Mexico, yarn painting is a simple way to create beautiful art. All you have to do is adhere the yarn to a background surface. For my yarn art, I printed out Andy Warhol's famous painting of Marilyn Monroe. To make the background a bit sturdier, I used cardstock instead of regular paper. Next, I cut strips of yarn and glued them one by one to my picture. The result is a fun little portrait where the yarn imitates paint strokes.

    Marilyn Monroe

    Yarn painting doesn't just have to be portraits. You can mix colors to create an abstract piece, or you can make basic outlines to help children learn shapes. You can learn more about traditional yarn paintings by clicking here.

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