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Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • Show off Your Yarncrafting Pride with Fun Accessories!

    Are you a proud knitter or crocheter who wants to share your love for yarn crafting with the world? Then I have just the right goodies for you!

    If you've ever been to our store, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC, then you probably know that in addition to selling yarn, we also have a great rotating selection of gifts to choose from for crafters.  But, if you can't make it to our store - I've gathered a selection of inspiring yarn crafting gifts from vendors that can be found online; I also found some items from other vendors that can be purchased on Ravelry. Check out some of these cool accessories below!

    (Image to the right is our yarn stash sign in the office from J.L. Flickenstein's ILiveonaFarm Etsy Shop, scroll down for details.)

    These "Getting Through The Day One Stitch at A Time" and "Peace, Love, Crochet" notecards from Kniterella are super cute and would make a great gift for yourself or a yarn crafter you know.  Knitterella also carries bright and inspiring project bags, gift tags and and note cards in her shop.

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  • Untangled Forever: DIY Fix for Never-Tangle Earbuds

    DIY no-tangle earbudsPinterest user Ada(:  recently pinned this nifty project on wrapping headphone cords with embroidery floss, and Apartment Therapy wrote a wonderful tutorial on making it. I love simple, clever projects like this one and knew I wanted to try it on my headphones right away! When the first packs of our new Bonbons yarn arrived, I fell in love with the sparkling colors and got started. I took step-by-step pictures as I used two colors to cover my headphones, and I've also included written instructions to help you re-create this project at home. One of the great things about using Bonbons instead of embroidery floss was that I didn't have to wind the yarn onto a bobbin first, the tiny Bonbons skeins were already the perfect size to craft with.

    Here's the step-by-step story of how I made my sparkling, tangle-free headphones:
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  • How to Do a Felted Join on Yarn Ends

    Let's face it: weaving in ends is not nearly as fun as crocheting or knitting. My favorite way to avoid weaving in ends is the felted join. Also affectionately dubbed the spit splice, this method is the perfect way to add join a new skein to your work. Keep in mind that this will only work on feltable fibers like non-superwash wool, alpaca, mohair, and so on. Here are step-by-step instructions on this fast and easy technique. I used 2 different colors so that you can better see the technique, but this works brilliantly for attaching the same color yarn practically invisibly.
    Felted Join Tutorial
    Step 1: Carefully untwist your yarn for a few inches and separate the half of the plies. This Fishermen's Wool has 4 total plies, so I've divided my yarn into 2 sets of 2 plies each. 2-ply yarn would be separated into 2 sets of 1 ply each, 6-ply yarn would be 2 sets of 3 plies each, and so on.
    Step 2: Take one set of your plies. A few inches down (4-5 inches, just to be safe), break these plies. Now you'll have a set of longer plies and a set of shorter plies.
    Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the yarn you'll be joining.
    Step 4: Lay the long sets of plies next to each other. This will be the transition section of your yarn. Because each long piece of yarn only has half the plies, you'll end up with roughly the correct thickness in your join.
    Step 5: Get your yarn wet. You can dip it in water, mist with some water, add some saliva -- just get it wet. Remember, felting simply requires heat, humidity, and agitation.
    Step 6: Let's felt! Rub the yarns together in your hands briskly. Continue for a few minutes until the fibers have locked together. You may need to add some more water if your yarn isn't wet enough.
    Step 7: Give both sides of the yarn a gentle tug. If they're firmly locked, congratulations! You've made a felted join! If not, just continue the felting process until the yarn is secure.

    Now you'll have an easy and secure join in your yarn, so you can continue crafting with having to weave in ends.

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