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  • Embellish It! Making a Tassel

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    Tassels can be used to add a little bit of fun flair to projects like afghans and shawls or added as accents to purses or even keychains. They're simple and quick to make and don't require large amounts of any special yarn or fancy tools.

    Tassels on the corners of shawls like the Standard Triangle in the How-To Knit A Triangle Shawl post give life to an otherwise plain design.

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  • Give A Sh*t: Knitting Through Cancer Treatment at Dana-Farber

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    In one form or another, many of us have felt the emotional turbulence that is the effect of cancer. Ourselves, a family member, spouse, friend. . . we hear and feel the stories of diagnosis and treatment and waiting and hoping. If you are here reading this then you probably also know and appreciate the healing and calming benefits of knitting (and crocheting). Lion Brand Yarn, Sh*t That I Knit, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute recognize these realities and joined together to bring a piece of comfort to young adults going through cancer treatment.

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    Give A Sh*t

    Sh*t That I Knit (STIK) is a Boston-based knitwear company that employs women from Lima, Peru, enabling them to stay home and care for their families while bringing in an income. They are a one-for-one company dedicated to bringing the comfort of knitting to the lives of young cancer patients. With each purchase through their site a knit kit is donated to a patient at Dana-Farber.

    The folks at STIK strongly believe in the therapeutic qualities of knitting and strive to pass that on, which is how the Give A Sh*t knitting kits were established. Every Kn*t Sh*t kit is packed in a tote bag (donated by Emulsion Printhouse) and includes Lion Brand yarn and needles and a pattern developed by the STIK team.

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    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    In February 2017, the Young Adult Program (YAP) and Young and Strong Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer teamed up to deliver the Kn*t Sh*t kits to patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. These programs looked further than just the benefits of repetitive motions and sense of accomplishment in finishing a project. Offering the kits and a meeting space provides a social outlet for young patients to connect with others going through a similar situation.

    For more information on the program at Dana-Farber you can contact yap@dfci.harvard.edu. Kits are provided upon request to patients between the ages of 18-39.

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  • Yarncrafting Costumes: Designing an Arctic Fox Headpiece

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    My knitted costuming adventures continue, this time with a ferociously cute flair! Foxes are dear to my heart, and snow white arctic foxes are so adorable! So with a “frozen forest” themed costume party on the horizon, I decided to knit an arctic fox head to wear as my headpiece.

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    Examining photos and drawings of foxes helped me determine the basic shape of the piece. For the simplest components possible to make up the fox head, I settled on a narrow tube (snout) connected to a sphere (head), with flat triangles (ears) attached to the sphere.

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