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  • Yarncrafting Costumes: Knitted Light-Up Wings

    When our Marketing Team asked me to turn myself into a yarn hero, I was so excited for the opportunity to create a whimsical super hero costume with wings! I decided to become a “moon fairy," whose superpower is bringing light to the dark places.

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    In plotting the costume, the moon crown I knitted last year was the perfect choice for headwear. Always happy to re-use a costume piece!

    Knitting Wings

    Next up, I wanted to design wings. For an ethereal look, I chose to work with LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel in Azalea. Knitting the fine yarn on larger-gauge needles created a lacy, airy fabric using just simple garter stitch.

    For inspiration, I looked at photos of butterfly wings and sketched out the wing shape. Each of the two wings would be composed of two separate wing pieces, with a long tail on the lower pieces. I drafted a rough pattern and wrote down the details as I knitted. These notes were especially important since I wanted to create matching wings!

    Constructing

    Construction presented an interesting challenge. How would the lacy, floaty knitted fabric hold its shape? Armature wire to the rescue! Often used in sculpture, this wire is soft enough to manipulate by hand, while sturdy enough to hold its shape. After knitting each wing panel, I threaded armature wire around the perimeter of the panel and bent it in to the desired shape. I used the long ends of the armature wire to connect the panels to each other.

    Now, how would I attach the wings to my body? For a comfortable way to wear the wings on my shoulders, I made straps out of silvery grey elastic. These straps were then sewn to a matching shade of felt, to blend in with the wire frame of the wings. I added a felt sandwich to the wings using hot glue, thus hiding the messy knot of armature wire where the wing panels all connected.

    Pink LED strand lights woven around the perimeter added some extra fairy sparkle. A pocket made of felt held the battery packs for the lights. And so my wings were ready to light up the night!

    Check out this short video so you can see them in motion!

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  • Kristy Glass is... The Domiknitter!!

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    Gaze upon the glory that is... THE DOMIKNITTER!

    Kristy Glass. You know her. You love her. Kristy was one of the first people to sign up for Yarn Heroes, and it goes without saying that she took the theme and FLEW with it. Kristy's electric personality and huge heart provided a steady beat while we put Yarn Heroes together. Not only has she come up with one of the greatest costumes of all time, but Kristy has gone above and beyond to make for a great cause and we can't wait to share the story!

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  • Yarn Heroes: Make & Do!

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    Make & Do Crew's Jessica Coppom and the "Granny Gives Back" Hooded Blanket!

    Dear reader: You've made it through an intense weekend! We hope you had a fun, safe, comforting Thanksgiving and avoided any Black Friday stampedes. We gave you a break from Yarn Heroes on #GivingTuesday, but we're back with one of the most fabulously creative forces for good on the internet: Jessica Coppom of Make & Do Crew. Jess is a yarn craft master, but her work goes beyond just yarn. Visit her website for all sorts of interdisciplinary crafts! She'll show you how working with yarn can be a gateway to much more. We were so thrilled that Jessica donned her "Miss Make & Do" costume for this interview, where she tells you more about what goes into so much Making and Doing!

    Show Us Your Moral Fiber - A Charity Campaign Slogan

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    LB: The Granny Gives Back Hooded Blanket is one of the most amazing designs I've ever seen. Certainly an amazing addition to the great patterns our Yarn Heroes have made this season. What inspired it?

    Make & Do Crew: I wasn’t sure what I was going to make for Yarn Heroes until I came across Project Linus—a charity that gives blankets to kids who have been abused, hospitalized or otherwise in need of a good dose of support. I was so inspired by their story that I instantly knew I wanted to design a hooded blanket that would feel like a safe place for a child to recede and literally feel wrapped in love.

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