Friday, October 30, 2015

Turn Your Yarn Scraps Into Wall Art

Let your creative juices flow and make an easy, cool piece of wall art from left over yarn!!

I Made My 2nd Newsprint Poncho (Pattern L32425) From Lion Brand

Newsprint Poncho 
Last night, I finished knitting a second Newsprint Poncho!! I used Lion Brand Pattern L32425 to make this project. This pattern is for the beginner and it may be downloaded for FREE from the Lion Brand website. Simply visit the Lion Brand website and search for the pattern using the pattern number listed above.

I made my version of this poncho using Lion Brand® Jiffy® Thick & Quick® Yarn in the color called Cascade Mountains. I also used size 13 (9mm), 29-inch wood/bamboo circular knitting needles from Clover to make my version of the Newsprint Poncho. I used approximately 5 balls of Lion Brand's® Jiffy® Thick & Quick® Yarn to complete this project.

I am giving this handmade poncho to my mom as a gift for Christmas this year. I will also be making matching wrist cuffs to go with this poncho as well. Above is a photograph of me wearing the completed Newsprint Poncho. 

I am also hoping to make quite a few more knitted items as gifts for family members and friends this holiday season. I think I may have over committed myself as I may not have the time to make all the items I want to before Christmas though. I'll have to wait and see what happens.

Until my next post, happy knitting!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

21 Things Every Knitter Knows

I came across an article on the Metro website titled 21 things you only know if you knit by George Lindsay-Watson. I can relate to quite a few of things listed in George Lindsay-Watson's article. Click on the above link to read the full story. Until my next post, happy knitting!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

14 Knit & Crochet Kits Inspired By The Outlander: The Series

I have been a fan of the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon for years now! I have yet to watch The Outlander Series on the Starz Channel, but I have enjoyed reading the series over the years.

I recently discovered on the Lion Brand Blog that Lion Brand is
Introducing… 14 Knit & Crochet Kits Inspired by Outlander: The Series and these kits look awesome! Click on the above link to read the blog post by Lorena from Lion Brand. In the blog post, Lorena wrote the following:
Do you knit or crochet curled up with your favorite television show? When we first caught up with Outlander: The Series on Starz, we were hooked, in more ways than one.
Finding herself transported (through time!) from the 1940s to 1743, main character Claire Beauchamp journeys throughout the highlands of Scotland wearing incredible period pieces; we fell for her knit shawls almost immediately.
We’ve developed 14 knit and crochet kits inspired by garments worn in the series! Each piece was designed to emulate the styles and colors of Claire’s 18th century fashions. They’re all gorgeous cold-weather accessories that fans will love to wear this season.
Watch the behind the scenes Lion Brand video below to learn more!

I am contemplating purchasing one of the knitting kits from Lion Brand to make one of the Outlander pieces for myself to wear this Winter season.

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Vaginal Knitting As Performance Art?!

While surfing the internet, I never thought I'd accidentally come across an article on the Huffington Post titled How to Break the Internet With a Vagina and a Ball of Wool by Vanessa de Largie. 

Seriously, I was ONLY looking for knitting ideas, when I stumbled across Vanessa de Largie's above mentioned article!! I was surprised and intrigued by the article's title to say the least. I wanted to know what the heck Vanessa de Largie meant by her article's title... So, I went ahead and read the article. In the article, Ms. de Largie writes:
I'm a woman.
I'm a feminist.
I'm an artist.
It's these three things that drew me to controversial performance-artist and craftivist, Casey Jenkins. You see, Casey knits with her vagina. Say what? You heard correctly, she knits with her vagina.
In the space of a fortnight, over 3.5 million people watched a YouTube clip titled Vaginal Knitting, shot by SBS2. The clip offers an overview of Jenkins' work, documenting her 28-day performance piece Casting off My Womb, where Jenkins' uses skeins of wool, lodged in her vagina to knit a long passage, marking one full menstrual cycle. Obviously this kind of art pulls people one of two ways -- you either hate it or you love it. For me it was the latter.
Vanessa de Largie goes on to interview Casey Jenkins in her article about about her performance art titled 'Casting Off My Womb'. So, click on the above link to read the full article.

Below is a video from Feed of performance artist and craftivist, Casey Jenkins talking about her performance art called 'Casting Off My Womb'.

WARNING: The following video may not be appropriate for some audiences. Some nudity.

I'm not entirely sure what to make of this whole 'vaginal knitting' idea as performance art. I understand where Casey Jenkins is coming from and support the idea behind her performance art. I can only add that I'll never look a knitting and performance art the same way again.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Making Sweaters From Dog Hair!

I'm a dog lover at heart... So I found this video on Making Dog Hair Sweaters on YouTube fascinating to watch. Angie Sullivan from Vice speaks with Kendall Crolius on how to knit with dog hair. 

This almost 9 minute video talks briefly about how to collect dog hair, clean it, and spin it into usable yarn to knit with in your projects.

I now want to use dog hair to knit something with in the future.

Also, check out Kendall Crolius's book on Amazon titled 
Knitting With Dog Hair: Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love Than From A Sheep You'll Never Meet.

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Top Ten Books About Knitting That I Want to Read

As a newer knitter, I am always on the look out to learn how to improve and expand my knitting skills... Or simply read a book filled with stories about knitting, whether it be fiction or nonfiction. 

So, below is a list of ten books I would like to read about knitting:

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting by Ann Hood
The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond the Basics by Debbie Stoller
Lace One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects Celebrating the Possibilities of Lace by Judith Durant
Knit Your Socks on Straight: A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles by Alice Curtis
Knit Kimono by Vicki Square

Are you a knitter or crocheter? If so, which books have been a valuable resource for you in learning about and/or improving your craft?

I Love Yarn Day 2015!!

I learned that today is I Love Yarn Day through Craft Yarn Council. So, if you're a knitter, crocheter, or another type of yarn crafter then today is cause for celebration! Check out the websites above to learn more about I Love Yarn Day 2015 as there are contests to enter, free patterns available to download, and so much more.

I love my new found hobby of knitting. I enjoy the creative process of transforming skeins of yarn into something beautiful and useful. I am always amazed at how the finished product turns out once I finished knitting a project. I also find that knitting is a great way to relieve stress and unwind, which is another wonderful perk of knitting. Building my knitting skills is also a good thing... I've recently learned how to work the slip stitch and how to pick up dropped stitches.

Yarn (and needles) are the basic tools to begin knitting (or crocheting) any project. I've become quite the yarn enthusiast since I've become a knitter... So much so that I have accrued quite the yarn stash. I may need to find new ways of storing my yarn stash.

The world of yarn is wide and vast... The various colors yarn comes in, the type of materials that comprise each skein of yarn, the various thicknesses of different skeins only begins to describe the different types of yarn out there on the market. There seems to be endless possibilities when it comes to what yarns will look like.

As far as yarns go, I mostly seem to work with bulky yarns as they are easy to work with and make starting and finishing a project quick work. I've recently begun working on a project that calls for worsted weight yarn, so I am having fun expanding my knitting horizons.

Aside from making a blog post about I Love Yarn Day 2015, I have no special plans. I may visit a yarn store later today.

What do you like about yarn? Do you knit, crochet, or both? Do you have a favorite yarn you like using? Will you be doing anything special on I Love Yarn Day 2015 to celebrate the wonderful world or yarn and crafting?

Friday, October 16, 2015

A Yarn Less Raveled --- Independent Yarn Store in Danville, California

Visiting independent yarn stores is something I am striving to do more frequently as I become more vested in knitting as a hobby and also as my knitting skills continue to improve over time. 

I also enjoy promoting and shopping at small, locally owned businesses as they are essential to the local economy and they are also a valuable resource for the community. I strongly feel that independent yarn stores are a valuable resource for knitters and crocheters alike. Independent yarn stores have knowledgeable sales staff that are passionate about knitting and crocheting and enjoy sharing their expertise with their customers. They also carry a wide variety of yarns in just about every color imaginable, as well as needles and accessories, plus offer classes, and so much more.

Luckily, I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting a delightful independent yarn store in Danville, California called A Yarn Less Raveled earlier this week. It was my first time visiting A Yarn Less Raveled and W-O-W, what a fabulous yarn store it was to visit!!

A Yarn Less Raveled is a delightful yarn store. As I walked in the front door, I noticed that A Yarn Less Raveled was a happening place to visit as it was filled with rather large group of satisfied looking customers. I also noticed that there's a nice sized circular table near the entrance of A Yarn Less Raveled where I noticed a group of people sitting around it working on various yarncrafting projects. Additionally, I also noticed quite a few other customers shopping in the store as well.

A Yarn Less Raveled is a nice sized yarn store. The layout of A Yarn Less Raveled is wonderful and well organized. The displays are well placed and nicely done... And the flow of the store is well thought out. I aslo liked the yarn samples that showed off what the various skeins of yarn looked like when it was knitted or crocheted. I found the staff on hand were friendly in greeting customers and helpful in answering customer questions and ringing up sales. 

Several knitting and crochet classes are offered at A Yarn Less Raveled and you can sign up for classes online.

I ended up purchasing two skeins of teal colored ribbon yarn to make a ripple scarf. I wasn't planning on purchasing anything during my visit to A Yarn Less Raveled, but when I saw the ripple scarf on display in A Yarn Less Raveled I found myself wanting to make one myself. After purchasing two skeins of yarns from A Yarn Less Raveled, I received a free pattern to make the ripple scarf. I am excited about making the ripple scarf once I've completed a few other knitting projects that I am currently working on now.

Overall, I really enjoyed my visit at A Yarn Less Raveled and have the feeling that I'll be visiting A Yarn Less Raveled again in the future.

Until my next post, happy knitting!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Click, Clack, CASH: How to Make Money Knitting by Emily Pearle (Book Review)

eBook Edition
Some day in the future, I'd eventually love to make money via my newly found love of knitting. 

At the present moment though, I enjoy the creative process of knitting and learning how to improve my current knitting skills. I'm having fun knitting items for myself and also knitting items that I like to give as gifts to family members and close friends.

But as I mentioned above, I'd eventually love to make and sell handmade knitted items to others. Wouldn't that be cool? 

It just so happened that while surfing Amazon's website last night, I came across an ebook titled Click, Clack, CASH: How to Make Money Knitting by Emily Pearle. For 99 cents, I decided to download this ebook and see what ideas Emily Pearle had to share in her ebook about making money through knitting. 

Click, Clack, CASH: How to Make Money Knitting by Emily Pearle is a short read and is approximately 44 pages in length. I liked the short, well organized chapters, the quotes at the start of each chapter, and the authors humor. I also liked many of the ideas that Ms. Pearle presented in her ebook. I just wished that she had expounded a bit more on a few of the topics that she had presented in her ebook. 

I am giving Click, Clack, CASH: How to Make Money Knitting by Emily Pearle an overall rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!