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Animal Scarves

Oh, I want one! Original article here.


Realistic Felt Animal Scarves That Wrap Around Your Neck To Protect You by James Gould-Bourn 

Winter is rapidly approaching (for some of us at least) and it’s already time to start thinking about ways to keep warm during those long dark nights until Spring. And what better way to stay cozy than with these beautifully realistic felt animal scarves designed by Celina and Maja Debowska.

Based in Krakow, Poland, the sisters run an independent fashion label called Celapiu. Their scarves feature a variety of different animals including foxes, swans, rabbits and cats, and are all handmade used locally-sourced materials. “I like to think of my products as “surrealistic”,” says Celina on the company’s Etsy page. “Playful, out of context, conceptual – these are few keywords to grasp celapiu’s spirit. I play with styles, shuffle between cartoon kitsch and urban deconstruction.” Head over to Etsy where you can find the full range.

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Sweaters – Not Just for Humans

When we think “sweater,” we usually picture a human wearing them. The below article prove that sweaters are for everyone! Original article here.


Everyone Falls in Love With This Featherless Lovebird, Send Mini Sweaters To Save Her From Freezing

by Elžbieta 

When 23-year-old Isabella Eisenmann from Boston saw a social media post about a featherless lovebird Rhea needing a home, she decided to help. Now the whole world is falling in love with Eisenmann’s lovebird, with birdie’s followers on Instagram even sending her custom-made sweaters.

Unfortunately, Rhea needs those sweaters not only to look good, but also to stay warm, as due to Psittacine, a beak and feather disease Rhea is quite ‘naked’. In severe cases this disease can even cause the birds to lose their claws and beaks. Luckily, Rhea has only a mild form of this condition and doesn’t need anything than an annual blood test.

Besides, Rhea has no business being sad, and is extremely social, always out of the cage and running around in the house, at times even singing like crazy! A lovebird to fall in love with, Rhea shows that ‘different’ can be super cute.

‘Acceptance is key and no matter how different you are physically, you are still beautiful; that’s what I want people to learn from her. Always smile, be happy and have a positive attitude’ Eisenmann told Bored Panda.

When 23-year-old Isabella Eisenmann from Boston saw a social media post about a featherless lovebird Rhea needing a home, she decided to help

Now the whole world is falling in love with Eisenmann’s lovebird, with birdie’s followers on Instagram even sending her custom-made sweaters

Due to Psittacine, a beak and feather disease Rhea is quite ‘naked’

In severe cases this disease can even cause the birds to lose their claws and beaks

Luckily, Rhea has only a mild form of this condition and doesn’t need anything than an annual blood test

‘When she has [a sweater] on she feels super cozy and is super calm’

Rhea has no business being sad, and is extremely social

Rhea is always out of the cage and running around in the house, at times even singing like crazy!

A lovebird to fall in love with, Rhea shows that ‘different’ can be super cute

More pics below… Cuteness overload!

 

Astrid Headband and A New WIP

I’m back from teaching at the Squam Fall Retreat! Just like last year, Squam is a magical teaching experience. I had the privilege of teaching students from all over the globe, sitting down to meals with people from all walks of life coming together for the love of craft, sharing stories, ideas, lakeside views and walks through the woods. It’s one of those retreats that as soon as you leave, you want to come back. I look forward to next year.

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My class at Squam was a technique-based class centered around one project, the Astrid Headband. Designed to be a boot camp knitting experience of sorts, we covered chart reading, kitchener stitch, bobbles, lace, cabling without a cable needle, the provisional cast on, applied i-cord and blocking. The pattern remains a Squam exclusive until after the retreat is over and now I’m happy to introduce it to you, dear readers!

Knit in fingering weight in the delightful Socks that Rock Mediumweight (I love the stretch factor of this sock yarn) and knit on us 2s, this is an ideal travel project. I worked on my second class sample at the airport, on the plane, at meals and always had it tucked away in my bag for those moments when I could sneak in a few rows. It kept my interest as I knit, was easy to follow and is blocked and ready for when the chill descends upon us.

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The Astrid Headband is designed to fit an average adult-sized head but also comes with notes on how to adjust the sizing for larger skulls.

Download the Astrid Headband here.

The other announcement is that I have a WIP (work-in-progress) that we’ve been keeping under wraps. We are expanding our lovely little family from 3 to 4! I’m due in March and we are beyond excited. Stay tuned for lots of baby knits headed this way!

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That’s all for now as I try to catch up from Squam. What’s on your needles?

Dozens of Orbs

I’m away in the woods teaching at Squam, but I wanted to leave you with some colorful eye candy.

Textiles are so much more than knitting, crochet, sewing or quilting. Some talented folks raise it to an art form, like artist Serene Garcia Dalla Venezia. Her color palette is lovely and I just want to go up and touch her beautiful sculptures! The bits of metallic make her organic work shine. Original article here.


Textile Sculptures Created From Dozens of Multicolored Orbs by Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia 

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Chilean textile artist Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia creates thoughtfully composed arrangements of hand-sewn fabric balls, producing texture and depth by grouping together dozens of differently sized and shaped spheres. Appearing almost like organic growths, her works seem to be transforming before your eyes, which makes sense when you consider her fascination with accumulation and chaos. You can see more of Venezia’s smaller works and large-scale installations on her website.

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Think Pink

I’ve always loved pink and I’ve had a thing for pink lawn flamingos for years. this takes it to a whole new level, don’t you think? Original article found here. Be sure to watch the video at the end!


Artist Olek Covers a House in Finland with Pink Crochet

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First a playground alligator, then an entire locomotive, and now artist Olek reveals an entire two-story house covered roof to floorboards in pink crochet. This new yarn-bombed installation currently stands in Kerava, Finland where Olek worked with a team of assistants to stitch together huge panels of crochet that envelop every inch of this 100-year-old house. Olek shares:

Originally, this building, built in the early 1900s, was the home of Karl Jacob Svensk (1883-1968). During the Winter War 1939-1940, the family fled to evade bombs falling into the yard, but they didn’t have to move out permanently. In 2015, more than 21 million people were forced to leave their homes in order to flee from conflicts. The pink house, our pink house is a symbol of a bright future filled with hope; is a symbol us coming together as a community.

You can see more photos and videos of the pink house on Instagram.

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A Gift of Thistle

Seeing your work out there in the world never ceases to be a thrill. I’ve always been a big list maker and an even bigger goal maker, and I’ve checked a lot of teaching and design goals off of my list this past year. Teaching a Craftsy class, teaching for my second time at Squam, seeing book ideas become tangible objects, teaching at retreats like Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, and having work featured in certain publications – one of these publications being Knitty.

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Knitty was ahead of its time when it was started in 2002 by Amy Singer. Always free, always hip, always full of interesting ideas, designers and articles, Knitty did something no one else had done before – put free knitting patterns online in one place magazine-style, making them available to all while being cool and fresh with each issue. Knitty was instantly a hit, bringing the global knitting community together in a way that one else had before. Sure, there were scads of knitting blogs, but without Knitty, there could possibly be no Ravelry, no Twist Collective, no online force of knitters quietly taking over the world one stitch at a time.

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I’ve been a fan of Knitty since the get go. I was still at RISD when it started in 2002 and when I began working at Vogue Knitting as the Yarn Editor in 2004, it was always a good day in the office when the new issue was posted. “Did you see so-and-so’s new pattern?” and “I need to cast on for that project immediately” were the conversations of the day. I didn’t think I’d ever get to the point where my designing would be good enough to get a spot on the coveted Knitty roster.

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One of my knitting goals this year was to have a pattern featured in Knitty’s Deep Fall issue. I’m delighted to introduce A Gift of Thistle, a matching cowl and hat set worked in the round from the bottom up. Using two different sets of gradient yarn in sport weight from Copper Corgi, one set of colors goes from light to dark, while the other goes dark to light. When worn together, this set creates an interesting effect and it’s one of my favorite ways to use gradients. This set is inspired by a small bit of music by James Horner from the film Braveheart during one of the most heart-wrenching scenes – watch the quick video below to hear the music that inspired this hat and cowl…

I hope you are dying to get this Fair Isle extravaganza on your needles as much as I do every time I see something on Knitty that I can’t wait to knit. It was an honor being featured and I hope to do it again soon. Onto the next goal!

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Download the free A Gift of Thistle hat and cowl set here.

Fair Isle Fundamentals Craftsy Class Launch!

IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE!!!! I am downright delighted to announce the launch of my first Craftsy class, Fair Isle Fundamentals!

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The first time I knit Fair Isle, my knitting world completely changed. Suddenly I had multiple strands of yarn in my hands, more than one color, tension became a bit trickier to manage and those floats? I wasn’t sure I was doing correctly at all, but it was love at first sight and to this day I get grabby hands when I’m about to start a new Fair Isle pattern. I teach Fair Isle more than any other class or workshop and watching people who crave that technique but are scared/worried/intimidated by it leave after our time together not only doing it, but also doing it well are my favorite moments as a teacher.

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Since I can’t travel the world spreading Fair Isle addiction, Craftsy is the perfect platform to teach students worldwide. You can toggle between chapters, speed up, slow down, and ask questions that I’ll be able to see and answer and discuss with your fellow students. You can post your progress immediately to share with other students, watch the tutorials anytime (I love this feature because I like to watch Craftsy classes late at night when the house is quiet), take a class from the comfort of your own home at your own pace (no judgment if you’re watching in your pajamas!), watch anywhere and once your download the class, it’s yours forever.

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There’s so much more to this technique than an extra strand of differently colored yarn. In my class you’ll learn basic color theory and color psychology, choosing ideal color combinations to really show off your gorgeous work, how lighting and texture can affect your fiber choice, which fibers work best for this type of work, how to properly hold your yarns English, Continental and Combination style (yup, all 3 ways!), how to trap those floats 3 different ways to find the way that works best for you, jogless stripes, learn the difference between intarsia vs. fair isle vs. mosaic knitting, steeking (NOT as scary as you think!), duplicate stitching, chart reading, dealing with repeats and the very important yet often untaught difference between dominant and non-dominant colors. Dying to knit that Fair Isle yoke sweater with 53 colors you’ve been lusting after? You’ll be able to do it after watching this class!

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Everything you learn above will then be put into practice for the class project, the Copenhagen Hat. Inspired by a floor in an ancient museum seen on my recent trip to Scandinavia, the Copenhagen Hat covers my favorite cast on, the German Twisted, reading charts and working repeats, corrugated ribbing, paying special attention to dominant vs. non-dominant, Fair Isle, float trapping, keeping even tension, decreasing in Fair Isle, working on circs and DPNs, hat finishing and blocking techniques. This is a unisex hat that looks good on everyone and is jam-packed with technique!

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I’m certain you’ll finish this class feeling like a confident Fair Isle pro! We didn’t have a LYS nearby growing up, there was no YouTube, no Craftsy, no Ravelry and most of what I learned was from a helpful neighbor or just good old-fashioned flying by the seat of my pants. This is the class I wish I had available when I was first learning and I curated what I wanted to teach with great care. Watch the class preview here:

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Working with Craftsy was a wonderful experience – the crew was professional and super nerdy like me, we had all done our homework and the filming experience was a smooth and exciting one. I felt like I was with my people there and already being a big fan of Craftsy, their stellar list of classes and wide array of talented teachers, teaching a class for them was something I always hoped to do. I’ve taken many Craftsy classes over the years and what I like about them is I can go in and watch them again as many times as I’d like. I want this class to be inspiring and give you the instruction and confidence you need to knit anything Fair Isle.

Download Fair Isle Fundamentals here and check out a few pictures from the set below. 🙂

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