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Around the Yarniverse: Links for Fiber Artists

Fall is in the air, and the weather seems much better for a cozy evening of needles and yarn. I know I’ve been feeling more inspired. I have started a cute striped scarf in duck colors for my little one.

Quick to Make Chunky Mobius Cowl (Cut Out + Keep)

Knitting with Your Dog’s Hair (If It’s Hip, It’s Here) – photos, link to a book about how and a company that will make yarn from your pet’s hair.

Guide to Knit and Crochet Slipper Patterns (CRAFT)

Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived (Caffaknitted) – Knitted Henry VIII and all his wives.

Rwanda Knits Auction – Founded in 2003, the Rwanda Knits project provides hand-operated, American-made knitting machines plus technical and business training to low income women in Rwanda to enable them to earn a living through knitting.

Politician Finger Puppets – Free pattern from LionBrand of Obama and McCain. Tee. Hee. (via WhipUp)

Ravelympians Knit & Crochet to Victory

The Olympics in Beijing were exciting, but we’re not sure they can hold a giant torch to the 2008 Ravelympics (need to be a member). Thousands of members of Ravelry, a social network for fiber artists, participated in the Ravelympics. Some stats from Ravelry:

The 2008 Ravelympics were a huge hit! Thousands of Ravelers from around the world participated and had a fantastic time. It was a great way to end the summer. Some stats:

  • Total FOs (not stash/yarn): 6764
  • Countries participating: 56
  • Total frogged projects (hey, it happens to all of us): 104
  • Yarn used: 1,996,255 meters (over 2 million yards)

Laurel HIll is thrilled to be a prize sponsor for the Ravelympics. Of all the finished objects, 41 people were drawn randomly to receive a Laurel Hill crochet hook. The prizes are in the mail and we’re excited about being part of the winning team.

A few of the winning finished objects:

Anthropolgie Inspired Shrug
From AnnInNC: Anthropolgie Inspired Shrug
Traveling Eyelet Sweater
From bekala: Traveling Eyelet Sweater
Dog Sweater for Bella
From Must-Stash: Dog Sweater for Bella
Baby Matinee Jacket
From RiaAnn: Baby Matinee Jacket

Quick & Easy Halloween Projects

‘Tis the season for spooks and ghouls and really really cute Halloween projects. Most of these are quick, so you can knit or crochet them in time for All Hallow’s Eve. Just click on the image to get to the pattern.

Crocheted Candy Bags via Lion Brand

Crochet Pumpkin Treat Bag
Crochet Pumpkin Treat Bag

An illusion scarf: from the front, a sassy black and white stripe scarf… from the back, an image is revealed. Spooooky! Pattern from Ysolda here and more photos here.

Knitted Illusion Scarf
Knitted Illusion Scarf

Adorable wrap-around bat from Mochimochi. The pattern is just $5.

Cute Hanging Bat from Boo Shop
Cute Hanging Bat

Glow-in-the-dark ghosts from Bernat

Bernat’s glow-in-the-dark yarn is available through October from Michael’s. Several fun (and free) projects available via the Bernat Web site.

Glow-in-the-dark Ghosts

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!