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)

Around the Yarniverse: Links of Interest for Knitting and Crocheting Fanatics

It’s officially the end of summer, which means that it’s time to start those holiday projects, right? Well, if you need some inspiration, these posts tickled my fancy this week and thought you’d enjoy them, too.

K2TOG, A Knitting Blog (The Oregonian): Color Me Blue: This is a fun post about the fear of color that parents seem to instill in young boys and can be vexxing for the knitter who wants to create something colorful. What to do?

I have friends whose young son lives in an olive-green nursery with black furniture, spurring me to grudgingly knit a black layette and deal with well-meaning-but-horrified questions from fellow knitters and inquisitive fellow TriMet riders. (“Yes, it’s a black baby blanket. No, they’re not satanists — they’re hipsters.”) And I have a friend who doesn’t let her school-age son wear any shade not seen on a black-and-white TV.

The Lumpy Sweater: How Knitters Will Save the World: You may have seen the recent Time article that Google is making us dumber? Well, according to The Lumpy Sweater, because knitting (and crocheting and many of the fiber arts) take so much concentration and focus, it has the potential to create (or recreate) the ability to think deeply and thoughtfully. This quote, actually from the Cast On podcast sums it up:

“Knitters, when you bring them into knitting, there is something that rises through the knitting that is…it’s like a deep hum or a deep rhythm, something primal and simple and peaceful…*”

Knit or Crochet a Scarf for Special Olympians: For the 2009 Winter Olympics, Coats and Clark and its Red Heart Super Saver yarns are sponsoring a project to provide each Olympian with a handmade scarf. You can read more about the project here. Want to participate? Here are some patterns for your Special Olympics scarf: How to Cut Rags for Knitting: I’ve not knitted on anything larger than a #13, but I might have to try this. I love the bath mat!

Crochet from CraftGossip: Holding Your Crochet Hooks in Style: Some creative ways to corral your crochet hooks.

Around the Yarniverse: Links of Interest to Knitting & Crocheting Fanatics

I’m still struggling with knitting 101, so while I work out my issues, here’s a great collection of fun posts from the last week or so.

Fancy Tiger: The World’s Longest Crochet Scarf: At the Denver Art Museum’s monthly Untitled event, the Fancy Tiger (a Denver boutique that specializes in independently designed/made apparel, accessories and craft supplies) taught museum goers some crochet skills and created the longest crocheted scarf in the world (currently at 115 ft).

Sweater Surgery: Double-Sided Cable Scarf: Fall is right around this corner and this pattern from Stefanie Girard is a fix for the fact that cables don’t look so hot from the backside.

Manchester Evening News: Knitting Cosies for Trees: Three knitters in Manchester, UK, have been knitting cosies (or cozies for us yanks) for trees. The project is part of the New Islington Festival. The knitting trio plans more knitted “urban yarn bombs” to brighten up Manchester and Salford.

Knitting Daily: What Knitting Mood are You In?: This post and accompanying excerpt from Michelle Rose Orne’s new book Inspired to Knit will help you create a “mood board,” designed by you to identify what objects, colors, textures and patterns you’re inspired by and in the mood for right now. Sounds like a dreamy way to kick of a new project.