Spring Scarves have Sprung!

Spring is here! Luckily, this doesn’t mean it’s time to put away our scarves. Chunky winter scarves can hit the closet, but it’s time for lighter, more colorful scarves to hit the town! Here are some patterns for great stylish and fun spring scarves.

Crochet Ruffle Scarf (via JimmyBeansWool)

Really cool Spring Tendril Scarf (via Crochet Uncut)

Airy Shells Scarf (this looks so cute in yellow!) (via Crochet Uncut)

Dreaming of Spring Scarf (via Ravelry)

Unleash Your Creative Self: Knit and Crochet Your Own Halloween Costumes!

To the defiance of summer, the autumn cloaks of gold and red have begun to adorn the mourning trees. The wind gently spreads its falling leaves until all is covered by its colorful offerings. Nature is trying to tell us one thing: Halloween is approaching!halloween

This year, I thought to myself: Why not create my own Halloween costume? The idea seemed brilliant; I was looking to begin a new knitting project, anyways.

What could I make? I began searching the internet until I stumbled across the perfect pattern for a ninja mask. My costume was confirmed at that very moment; I will be a ninja for Halloween.7a14b53fd606772b5e3bb6c1ab8b42e8_blog-2

Visit threadbanger.com to find additional knit and crochet Halloween costume patterns.

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:

CocoKnits.com: 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.