My Whimsical Red Heart Chair

 

By Theresa (Terry) Albertson

I live on Anderson Island, a small 3 miles by 5 miles island in South Puget Sound near the Seattle-Tacoma area.

After working nearly 37 years at a large national Retail Department Store in the display/visual merchandising arena, I have retired to my many hobbies, which include caring for a dozen exotic birds, four small-active dogs, and our neighbors-the deer that come to our yard for feed and water, gardening, and of course my number one pastime-knitting.

My mom and I learned to knit together when I was just 16. It was a wonderful way to enjoy time together. I don’t throw my yarn. I pick, so I am a very fast knitter. I know it as the “Continental” knitting method.

I prefer not to follow patterns. I have found it easier to envision my own ideas, and use my knitting style to produce them. I knit everything from hats-gloves-scarves to Afghans, sweaters and cute little dolls. I have my own basic top-down raglan sleeve sweater pattern knitted on circular needles. I am able to knit almost anything with this pattern. I make a wide variety of dolls, including the iconic raggedy Ann and Andy, as well as making many dolls that look like friends and friend’s grandkids.

I had seen examples of a new fad that was called yarn-bombing. People were knitting covers for almost anything. It gave me the inspiration to knit a straight-backed chair that I got from the Good-Will store.

My first attempt was a sophisticated cover in colors that could be used as living-dining-bed-room décor. Then when I saw what I could actually do, I decided to make one specifically to enter in the Washington State Fair in September of 2013. I decided to make it much more whimsical, sort of in the Wizard of Oz feeling.

When I got it completed I worried that with the limited methods of presentation at the fair my chair might not get seen as well as it deserved. So I knitted a little corner table with a checkerboard motif and even knitted little pom-poms for checker pieces. It served as a platform for my chair. When my husband and I arrived at the fair entry area, the ladies were caught a bit off guard. They were not sure how they could show it. They indicated they could not include the table in the judging but that I could use it as a platform for the chair.

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When the fair opened we still had not heard how my chair had done in the competition. We got to the knitting/quilting area and could not find the chair. My husband found a fair guide who when he asked about the chair she replied, “Oh the Grand Champion! It’s over here” and led us to it. I was flabbergasted to learn that my chair was the grand champion of the knitting entries and that I had actually won a monetary prize. What great fun it has been.

I used exclusively Red Heart yarn for this project for the color and value. I’m glad I did. I love Red Heart yarn!

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Make your own mask for the Masquerade Ball

Many companies and charities have Masquerade Balls for their Christmas or New Years Eve celebrations. Are you attending one? If so and you’re in need of a mask pattern, you’re in luck! Check out these 2 patterns below. Dress it up or dress it down, either way, when someone compliments you on your mask, you’ll be able to say, “Thanks, I made it!” :)
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Arm Knitting Video Tutorials! No needles, no problem!

Have you heard about the Arm Knitting craze that has even made front page news in the Wall Street Journal? We wanted to see how it worked with some of our Red Heart yarns. So after having some fun learning to knit without needles, we found that Boutique Sashay™Stellar™ and Vivid™ all make great looking cowls using the arm knitting method. We sent some to Mikey at the Crochet Crowd and he got into Arm Knitting too. It didn’t take him long to learn the technique and do this video with a clear demo and helpful tips…he even did Right-Handed and Left-Handed versions.

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Coats & Clark Gives Back

Community Involvement 002As part of Coats & Clark’s ongoing commitment to give back to our communities, the crafter employees of our Charlotte headquarters office spent this past summer creating beautiful, one of a kind baby items using our Soft Baby Steps yarn. A group of our employees recently visited Angel House, which provides shelter and support for pregnant women. The facility provides prenatal medical care, parenting education, mentoring programs, and life skills training in a caring, supportive environment. The group visited with residents and the ladies were thrilled to be able to pick out a special blanket, hat and booties with which to welcome their newborn with. Since the donations from our employees was so generous, we were able to leave extra items so that future residents of Angel House can be gifted with a blanket as well.

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Stunning Gift Ideas with Boutique Unforgettable

I think my sister has been nice rather than naughty this year and I have been looking for a special scarf that I can finish for her in time for Christmas. I was just looking through the wonderful designs in the new issue of Knitter’s magazine and found the perfect scarf. It is shown in two color ways of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable…both Dragonfly and Petunia. The talented Kathy Zimmerman has designed it like a seaman’s scarf, working each half separately, narrowed at the center back and then grafted together. Her use of color and finishing ideas are exquisite! Continue reading “Stunning Gift Ideas with Boutique Unforgettable”

Kissing Ball May Improve Your Health

Seems that Santa kissing mama under the mistletoe was a very healthy thing to do. I just read that kissing helps reduce blood pressure, amps up your happy hormones, fights cavities and even zaps headaches! So improve your health (and benefit from the hugs and kisses) by making this quick and crafty Kissing Ball with Red Heart Boutique Sassy Fabric. It’s just one of a few ideas I used for adding sparkle and softness to my Christmas decorating.

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Red Heart’s Featured Holiday Sweater Wreath of the Month – December

Enter to Win the Wreath of the Month!

There will be 3 lucky people who will win the yarn, needles and hooks to make this month’s wreath.

Red Heart will be featuring a new wreath project every month in 2013!  It will include a free pattern for the particular wreath and some tips and photos for assembly  from the designer Jean Guirguis.

PLUS get a December Wreath Calendar that you can print out to keep track of important dates.

December’s wreath of the month free pattern is the Holiday Sweater Wreath.

Oh what fun it is to knit this collection of mini holiday sweaters! Display them on a wreath as we’ve done or decorate your tree.

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THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.