People all over the world are embracing the idea of home as your sanctuary– a place where you can nest with loved ones and feel contentment. Even though we are living in a digital world, we seek surroundings that relax us, help us recharge and encourage creativity. The Danish idea that incorporates these themes into one inspirational word is hygge.
Here’s a project that is very basic and easy and you don’t have to wait for the cooler weather to enjoy using what you have created! These Freezer Pop Cozies are easy enough that even beginners can complete them with your help. And with the promise of being able to use their creation and enjoy a freezer pop without cold hands, they will be totally inspired to finish the project.
So you think doilies are for little old ladies? Well doilies have been around since before that little old lady you know, and there are good reasons that they are still with us today. Doilies add joy to our surroundings. In our stark modern homes a surface with a modern doily adds a bit of beauty. Looking at a doily and how all its exquisite little stitches form a pleasing pattern gives us joy (especially if we enjoy crocheting). Staring at a doily is like staring at a mandala: it is mesmerizing. And when we are looking to protect our wood furniture from stains and scratches, our doilies most certainly serve a very useful purpose.
Here is a collection of colorful crafty ideas from the Red Heart website. Hope you find an idea that your kids, grandkids or neighborhood kiddos will enjoy! It’s always fun to see kids become absorbed in the creative process. Just be sure not to frustrate them with projects that are beyond their dexterity level.
I’d like to tell you a little about how we came to do our look book, Create with Color. We know that everyone has their own sense of style and would like their home to reflect that style. Since you are knitters and crocheters, we wanted to illustrate how the same throw or home décor items can work in different room surroundings. Of course, you have the added opportunity to change the colors to whatever you like. We used Super Saver and With Love so that there would be plenty of color choices.
Warm Up America! was started by Evie Rosen whose dream was based on Neighbors helping Neighbors. Evie was a former yarn shop owner in Wausau, WI. In 1990, frustrated by the great need for blankets for the homeless and her inability to knit large quantities fast enough, she came up with the idea of dividing up the process and asking friends to knit and crochet small 7” by 9” sections. Now a nationwide program of the Craft Yarn Council, individuals and groups are encouraged to complete and donate afghans in their own community. To date, hundreds of thousands of afghans and accessories have been distributed to people in need by Warm Up America groups and through the CYC office.
If you are a crocheter who loves enjoying your craft alone, and gets all the inspiration you need from the many websites and Ravelry, then you do not need to read any further. But if you would like to be opened up to the larger world of wonderful people (in the flesh) that crochet, I whole-heartedly encourage you to join us at the Chain Link Conference in Chicago this July 26-29, 2017.
I love Marly Bird’s friendly, easy-to-follow style of doing how-to videos. You can find all her Red Heart pattern videos on our Marly’s Learning Corner page, which is always available via the “How-To” drop down in our top navigation bar.
As a gift to our blog followers, we have a downloadable sheet of Valentines for you! Our graphics team has taken 4 of our project photos and turned them into clever Valentines that I will enjoy giving–I hope that you will enjoy them too! They are perfect for giving to classmates, co-workers, family and friends. I am also going to use them to make a garland in my office cubicle.
I’ve recently become aware of the artist, Gina Rose Gallina, and her colorful way of expressing herself with crochet using Red Heart yarn. I’m just starting to follow this creative force, but wanted to introduce her fun, fantastic yarn pursuits to you. If you are going to be at Vogue Knitting Live, be sure to see and enjoy Gina’s Queen Bee work there. And if you are near Eureka Springs, Arkansas you can see Gina’s work at the Green Gourd on 12 Center Street.