Decorate for the holidays with yarn!

At the Stitches show in October, we decided to pull out a bunch of holiday ornaments and show them on a tree. I had a ball of red Spark-a-Doodle and decided to make a garland. Before I started, I had no idea how it would look or exactly how I was going to do it. I wrapped round and round starting at the bottom. When I got to the top, I had a good bit leftover so I thought I’d use the leftover yarn ball as a giant pom-pom to top the tree. I simply inserted the remaining ball into a branch and Voila!  The result was better than I ever imagined. Here are a few other yarn and holiday ornaments that you could use in your own 2011 decorating. Continue reading “Decorate for the holidays with yarn!”

Coats & Clark Goes Hollywood in the Movie Courageous!

Several scenes of the movie Courageous (in theaters now) were filmed at our very own mill  in Albany, GA. Workers at the factory served as extras, and plant manager Bobby Boone, appeared in the film. One of the main characters in the film, Javier, plays an employee at Coats & Clark and is faced with an ethical challenge that puts him to the test. The mill offices and part of the manufacturing area are shown prominently in the film.

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A Weekend in Toronto

October 21 through 23 are the dates for the CreativFestival in Toronto. You can take hands-on classes, visit the market, meet special experts and best of all network with other needlecraft buffs. Whether you crochet, knit, sew, quilt or embroider, this is a not-to-be-missed event. There is also inspiration for weavers, spinners and those interested in felting. Continue reading “A Weekend in Toronto”

Sassy Sashay

When someone first showed me how to knit with Sashay, I was pretty amazed. It’s not like any yarn I had ever used. It’s actually not really a “yarn”, it’s more like a frilly ruffle that you knit into a track along the top. One of the first things I learned was the correct size needle to use. I thought that I would have to use a large needle, but it turns out that a size 9 (5.5mm) needle is perfect. Continue reading “Sassy Sashay”