Have You Heard the Warm Up America! Story? By Guest Blogger Mary Colucci

By Mary Colucci Warm Up America! Foundation www.WarmUpAmerica.org
For those who might not know the history of the Warm Up America! program, it was the brainchild of Evie Rosen, 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.  Continue reading “Have You Heard the Warm Up America! Story? By Guest Blogger Mary Colucci”

Cross-Stitched Square in the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along

Welcome to the first square of the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along! This week we’ll be doing the Cross-Stitched Square. You can download the pattern here. Enter for a chance to win a Red Heart Yarns prize pack by going to our Facebook page and putting your name and email in the entry form.  We’ll be choosing a new winner every two weeks! Continue reading “Cross-Stitched Square in the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along”

Join us for the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along!

 

Checkerboard Textures Throw

Welcome! We hope you join us in the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along! Beginning on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 and every two weeks after for the next few months we’ll post a new crocheted square pattern along with tips and pictures to help you learn the stitch. Crochet the squares along with us, and by the end you’ll have a completed afghan! Share your progress and ask questions on Facebook and Twitter. For every new square, we’ll select a winner for a prize package.  Continue reading “Join us for the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along!”

Crochet Pink eBook Featuring 26 Patterns to Crochet for Charity

The eBook Crochet Pink: 26 Patterns to Crochet for Comfort, Gratitude, and Charity by Janet Rehfeldt is a collection of patterns in pink, the color of hope for breast cancer. The patterns range from sweaters to accessories to home decor items, all in various shades of pink. The eBook includes two patters in Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread, the Mark of Elegance Bookmark in Classic 10 on page 73 and Coffee Cup and Travel Mug Cozies in Fashion 3 on page 79. The instructions are very clear and include multiple pictures for each pattern. The eBook also includes a list of other colors of hope for other types of cancer, so you can customize the colors to the one that means the most to you.

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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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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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