Welcome to the 12 Weeks of Christmas CAL 2016

by guest blogger Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise

I’m so excited to be partnering with four talented blogger friends and Red Heart Yarn to sponsor this year’s CAL!

Those of you who participated in last year’s event know it was lots of fun. You learned some new techniques, tried some new yarns, there were fabulous prizes courtesy of Red Heart Yarn and best of all you made some new friends. This year should be even better, so come on and join us for the fun!! If you want to see last year’s projects, you can find them here.

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Joy Creators Christmas in July Blog Hop

Our Joy Creators are joining together for a Christmas in July blog hop! The participating Joy Creators will be posting free patterns made with Red Heart on their websites on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in July, starting July 6. Follow along with the schedule below, and share the projects you make using the patterns with the #joycreators and #redheartyarns hashtags! Links will be added to this schedule as the posts go up.

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Introducing #Make2Share

Do you love to make gifts for others? What about sharing pictures of your projects? You’ll want to be a part of the #make2share Challenge! The #make2share Challenge is open to everyone of all skill levels. Make and give gifts to friends, and encourage them to pass it along. Your gifts can be anything handmade: knit or crochet pieces, something you sew, a painting, a carving, baked goods…the sky’s the limit!

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Knit for Eddie the Eagle Movie

eddiesMomEddie the Eagle is a new movie starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton and telling the true story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Egerton), a British ski-jumper who succeeds against the odds and with the help of his coach (Jackman) to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Knitting plays a big role in the movie, since Eddie’s mom (played by Jo Hartley) knits and wears a sweater that says “I Am Eddie’s Mom”.

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Red Heart Sponsors Historic Alex Theatre Art Installation

ALEX1The historic Alex Theatre was opened in 1925 as a vaudeville house, and movie palace. It continued to show movies until 1991, when it closed and was remodeled. In 1993 it was re-opened and now plays host to musicals, ballets, orchestras, still shows movies, and can be seen in various television shows, and can even be rented for special events.

When the Alex Theatre wanted to do something different to celebrate their 90th Anniversary, they reached out to the following organizations: Glendale Arts, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, Art from the Ashes, Jewel City Knitters, The Pasadena Crochet Group, Burbank Fiber Fiends, and the Braille Institute. The scope of this project was huge, and it would take over 70 individuals, from 6 different states, and even 1 country to send in their submissions. The fiber artists were informed about the yarn bombing/art installation in early September. There was a tight deadline of only 6 weeks from the time meetings were held until the actual big reveal night.

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Marly Bird’s YarnThing Podcast

Did you know that the talented Marly Bird, who does our great knit and crochet tutorial videos, also hosts a podcast? The YarnThing podcast connects knitters and crocheters, and it is live every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10am Mountain Time. Marly interviews designers, authors, and other people in the yarn industry that you might be excited to hear from. Plus, every show has prizes!

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