What do you get when you put yards and yards of yarn and tons of knitting needles, spinning wheels and crochet hooks in a room with a bunch of men? The Second Annual Southeast Men’s Knitting Retreat….that what you get! This past November 8th, men from as far away as Denver Colorado and Ocala Florida and all points between gathered at Ashbury Hills Retreat in Cleveland, South Carolina to celebrate their common passion for knitting and fiber. With experience ranging from six months to sixty years, a casual, if slightly structured weekend, was filled with tons of time for knitting around the fire pit…battling the yellow jackets who were swarming for the remnants of last weekend’s apple butter festival…exchanging patterns, tips and techniques, showing off their latest finished projects, and discussing what would be made next. Continue reading “Real Men Do Knit!”
A few months back, we told you about an amazing little girl who wanted to help the people of Joplin, Missouri after the tornado. She has been busy making and auctioning off her elephants. Let’s fast forward to see what she’s up to today. Continue reading “Update on Elephants Remember Joplin”
What are you doing for I love yarn day? I’ll be at Stitches East in Hartford, CT. What a perfect place to celebrate. People everywhere knitting and crocheting, yarn tucked safely under an arm, walking and knitting as you enjoy all the yarn goodness on the market floor. Take the day and come share your projects, take some classes, and learn new stitches or techniques. Come spend a few hours or the entire day with us, and don’t forget to bring a project to work on. We have also included a discount coupon for the show floor. We’ll be looking for you. Continue reading “What are you doing for I Love Yarn Day?”
If you love yarn then we have the perfect day planned for you! This is second annual I Love Yarn Day and to participate all you need is your yarn and maybe a couple of friends. You can do anything that involves yarn – knit, crochet, yarn tag, shop for yarn, etc. Celebrate in big and little ways with all your friends. Continue reading “I Love Yarn Day is October 12, 2012”
The Olympics officially opens today, July 27, 2012 and what better way to celebrate than by checking out The Olympknits by Laura Long featuring 18 patterns and this super fun video showing all her patterns come to life. This amazing video features sportscaster Phil and many of your favorite events including, weight lifting, boxing, fencing, rowing, cycling, gymnastics, synchronized swimming and more…..there’s even a streaker running through! Enjoy – laughing out loud encouraged!
Did you know that there is actually an on-line class that you can take that teaches you how to put your terrific design ideas into words? It is called How to Say It: Pattern Writing for Knitters and is available on Craftsy, a great craft community. I took the class and was impressed by Edie Eckman’s ability to take the involved process of pattern writing and put it into a format that is very user friendly. It completely covers the process of putting a knit design into a pattern. Once you buy the class you can watch it at your own pace, and go back over it again at any time. The format allows you to ask questions of Edie and she will answer them! Fellow students can join into any discussions. Continue reading “So You Want to Be a Knit Designer”
At Red Heart we are all about keeping the creative juices flowing. One of our goals is to help you do the same. We not only give you hundreds of new FREE patterns each year on our site, but we like to share other avenues for inspiration. One place I like to visit is www.ravelry.com. It doesn’t matter if you knit, crochet or just do crafts, with over 84,000 patterns there is something for everyone. This site allows you and others to showcase your designs and offer them to others for free or a fee. You will find there are designs from many different countries too. Continue reading “Avenues for Creativity – Ravelry.com”
Have you thought about what you might do for Knit and Crochet in Public? Grab a few friends, your knitting or crochet, a chair and enjoy a day in the park talking and sharing your work. Knitting and crocheting in public is a great way for people to come together, share ideas and make new friends. There are so many ways groups can come together and use this to beautify an unsightly area or work together on projects for the less fortunate. Make hats & scarves for the homeless, stuffed animals and blankets for needy children, blankets and wraps for senior centers, baby items for hospital … and let’s not forget all those who have recently suffered from all the tornadoes and storms. Most shelters, hospital and senior center are more than glad to accept your donations. Continue reading “World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public”
Where: First floor – Renwick Gallery
The Renwick Gallery is located at Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street, NW Washington, DC.
When: July 20, 2012, February 3, 2013 Continue reading “40 Under 40 – Olek at the Smithsonian American Art Museum”
Have knitting and crocheting been added to the list of new Olympic sports this year you ask? Not officially at the London games, but at Ravelry they are gearing up and medals (AKA blog badges) will be awarded! Continue reading “The Olympics are coming – get your hooks and needles ready!”