The Craft Yarn Council's July Potluck celebrates knitting your food. Casey knit a collection of vegetables.Read More
Is knitting an art or a craft? What is the difference between art and craft?Read More
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This week on the VeryPink Knits podcast, we're replaying a "classic episode" as we take a short summer break, Do Chickens Need Sweaters? I spoke with a friend and bird expert on the need for (or lack of) for chicken sweaters.
We knitters love to help creatures who need warmth. The idea for my interview with Peter came to me when I read about penguins who suffered from an oil spill in Australia. To keep them from picking at their oil-covered feathers while waiting to be washed, wildlife rescuers put tiny sweaters on them. This spill happened in the 1990s, yet, (thank you Internet) news of it spread all over the planet in 2014 when an older volunteer was profiled in the newspaper. Now, the foundation can't keep up with the sweaters being sent in by well-meaning knitters. How many times did your friends share that story with you on Facebook?
Please, do not knit more penguin sweaters.
This article from Atlas Obscura shares more about that story and other cases for knitting for animals.
Today, I found another program that asked for knit and crocheted bird nests for orphaned baby birds. Guess what? They have way too many. Please, do not send anymore knit or crocheted bird nests.
Whenever you're knitting for a charity, it's best to always check to make sure there is still a need. The last thing we want to do is to create piles of bird sweaters and other items that no one needs. It becomes a waste of yarn and a stress on a non-profit organization.
And, if you're really into birds, why not knit a bird and give it to a bird-loving friend? Knitting stuffed animals is a great way to learn some shaping techniques. My son went through a phase when he loved birds after watching the movie Rio and playing Angry Birds. He has a fine collection of knit birds thanks to my mom and me. To thank Peter for the interview, I knit a woodpecker for him. He was so excited and says it has a special place in his office.
The story of a sweater from another sweater gone wrong.Read More
When a knitting finger gets injured and you wonder about the levels of knitting addiction.Read More
A visit to Phi Beta Pacas alpaca ranch in Taos, New Mexico and a brief discussion on how alpaca fibers are measured.Read More
The history of Bohus knitting is a history of women's contribution to the economy using handicrafts.Read More
Teaching STEM concepts with fiber arts. What other powers do yarn arts hold?Read More
A visit to Interweave Yarn Fest 2017.Read More
Guidelines when choosing colors for knitting using rules from the color wheel.Read More
A knitter travels to Ireland.Read More
What treasures are to be discovered at Austin Creative Reuse?Read More
A feature on the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, California.Read More
Help from a professional organizer on how to organize a yarn stash. For knitters or other yarn crafters.Read More
Tips from a professional photographer on taking better photos with a phone camera.Read More
Project vs. process in life, not just knitting.Read More
Where I watched Yarn the movie on a rooftop in Austin, Texas.Read More
I love this video on the unexpected benefits of knitting. Not a surprise, but more detailed on why it helps prevent dementia and other problems as we age.
I have too many projects in progress at the moment. All with their own excuses of why I haven't finished. Oh, I'll get to them eventually. Have I mentioned I love to start projects?
I wanted to start on Staci's new felted Christmas stockings pattern, but this stocking was starting to collect dust. I looked back at my Ravelry page and realized I started it 3 years ago! What was happening 3 years ago? Let's see... I had a 5-year-old and an 8 year-old. It probably got close to Christmas and things got busy. Then I had hand surgery of all things to hold a knitter back. Then it was summer. Then I forgot where I was. Then... who knows? So I finally pulled it out and figure out where I left off in the pattern. In the end it only took me a couple hours to finish it!
Motivated, I turned to the Scarf-in-a-scarf. Why was it taking me a year to knit a simple garter stitch scarf? I decided to switch needles and, viola, I was done in a few days. Cheers to Addi Turbos! I decided to make it a Christmas gift which makes me even more excited to have one off the list.
So, I allowed myself to start on those felted stockings and look at finishing another project that I'd put aside this summer.
Lesson learned? Maybe. I will certainly stop to think about why something is hibernating and consider changing a needle or even just giving up. But, I'm looking at my yarn stash and thinking of casting on for a a new sweater...