This weekend we’re heading to the One of a Kind show in Chicago. We will be making finger knit necklaces from the December issue of Living. We will be at the Toyota Retreat (Saturday from 2pm to 4pm). If you live in the area please come by and craft with us. You will get to choose from various colors of glitter eyelash yarn from Martha Stewart Crafts by Lion Brand Yarn to create a one-of-a-kind piece. Even better share it! All week long Toyota will be donating $3 to @After School Matters for every Tweet or Instagram post featuring #ToyotaGiving. www.toyotagiving.com
Pom-poms are popping up everywhere in party decor, accessories, and they might be the perfect addition for the holidays. Pom-Poms! (Quirk Books) by Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright features 25 projects that uses a variety of methods and materials like tissue paper, tinsel, coffee filters, cupcake wrappers, and of course, yarn.
A little background from Sarah: "I've always loved making pom-poms whether it was for my ice AND roller skates when I was a kid and lately poms seem to adorn every knit hat I make or gift I wrap. My favorite project to make these days are the pom-pom flowers. They can add a pop of color to any room and they last forever!"
Sarah has suggested a few items:
- Yarn: Have fun with bright colors (an acrylic blend is fine)
- Floral stem wire: Look for it in the floral section
- Scissors: A small, sharp pair is useful
- Crochet thread: Helps with tying pom-poms
- Pom-Pom maker (optional): A useful tool for making a lot of poms, but the book has other methods for making them
- Hot-Glue Gun (not pictured)
You may even be thanked with your very own pom-pom bouquet!
We are big fans of Sarah's other book, Craft-a-Day. Make sure and check that one out too!
Congratulations Sarah and Lexi!
Just the cover of this book is reason enough to want to own it (my photo doesn't really do it justice). But inside you'll find more wild, bright color combinations; amazingly intricate knit, embroidered and crochet textiles; and a very interesting introduction into the folk art and traditions of the small island of Muhu. It is a great book for anyone interested in ethnography, folk art, handicraft, colors, patterns ... everyone, really. You can buy the book here. Enjoy !
the combination of colors, techniques and materials are incredibly inspiring. I may just put away my grey knitting project away for a while and choose something bright and unexpected. How much happier would our winters be ?!