When the air starts to crisp up, wearing layers is key to being comfortable. Fingerless gloves can be a fun and practical addition to your fall wardrobe. They add warmth, style, and keep your fingers free for devices and other dexterous tasks. Read on for a roundup of DIY, buy, and up-cycled options. You will want to get this kind of cozy into your life.
Back in the spring we teamed up with
Whether you've been knitting for ages, or are just curious about getting into the hobby, we're really psyched about the giveaway we're sharing today. We've teamed up with We Are Knitters to give away five of their amazingly-comfy Udon Blanket Knit Kits (each worth $125).
The Udon blanket is easy enough for anyone to make, and snuggly-soft enough that everyone will want one! And with We Are Knitter's super-clear instructional videos...
If you're into fiber arts, then you'll probably be as excited as I was to find these fun projects for your home. If you're not so good at knitting or crocheting, WAIT! Some of these projects are super easy, and you can always look up the basic stitches on YouTube (that's how I learn almost every new skill!). Keep reading to check out ten of my favorite yarn-based home decor projects.
Hack together a knit floor pouf with heaps of fabric yarn, a rattan floor pouf from IKEA, and this tutorial.
Whether you knit or simply have a slew of fabulously talented knitter friends, this simple DIY idea is the perfect accessory for this yarn-based craft!
Okay, so I don't know how to knit and I've never tried. But, holy cow, if this giant knit blanket doesn't make me want to learn STAT!
Whether your Eames wire chair has seen better days or you just feel like having some fun with your furniture, this DIY idea offers a clever handmade touch!
Knitted poufs have been huge, huge, huge lately and while I fully embrace the trend, I don't really care for the accompanying price tags. From Christien Meindertsma's $2400 Urchin Poufs to Ferm Living's $268 knitted floor pillows, they seem a little more than steep. If you've got the skills - or a grandma who loves you dearly - you can make your own for a fraction of the cost!
Crafts. There are SO many to choose from, it would be virtually IMPOSSIBLE to put together a gift guide to cover them all. So, for the sake of space (and my sanity), we've pared 'crafts' down to the big three: Knitting, crocheting and sewing.
Now, gift cards for yarn shops, craft stores and fabric boutiques make great gifts for knitters, crocheters and seamsters, but for something a bit more personal, check out these ideas we've amassed for the fiber junkies on your Christmas list.
I'm not sure if this clock actually tells time or not. Although it doesn't matter because it does something even cooler than that. It knits. Designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen's 365
I'm happy to introduce the latest member of the Curbly family of sites: www.ManMadeDIY.com
ManMade comes from Curbly's own Chris (Chrisjob) Gardner, who was tired of being told "guys can't knit!". It's a blog that focuses on crafty, creative, artsy and authentic projects that guys (and gals) everywhere will love.
Here's some of what he's covered so far:
- Super Crispy Homemade Pizza!
- How To: Fused Plastic Belt
- Food of the Year: Fried Chicken
- Magnetic Coffee Sleeve
- Top Ten Most Useful Kitchen Tools
You can also hook up with ManMade on Facebook and Twitter:
Please help us spread the word about this awesome new site!
It's incredible what a washing machine can do!
Ordinary knitted goodies, with their chains and geometry, become something different entirely with a run through the wash cycle. A wonderful case-in-point - these great felted nesting bowls.
"i decided to try to make a bowl using a hat pattern heather gave me a few years ago. after a couple of modifications and prototypes, i’ve come up with a really easy pattern for a felted bowl for beginning knitters, or those who are scared of circular needles, too!"
This might be a little OTT*, but 'tis the season for such expressions of love. Designed by Julie Weisenberger, the Smitten is a mitten for two that just happens to look like a heart. Okay, everyone together now.....awwwwwwwwww!
We've had teeny tiny knitting and now we have ginormous knitting.
Have you outgrown that favorite sweater? Found a cool sweater at a rummage sale or Good Will that's not exactly your size but the yarn is beautiful? Well, with a little time and patience, you can unravel them and reuse the yarn. Neauveau Fiber Arts talks us through the process and makes it seem not so scary!
Spotted this ingenious little item on Ravelry. It's creator, madamsewingstick, first knitted the tiny piece on regular knitting needles and then transferred it to toothpicks with beads at one end. She slipped the entire piece into a clear glass Christmas ball, suspending the needles by invisible thread.
While suffering disappointment earlier today at my favorite craft store--they were out of the yarn I wanted--I meandered over to the pattern books and found a copy of Erika Knight's Simple Knits with a Twist: Unique Project for Creative Knitters ($15.96). I about let out a whoop when I flipped the pages to a picture of this knitted slipcover. I'm not sure how practical it would be, but it certainly is beautiful! Now...if I could just convert...
A chum of mine has just finished this lovely bit of loveliness:
It's a blanket made of knitted circles with crocheted edges. Joy has been working on it for an age, and says that while the pattern (which she learnt at The Knit Cafe here in Toronto) is simple it is labour intensive, as it takes 300(!) circles to make a good-sized blanket. But what a great, fun, and elegant way to use up scraps of yarn.