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Monthly Archives: January 2013

If You Want to Destroy My Sweater…

I was jamming to some 90’s on 9 in my car, and this catchy little blast from the past made my morning.  While Rivers Cuomo and the geek rockers of Weezer don’t profess to be knitters, “Undone” is a great metaphor to which any YARN-A-HOLIC can relate:

If you want to destroy my sweater,
Hold this thread as I walk away.
Watch me unravel, I’ll soon be naked.
Lying on the floor I’ve come undone.

If you want to wax nostalgic, and rock out to the video, you can find it HERE.


LoveSocks (a pattern)

For those of you still searching for the perfect Valentines Day gift, look no further. Designer Devon Clement left us a free pattern for these adorable socks downloadable on Ravelry. With their sweet stripes and hearted heel, what’s not to love?

Seeing Red: A Valentines Day Treasury


















Treasury tool supported by the dog house

A Protest in Pink

A combat tank that was used in World War II was the setting for this work of art displayed in front of the Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center in the centre of Copenhagen. It was a gentle, peaceful protest against the Danish involvement in the war in Iraq.  The protest was created by Marianne Joergensen who says, “Unsimilar to a war, it signals home, care, closeness and time for reflection.”  The tank was covered from the canon to the caterpillar tracks with pink yarn squares knitted and crocheted by nearly 1,000 global volunters.

Click the following link to read the artist’s project documentary, see more photos, or watch a short video.


Wool on Sesame Street

I turned on Sesame Street for my daughter this morning, while I folded some laundry. The next thing I knew, I heard Telly and the lambs singing about wool. While my beloved purple monster is having trouble deciding whether or not “Baa Baa Black Sheep” is his favorite song, I can say with certainty that I’d love three bags of wool.

R2D2 Yarn Bomb

You know those ugly, concrete dividers that keep you from driving on the sidewalk? Artist Sarah Rudder set out to make the ones in Bellingham, Washington less ugly. The above photo is her creation: a Star Wars-inspired R2D2 concrete cozy.

To see more photos, and read the artist’s account of the project, check out the following link:

Outrunning the Robot Apocalypse: A Knit Mural

“Knitting.  It’s for grannies, isn’t it? All those tea cozies, Christmas Balaclavas, and miniature scarves for eggs? But what if a robot could knit? They wouldn’t make a bobble hat for a teddy bear, they would make something awesome.  Right?  Like a laser pterodactyl, or a space ship, or the ultimate running shoe…”

The above is the lead-in from U-Dox’ video about illustrator Damien Weighill‘s latest creation to promote the Addidas Primeknit running shoe.  While I can’t confirm that the running shoe will help you outrun a robot apocalypse, I can say that the knit work is awesome.   The knit tapestry measures 2 meters and depicts killer robots, a stocking-hatted teddy bear, socks, a sad ant wearing a mittens, and  a pterodactyl shooting lasers from its eyes.

Nice work!

Ryan Gosling’s a Knitter. Who knew?

In the 2007 comedy Lars and the Real Girl, Ryan Gosling plays a delusional guy who’s in a relationship with a blow up doll. So what does that have to do with yarn?

In a recent interview with GQ Australia, Gosling says “I did this scene… where I was in a room full of old ladies who were knitting, and it was an all-day scene, so they showed me how. It was one of the most relaxing days of my life.” He goes on to say “If I had to design my perfect day, that would be it. And you get something out of it at the end. You get a nice present. For someone who wants an oddly shaped, off-putting scarf.”

A day of knitting would probably be my perfect day too, as it would for many YARN-A-HOLICS. What do you say we make Ryan an honorary member of the club?

Yarn Torture

My husband believes that yarn is torture. He loathes my trips to the store, cringes when the mailman brings a package from, and hates that I have a knitting project in my lap when we sit down to watch a movie in the Man Cave.

This morning I stumbled upon what would make him the perfect gift: Yarn artist Croshame’s latest creation.  Pictured above is Gilly the Guillotine and his BFF, Henri the Executioner.  Who knows, there might be a place for yarn in the Man Cave afterall.