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Monthly Archives: April 2013

The World’s Fastest Knitter

Hazel Tindall of Scotland won an international competition to find the World’s Fastest Knitter. She completed 262 stitches in 3 minutes (CRAZY!), beating her own previous record. Enjoy the show!

Grumpy Cat


Happy Birthday, Tim Curry

frank n furter

On April 19, 1946, Timothy James Curry was born. A cult icon, Curry is the genius behind some of pop culture’s most beloved characters.  In 1975 he gave  us  one the most cherished characters in cinematic history:  Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.   Curry captivated the world with his musical ability, acting presence, and sheer comedic timing.

In saluting the legend on his birthday, I give you MrsPoppy77‘s crochet creation.  This little Dr. Frank-N-Furter is made from baby merino, measures 7cm tall, and is available for purchase on ETSY.

Dr Who Afghan (a pattern)

Today marks the birthday of David Tennant, a.k.a. the Tenth Doctor Who. What better way to celebrate than getting out your yarn and working on a gorgeous tardis afghan?

This pattern was designed by Carrie Fritsche, and is available for FREE on Ravelry.

The Perils of Yarn Photography

Don’t look at me. The seagull did it!

Happy Stitches

Thus far, our new website has only books, patterns and DVDs for sale. (Thank you to all of you who have registered and shopped with us.) The Yarn section is to follow as soon as we have completed the photography. We had been trying to complete this project in-house over the last several months, but despite our best endeavors, the results were uninspiring. Something like: luscious yarn comes out more closely resembling baler twine. Not likely to have you reaching out to pat it, never mind allowing it into your house.

So, finally we’ve done what we should have thought of in the first place:  export sample skeins of each colour and type of yarn that we have in stock over to Big Tancook Island for Hillary’s ministrations.

This in itself is not quite as straightforward as might be imagined. Firstly the yarn has to be pulled from the shelves…

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The Best Window Display Ever

H+H Cologne is the international trade fair for handicraft and hobby.  The fabulous window shown above is from this year’s Coats display.  Wonderful!

Marathon Knitting

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Susie Hewer, 55-year-old dubbed the “extreme knitting redhead,’ holds two records at the London Marathon: knitting the longest scarf (2008), and stitching the longest crochet chain (2010). On April 21, she will run it again, attempting to best her own scarf record.

According to BBC News, Hewer ran her first marathon for Alzheimers Research UK in 2005, two weeks after her mother died of vascular dimentia.  According to Parminder Summon, the charity’s community fundraising manager, she’s raised nearly £25,000 during the past seven years.

When asked about the upcoming event, Susie said that she plans to train by running at least 9 km per day.  Her biggest challenge?  “I’ll have neck ache by the end of it, looking down to ensure I don’t drop any stitches, but it will be worth it to help Alzheimer’s Research UK progress with its ground breaking research.”

Best of luck to another amazing YARN-A-HOLIC.

One Yarn

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The Fate of the Pay Phone

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In a time where cell phones and smart phones dominate, the traditional pay phone is nearly extinct. When you do cross paths with this endangered species, it’s often in a horrible state of disrepair.

California artist Lorna Watt, a.k.a. Knits for Life, comments on the fate of the pay phone in this yarn bomb.  Completed in February 2013, her installation breathes new life into a tired remnant.  You can read more about it here.

On another note, Lorna’s also looking for people to help her with the next San Mateo yarn bomb.  Additional details available here.