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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cro.Sh.Amy

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For the past few years we’ve seen uni-named Hollywood power couples:  Bennifer, TomKat, and Brangelina.  The newest edition to the pack is  Big Bang Theory’s  Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler, otherwise known as Shamy.  ❤

How do you make that better?  Add yarn, of course!  Shown here is an amigurumi likeness (artist unknown) which appeared on Facebook yesterday.

“Math, science, history, UNRAVELING the mysteries, that all started with the big bang!”

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Neurological Knitting

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Ever a sucker for knitting and geekery, I was intrigued by an article I found on DVICE:

The Music Technology Group in Barcelona has devised a process to measure a person’s brain waves, and create a custom scarf with the pattern.  The team asks a person to wear an EEG cap, and listen to about 10 minutes of JS Bach’s Goldberg variations.  While this is going on, a computer is measuring the resulting brain activity, and then transferring it into a knitting pattern with an open-source machine called Knitic.

Not only is this super-cool, I’ve now answered the question of what to buy the person who has everything.

Troublemaker in Amigurumi

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Rock band Green Day is currently running a contest. They’ve asked people to choose a song from their ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, or ¡TRE! album and create a video.  The submission deadline is today.

Using stop flash photography, filmmaker kerokerokingDX created this marvelous masterpiece in amigurumi.  He chooses the song “Troublemaker” and portrays three crazy fleas jamming on the a dog’s back.  I love it!

Best of luck to one really cool YARN-A-HOLIC.

World’s Largest Needles and Hook

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How big are the world’s largest knitting needles and crochet hook?

The soon-to-be record holding tools were created by Bolin Enterprises for The Yarn Studio, both of Casey, Illinois.  The knitting needles measure 13 feet and 0.75 inches long, are 3.25 inches in diameter, and weigh 26 pounds. The crochet hook is 6 feet and 1.5 inches, 3 inches in diameter, and weighs 9 pounds.  Wowser!

The best part?  If you claim you have the world’s biggest knitting needles, or crochet hook, somebody has to actually do some knitting or crocheting with them before Guinness will give you the record.  The requirement is a 10-by-10-foot gauge swatch in 30 minutes.  With each crafting tool.

The official measuring ceremony was held last Monday at Casey’s Monroe Elementary School.  Shop owner Jeanette Huisinga knitted locally raised wool into a section 29 inches long by 33 inches wide with the giant needles, and crocheted a section of wool 36 inches wide and 26½ inches long with the big hook.  “The crochet hook was somewhat maneuverable but working with the needles (propped on a sawhorse) became an exercise in aerobics… It was a full-body workout,” she said.

If you want to see more photos, check out the Herald Review article HERE