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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

A Sweater for the Woolly Mammoth

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The life-size sculptures of ice age mammals at Whitehorse’s Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre are now wearing colorful knits. The woolly mammoth is sporting a stylish sweater, while the beaver rocks some sweet pajamas, all thanks to Yarn Bomb Yukon.

“The whole process, including the mammoth and the beaver, took about three hours,” said Jessica Vellenga of Yarn Bomb Yukon.  “We had to use some ladders and draped it and sort of form-fit it around with spare pieces . . .  We took darning needles and lots of yarn and stitched it all into one big piece.”

Yarn Bomb Yukon says it had permission from the museum for the bombing, and it was timed to coincide with the Canadian Museums Association Conference which starts in Whitehorse next Monday.

To see more photos and read about this project, you can check out Yarn Bomb Yukon’s blog here:

World Wide Knit in Public Day

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World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Because knitting is such a solitary act, it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the person next door is doing the same.

To get people out knitting, volunteers organize events in their communities.  In 2005, there were about 25 local events around the world; in 2006, there were about 70 local events; in 2007, almost 200; in 2008, there were 800 events; and the number continues to climb.  As the name suggests, these events happen all over the world:  Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United States and so many more countries.

WWKiP Day takes place from the second Saturday to the third Sunday of June each year.  This year’s week-long celebration of knitting begins on June 8.  To learn more, you can visit their website:

Are any of you YARN-A-HOLICS participating?  Tell us about it!  or even better, send pictures!

Epic New Yarn Bomb Collaboration: Etch-A-Sketch

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An Amazing Etch-A-Sketch Yarn Bomb

All You Knit is Love…

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A bit different from the yarn bombs I usually share, this one is literally knit graffiti. It also happens to be the perfect reminder when you happen to be up at 2am the night before a party trying to finish a gift.  I’m not sure where it originated (I found it on, but it’s fantastic.

And for those of you who now have the song stuck in your head, and/or need a Beatles fix, you can click HERE

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!