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Home Sweet Home

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Buzz Feed posted an article the other day:  34 Adorable Things to Do With Leftover Yarn.  Of course I had to read it.  Number 24 on the list was “Make Wall Art” and showed the above photo.  Completely intrigued, I wanted to learn more.

With a little research, I found that the piece “Home Sweet Home” was done by UK artist Debbie Smyth.  According to her agent, “Smyth’s playful, yet sophisticated folio is created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery. The execution of her line literally lifts the image off the page, in a series of ‘pin and thread’ clusters.”

I hope you enjoy her work as much as I did.

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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 Giant Hedgehog

 

I came across the photo this morning, posted on Fiesta Yarns’ Facebook page. After a bit of research, I learned that the original pattern was a happy accident, credited to Prick Your Finger designer Rosemary Haddon (shown below).

Accident or not, I think this pricky hedgehog is the coolest way to store knitting needles I’ve ever seen.  It definitely puts my fabric-covered Pringles can to shame….  and I want one!