Is Yarn Still used for Knitting & Crocheting…well that too!

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Nowadays, when a customer purchases yarn, I find out just how creative people are when she (let’s face it, 99.9% of purchases are by women- not the results of a formal poll) tells me what she is planning to do with the yarn. This month alone, customers have made eye-catching necklaces out of a simple chain (like the necklace pictured below), which I “crocheted” in @RowanYarns in their Big Wool. This “necklace” really stand on out a simple black blouse. This chain necklace is simply the very beginnings of yarn creativity, however.

Customers are using bulky weight yarns to make open work infinity scarves that cross into the accessory line as a piece of jewelry rather than a traditional ‘neck warmer”. Thinner yarns are being woven more and more into scarves, clothing and home accessories. While the art of weaving is ancient, weaving with trendy high-end yarns is fairly new to the craft scene. I have read so much “talk” on Facebook about which looms crafters prefer and of course what width loom would fit one’s weaving needs. Believe me, as a crafter…I am definitely tempted to purchase a loom and let me test this ancient craft out with so many scrumptious yarns I carry at The Yarn Attic. I suspect that light-weight yarns, such as wools, bamboos and linens will be popular this spring for weaving.

The irony – yarn is being used for weaving clothing just like yarn is used to crochet baskets. I love how the art of weaving baskets has come full circle and we crochet baskets now of super bulky weight yarn to mimic the durability of bamboo and other natural fibers.

So next time, you are looking at a skein of yarn you love and say…that’s just too thin for me to knit with perhaps weaving that yummy yarn into a different work of art may interest you! Conversely, baskets are hot, hot, hot! So, take two strands of a worsted weight yarn or 1 strand of a super bulky weight yarn and start hooking your way to make a great centerpiece for your table simply out of yarn!

The possibilities are only as vast as your imagination… happy knitting, happy crocheting and happy weaving!

Rhonda

Knitting in the Fall

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I love the fall… I live in New Jersey and take joy in watching the leaves’ color change from crisp greens to burnt oranges and yellows. The cool weather slowly rolls in to. Alas, my desire to knit lacey shawls and sleeves sweaters changes too. Autumn makes me think of cozy cowls, extra long scarves, warm alpaca sweaters and fun knitted accessories. Fall would feel bare without having a cozy crocheted afghan in the works as well.

Our attic shelves are overflowing with gorgeous yarns representing Autumn. Yellows are bursting through the endless shades of greens, reds and oranges we love to stock up on this time of year. Knitted and crocheted items are treasurers and anyone would be honored to receive a project as a holiday gift.

One of the hottest yarns this season is NORO’s new chunky yarn, “OBI“. The colors are typical NORO with some subtle light colors for even more depth. OBI is featured in NORO’s magazine, “Sweet Winter“.

It wouldn’t;t be fall without having Misti Alpaca Yarns on our shelves. From Hand Paint Sock to solid Chunky and Hand Paint Chunky we cannot get enough of indulging.

The Yarn Attic is excited to be participating in Dream in Color’s “Color Club“. Beginning in September and running through February, each club member receives 1 hank of a one-time colorway of one of Dream in Color’s gorgeous yarns. Clubs may be purchased by the month or as a 6 month subscription, which includes free shipping. So far, the club has received patterns for a unique sweater, men’s patterned socks, a stunning shawl and…. check back on December 1st to hear what Dream in Color’s pattern is for December!

So, instead of running off to the mall and fighting traffic and crowds, checkout our selection of knitting and crocheting kits, as well as our selection of unique accessories for that special someone in your life. Who wouldn’t want a new craft bag for their WIPs? I know I would!!!

The Yarn Attic wishes everyone a very happy and festive Thanksgiving!

Rhonda

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