Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everybody! Today marks the 45th anniversary of the modern environmental movement for a healthy sustainable Earth! It’s a day where we take time to admire, appreciate and help our Earth be a better place for us and our little ones.

It is a celebration of our Earth but should also serve as a day to help each other find ways to make our homes, locally or on a global level, be cleaner.  Today reminds us to be more conscious of our actions and the impact they have on Earth.

What does knitting and crocheting have to do with Earth Day?

Eco friendly knitting and crocheting projects!!!

In celebration of Earth Day, here at the Yarn Attic, we have compiled some great patterns and awesome yarns to make environmentally friendly reusable products, that in turn will help decrease waste.

Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic is DK weight yarn of 100% mercerized cotton, that has a beautiful variety of colors.

Rowan All Season Cotton is a worsted weight yarn cotton and acrylic been, perfect for reusable bags!

Rowan Pure Linen is a dk/sport weight 100% pure linen yarn, capable of wonders!

Ty-Dy by Knit One Crochet Too is a rainbow  ball of worsted weight, 100% cotton yarn. It is an awesome choice for market bags, (as well soft transitional garments, summer scarves!)

One of my favorites is Big Ribbon by Katia Yarns, a cotton/polyester blend, in super bulky weight! Great for market bags, and even rugs!

The icky truth about plastic bags…

A major problem, according to marine biologists and scientists, is the accumulation of plastic bags in the oceans and local water ways. Fish and other sea life have been harmed in so many ways, getting caught in the plastic bags.

Why not make a bag?

They not only make great gifts, and really, how many bags can one really have? (The answer is, you can never have enough.)

Here is a round up of great bag patterns

Bringing wine to the party? Why not tote it around in nylon mesh wine bag?

This pattern by Lisette Ariola is available on Ravelry for free!

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Gearbox Bag  by Kate Jackson

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And here is a free knit market bag pattern available by Sugar n Cream on Ravelry as well!

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Oh and one for the little ones who want to join mom and dad at the supermarket!

This pattern designed by Heather Blum is a free Ravlery download

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Other eco friendly projects include:

Reusable cotton face pads! The lovely team at What You Sow, have a free pattern on their website that will replace disposable cotton pads in your home!

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Replace paper a few paper party products with some cute crochet or knit banners or even better some yarn bombing!

Crochet Flag Garland by Maria Bakhvalora

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If you’re local to the Hillsborough, NJ area, The Yarn Attic is hosting a 2 day “Learn to Knit or Crochet The Market Bag” Workshop in May on Sunday 5/3/15 and 5/17/15 at our local yarn shop if you are interested in making these eco friendly beauties for you or a friend!  Register online here.

For more information on Earth Day 2015 and ways to participate visit www.earthday.org.

As always,

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

“Mother of All Dragons”

“Mother of All Dragons”

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WINTER IS COMING!!!! Well technically it’s leaving the good ol’ garden state, BUT…it’s on it’s way to Westeros!!! And I am soooo excited to announce our “Mother of All Dragons” Along!!! Sign up on our Ravelry page no later than April 19, 2015 for contest prizes!!!! Game of Thrones and Crafting for prizes?! YES!!! Finished projects must be posted up no later than May 31, 2015 and prize drawings will be done by June 5, 2015.

The beauty of this craft along is that you can knit, crochet, weave, felt, etc. garments, accessories, softies! Get creative! The fun twist is..

At least ONE of the following MUST be met for your
•Your PATTERN NAME OR OFFICIAL YARN COLOR must has at least ONE of the following words:
-“dragon”
-“game”
-“thrones”
-“king”
-“queen”
-“iron”
-“onion”
-“summer”
-“winter”
-“song”
-“fire”
-“ice”
-“narrow”
-“sea”
-“sword”
-“crow”
-“knight”
-“snow”
-“wall”
-“watch”
-“eyrie or erie”
-“squire”
-“crow”
-“maester”
-“poppy”
-“raven”
-“seven”
-“wall”
-“warg”
-“walker”
-“ser” or “sir”
-“kingdom”
-“rock”

OR

•Your PATTERN NAME OR YARN COLOR HAS ONE the character names or nicknames: (designer’s pattern name or manufacture’s color name)
-Ned, John, Cat, Cersei, Tully, Jorah, Arya, Tarth, Bran, Greyjoy, Robb, Tyrion, Sansa, Tommen, Daenerys, Jaime, Bolton, Drogo (miss you) … to name only a very few. You are limited only by your imagination…and depth of research

For rules and more details on our “Mother of All Dragons” Along are on our ravelry group page!

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If you miss out on the Ravelry contest deadlines, no worries! Tag @theyarnattic #tyadragonalong on instagram!! Follow along!! We would love to see what everyone is working on!!

While you’re waiting for season 5 to start and to cast on your projects, watch the trailers here.

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Happy Crafting!!!

Hairpin Lace Braided Infinity Cowl

Hairpin Lace Braided Infinity Cowl

hairpin lace cowlHere at The Yarn Attic local yarn store we are currently displaying The Hairpin Lace Braided Infinity Cowl.

For this project, you will need a hairpin lace loom, which is available at our local yarn store, 350 to 400 yards of worsted/aran weight yarn, and a crochet hook size H (5mm).

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Rhonda used 3 skeins of Noro Koromo Organic Cotton Aran weight yarn, which is a blend of organic cotton, silk, and wool in colorway 2, and a size G (4mm) crochet hook to complete the project. This is a free pattern designed by Brittany, the founder of B.hooked Crochet. The pattern does not require much experience with hairpin lace, but a little bit of experience crocheting, and by that I mean, knowing how to do a single crochet (sc). Brittany includes photos and a great video tutorial on her website.

The braided details on this cowl are so pretty, that this can be tailored to whatever worsted/Aran weight yarn of your liking, whether it’s tonal, variegated, hand painted, semi solid, or solid yarns. They would all look great!

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Happy Hooking!

Anything Goes!

Anything Goes!

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Looking for a Knit or Crochet Along to make a quick project or get inspired by so many other hand crafters? Then our newest Along, “Anything Goes” is perfect for you!

Join us in our Ravelry Group starting on August 1st and cast on or start hookin’ a project that you can accomplish by the end of August. Projects can be “anything” you knit, crochet, felt, weave, spins, etc. Select any craft, pattern and yarn. Its that simple!

Looking for a Knit or Crochet Along to make a quick project or get inspired by so many other hand crafters? Then our newest Along, “Anything Goes” is perfect for you! Join us in our Ravelry Group starting on August 1st and cast on or start hookin’ a project that you can accomplish by the end of August. Projects can be “anything” you knit, crochet, felt, weave, spins, etc. Select any craft, pattern and yarn. Its that simple!

We’ve selected the gorgeous Grandes études Cowls by Diana Rozenshteyn, a pattern designer from California, for our “Anything Goes” project! We’re knitting the Variation 1 in Mirasol’s, Sulka Nina yarn, new for Fall 2014. Sulka Nina is a luxurious blend of 60% wool, 20% alpaca and 20% silk in sport weight, 5 ply yarn! The Garndes études pattern has two cowl variations, each giving a unique stitch pattern for the cowl. Diane’s Facebook page, Sunny with a Chance of Knitting is great, check it out too!

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Sulka Nina is available to purchase through the Webstore, The Yarn Attic.

The cowl pattern, Grandes études is available to purchase through Ravelry, click here.

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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