Author: Lorna Watt

Yarnbombs

Two new yarn art installations


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This past weekend, Jill of The Dapper Toad and I each installed a playful yarn installation at Downtown San Mateo’s annual Wine Walk. The energetic, inventive Downtown San Mateo Association colluded with the property owner of an empty storefront to convert it into a pop-up art gallery for the afternoon.

I tried an Aimee Diamond yarn installations I’ve admired for a while.  I designed a reusable installation so it can pop-up again. But even better, I designed it to twist and move so I can discover what fascinating abstract geometric shapes emerge from string art. (more…)

Projects

Meet the Pattern: Knit Beaver Plushie


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New blog series: Meet the Pattern

I’m excited to announce my new blog post series, “Meet the Pattern.” This series reveals the stories behind knitting and crochet patterns. “Meet the Pattern” fills the gap in the blogosphere between bland knitting and crochet “pattern round-ups” and “finished object on my oak dinner table” buzz-kills. Each story will differ a little, but the goal is to:

  1. introduce you to a new pattern
  2. show you what’s involved in making it
  3. hear some of the designer’s thoughts
  4. follow my finished object on its first adventures.

Now, with much fanfare, let’s Meet the Pattern! (more…)

New Patterns

Free Crochet Pattern: Draft Dodger


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My latest custom order was so fun and simple, I can’t resist sharing the tiny 10-line pattern with you all. Drunk past midnight at the Beach Boardwalk like a member of the Lost Boys after a reunion slash wedding, I picked my phone up out of the sand for like the fourth time and started reading emails. “Woah guys, what the hell is this? Someone just messaged me on Etsy asking for a draft extruder! What the hell is that? *kapow!* Oooooh, look over there, someone’s launching some leftover fireworks. Let’s go in the ocean right now. It’s not even cold! Hiccup. Geez, I seriously love you guys…”

A sunrise and several liters of water later, I remembered something about a confusing custom order inquiry. How wonderful is the internet to connect us with people all over the world, and muddle through translations to eventually communicate. The inquiry referred to a German post about a Türzugluftstopper, that is, a draft dodger. Mystery solved! (more…)

Yarnbombs

4th of July Weekend Yarnbombing Spree


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Hope you American guys had a great holiday weekend full of “oooh’s and aaah’s” at sparkly fireworks. We took the opportunity to get some yarnbombs up around the sleepy lagoon town, Foster City. You may remember that we threatened to publish the patterns for these. Jill demanded more photos for the pattern layouts, so more installs were in order. Cycling the shores on our PUBLIC bike and Schwinn, we found an amazing spot for a future yarnbomb. Sign up to get notified when the patterns come out here. (more…)

New Patterns

New Crochet Pattern: Bicycle Skirt Guard


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Finally, you can cycle in a maxi dress! We’re excited to announce another fresh crochet pattern is out today: the bicycle skirt guard on RavelryEtsy, and Craftsy. A perfect crochet project for spring or summer, or just a pretty way to yarn bomb your bike with crochet and still cycle chic. Don’t crochet? Gift the pattern to your favorite crocheter with a box of cupcakes and your biggest smile. Grandma will love making something you really want for a change!  (more…)

New Patterns

New Crochet Pattern: Happy Earrings


The inspiration for these exotic crochet earrings came from a chocolate tasting room in Palo Alto, California called The Chocolate Garage. Specializing in the world’s best-tasting bean-to-bar craft chocolate, the staff needed some appropriately exquisite, hand-crafted accessories that evoke the exuberance of cacao. I designed this pattern while savoring a bar of The Garage’s so-called Happy Chocolate, so it was only fitting to christen them Happy Earrings. (more…)

New Patterns

New Crochet Pattern: SPAM Musubi Pillow


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Aisles at Norma Takahashi’s 100-year-old family shop of Hawaiian wonders brim with macadamia nut cookies, sweet-and-spicy scallop jerky, and waterfalls running down bottles of passion fruit ale. In a town of ramen wars, sushi masters, hand-pulled noodles, and 2-hour lines for boba, Asian comfort food is my town’s vocabulary. Takahashi Market specializes in spicy bacon SPAM musubi: a warm, steaming pile of sticky white rice surrounding sauteed SPAM and bacon umami bombs and spicy aioli all bundled up in briny nori seaweed to handily pop in your mouth. Swoon! What a delicious inspiration for a new crochet pattern: the SPAM Musubi Pillow. (more…)

Tutorials

Needlepoint Monster Bookmark Tutorial


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A new craft mash-up for a new blog hop

Plastic Canvas Craft Tutorial

Why are plastic canvas crafts so… well, lame? When Diane at Crafty Pod asked for plastic canvas tutorials for this week’s blog hop, I signed up to challenge myself.

Here’s a medium ripe for experimentation in three dimensions, and for merging with other crafts. There must be some fun uses for it. Turns out, there are! (more…)