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Knitting the Commons


Throughout summer 2017 we’ll be knitting in the newly named Civic Center Commons in San Francisco, California. The Trust for Public Land is unveiling several new projects to make the three blocks it spans more lovable: Civic Center Plaza, Fulton Street, and UN Plaza. One of these projects is yarn bombing over 100 trees to visually connect the space with a tangible art installation that invites the community to connect with the space.

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You can take part in a bunch of ways!

  • Lunchtime knitting machine demos: Come watch us demo the knitting machine we used to knit the commons on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June. Full schedule: June 13-14 on Fulton Street; June 20-21 in UN Plaza; June 27-28 in Civic Center Plaza.
  • Watch us install the first batch of yarn bombs throughout the Commons June 12-29, 11a-3p.
  • Design next batch of trees with us! The first batch literally knits the new Civic Center Commons logo colors through the trees to visually link the three plazas together. The second batch is up to you! Vote on 3 designs we’ve proposed or dream one up yourself.
  • Visit The Commons with your community group! If you haven’t been lately, there’s so much to see! Throughout the week there is so much else to see too: a pop-up playground, Off the Grid, farmer’s market, street market, Exploratorium pop-up exhibits, and cute tables and chairs with Tivoli lighting!

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Be sure to tag us @KnitsForLife in your pics so we can enjoy them and use the hashtag #KnittingTheCommons.

xxxo,

Jill & Lorna

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News, Yarnbombs

Knits for Life at Maker Faire Bay Area


We’ll be at Maker Faire again this year with our Machine Knit Street Art exhibit. Two pairs of hand made eyeballs will transform trees into bushy monsters spying down on all the fun you’re having at the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth! The Machine Knitting booth will also be there again, where you can meet our intern, Magine, and learn about the local groups that teach machine knitting. This is where we learned everything we know–there couldn’t be a better place to learn about machine knitting. Adrienne, our local Meetup host, will show off several machines with a variety of capabilities, including one that has been hacked with an Arduino microcomputer to turn photos into knitting. Check out some of the photos from previous years. Tweet at us @knitsforlife when you’ll be there and maybe we can meet up!

http://makerfaire.com/bay-area/

May 19-21, 2017, San Mateo, CA

Friday 1pm-5pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm

 

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Yarnbombs

Rooty the Stilt-Walking Carrot Yarnbomb


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We love inspiring people to make the world a sillier place. Last week we saw so many monster benches and monster feet on Instagram that we decided it’s time to bring a fun, new transformative concept to life. To brainstorm, we headed to an auspicious place to get our gears spinning: the park directly adjacent to the home of the original Maker FaireBay Meadows Park. A new park in a windy spot, all the trees are young with support poles. At first glance, this could pose a problem to the imagination, without any grand shapes in which to envision giant squid and palm trees. Instead of being deterred we embraced those skinny little trios of poles dotting the field. Within minutes, one cute, leafy tree top in particular sparked our make-believe session with visions of vegetables traipsing across the field. A few measurements later, and off to the studio we went to bring him to life. As always, here we post a bit of our process to inform your own yarn bombs. You’ll notice we’ve begun documenting the process with Snapchat. Follow our story to see what we get up to and show us your work too! (more…)

Yarnbombs

New Buttmunches Yarnbomb: Monster Benches at the Ferry Building


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When my sister, Jill, and I aren’t working on publishing new knitting and crochet patterns or a commissioned installation, we do what we love most: yarnbombing. If you haven’t checked out our new zine called Fuse that’s all about what yarnbombing it is and why/how people do it, get with the program here!
Ever since our big Squid Tree yarnbomb in San Mateo, we’ve wanted to design a new character-based yarnbomb in a great spot. We got the perfect chance when CCTV-America asked to film us installing a yarnbomb for their new show about creativity called Full Frame: introducing our newest monster bench yarnbomb we’re calling Buttmunches!

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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…)

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…)

Yarnbombs

Epic New Yarn Bomb Collaboration: Etch-A-Sketch


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I have a plan

Two questions crossed my path and stumped me recently: What are your creative goals for 2013? If you could make something for anyone in the world, what would it be? The easy answer is that The Dapper Toad and I are transitioning our focus from making handmade items–which are difficult to profit from–to designing them, allowing us to create anything we can imagine. However, these questions made me realize I wasn’t dreaming big enough: given the opportunity to design anything, what would it be? (more…)

Tutorials

Crochet Friendship Bracelet Tutorial


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Who was your ten-year-old crush?

Somewhere around 1987 I knotted Corey Haim a black and purple friendship bracelet, then checked Bop magazine monthly to see if it pictured him wearing it. Imagine my sorrow twenty years later watching The Two Coreys on A&E! Friendship bracelets definitely outlived poor Corey: today Instagram has about 50,000 pics tagged #friendshipbracelet. But the good news is you don’t have to be ten years old to wear them anymore. And you certainly don’t have to hover over a safety pin stuck through your favorite leggings to stitch one up for everyone in your best friend tier. (more…)

New Patterns

Crochet Chain Link Scarf Pattern is Here


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I have a confession to make

I don’t go to local yarn shops because they bore me. Gasp! *Shields head from crockery sailing out of the interwebs towards me* Phewf! That was a close one. If you’re still listening because you kind of agree, raise your hand! See, I knew we were buddies. You guys are the ones I’m looking at as I announce my new crochet pattern. DOO-do-do-DOO! (more…)