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New Crochet Pattern and Yarn-Bomb-Along


Quick links: MFYBAL overview, weeks 1, 23, 4, 5, 6.

New yarn bomb crochet pattern out today!

You’ve seen our Monster Feet Slippers crochet pattern, but did you know it all started with yarn bombing? Back in 2013, we snuck monster feet on our local mailbox and the requests for a slipper pattern came pouring in. But we never published exactly how to crochet them as a yarn bomb until now. The best part is, we’re kicking it off with a virtual yarn-bomb-along, starting today!

Monster Feet Yarn Bomb Crochet Pattern

Our new Monster Feet Yarn Bomb crochet pattern includes three silly versions and teaches you how to crochet an attached leg for any size pole. It’s chock full of process photos, was professionally tested and edited, and uses just one typical ball of worsted weight acrylic yarn. Use it to make a monster in your neighborhood, or sneak a pair on some furniture in your home.

Monster Feet Yarn Bomb Crochet Pattern

Buy the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry, then join in the fun with the Monster Feet Yarn-Bomb-Along. Don’t worry, you can jump in at any time and catch up on all the details here.

Monster Feet Yarn Bomb Crochet Pattern

Monster Feet Yarn-Bomb-Along Week 1

Welcome to our first ever Yarn-Bomb-Along! It’s week 1 and we are most excited about meeting you all. This week we do everything short of crocheting. If you’re a beginner and want to read through the pattern and brush up on your skills, now’s the time to do it. Here’s what we’ll do this week:

  • Introduce yourself in the Ravlery group
  • Get the pattern and materials
  • Pick a location and measure

Introductions

We are Lorna and Jill Watt. We are sisters who yarn bomb and design patterns for a living. Lorna likes bright, crazy things and Jill likes whimsy and cats. Basically, this is us. We live in the San Francisco Bay Area and work in our art studio. People think we’re twins, but you can tell us apart because Jill is usually wearing a cat shirt.

Tell us about you! Join the Monster Feet Yarn-Bomb-Along Ravlery group and introduce yourself in the Introductions thread. The Ravlery group is where we will host our internet forum: essentially our cozy circle of virtual armchairs and yarn baskets. Bring your cats and your beverages–and all your questions and photos too. Ravelry.com is a free database for knitters and crocheters. If you don’t have an account, getting set up is free and easy. Once you’re logged in, navigate to groups and search for Monster Feet Yarn-Bomb-Along.

Monster Feet Yarn Bomb Crochet Pattern

Our hashtag around the web is #MFYBAL.

Pattern and Materials

Our new Monster Feet Yarn Bomb crochet pattern is now on Etsy and Ravelry. Purchase it and these other materials this week. Remember to check stores’ websites and apps for coupons!

200 yd worsted weight acrylic yarn

  • We like worsted weight because it’s widely available and makes a yarn bomb that’s a good size for most objects. That said, you can go as small or big as you like with your creation. The pattern will work with any weight yarn (and the appropriate hook).
  • We like acrylic yarn because the fiber and color stand up to the elements (they’re even flame retardant). Natural fibers age and deteriorate much faster. That said, we advocate for removing acrylic yarn bombs from the environment before they become pollutants.
  • Pictured is Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Flamingo, Blue, Coffee, Gold, and White.
  • One ball of Super Saver Yarn leaves enough extra to make very tall or thick legs. If you use yarn with a smaller ball, you may find yourself going over so make sure you get enough yarn.

optional 20 yd worsted weight acrylic yarn for claws or toenails

  • We like to use a high-contrast color so the details stand out.
  • Pictured is Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Delft Blue, Cafe Latte, Grenadine, and Flame.

crochet hook H/8 5 mm – J/10 6 mm

  • Gauge is not important, so use whatever size hook you have on hand or prefer.
  • If you use a different weight yarn, remember to use an appropriate size hook.

tapestry needle

You’ll need this to sew closed the gaps between toes, sew on any toenails or claws, weave in your ends, and to sew the yarn bomb in place.

removable stitch marker

We actually never use those fancy ones. Jill likes to use a bobby pin and Lorna uses the beginning yarn tail as a stitch marker.

fiberfill

Lorna has been known to use toilet paper and plastic bags to stuff yarn bombs.

soft measuring tape

This is our favorite yarn bombing tool!

Monster Feet Yarn Bomb Crochet Pattern

What colors did you pick? What yarn are you using? Post your materials in the Ravelry group!

Choose a Location and Measure

In the video above, we talk more about what makes a good yarn bomb location and how to measure. So make sure to watch it! Where are you thinking of putting your Monster Feet? Do you have any questions or concerns? How else can we help? Post your questions in the Ravelry group where we can all give you feedback and discuss it in our upcoming live video.

This week you will take 2 measurements: the height and circumference of the object you want to yarn bomb. Easy!

Monster Feet Yarn Bomb Crochet PatternBecause gauge is not important, you don’t need to make a swatch. Instead, you’ll use your work as your swatch at the end of week 3. At that point, the pattern text tells you how to use these two measurements to determine the size of the leg. So you can forget all about gauges and swatching and just focus on getting some fun materials and these two measurements. If you are feeling indecisive and need more time, get your measurements by week 3 at the latest.

Ok, that’s a wrap for week 1. Chat at us in the Ravelry group and on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @knitsforlife and #MFYBAL!

We’ll see you there!

xxxo,

Lorna & Jill

@KnitsForLife

Quick links: MFYBAL overview, weeks 1, 23, 4, 5, 6.

News, Projects, Yarnbombs

Open Voting for 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.

Knitting the Commons Knits for Life The Trust for Public Land

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!

Knitting the Commons Knits for Life The Trust for Public Land

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

xxxo,

Jill & Lorna

Knitting the Commons Knits for Life The Trust for Public Land

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…)