Events for February

February looks like a great month to check out a yarn event off-campus!  And as always, Gosh Yarn It! provides free crocheting and knitting instruction on Sunday nights at 8 PM in the Lerner Piano Lounge.

Lion Brand Yarn Studio has a ton of fun events.  Click here to RSVP to any of the following:

Thursday Yarncraft Night: 2/6/2014 From 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Weft Weaving Club: 2/6/2014From: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Men’s Night:  2/20/2014 From 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Flicks with Sticks – Groundhog Day: 2/27/2014
Knitty City hosts a weekly Men’s Night on Wednesdays from 6-8 PM.  Click here for more information.
The Argyle Yarn Shop has a full list of classes, including one-off sessions for knitting fingerless mitts with cabling.  Check it out here, and click here for their class calendar.
The Brooklyn General Store is offering a 2-session workshop on crocheted slippers.  Click here for details.
Finally, La Casita Yarn Shop Café offers classes for knitting and crocheting.  See their calendar here.
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Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue…

Flowers are pretty

And this pattern is also quite striking.

From rosehip.typepad.com, this blog post has instructions for lovely flowers perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The flowers are done “in rounds”, which means that they are worked around in circular rows, beginning with a center ring; basically, making the center ring is the first thing you will do (any basic crochet book or a “crochet round” Google search will explain this much better than me — most probably with pretty photos…) As far as which yarn and hooks to use: pick a yarn and make sure you use an appropriate hook for the gauge of the yarn you chose; I often look at what’s written on the paper sleeve, or I simply experiment with different hooks (I think it’s a great idea to buy a series of multi-size crochet hooks so that you always have a lot of different sizes of hooks on hand). Of course, the bigger the hook and thicker the yarn you use, the bigger the flower will be, and vice versa.  With the color you wish to use for the center of the flower, ch4 and join with a ss into the first ch to form a circle. Continue as follows:

1st round Ch1, work 15sc into circle. Ss into first ch.

2nd round Ch4, * skip 1sc, 1dc into next sc, ch1, rep from * 6 times more. Join with a ss into the 3rd of the first 4ch. Break off the first color.

3rd round Join the color you wish to use for the petals to first ch loop with a ss, ch1. Into same ch loop, work 1dc, 1tr, 1dc, 1sc, * into next ch loop, work 1sc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dc, 1sc, rep from * into each ch loop, making 8 petals. Join with a ss into first ch.

4th round Working behind the petals made in the 3rd round, make ss between 2 petals, ch 4, * 1sc between next 2 petals, ch3, rep from * to end. The ch loops made lie behind the petals of the previous row. Join with a ss into first ch.

5th round Make the next row of petals by working 1sc, 1dc, 2tr, 1dc, 1sc into each ch loop. Join with a ss into first sc.

6th round Working again behind the petals made in the previous round, make ss between 2 petals, ch 5, * 1sc between the next 2 petals, ch 4, rep from * to end. Join with a ss into first ch.

7th round Into each ch loop, work 1sc, 1dc, 3tr, 1dc, 1sc. Join with a ss into first sc. Fasten off, darn in ends, and voilà …a pretty flower, all done! But beware, making them can be addictive…

 

ch = chain; dc = double crochet; lp = loop; rep = repeat; sc = single crochet; ss = slip stitch;tr = treble crochet.

 

IllumiKniti Strikes Again

It’s a cold life, being a statue.  The Illumikniti took it upon themselves to covertly yarn-bomb some of our favorite founding fathers, bearded busts, and dashing Dianas.  Check out the photos below, and tweet your own pics with #illumikniti!

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As Illumikniti is a covert group that may or may not be affiliated with Gosh Yarn It!, Illumikniti members' identities are protected here.

As Illumikniti is a covert group that may or may not be affiliated with Gosh Yarn It!, Illumikniti members’ identities are protected here.

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Wooly Wednesday: Cast Away Edition

Ah winter break.  When stretches of record-breaking low temperatures and lack of class combine to create a polar vortex of Netflix, yarn, lots of tea, and not much else.  Just me?  Ok.

This is the perfect time to get creative with your crocheting, but what if you left your supplies at school, and you can’t bring yourself to venture into the cold to pick up new hooks?  What if you’ve used up all the yarn in your house, including unraveled wool from your ugly christmas sweaters?

NEVER FEAR.  Order up some Chinese food and gain your neighbor’s dog’s trust, because this week’s Wooly Wednesday is all about making do while stranded.

Pictured: Gathering Supplies

First up, WikiHow presents a tutorial for making emergency crochet hooks out of chopsticks!  

No excuses.

No excuses.

If you want to get really fancy with it, check out this tutorial from Turned Treasures, which shows you how to craft elegant, almost Harry Potter-esque crochet hooks with all that Brazilian kingwood you have lying around the house.

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The Elder Hook

Great!  So now that you have your hook, how can you get your hands on some yarn?

This is where the neighbor’s dog comes in.  Chiengora is the soft fur on a dog’s underbelly, and with this handy eHow article, you can take that fur and turn it into something like this:

A Newfoundland Coat

Just do Fido a favor and don’t shave off all his fur in this frigid weather.  He has to go to the bathroom outside.