Friday, December 30, 2011

Crochet and Knitting Contests 2012

by Kelly

                                Pincushion Contest

Knitting Daily is having a design contest! Design a pincushion in any of their five categories (knitting, crochet, beading, needlework, or lacemaking/tatting).

Submit your design by April 16, 2012 to win a top prize of $500.00. Entries must be no larger than 4" x 4" x 4". Click here for more details. Just to give you an idea of what you're up against, here's last year's grand prize winner.


                                     Iron Craft 2012

This is a creative challenge, not a contest, but it still looks like a lot of fun. During 2012, Just Crafty Enough will pose 26 separate crafty challenges. Participants will have two weeks to prepare their entry. Visit their site to register. The first challenge will be January 4th, 2012.

Check out some of the challenges from 2011 here.

             Knitting and Crochet Pattern-a-Day Calender

Entries are closed for 2012, but they are now taking new, original patterns for their 2013 Calender. Check out rules and details here.

 Added Feb.27th:

Lion Brand Yarn is hosting the Martha Stewart Crafts Contest

You must be a 18 years old and a US resident to enter. Knit, crochet or weave a project using Martha Stewart's Crafts Yarn, then submit a photo of your project digitally or by mail. Grand prize is 100 skeins of yarn. Entries must be received by April 12, 2012. Visit the  Lion Brand Yarn contest page for more details.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hate Knitting? Here's a Song For You

by Kelly

While searching for something completely different, as is the way of the Internet, I stumbled upon something I had never seen before and instantly fell in love with.

An anti-knitting song. Courtesy of Fraggle Rock. Anyone else remember Fraggle Rock??

courtesy of About

Here's a sampling of the lyrics :

You know knittin's friendly
And knittin's fun
Knittin's good for everyone
but then later in the song, things change...

There's a green there's a red
There's a knot in my thread
A knitter needs his noggin read

And here's the Youtube video. Disregard the name, it truly is about knitting. For the lyrics to the full song, click here. Enjoy. And pitch that knitting out the door.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Eyeglasses to Embroider - DIY

by Kelly

While reading Craft this morning, I ran across a post about 'Tapestry Eyeglasses', and since I'm always in the market for something as geeky as DIY eyeglasses, I had to track it back to the original site.

These utilize 3D printing technology. The glasses are printed with tiny holes, which enables you to use the yarn or thread of your choice to make your glasses match your style. Aside from the design diva aspects here, I can already forsee at least one practical use for something like this. They would be a great temporary measure for those with broken glasses (not that I have ever borne the shame of eyeglasses held together by tape-of course not!), especially if they could be made to fit the lenses you already have. And since all eyeglass frames have design info printed on the earpiece, this would be easy enough to do, provided there was some kind of database that the printer could access.

These are from the site Fashioning, which has quite a few other interesting articles, not least of which is this article about a research project devoted to integrating a sport coat with a mobile phone so that gestures made while wearing the coat can dial numbers or post your location. Were I involved in this project, I would have developed a gesture link that ties a common upraised finger gesture to a site like Navteq that notifies people of traffic problems. Sadly, that feature doesn't seem to be available...yet. has just made my list of daily reads, at least for the moment. It looks like a great place to find out the latest news in fabric art mixed with technology.
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