Eye Candy: Low Yardage

September 13th, 2018

small knitted gnome with cables and a pom-pom hat

1957karenh’s Sir Gnome (Gnomajesty) ~Test~

A few weeks ago, I shared some high-yardage projects here on the blog. This week, I’m sharing projects with low yardage: from 1-150 yards / 1 – 137 meters (the lowest available option on the yardage filter in our advanced search). None of us will be surprised to see that Ravelers make some really great things even with small amounts of yarn!

blue twisted stitch mittens, a green woven purse, and a taupe crocheted small bag

TimMc’s My First Mittens, hellskitsch’s Republic of Wool and Wax Tote, and naganasu’s Escargot Chocolat – the textures in these elegant projects are so lovely!

knitted baked potatoes with needle-felted toppings, a felted llama toy, and a crocheted amigurumi cupcake figure

bon0bon’s Baked Potatoes, Suseeque’s Felted Llama, and TheBon’s cupcakin’ it all have such whimsical details!

crocheted leaves in autumnal colors, a knit spider art hanging, and a knitted oblong plant hanger with plants

I’m a sucker for handmade decor and home items, and loved takychik’s Happy Fall Y’all, seymore’s noch ‘ne Spinne, and laurelmarie’s Hanging basket.

If you need inspiration for using up smaller amounts of yarn, check out what other Ravelers have done! You can even customize the yardage/meterage amounts with the filters on the left to see projects with exactly the amount of yarn you want. How low can you go?

Eye Candy: Back to School!

September 7th, 2018

Above from left to right: crochetmydaysaway’s Sloth Pencil Buddy & Helen888’s Farmyard Pencil Toppers

From about mid-August to early September, I live for the super cute back to school photos people post of their kids, all bright eyed and ready for what the year will bring. After many years working in higher education, and now with kids going to school, August is always like my new year with new beginnings, new goals and new routines. With back to school on my mind, I decided to see what people have made as they or those they love head back to school. I was blown away by the creative & whimsical ways Ravelers are greeting the new school year!

First off, some things to decorate the classroom. From left to right: stephlewis2’s Back 2 School Banner, kittykat01212’s Pencil Mason Jar Cover and yesthatshelby’s Apple Garland

Next, a few fun and functional items to send with your kiddo. From left to right: natalia’s Lunchtime Napkins, Dez7496’s Desirae’s Unicorn Pencil Case and betsymakes’ Apple Cosies

I had a blast checking out all of the fun projects folks have made for back to school! I hope that if you or those you love are currently embarking on a new school year, it is a great one!

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knottyoctopus’ Hammerhead (Spin a Yarn)

Help me, I’ve had the Baby Shark song in my head all day. Because of that, on a lark, I searched projects for “shark,” and it turns out that Ravelers are making really cool shark projects! So let’s take a look at some recently completed 🎢 handmade sharks 🎡 (doo doo doo doo doo doo):

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Annet68’s Shark-A-Jack, Doodle’s shark bites, and stitchbyfay’s Chum the Shark.

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Megantheknitter’s Shark Week Wreath, meliemel’s booze shark, SailingJewel’s
Bernard the Ball Shark.

You can check out many more shark projects with this project search! And if you’ve managed to avoid that baby shark song until now… sorry for the earworm! 🦈

Eye Candy: High Yardage

August 16th, 2018

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AndeeKF’s More Pi Poncho

For today’s Eye Candy post I used the yardage filter to look at projects that were made with 2100+ yards (1920+ meters) of yarn. Let me tell you – “eye candy” barely begins to describe the beauty of the high-yardage projects people have made. Here are some of my favorite recently completed ones!

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I love the drape and fit of these garments: annielucy’s cherry, woodcockUK’s Seyschelles, and anifloda’s pick your side.

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Who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves in one of these cozy shawls? ilzep’s Emma (Honey), Vogeltje80’s Papyrifera omslagdoek, and Margotchien’s Stevie.

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Blankets, of course, are by far the most common type of project made with this amount of yarn. A few that caught my eye are Leenchen’s Trio Blanket Nr. 1, Green-Mouse’s Around the world. Π‘anada, and eyeslikethesummer’s Salem.

Works of art, labors of love, feats of strength – these high-yardage projects are work every second of time put into them!

Eye Candy: Super Socks

August 10th, 2018

No. 2 Pencil Socks by crazyknittingmom

It is so hot here right now that it’s hard to even imagine the days when I will want socks on my feet. But, socks are a great small project to work on when it’s hot out or when you will be out and about a lot, both which are the case for me right now, so I’ve found myself drawn to them again. I thought I’d share some of my favorite sock projects today.

I loved the complex patterns on these socks! From left to right: Soxx No. 22 by ninetheboss, Through the secret door by lambdamuepsilon and Anna socks by anettemcl

Cabled socks are such a classic, and I really enjoyed these three pairs. From left to right: Orville by cheekybeak, Clark Socks by Ibnik and Bicycle Race by knithemiptera

I hope these socks inspire you to make something to keep your feet (or those of someone you love) warm!

Eye Candy: Bags

July 20th, 2018

I love all these recently completed bags: they are practical, cute, and look like they were fun to make!

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The neutral colors make for such chic accessories: lifeiscozy’s Sun City Bag, marumeroco’s 26 bag, and PetraMar’s Bucket Bag Beauty.

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These bright, whimsical bags are so fun! loopysue’s rainbow zipper pouch, Usafrida’s weightless produce bags, and knitphomaniac’s frog coin purse.

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I was really drawn to the patterns and textures in MijungKim’s Mono Mochila(λͺ¨λ…Έ λͺ¨μΉ λΌ)Bag, textileweb’s Felted Entrelac Tote, and stringplay’s Golden Fairfax Reticule.

You can check out more beautiful bags in our project search!

Eye Candy: Under the Sea

July 12th, 2018

When looking at recent projects, I was so enamored with the many ocean themed toys I found so I decided I would share a few with you today. I couldn’t narrow it down to just one Octopus, so I picked three. Clockwise from the top left: Opie the Mini Octopus by pramenka, Octavia the Octopus by SteepingTStitches and Othello the Octopus by alpacahotep

I loved the detail on the squid, and found the mermaid and seal to be too cute! From left to right: Creature from the Deep by strivedesigns, Ragdoll Mermaid by Antina5 and Olivia the Seal by ZenonDeBrujas

These guys were just so cute I couldn’t stand it. I want them all to live at my house. From left to right: Stella the Sea Turtle by SabrinaKapalina, Kawaii Jelly by stitchbyfay and Little Bitty Narwhal by extraterrestrial

I continue to be so impressed with what we can create with yarn! These animals all seem to have so much personality. I hope they made you smile today.

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myrawood’s Modern Irish Crochet Burgandy Bliss

Today’s Eye Candy features recently completed projects made with thread – the smallest weight you can filter for in our yarn weight filters. I am just blown away by the intricate beauty of these doilies:

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SaturatedLifeCro’s Primrose doily by Grace Fearon, myaoo’s Flower Basket – Calla Lily, and carfieldma’s Eichenlaub

And I really love how the tiny gauge makes for wonderfully detailed toys and ornaments:

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Crochetedbytess’ Baby Rattle, petitstricots’ encore un tout petit vestiaire, and SmokyTheManatee’s 2018 – A Year of Furry Fairies – June

You can check out some more projects made with thread in our advanced project search!

Pride 2018

June 26th, 2018

LGBTQI+ knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, designers, dyers, yarnies, educators, writers, publishers, and shop owners: you are a vital part of our yarn world.

On the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we hoist the pride and trans pride flags in solidarity with LGBTQI+ Ravelers everywhere. We celebrate you and we stand against hate, bigotry and discrimination.

For the next 5 days we are donating 100% of our profits to the following organizations:

Wed, June 27th Gender Spectrum
Thu, June 28th Trans Lifeline
Fri, June 29th GLSEN
Sat, June 30th GLAD
Sun, July 1st Minus18

— Casey, Jess, Mary-Heather, Sarah and Christina πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– ✊🏿✊🏼✊🏽✊🏻✊🏾

The most that we earn from a $6 USD pattern sale is 21 cents so if you’d like to support one of these orgs, consider giving directly! If you pay us for ads or pattern sales we’ll donate the share of your bill that is from these 5 days.

Eye Candy: Weaving

June 20th, 2018

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lipisin25’s Turkish Delight 1,2

I have very little experience with weaving but just love to browse weaving projects on Ravelry and dream of spending more time with my loom someday. I’m always blown away by the beautiful things that weavers on Ravelry create! For today’s Eye Candy, I wanted to share some of my favorite recently completed weaving projects.

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Jem’s Pleated silk scarf, LuminousFiberArts’ Block Twill Towels, and TexasGabi’s TURTLE Hexagon Pin Loom: Mother Gnome

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macweaver’s Inkle Band 13, JustAddCoffee’s Crime of Passion, ArlenesLace’s Handwoven Wollmeise Pouch

If you’d like to see more beautiful handwoven projects, just filter for weaving as the craft in the advanced project search!