Double bonus for crochet

February 27, 2008 at 9:33 pm (Community)

It’s great when something can help the community.  It’s doubly great when something benefits the community in two separate ways.  This is the case with this article.  The article is about prison inmates who crochet baby blankets for pregnancy centers.  Not only are these babies receiving one of a kind handmade blankets, but the inmates are receiving the satisfaction of creating something good and gaining a positive skill.

 <—-director of a pregnancy center displaying donated blankets

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Creativity with yarn

February 26, 2008 at 9:06 pm (Unique)

I have to say, I love this video.  It’s so amusing to see the melding of yarn people and real people in the yarn world, and it just goes to show you that you don’t have to knit or crochet (although some of the props are knitted and crocheted, and the girl is knitting) with yarn to make it interesting!

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Creative things to do with crochet

February 25, 2008 at 10:39 am (Crochet, internet)

I was browsing Craftster.org when I came across a post about a crochet designer named Joy Kampia.  I followed the link to her site and discovered that she makes a large assortment of crocheted items, from clothes to sculptures to wall hangings.  Her designs are very unique too, like this hamburger dress, or this ice cream sundae dress*.  If you look in the sculpture area of the site you see things like a banana split, a computer tower, a stuffed turkey, and a chocolate sundae.  Everything she makes looks “realistic” enough that you know right away what it is.  This type of portfolio definitely takes some skill and imagination.

*I have posted the links instead of the pictures because the site specifically asks not to remove pictures.

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Anything is possible

February 20, 2008 at 4:31 pm (Crochet, Unique)

Many people would be devastated if they lost their sight in high school, but not Heidi Piroso of New Hampshire.  She lost her sight at the age of 14, but did not let that stop her from doing anything.  She learned to crochet right around when she was losing the last of her sight, and to date she has crocheted more than 50 blankets for charity.

Personally, I know that if I were to lose my sight I would be devasted.  You can’t help but admire Piroso for overcoming her blindness so well.

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This is different

February 19, 2008 at 6:22 pm (Community, Knit, Unique)

I found this site online called KnittaPlease.com.  Upon browsing the site, I discovered that Knitta is a group of knitters who actually go around the world and use their knitting to decorate public places.  This is quite a unique concept, and if you look at the pictures, some of them are pretty cool.  I only wonder how they get permission to put up their decorations 🙂

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This is really neat

February 17, 2008 at 5:20 pm (internet, Knit, Unique)

I was surfing a forum on Ravelry and came across a post about this YouTube video.  The song’s in French, but you don’t really need the sound to appreciate the artistic aspect of it.  It’s a bunch of knitted swatches that create a music video, sort of like when you draw little cartoons on post-it notes to make a mini cartoon.  If you look at the end of the video, the numbers on the bottoms of the panels show you that over 700 swatches were knitted to make the video.  Enjoy!

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Check this out

February 13, 2008 at 12:21 pm (Crochet, internet, Knit)

I found this funny video on YouTube that basically covers the knit vs crochet debate, only it makes it really funny.

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Why is knitting so much more popular than crocheting?

February 12, 2008 at 12:27 pm (Crochet, Issues, Knit)

This is something I’ll never understand.  Why is knitting so much more popular and apparently “better” than crochet?  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against knitting, in fact I’d like to try and learn to knit myself.  I just don’t see why there’s such a huge difference in opinion between the two.  Yes, there are differences, but each craft has its own unique plusses and projects.

Knitting:

  

With knitting, you use 2 needles and you can generally make more clothing-type items, as the fabric you get with knitting is thinner than that with crochet.  However, there are only a few different types of stitches.  You can make a large variety of things with these stitches though.

Image of Knit Oh-So-Simple Cardigan    Image of Hat

Crochet:

   

While you can’t make as many different types of clothes with crochet as with knit, there are a few patterns around for very nice crocheted clothes.  There are also unlimited afghan and stuffed toys patterns with crochet.  Crochet has a lot more types of stitches than knit, so you can get a lot more textures and patterns with crochet.

Image of Best Bunny   Image of Striped Lapghan

Overall, I personally feel that each craft has its own unique possibilities, and that they are equally fun and productive.

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This just says it all

February 11, 2008 at 12:25 am (Crochet, internet)

So I was browsing a crafting forum while taking a homework break and came across a comic strip called Teacozies With Irony.  Amused, I browsed through the comics, until I came to this one that just says it all:

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I love this panel because it completely encompasses every experience I’ve had while crocheting in public, from the snide comments to the mistaking crochet for knitting.  I just thought it was so funny to come across a comic that had the same sense of humor I do, meant just for crafters, and then to have one related to my own experiences.

I understand that a lot of the time yarncrafts are portrayed as old-lady things.  I also understand that, with knitting being so much more popular than crocheting, that people might glance over, see the yarn, and assume you’re knitting.  Some might not even know crocheting exists.  Maybe more people should be reading this comic set then. 🙂

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Where does the line get drawn?

February 6, 2008 at 7:33 pm (internet, Issues)

It seems to me that there are a lot of copyright issues in the artistic community lately.  The most memorable of these issues is the illegal pirating of music.  However, there are other copyright issues at hand, and they tend to get a little shadowy on what’s legal and what’s not.
Case 1: Music downloading

Most of us remember a few years ago when the music industry started heavily focusing on pirated music, what’s legal, what’s not, what to do about pirates.  As a result, sites like WinMX were shut down, sites like Napster became paid-for services, but some sites like BitTorrent and Limewire stayed afloat somehow.  In this case, it’s fairly obvious that yes, directly copying a song and distributing could be seen as thievery, because many people receive the music for free.

Case 2: Song Tabs

Another situation dealing with copyright issues in music is tablature of the songs.  Several years ago, there were three big tab websites: Ultimate Guitar, MXTabs, and Taborama.  In late 2005, tabs of copyrighted music were declared illegal, and some sites, like Taborama and MXTabs were taken down, while others, like Ultimate Guitar paid licensing fees.  The tabs were decided to be illegal because they were reproductions of songs being distributed for free.  Some sites fought this, and MXTabs, for example, relaunched in 2006, but has yet to fully open and make tabs available. 

Case 3: Craft Patterns

I was browsing a crochet forum when I came across this post.  While I was not surprised to see people trying to make money off other people’s patterns, it was still distressing.  As time wore on, the topic came across another forum distributing free translated patterns of other people’s free patterns.  This also became a big controversy.  On one hand, I don’t see why the people couldn’t just give a link back to the original pattern, which would alleviate any issues.  On the other hand, I have trouble seeing how translating an already free pattern for non-English speaking crafters constitutes such a big problem.

Where’s the line?

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