The water version

March 5, 2008 at 12:33 pm (Community, Crochet, internet, Unique)

Interestingly enough, just days after posting about the knitted English garden, I found this article from the New York Times about a crocheted coral reef.  The project, the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, is designed entirely from crochet and aims to raise awareness about the effects of global warming, similar to the AIDS quilt raising awareness for AIDS.

^crocheted coral reef

^Great Barrier Reef in Australia

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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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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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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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The internet has done some good

February 5, 2008 at 3:40 pm (internet) (, )

With all the negative attention given to websites like Myspace and Facebook, it seems like people tend to associate the internet with negativity.  And if they do think of it for shopping, they think of Amazon.com, or maybe Overstock.com.   Most people don’t really think about the almost-underground crafting population on the net.

 As this article from the BBC talks about, a lot of crafters are turning to the internet to view and sell their wares, because there’s a much bigger market.  If you were to go onto Ebay and search anything along the lines of “crafts”, “homemade”, “crochet“, “knit“, etc, you would get pages of results, private crafters selling their products to like-minded people around the world.  Ebay’s not the only place you can find crafts though.  Etsy.com is one of the biggest crafting communities online.  It’s basically an internet craft fair, with vendors selling nothing but homemade goods, be it needlepoint, paintings, crocheted items, knit items, you name it.

From collectibles to cars, buy and sell all kinds of items on eBay     Etsy

 Crafters are also getting on the net to socialize and share ideas, patterns, finished products, craftalongs, and more.  Web forums like Craftster.org and Crochetville.org are growing every day.  There are also sites like Ravelry.com, which are slightly more geared toward the act of crafting, allowing members to record their “stashes” and keep a going record of “works in progress” and finished works.

    

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