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Month: August 2015

IKEAHackers to KnitHacker to London Kaye and Back Again …

I started KnitHacker in the summer of 2008, the year my son Finnegan was born. It was in response to one of my favourite maker hubs, IKEAHackers, a site that’s all about “modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products. Hacks, as we call it here, may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity.” I saw so many innovative and interesting knit and crochet projects out there, I knew a concept like IKEAHackers could apply to yarn – KnitHacker became a reality! At the time, I myself had just knit...

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Experimenting with Inked Fabric Markers: Embroidery, Flexi Hoops, Robots and more!

Today my husband Collin (@motodouma) and I had a breakfast date with Inked by Blackcat Permanent Fabric Markers. * I decided to experiment with 100% cotton fabric (I cut up a white handkerchief) and some flexi hoops to see what I could come up with. Here’s the process: And that was so much fun, I did another – a little homage to Yoko Ono and John Lennon. I really like straight, clean lines, so for me taping was ideal. The ink generally did not bleed unless I accidentally pressed too hard or slipped under the tape and even then,...

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Finding Time to Knit and Crochet When You Have Kids: Meet MakerStudio

Often on the weekends I need some time to knit, clean the house or catch up on various odds and ends – just like everyone, right? That means finding an activity that’s smart and fun for my seven year old to occupy himself with for a few hours. Often it’s a Lego kit, which does the trick for that one-time build, but lately I’ve been wanting for a toy or kit that can go beyond an afternoon or can be re-imagined and re-configured multiple times. Say hello to Maker Studio’s Gears Set by ThinkFun. When I got the opportunity...

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Artist Olek Crochets the Jan Karski Bench at the Polish Consulate in New York

One of my favourite artists ever has a new piece, Olek crocheted yarn bombed the statue of Jan Karski and his bench at the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in New York City (233 Madison Avenue). “The broad appeal of my work invariably sparks second thought, even awe, by being accessible and playful. I accepted the invitation from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York to transform the “Jan Karski bench” because I felt that Mr. Karski’s life and accomplishments should be revisited. By dressing this important piece of public art in a...

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Happy World Lion Day!

This stunning wall hanging by fibre-artist Suzann Thompson is featured on the Lion Brand blog today. In Portland? See it live at the Quilt!Knit!Stitch! show August 13-15. Read all about “Mama Lion” at blog.lionbrand.com Disclosure: I work at Lion Brand, and KnitHacker is my personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my...

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