IKEAHackers to KnitHacker to London Kaye and Back Again …

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 a Dread Pirate Robot for a friend, a riff on Jessica Hutchison’s infamous robot pattern, which appears to have later spawned a Dread Pirate Cthulhu.

So imagine how delighted I was when I met the yarn artist London Kaye and saw she had yarnbombed an IKEA bag! How fabulous is this:

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And her yarnbombed shoes are pretty amazing too.

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She’s a talented artist and super-friendly to boot – great spirit!

You can check out London Kaye’s work at http://www.madeby.london and if you’re around Union Square in New York today – Sunday, August 30th, 2015 – stop by from 11-4 to contribute a swatch to a community yarnbomb that London is creating with a little help from Lion Brand.

About The Author


Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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