creative-knitting

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Candy + Crafts = Awesome

When Japanese Twitter user Overtime Queen noticed the resemblance between Ultra-string Q gummy candy and yarn, she decided to postpone eating it and try knitting with it instead. Each piece of the citrus and soda flavored candy measures 126 cm (50 in) long, so she bought 15 packages - amassing roughly 18.9 meters (62 feet) of gummy candy and set to work knitting with a pair of chopsticks, using a standard stocking stitch (18 stitches across), resulting in a lovely scarf that’s 100% edible.

There’s no word on whether or not Overtime Queen ate her crafty confection, but she did resport that the process of knitting the gummy scarf made her hands smell delicious:

“My hands smell like citrus soda and cola! They smell so good!”

After working on it for three hours, the completed scarf measured 25 cm x 15 cm (9.8 in x 5.9 in), and weighed 450 grams (1 lb). It may not be a long scarf, but it’s still completely awesome. We’d like nothing better than the opportunity to take a big bite out of it.

[via RocketNews24]

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Polish yarn-bomber Olek (previously featured here) recently returned to her homeland where she completed her largest work of guerrilla knitting yet: she and her team of four assistants completely covered a locomotive and three train cars in colourful pieces of crocheted yarn. That is an astonishing amount of knitting. The team worked around the clock for two days and in all sorts of weather to create this massive installation. The beautiful train is now on display in Łódź, Poland through August 19, 2013.

“I was in London at the Animal Ball in the presence of Prince Charles on the 9 of July. Then early on the 10, took a morning flight to Poland (wearing my costume, mask from last night) to work on the locomotive… I had the best crew ever. They worked as hard as I always do,” Olek told Hi-Fructose. “I think I should call this train ‘deadly romance.’ I love it, but it almost killed me. I want to see it again, but I am avoiding it. It is calling my name. But I know how much pain it caused. I am totally in love with it, but hate it in the same time. If the natural progression is to make bigger better pieces, what should I make next? Can someone give me a plane? Or should I go to the moon?”

Visit Hi-Fructose to view more photos of the creation of this amazing example of rogue crocheting.

Octopus yarn bowl. Unfired. This bowl has the additional feature of a knitting needle/crochet hook holder in the form of a hollow log that the Octopus has in its grip. The Octopus is climbing over the top of the bowl and several of its tentacles have already found themselves exploring the inside of the bowl. This bowl is a custom order and can be remade. All our custom designs are £100GBP ($166) + P&P/shipping.
Enquiries for this bowl design or an idea of your own to earthwoolfire@gmail.com.

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DIY 10 Knit Classic Sweaters from Diary of a Creative Fanatic. All these curated patterns are free. 6 easy to follow video tutorials are at the bottom of the post for beginners. I really like this site because the roundups of patterns are so carefully picked and the patterns are ones that I would actually want to spend time knitting. 

The latest custom made dragon yarn bowl to emerge from my studio today.
Each dragon I make is slightly different from the last …and I do this so I don’t go mad :-)
These bad boys can be glaze finished in almost any colour or combination of colours.
Available to order at earthwoolfire.etsy.com

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Last July a group of Australian textile artists transformed the foyer of the Warwick Art Gallery in Warwick, Queensland, Australia into a vintage kitchen in which every surface and object was either knitted, crocheted, felted, woven or wrapped in yarn. This colorful yarnbombing project was part of the 2014 Jumpers and Jazz festival.

From the stove, cupboards, sink and counters to all the food, dishes and even the country kitsch decorations on the wall, the project took 50 artists seven months and a prodigious amount of yarn to complete.

"Yarn bombing is an international phenomenon." gallery director Karina Devine said, "This wasn’t about going out in the middle of the night and whacking something up on a fencepost. This was carefully planned. One of our team says our project was more ‘art’ than ‘bombing’."

Click here for additional photos.

Now the Warwick Art Gallery’s yarnbombing team is busy preparing for this year’s Jumpers and Jazz installation. They’re currently seeking assistance knitting and crocheting 500 diamond shapes. Click here for more information if you’d like to participate.

[via Junkculture]