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Nibbler Amigurumi

Futurama and amigurumi go together like mac-and-cheese, Sheldon and Leonard, a rose tatt and advanced calculus… Take a look at some of these (free) original crochet patterns by crafty Futurama fans, and see how long you can resist grabbing a hook. … [read more]

OutsaPop Trashion t-shirt hobo bag http://www.outsapop.com/2009/08/outsapop-trashion-t-shirt-hobo-bag.html

Want to keep the summer memories alive, but your fav souvenir T-shirt is past its “best before” date? With just a few basic sewing or crochet skills, you can “upcycle” that tee into a cool new purse or handbag, grocery bag, big soft tote… the possibilities are endless… Repurposed T-Shirt Market Bags Great for beginners, Deborah Schlegel’s market tote (shown… [read more]

Multicolored wool in a basket

You think you’ve seen some truly disturbing crochet work over the years? If you haven’t checked out Patricia Waller’s works in crochet and other media, you ain’t seen what yarn + imagination is capable of. Chilean-born Patricia Waller, who now lives and works in Berlin, leapt to my notice with a 2009 art exhibition that raised eyebrows and spun headlines… [read more]

Hope s Birds crochet pattern by Akua Lezli Hope

Akua Lezli Hope’s dainty crocheted birds — peace doves — were inspired by the TikkunTree project , and she’s giving away this original crochet pattern because she wants to encourage its use by crafters in other peace projects…

Arts and Crafts This was a spur-of-the-moment craft project, instigated by my young friend Kelly (who was spending March break with her grandmother, our next-door neighbour) and carried out on a stormy evening when our other entertainment options were limited. Remember the Bendy Holdy Wondervase? If you’ve got a pair of them, you’ve got great fun! Kelly had had her… [read more]

We’ve all seen the beer ads on TV… Before the days of refrigerators and insulated coolers, the hardy pioneers chilled their brew by submerging the bottles in a wild and ice-cold mountain stream, right? But did you know there was another way to cool a bottle without electricity? If you ever get caught in the rain, or go outside with… [read more]

Let’s blame a childhood of reading those Curious George books — who can resist a fresh clutch of giggly monkeys? Clockwise from upper left: The Chimp is an archival quality print by Shannon Brady at BlueFlip Art (h/t emma). S-shaped monkey hooks, set of 3 in brushed stainless steel, are by Bodie and Fou, found in their kitchen section. Multi-imprinting… [read more]