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  • Take I Love Yarn Day To The Next Level With These Projects

    Hi makers! For us yarn crafters, our time has come. I Love Yarn Day is approaching (October 12th), and we can't be more excited. For thousands of years, people made their own clothes and relied on skills passed down from their ancestors for survival. Fast forward to today and yarn crafts are mostly practiced as a fun pastime, a way to make money or a stress management tool. In spite of this, skills like knit and crochet are still just as important, especially with the rise of the DIY movement and a desire for sustainability.

    I Love Yarn Day is every year on the second Saturday of October and is a day for yarn enthusiasts across the world to share what they love about fiber arts and why they practice these ancient skills. This year’s virtual event, which takes place on Oct. 12, will encourage yarn crafters to share with people in their lives why they love yarn.

    In fact, we're so excited that we are celebrating the holiday all month long! We love cozy knit and crochet designs, but we’re stepping up the yarn game with weaving, plastic canvas and home décor too. If you enter our monthly giveaway here, then you can win all of these great goodies that we're about to talk about. So let's jump into it!

    Crochet

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book 7572

    Everything Baby Crochet - Book 7575

    We figured a great way to start I Love Yarn Month would be to celebrate some of our favorite patterns. We just recently published large collections of our best selling and easy-to-follow crochet patterns, and we're going to show you some of our favorites from these books! Hopefully you'll be just as inspired as we are! We'll start with patterns that always hit big in the fall - Afghans. Crochet Afghan Revival has an afghan pattern for every season, and this plum pattern is perfect for fall (first picture above). It has a great geometric pattern that will keep you cozy during those chilly months.

    If you're making for baby this season, then Everything Baby Crochet has, well, everything you need. This Tunisian Cocoon and Cap is perfect for keeping your little one snuggled up and protected when they're dreaming of becoming an astronaut. The texture of the Tunisian technique will be soft on the baby's skin, and the blue color is super soothing.

    The Big Book of Crochet Accessories - Book 7578

    Amigurumi: An Adorable Collection - Book 7573

    If you're itching for some extra fall accessories, then we've got you covered. The Big Book of Crochet Accessories has this beautiful scalloped fall colored scarf (first picture above) that is a great light layer for any outfit. You can create lacy and textured patterns with easy-to-follow instructions! This is just one of the accessories you can make from this book, there are over 40 to choose from.

    Amigurumi is a hot trend right now with yarn, because you can make some adorable little and large creations. This turtle from Amigurumi: An Adorable Collection is one of our favorite patterns from the book, but you can make so much more! These little plush animals can be great gifts for kids and grown-ups! Who wouldn't want this little turtle as a desk buddy? He even has a matching strawberry!

    Knit

    Another collection of our favorites is The Best of Knit Accessories! We have tons of patterns for you to choose from in the book, but our favorite is this beaded knit bracelet! The accessory doesn't even look like it was knitted together, and the pearlescent beads take the neutral tone of the bracelet and punch it up with blue tones as the beads hit light. You can take this pattern and customize it as you like with different color beads, or with different clasps. This is just one of the ways that you can get creative with a different weight of yarn.

    If you're looking for some casual accessories to create this season, then look no further! Casual Weekend Knits has and adorable mustard colored clutch (above) pattern that is fall staple material. Using easy stitches and a little patience, you'll work up this small clutch quickly, and it will last you well past the fall season. You can even line your clutch with fun fabric for a fun surprise every time you reach for your car keys!



    If you're looking for a fun project with little prep work, then our Mini Maker Books Plus Kits are for you(video above)! For I Love Yarn Month, we recommend the Knit Hat Kit. This kit has everything you need to make an adorable and comfortable knit hat, needles and all! It even comes with project book, so you're not just stuck with one pattern.

    Extras

    Plastic canvas is always a fun go-to yarn project to occupy your time with during I Love Yarn Month. This castle from Portable Playhouse Sets gets you in the perfect Halloween mood! Let the feasting begin as you have your knights gather 'round as the queen looks from her throne. The castle pattern has great brick detail, and even includes banners from two different armies.

    Learn To Weave - Leaflet 56062

    You can learn to weave fast and easy with this laminated leaflet Learn To Weave! This design in particular has a great color palette, using this blush color as a form of neutral. You can play around with shape, texture, and flourishes as you follow along with these step-by-step instructions. You start with a simple surface like the twig shown on the wall hanging above, and work your way down until you have a beautiful and abstract wall hanging full of textures and tassels.

    Textured Pillows - Book 7450

    If you're looking for alternative fall color combos, then this is the pillow for you! Textured Pillows has a lot of great design ideas for dressing up a typical throw pillow, which is perfect for upcycled fall décor. This pillow design also allows you to play with three different textures of yarn. The bright olive green of the pillow pops so well on the pillow, and you can make a similar one with simple stitches and some hot glue!

    These are all really creative ways to get crafty this year with yarn. If you've tried some of these projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios! Be sure to throw in a couple extra skeins for October 12th, and good luck with your projects this month.

    Happy stitching!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Teach Knit and Crochet with the Craft Yarn Council’s New & Improved Certified Instructors Program

    Do you love to #ShareYourSkills and teach others? If you do, and have a strong grasp of basic knit and crochet skills, join the thousands of knitters and crocheters who’ve already gained the knowledge and confidence to teach others through the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program

    We've all thought about it at some point in our lives. We all have imagined leading a group and teaching the best of the best to some awesome people. Now, we makers have that resource! The Craft Yarn Council has this AMAZING program that lets you share your skills with aspiring crochet and knit enthusiasts. This opportunity keeps crafting alive for future generations, and gives you the opportunity to give back to your community though your trade.

    The program has been around since 1982. More than 15,000 students have completed the course and gone on to teach in retail stores, adult education programs, and to share their knowledge with friends, coworkers and family. Students work with a nationally recognized Master Teacher and complete teaching hours to prove their proficiency.

    The Certified Instructors Program equips people with the tools to share their passion for knit and crochet with others and to “stitch it forward”. The program offers many benefits to students, including increased confidence in their crochet or knitting skills and the ability to convey these skills to others. Students also gain exclusive access to the closed CIP Student and Graduate Facebook page, where they can collaborate with other CIP students and graduates. 

    Check out CYC’s interviews with two of the program’s Master Teachers - individuals with wide-ranging knowledge of their craft and extensive experience teaching others. Master Teachers evaluate students’ work and help them along the way to certification. You can catch Karen Klemp’s interview here and Edie Eckman’s interview here. 

    Here are some fast facts about the program:

    • It’s offered via correspondence and occasionally as an on-site course
    • The correspondence course is divided into Level I and Level II
    • Students have six months to complete each level of the correspondence program and one year to complete 15 student teaching hours per level
    • For the on-site course, there are 15 hours of class time held over a series of days at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the curriculum covers both levels 

    Ready to start? Visit the Craft Yarn Council website for more information and to apply for the program. 

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    Sounds pretty amazing, right? Be sure to check out this program, and share it with others who would love to share their favorite past times onto the next generation of rocking crafters.

    Have you been participating in #ShareYourSkills? Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #LeisureArts or #ShareYourSkills so we can see what's going on in your studios!

    Happy Teaching!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • A Craft A Day Keeps The Doctor Away! Craft Away Stress with Leisure Arts

    Everyone needs a little break every now and then. We get swamped at work, overwhelmed with chores, and dog-piled with to-do lists that keep on growing. So naturally, as makers we like to find escape in our hobbies. Crocheting a scarf, knitting socks, painting a landscape, you name it! We use these special skills to "Craft Away Stress" when we need an extra pep in our step. When we take these little moments in life, we do more for our bodies than we realize. By taking charge and creating when times get tough, we are actually focusing on our mental and physical health, which is something that gets put on the back burner more than it should.

    Photo courtesy of the Craft Yarn Council

    The Craft Yarn Council has started their Stitch Away Stress campaign, and it focuses all on the health benefits of yarn crafting. But, we think you can do more than just stitch! We know that there are all forms of crafts out there that can keep you occupied and busy, so why not throw it all under the same umbrella? We're celebrating Craft Away Stress all month, because we think it's important to take some time for yourself and heal with your favorite craft, yarn or otherwise. Here are some projects that we've curated that will help you relax and unwind, and give yourself a little "me" time.

    Find your favorite craft medium, and jump right in!

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    Overlay Crochet - Book 7503

    Happy Crochet - Book 7411

    Bright colors and bold designs will brighten up anyone's mood, and nothing says bright and bold like these daring patterns! This Mandala from Overlay Crochet is eye catching and intricate. Even though this project might take a little longer to finish, it's worth it when you get to proudly display this little ray of sunshine in your space.

    If you're looking for a quick project to take your mind off of things, try a mug cozy. This simple and super easy to follow pattern from Happy Crochet will keep you occupied, and have your Cup O' Jo looking stylish in the morning. By the end of your project, you have a functional and fabulous accessory, and you've got your Monday Meditation in!

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    Casual Weekend Knits - Book 7373

    Modern Knits - Book 7330

    We love a good casual top, and when you have instructions as easy as these, making cute and comfy clothes has never been so relaxing! Casual Weekend Knits is one of our newer books from designer Andi Javori, and it features a lot of really versatile and easy projects that you can complete while binge watching your favorite series, like this color blocked Blue Poncho top! This top is perfect for a nice spring day, and can work as a poncho, or cinched blouse with tie down options at the waist!

    Another good small project to Craft Away Stress with is this slipper pattern from Modern Knits by Kristi Simpson. You can always stray from this color palette, but the subtle yellow designs laced within the gray make these slippers perfect for spring mornings.

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    Pincushions to Sew - Book 7133

    Pincushions to Sew - Book 7133

    For the friends that always need an extra pincushion (you know who you are), Pincushions To Sew is the perfect book for you. These are super simple and easy projects to make that will help you when you need it the most in your sewing studio! Get creative with colors and patterns, and make fun shapes like this Spring Flower pincushion. This is yet another fun and functional trinket you can make while listening to your favorite Spotify playlist.

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    Daily Inspiration Flip Book - Book 7350

    Paint Pouring Books Plus Kit - Item 50392

    If you want a project that is 10% effort, but looks 150% awesome, then this Daily Inspiration Flip Book is the right project for you. This easel-propped book gives you 40 inspirational one-liners on double-sided card stock, and gives you the option to display an already finished colorful quote, or to color your own! So you can be creative with a minimal amount of effort.

    Paint Pouring is known to be a relaxing a mesmerizing craft to watch and create! Our Paint Pouring Books Plus Kit gives you everything you need to create you own little mini masterpiece, so you don't have to worry about grabbing all of the supplies. You can just sit back, relax, and wash your stresses away with each unique mix of colors.

    Home Apothecary - Book 7386

    If you really want to focus in on your mental and physical health, and be creative at the same time, any of these all natural recipes and projects from Home Apothecary will leave you feeling accomplished and relaxed, like these bath melts. All that you need to do is find these herbs and plants, and follow her easy instructions to self-care bliss.

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    Diamond Art Advanced Balloons Kit - Item 50451

    Diamond Art is a big one in the relaxation department. This is a craft that doesn't have a learning curve, and yields a beautiful diamond encrusted canvas at the end of your craft experience. You get to paint with 13-faceted diamonds on luxury fabric, and follow along an easy color-coded chart. The sky is the limit for the artwork you can dazzle - create anything from beautiful landscapes like these Hot Air Balloons, to cute animal portraits! We just recently launched New Designs, and a kids line, Sparkle Art! We promise that once you start diamond painting, you won't be able to stop.

    Photo Courtesy of the Craft Yarn Council

    Most of the things you see in this blog post are from our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and goodies! We also did a #LeisureLife Live! Segment on our Craft Away Stress Campaign, give it a watch. Remember to take some time to yourself in your craft studios, and focus on being the healthiest version of you. If you end up making any of these wonderful stress relieving projects, share it with us! Just use #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your craft universe.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Join The #HumansThatYarn Movement From The Craft Yarn Council

    The Craft Yarn Council (CYC) represents the leading yarn companies, accessory manufacturers, magazine, book publishers, and consultants in the yarn industry. For more than 35 years the Council has sponsored a wide range of promotional and educational programs, including its highly acclaimed Certified Instructors Program, Discover Knit and Crochet classes, and its popular I Love YARN Day event (the second Saturday in October), which offers a virtual meeting place for the nation's knitters and crocheters. They're working on a great campaign right now for Fall that's meant to break you out of your crafty comfort zone, and encourage you to see how yarn can have multiple functional and fashionable uses.

    A New Way to Play With Yarn From The Craft Yarn Council

    Craft Yarn Council

    Yarn encompasses a wide array of crafts, including knitting, crochet, macrame, weaving, punch needle and much more. But more than that, yarn encompasses a wide array of people. Rather than focus on one specific type of yarn project, the Craft Yarn Council’s Fall 2018 campaign will focus on the people behind yarn crafts. Humans That Yarn is an inclusive campaign that aims to showcase all the different types of crafts that can be made with yarn and the different types of people who identify as a 'yarnist'.

    Craft Yarn Council
    The campaign has several goals aimed at making the fiber world more inclusive. One of those goals is to break down the barriers of entry for people who may see yarn crafting as too difficult or uncool. Another is to encourage people who already craft with yarn to take up a new yarn craft. Craft Yarn Council studies have shown that the most common reasons for not participating in yarn crafts are lack of knowledge on how to get started (32%) and the perception that knitting/crocheting (and other yarn crafts) are difficult to learn (28%). Recent research has also shown that 48% of non-knitters and crocheters use yarn in other ways, whether they are wrapping yarn around a dowel for a wall hanging or around cardboard to make pompoms.

    Craft Yarn Council

    How To Be The Very Best #Yarnist

    Through social media interviews, videos, photography and blog posts, the campaign will increase interest and conversation about yarn crafts. The term “yarnist” will be introduced alongside the campaign to demonstrate that no matter how you use yarn, you are a “yarnist” (yarn artist). For inspiration, ideas and tips for teaching others a new yarn craft, free patterns, yarn project ideas, giveaways and more, make sure to check out our social media pages, including Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Tag your posts with #humansthatyarn and #yarnist. Here's some inspiration from us on how to be the very best!

    Dare to be Bold.

    Humans That Yarn Rainbow Yarn Vases - Yarn Crafts

    Yarn can be used for so many crafts, and can create so many new life hacks and trendy home decor projects. Just like these rainbow vases (above), you can use yarn to create endless possibilities for your common home decor items!

    It's not just for Crochet and Knit!

    Humans That Yarn A New Twist on Macrame - Wall Hanging

    Yarn is associated with popular crafts like knit and crochet, but those aren't limiting the medium at all! You can create hybrid craft projects all the time using yarn, just look at this stunning macrame project (above).

    The Best Yarnists Share!

    Humans That Yarn Yarn Crafts - Pom-Pom Wreath
    Humans That Yarn Yarn Crafts - Arrow Wall Hanging

    Yarn gifts make for the best soft and cuddly gifts around. Why not make as many as possible and share the love? People can never have too much wall decor, especially during the holiday seasons!

    As you can see, there are tons of unique ways to become a #yarnist and join the movement. So, what are you waiting for? Go out into the world of yarn and go buy some baubles. Discover a new side of creativity as you hashtag your way through the next few months, and become part of the #HumansThatYarn Movement.

    Have fun, Yarnists!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Here's 10 Ways You Can Show Your Love For I Love Yarn Day!

    Hey Makers! It's the most wonderful time of the year, and no, it's not Christmas. It's I Love Yarn Day on the 13th! A National Holiday that feels like Christmas to us seasoned craftsman. We get to show our appreciation for the fuzzy and fluffy crafts that have kept us company over generations. We use yarn for all types of crafts, for quick fixes, for the occasional birthday party, and for finishing touches. It's an all encompassing medium. But, have we ever shown yarn how much we care about it?

    If you haven't, that's okay. Make up for lost time! We've put together a list of ways that you can show your love for your multicolored and miscellaneous yarn bin tucked away in your closet at home (don't lie, we all have one).

     

    Knit Or Crochet For A Cause

    There's nothing better than doing something nice for others. Charity is the best way to lend a helping hand to people in need, and what better way to lend a helping had than with crafts? We can help you think of some great patterns with A Charity Guide for Crochetand A Charity Guide for Knitters, based on what craft you prefer. Just look at some of these patterns! A blanket with pockets? Insanity. Show your Love by trying out some of these daring designs.

    I Love Yarn Day Charity Guide For Crocheters
    Charity Guide For Knitters Charity Guide For Knitters
    Blanket With Pockets Charity Guide Crochet Blanket With Pockets Charity Guide Crochet

     

     

    Update Your Space With A Stylish Wall Hanging

    Vamp up your Home Decor situation with a new wall hanging! Yarn can create the most versatile styles of wall hangings, ranging from pristine and proper one color wall tapestries, to grungy and eclectic color blocked frocks. Learn to Make Woven Wall Hangings and Wall Hangings are two books that show a grand variety of wall decor patterns that you can choose from.

     

    Spiral Stem Wall Hanging Spiral Stem Wall Hanging
    Triangle Woven Wall Hanging Triangle Woven Wall Hanging

     

    Give The Gift Of Cozy Feet!  

    Ah, Fall. The best time for leg warmers, scarves, and fuzzy socks. Check out these rockin' awesome sock books that will keep your feet warmer than a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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    More Fun Socks - Knit 

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    Make Fun Socks - Crochet 

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    Slippers for the Family

     

    Amigurumi – What’s Not To Love!

    Amigurumi! The craft everyone loves to make, but hates to pronounce. Homemade Amigurumi stuffed animals knock your traditional stuffed animals out of the ballpark when it comes to quality, and cuteness factor. I mean, just look at these adorable designs from two of our Leisure Arts books, Cute Amigurumi Monsters and Huggable Amigurumi

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    Make someone an adorable Amigurumi doll for I Love Yarn Day!

    Make Your I Love Yarn Day A Little Brighter With A Pom-Pom Project

    Pom-Poms aren't just for cheerleading! They can also be for home decor. There are a lot of things that you can make with a simple pom-pom, big or small. All it takes is l little bundle of yarn. Show your love for yarn projects by trying out some of these pom-pom patterns in Crazy About Pom-Poms

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    Make an old love new again with Macramé

    Macramé is one of those vintage crafts that is making a hard and fast comeback to the maker community. We have been seeing new Macramé projects all over our social sites, and it's hard not to notice beautiful projects like these ones from A New Twist On Macramé and Get Started in MacraméIf you haven't tried Macramé, give it a go for I Love Yarn Day!

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    Give the Gift of Imagination with creative toys and playsets

    Do you have a special little one to shop for? If you do, show your love for yarn by making the best baby toy patterns around! Busy Baby Boxes and Baby Stacks have some great homemade toy patterns that give your baby that extra nudge to learn and process.

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    Pass Your Love Of Yarn To Someone Special

    One thing that we need to keep alive is passing on our skills from generation to generation. Imagine what your children or grandchildren can come up with after learning great craft techniques from you and your maker friends! We've got you covered with Teach me to Crochetand Teach me to KnitThese books teach the foundations of two of our most popular crafts, and from there, that special someone you have in mind to teach can pick up on some of your styles!

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    If you have an itch to teach your skill or craft, don't forget about the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructor Program. The best way to show your love of yarn is to share your love of yarn, so sign up today!

    If you're interested in signing up to be a certified instructor, Click Here.

     

    Use up your scrap Yarn and make something new to love!

    If you have a scrap pile that needs to be taken care of in your maker space, then check out these patterns from Scrappy Afghans and Projects From Your Scrap Bag that use up those extra scraps that you can't seem to part with. Show your love of yarn by giving it a clean home!

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    Get Crafty With Yarn

    You don't have to knit or crochet to use up that favorite ball of yarn! Our book, Yarn Crafts is an exception to the typical yarn user, where you can get more creative with your projects and your yarns! Try making string art with just a few nails and wrapping methods, or give that frumpy vase some added flair to spice up your dining room table. The possibilities are endless!

    Rainbow Yarn Vases - Yarn Crafts Rainbow Yarn Vases - Yarn Crafts
    Ampersand String Art - Yarn Crafts Ampersand String Art - Yarn Crafts

    There are many other ways to celebrate I Love Yarn Day, but we're glad that we could give you just a few! If you have thought of something fun that we haven't thought of, comment below! We'd love to hear it. Be sure to share your projects that you have created for I Love Yarn Day on our Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram pages. We love to see what you guys are working on.

    Happy I Love Yarn Day!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Teaching Knit and Crochet with the Certified Instructors Program!

    Teaching! We've all thought about it at some point in our lives. We all have imagined leading a group and teaching the best of the best to some awesome people. Now, us crafters have that resource! The Craft Yarn Council has this AMAZING program that lets you share your skills with aspiring Crochet and Knit enthusiasts. This opportunity keeps crafting alive for future generations, and gives you the opportunity to give back to you community though your trade. Check out all the details below!

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    Do you love to teach others, and have strong basic knit or crochet skills? The kids are going back to school, so why don’t you? Join the thousands of knitters and crocheters who’ve already gained the knowledge and confidence to teach others through the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program!

    Teaching Crafts

    The Certified Instructors Program equips people with the tools to share their passion for knit and crochet with others and to “stitch it forward”. The program offers many benefits to students, including increased confidence in their crochet or knitting skills and the ability to convey these skills to others. Students also gain exclusive access to the closed CIP Student and Graduate Facebook page, where they can collaborate with other CIP students and graduates.

    The program has been around since 1982. More than 15,000 students have completed the course and gone on to teach in retail stores, adult education programs, and to share their knowledge with friends, co-workers and family. Students work with a nationally recognized Master Teacher and complete teaching hours to prove their proficiency.

    Here are some fast facts about the program:

    ● It is offered via correspondence and occasionally as an on-site course

    ● The correspondence course is divided into Level I and Level II

    ● Students have six months to complete each level of the correspondence program

    ●There are 15 hours of class time held over a series of days at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and the curriculum covers both levels.

    Ready to start teaching? Click here to visit the Craft Yarn Council website for more information and to apply.

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    Sounds pretty amazing, right? Be sure to check out this program, and share it with others who would love to share their favorite past times onto the next generation of rocking crafters.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

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