Eyeball Yarn

Though I dearly love eyelash yarn, this eyeball yarn takes the cake.It's vitreous humor, from insubordiknit.com:Ever wish you had eyes on the back of your head? Well now you can have them all over your head, bwahahaha...or your neck...or wherever you choose to don your knitted eyeball item.Five colorways of handpainted merino wool with scads of handdyed tussah silk noils, soysilk, organic cotton and ingeo then corespun the yarn thick and thin, poofy and tight, so that it would resemble a mass of muscley eye innards. Spun in, nice and tight, are 13-15 hand felted eyeballs Note -- these are NOT plied in or tied in! They are spun in, part of the actual yarn.They seem to have a podcast too, and promise more background on this yarn in the 4th episode.

Topic by canida 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Epic Yarn Bombing!

New York yarn artist Olek has pulled off an act of epic yarn bombing. She crocheted a cover for the Wall Street bull. Incidentally the bull itself was another act of guerrilla street art, having been placed there without permission in 1987 by artist Arturo Di Modica.  OLEK AND THE CHARGING BULL ON WALL STREET from olek on Vimeo. Thanks to for the tip from our very own Natalina

Topic by Culturespy 8 years ago


Yarn work Question

Hello! I'm Jordan the Knitter and I'm new to instructables. This website is amazing! I thought it would be fun to start out with a question. Is there anything you would like to learn in the realm of yarn work? I've been working yarn for about eight years. I spend a good bit of time avoiding homework by instructing others and making my own designs. 

Topic by neonneedles 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Summer Yarns Contest

Topic by grooooovy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Yarn Cone Winder Please!

There's a great instructable for a center-pull yarn winder: https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Yarn-Winder-for-Center-Pull-Balls/ I'm looking to build something that winds yarn or twine onto a cardboard cone like this. I know electric ones exist and the way they work seems pretty simple, I just know that there has to be a way to build a cheap hand crank one. Here are some videos showing how the electric one works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOA9nDp72Rs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZdQpUMTvtY&feature;=related It seems that the major necessary components are: 1. something to spin the cone 2. something that moves back and forth along the cone so it winds evenly and 3. something to keep the right tension. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Or make a full instructable? I challenge you!

Topic by excusemedeer 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to make a yarn swift? Answered

How to make a yarn swift?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Carrying yarn loosely and snuggly

My pattern notes say to carry yarn loosely across 2 sl sts on rows 6-17. Later it says carry yarn snugly across sl sts in these 4 rows. I don't understand what they mean by carrying the yarn.

Question by masweeney 9 years ago


Soccer Ball Afghan Pattern

I'm looking for a crochet pattern for a soccer ball afghan.  Anyone? 

Question by Luny 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Uses for cat hair (and boredom)

Something I always wanted to do was learn to spin yarn. So, I looked up online how they appeared, and made a spinner from an old hard drive, a paintbrush handle, a bread board, and another doo-hickewy, and set off.. First, I must say, I now know what it feels like to have a hairball)... From the photo, you can see that I have much more practice, if only I could bear eating Petromalt) My cats fur is short, and I had saved a container, which I had in the freezer for some time... The invention Kit-D-Sguise

Topic by littleangels 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Lion Brand Yarn @ Autodesk Gallery

On Thursday, May 1 Instructables partnered with Lion Brand yarn to host a workshop at the Autodesk Gallery Design Night. We made a Parabolic String Lamp using Lion Brand Fun Yarn.  Check out these pictures and share your yarn related projects in the comments!!!

Topic by Carleyy 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Coming Soon: Lion Brand Yarn Critter Contest

Next week we'll be starting the Lion Brand Yarn Critter Contest. Show off your best small and cute yarn creations to win a gift certificate from Lion Brand Yarn and other cool prizes from Instructables! Both regular Instructables and slideshow Instructables will be eligible.

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



Giftcard-giveaway! someone intrested in knitting /crotcheting in the UK?

Hej I'm searching for someone in the UK that loves to knit / crotched  due i have to give away a 25 $ LION-brand yarn giftcard :) Please send me PM!

Topic by Mimikry 7 years ago


how to make a spinning wheel from a treadle sewing machine?

Question by jodi8727 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How do I prepare cotton yarn for dyeing?

I am about to have my first go at hand dyeing yarn. I am using cotton and it seems all of the preparation instructions are for wool. What do I need to do to prepare my cotton yarn for dyeing?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How do I make a spinning wheel from this treadle sewing machine? Answered

It does need cleaning and painting, but the treadle and the fly wheel move smoothly backwards and forwards.  Thank you.

Question by jodi8727 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Knitted Chairs

I've created an open source pattern for knitted chair! The aim is to let individuals use knitting as a creative media to personalise the ubiquitous plastic chair. It's been great to see how different every single knitted chairs are. Join me in this revolution! www.knittedchairs.wordpress.com

Topic by yuvee 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Is it possible to tint plastic yarn so as to use the resulting tinted yarn for crochet or knitting projects? Answered

I have lots of white plastic bags, less colored bags from which to make plastinc yarn. The problem are : - the difficulty of getting colored bags; - finding bags with the right colors for a specific project. For instance, I wish to crochet a bag in white and ultramarine, but don't have any bag of the second color. If I could tint part of my plastic bags, I would be able to complet this project (a bag for my daughter, who is a Sea Cadet).

Question by Bedelian 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Upcoming Lion Brand Summer Yarns Contest

Summer isn't typically the time we think about taking up needles and wool, but the availability of light-weight and gossamer yarns these days, it's the perfect time to whip up some new projects. We're teaming up with our friends from Lion Brand to bring you the Summer Yarns Contest! Show off your lace techniques, craft up new totebags, make some summer shawls or sundresses. Think beach, bbq, and long, hot days, and get your needles, hooks and looms ready to go.  We'll be launching this one soon!

Topic by scoochmaroo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Free Patterns from Lion Brand Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn just announced that all of their patterns online will be available for free!I don't know if anything else really needs to be said, as that's awesome enough by itself. But if you're curious: Lion Brand used to have a whole lot of free patterns, and quite a few more that you had to pay for. All of the patterns people used to have to pay for, no longer require any monetary exchange.Let me be the first to apologize to you if you've ever purchased a patten from Lion Brand. There's one easy way to get them back: go find as many free amazing patterns you can, and craft away!

Topic by StumpChunkman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can wool yarn scraps be recycled into a felted fabric?

I do a lot of needlecrafts so I have yarn scraps of all descriptions & I would like to use them in some productive way. I want to use them to wet felt into something that I could then make into a pillow or whatever. Theoretically, it should work. If anyone has any ideas or comments please let me know. thanks

Question by teaellen 2003 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Fiber contest

Can we use loose fibers (roving) for the fibers contest or does it have to be spun into yarn first? Thanks

Topic by flyingpuppy 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What do I do with the left over yarn part that I have start with? Answered

I have taught myself last Monday night how to knit. So I caught on quick by Tuesday night and decided to start a scarf with two colors going back and forth, like stripes and 20 lines of each color. So I finish my first 20 lines with one color and notice that I have like a tail thingy hanging off at where I started the whole thing. So what do I do with it so it wont unravel?

Question by Wolfernite 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Instructables on the YarnCraft Podcast!

Eric and I visited Lion Brand Yarn headquarters in NYC, and chatted with Liz from the YarnCraft podcast!Check us out on YarnCraft episode 6! Our segment runs from 8:42 to 24:45.

Topic by canida 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Prizes

If no-one else enters, every entrant will get a prize. Won't they?

Topic by knektek 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Mario Amigurumi

Good ol' Mario gets the amigurumi treatment by janama at cuteamigurumi.com. What can I say, it's a cute Mario and it's a great job. Hit the link for more pictures. It's a Mario! via boingboing

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Guerilla Knitting

There is a lot more knitting out there beyond the standard stitching that is crazy and wild and even a bit subversive. Some of it is called knit graffiti like at knittaplease.com and some of it just likes to be more playful and make bizarre and fun new objects. In San Francisco there was a guy who would wrap abandoned bikes and bike locks with thick and chunky yarn. It was a beautiful way to reclaim what was a pretty grim reminder that bike theft is prevalent here.I may not be compelled to learn how to cast on and make some stuff of my own, but you have to respect the people who feel compelled to take the craft and keep on running with it.To find out more, check out this article on we-make-money-not-art.com to read some history, watch a video discussing current issues, and see some cool examples of the styles.

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Existing Crocheted Instructables

I know there are so many cool instructables already out there about crocheted things. Anybody want to share any for inspiration for the contest? I love my muppets: https://www.instructables.com/id/A_Crocheted_Tribute_to_Dr_Teeth_and_the_Electric_/ They're actually on display at the American Textile Museum right now. And I did make Animal, I just haven't photographed him yet.

Topic by domestic_engineer 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Join the Flock

From the Simply Knitting blog: Eden Arts have launched a public art project that’s totally caught our imagination! The Cumbria-based organisation are inviting you to make pom-pom sheep to create a gigantic fuzzy flock – think Antony Gormley’s ‘Field for the British Isles’, only fluffier and more colourful! The aim is to raise awareness of the wonder of sheep’s wool while encouraging collaborative creativity, so make sure you use sheep's wool to make your pom-pom beasties, and invite as many people to join in as you can! To whet your appetite you can visit a flock of 125 of the sheep at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle, where they will remain till the end of 2011. Over the next few months they’re hoping to increase this number to several thousand! You can download full sheep-making instructions at www.jointheflock.co.uk (and I've attached them below as well).

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Anyone have a tutorial, or good advice for Creating my own Crochet patterns on paper/computer?

I've been designing and crocheting my own items-sweaters, shawls, purses, backpacks, scarves, gloves etc for over 15 years now. I just never thought to write them down. I need help. If anyone knows of a free program, free template, or a free tutorial for how to put a crochet pattern down on paper, I'd be SUPER Grateful! Thanks in advance to anyone who answers!  I'd be happy to crochet for anyone who would like something.  At this point I only sell by word of mouth, which in my way of doing something is that I make the first item for whomever (usually a friend or casual acquaintence) asked me to do it-usually for free.  If someone whom That Person knows now wants the same item in a different color or texture, size, etc...that one I charge for.  I have never used someone else's pattern for sale items.  And, believe it or not, In my 25+ years of Crochet, Knitting, and all other crafting I've yet to make anything for me.  I'm my worst customer, I guess...lol. The list of things I've made for others, just for them to have, birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, baby showers, bridal showers, and a bunch of other reasons for crafting, is Super Long.  Probably in the mid 5,000's.

Question by AnniedoesFiberCrafting 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Lion Brand Yarn Store: NYC grand opening!

When Eric and I were in NYC earlier this year, we got an early tour through the half-finished construction zone that will soon be the Lion Brand Yarn store. It should be awesome when finished - I'm jealous of all of you who live in the NY area and can visit! Official opening date is November 18, at 34 W 15th Street. Check it out!The Times Square billboards will be running Lion Brand Yarn ads for a bit on opening day - they've put up a mock-up for those of us who can't be there to view it in person.

Topic by canida 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge Winners Announced!

Instructables and Lion Brand Yarn are happy to announce the winners of the Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge!We were incredibly impressed by the variety and creativity of your entries! There were over 450 slideshows with thousands of pictures, making it incredibly hard to choose winners. Check the Lion Brand group to see more great project ideas you might have missed the first time around.We appreciate your enthusiasm for sharing your projects, ideas, and patterns, and will definitely be hosting more great yarncraft contests in the months to come!This contest may be over, but the Lion Brand group will live on! Keep on submitting your yarn creations to the group and share the wonderful things you make with the rest of the world! Lion Brand Yarn SelectionsEach winner will receive a $25 Lion Brand Yarn coupon, an Instructables patch and stickers. (in alphabetical order) Crochet Goldfish Dread Crocheted Cthulhu Frowny Marshmallows My First Lighthouse Afghan Purple Fans - Childs Afghan Instructables Selections Each winner will receive a $25 Lion Brand Yarn coupon, an Instructables patch and stickers. Ratings Winners* Pageviews Winners Random Winner Log CabinRainbow Afghan Kilt Hose Happiness is awarm gun Knitted Kebaya Monster Socks Random winner selected by robot. *Negative and duplicate votes were eliminated.

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


contest? Answered

I entered my instructable for fall for yarn contest.... but my instrcutable is not shown in the entries page. what should i do?

Question by katheejama wahab 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


New Wool Stainless Steel Yarn from Lion Brand

Our friends from Lion Brand just sent us some of their new Wool Stainless Steel yarn in shimmery black and gray. Now we need to come up with some great projects to show it off!Here's the what-what:75% Wool25% StainlessSemi-conductive (offers a lot of resistance)Size 0 needles, lace weightWe want to wow them with what we can come up with to use this delicate, ethereal fiber. What would you do with it?Post your ideas, pictures or patterns and we'll get to work!

Topic by scoochmaroo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Has anyone used old nylon stockings as crochet yarn such as plastic grocery bags are used.

I was thinking that old nylon stockings could be used as crochet yarn such as plastic grocery bags are used. Has anyone tried it? If so, how did you prepare them and what did you crochet (or make)?

Question by jacaja 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


CAN'T VOTE FOR ME ON THE LION BRAND CONTEST NEED HELP

Hi. I entered a project in the lion brand yarn instructables, and my family and friends have been telling me there is no way to vote for me. anyone else have this prob? thanks. if you know how to fix it please contact me.

Topic by timewarp 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Fastest Knitter to Defend Title

A neat read for those knitters out there!Courtesy of the BBCHazel Tindall, from Shetland, is representing the UK at the international contest in Minneapolis.She was 52 when she was crowned the world's fastest knitter with 255 stitches in three minutes in 2004.The top knitters from across Europe and America will be taking part in the competition.'Good technique'Mrs Tindall said she was brought up in a family where her grandmother was always knitting.She told BBC Scotland: "I managed 255 in three minutes when I became the world's fastest knitter in 2004 and this is the first time I have been invited back to defend the title."I think you need to have good technique and move your hands as little as possible."Everyone has their own way of doing it. I have been knitting for more than half a century." http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/north_east/7238737.stm

Topic by Brennn10 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


What crocheted applique would make a great earflap for a crocheted hat? Answered

Ok so I am making this cool hat and I want to have earflaps like the pattern here, But alas I am a guy and I can't use hearts! I am looking for a simple applique pattern that would look really cool for earflaps, I wanted a dinosaur but I could not find any patterns. Any help would be great! Mahalo, Dan

Question by kemper 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can someone tell me if I'm crocheting correctly? Answered

So I'm trying to make some arm-warmers and I'm making my own pattern.  The pattern I have so far is: 43 ch 3 turning chain 42 dc 3 turning chain But when I'm doing it the pattern is curling on itself. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.  Also note that I'm really green to crocheting so I'm probably just doing something I'm not understanding. So if you don't know, then could you please give advice on the basics? or link to something similar? Thank you!

Question by Iridium7 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Any one ever made a drum carder for combing wool? electric or hand powered?

Question by serenajve 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Giant Knit Animals Storm CHA

Our friends at Lion Brand Yarns recently suffered a collective wave of gigantism when they set about designing this Winter's offering for the Craft and Hobby Association.  What may have started as a collection of delicately detailed stuffed animals has grown to monstrous proportions.  (Monstrously adorable that is!) Scroll through their flickr stream so you can get a fair idea of the full scale of these creatures.  And if that's not enough, come see them in person at this year's Maker Faire! While you're checking out these amazing creations, get your inspiration on for our upcoming Critters Contest with Lion Brand.   Ladies and gentlemen, start your needles!

Topic by scoochmaroo 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Easy Decoration Tips - String Tree Wall Mural

This is a cheap and easy way to decorate your walls with out the hassle of painting or installing wall paper.  It is a string wall mural found on re-nest.  There are so many different ways you can configure string on your wall using this technique!

Topic by Carleyy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Jayne's Hat

Hello! So i want to make a hat like what Jayne Recieves from his mom in the show Firefly. If anyone has seen or is in love with this show, it is something that a guy would want to make. I do a lot of sewing, but have only knit once (a while ago) and am willing to learn to Crotchet. If anyone could check out the hat and provide some opinions on which is best (knit versus crochet), patterns, hints, or maybe post an instructable that would be incredible. There are some places where you can buy them (namely Etsy), but i find more joy in making it. Any takers?

Topic by sanderson-3 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to crochet, a beginners anything?

I believe I have the matierials, two needles, (about 1/4 inch thick, came with a crochet set, the instructions major suck...) and alot of yarn. (Camo yarn, If anyone is interested.) What can I do, as a beginner, to start a basic crochet...row? column? stitch? project? I dont know what you'd call it... Is there any way to crocket aroung something, like that instructable about a pink gun cozy?

Question by PKTraceur 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


are international entries acceptable?

Are international entries accepatable in summer yarn contest?

Topic by creativegirlz 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What do judges look for in a contest?

Question by grooooovy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Game Gloves

I've been looking online recently for some sort of "glove" that you would wear for gaming, instead of having a keyboard. Didnt really find anything.. at least in my price range. So i am going to get the Makey Makey tomorrow from a trade with a friend, i figured this was my best bet. My idea for this glove would be that it have either foil on the tips or that sewing yarn that can be used as wire. There would be a thin Aluminum Sheet that you would tap with the appropriate finger. The aluminum sheet would act as the ground. My other idead would be instead of having the Aluminum Sheet have the tech yarn in the palm of your hand, but this would get uncomfortable after time. I want to make this so i could possibly in the future have two gloves one for each hand. Also, if i was to use the special yarn for electronics, i would have to wear to gloves since the yarn would weave in and out of the glove grounding to your finger. Most likely going to be working on this tomorrow or as soon as i can get some cheap gloves. I'll upload pictures then. any suggestions?

Topic by Blake_surovik 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How do you make your own shag carpet?

More importanly, why did the 70's kick ass? Tips on technique, styles, and materials? I have about 3-4 skiens of camoflauge yarn, I dont know if that will help?

Question by PKTraceur 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Difficulty adding keywords.

Hello, While surfing around Instructables, I noticed some people have phrases in their keywords instead of just single words. I tried to search for the answer, but continue to have difficulty adding more than one word at a time. I found one post stating the words must be separated by commas. So, I typed in the following: HOW,TO,MAKE-T-SHIRT,YARN. Nothing. It divided the words, each on an individual line. Then I found a post stating the words should be separated by a '+' symbol, so I tried it. HOW+TO+MAKE+T-SHIRT+YARN Now the words are scrunched like this: HOWTOMAKET and SHIRTYARN Could someone kindly point me in the right direction? Many thanks! https://www.instructables.com/id/Recycle-T-Shirts-into-Seamless-Yarn/

Topic by WUVIE 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago