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Yarn Bowl

Here is another of my ceramic masterpieces. It actually started off really well, then when I was trimming the bottom, I made a hole. Also, one of the sides was thin and broke (hence the swirly design). So I decided to turn it into a really cool yarn bowl.

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I think my favorite part about this bowl is the color. I used a glaze called “blue ice” and, although it has bubbles and is dripping in areas, it came out really beautiful and I like that the edges didn’t keep the glaze. Well done, me!

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Soap Saver

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Loop & Leaf

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loopleaflogo“We are a yarn shop specializing in unique, artisan yarns designed to enlighten & inspire. A few brands we carry: Habu, Shibui, Handmaiden, Lorna’s Laces, Jade Sapphire, Lantern Moon, Araucania, Koigu, Madelinetosh….”

Loop & Leaf is a shop located in Santa Barbara, CA and has recently become my go-to place for all things yarn. Not only do they carry a wide variety of yarns, the staff pays attention to each customer as if they were the only one in the store. This might mean you will have to wait your turn, but it is a turn worth waiting. The owner, Celeste, and her staff are very knowledgeable and eager to help in any situation.

The shop also offers classes and tutorials, an area where you can sit and get help on your item (while drinking a wonderful cup of tea), yarn winding, and an index of folks who can help in the event that the staff may not be able to.

If you are ever in the Santa Barbara area I recommend checking this place out, regardless of your yarn necessity or lack thereof.

Website: www.loopandleaf.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoopLeaf

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All photographs are property of Loop & Leaf.

Computer Sleeve

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Plarn

I know this has been covered everywhere on the internet, but I think it is such a fun, simple idea. For those of you who have not read up on this, plarn is a portmanteau, or blend, word that was created to describe the product of making plastic strands to use as yarn. If you have an excess of plastic bags laying around making plarn is a wonderful way to upcycle. Crocheted or knitted items made from plarn are great gifts, however you may end up just keeping them for yourself because they are that neat!

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create your own plarn:

Supplies – Plastic bags, scissors

  1. Make the plastic bag flat by folding at the creases (like the way it would have been packaged).plarn2
  2. Fold it length-wise over itself, keeping the width about the same size as the handle.plarn3plarn4
  3. Get your scissors and cut the bottom off, then cut across the folds. I usually keep the sections between 1/2-1 inch, however set the size to what you need – the thickness of the plarn and width of the sections are directly proportional.plarn5plarn6
  4. Attach each section to the next by looping one circle around the other and pulling it through.plarn7plarn8plarn9plarn10
  5. When you are done attaching each section you will have a strand of plarn. Continue doing this until you have enough to create your item. You can keep attaching more to the end if you find yourself in a shortage.plarn11
  6. Now you can begin crocheting (or knitting) your item!plarn12plarn13

New Stuff Coming Soon!

New Stuff Coming Soon!

Hopefully whoever found this where I left it loves crocheted stuffs!

Shut up, yarn!

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I am visually stimulated very easily. Before going to a yarn store I have to budget how much I can spend and then wait for the right moment when I am feeling in control. The vast array of colors and materials call out to all of my senses. Yarn can be very manipulative, “Take me home with you! Don’t you want to feel how soft I am? Aren’t I the most attractive color you’ve ever seen? Don’t you love me?” Shut up, yarn! I am only one person, with very few Benjamins (or Grants, or Jacksons, or Hamiltons…).

When I see a color, I imagine all of the possibilities. I rarely go to the store with a pattern or project in mind. I usually get my inspiration from the yarn. I once had a professor in college who told my fellow classmates and me that you can force creativity. I have no doubt that some people can. I am not so fortunate. When I try to force it, the project usually looks awful. I have pretty much come to terms with this and, therefore, wait for inspiration, then strike while the iron is hot. This does pose a problem, however, since inspiration is not always considerate of time. I do find that to help my muse, I can remain open to creative thoughts, vibes, ideas that pass through my life. For instance, during the time when I would normally be able to craft, and if I am sans inspiration, then I look at craft websites, or I go to a yarn store, or I hike through the foothills, anything that will take the pressure off so I can let the creative juices flow.

What about you? Do you work through your creative block? Or do you wait for a gift from your muse?

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