Sunday, January 12, 2014

Of Course Your Man Can Craft

Hope everyone's new year is off to a great start!
Lots in the craft-world news lately about men. I am wondering why it seems like such a novelty--after all, the urge to make something with one's own 2 hands is decidedly human. Societal norms have designated certain crafts as feminine or masculine, but I say, everyone just make whatever makes you happy! It's about the act and process of creating something, selecting the materials for it, building it and seeing the results! Here's a recent article about men knitting to de-stress in the UK. [an easy on the eyes example!]
Some very talented gentlemen who span a gamut of needlecraft talents, among other things, will be talking about it next weekend at Vogue Knitting LIVE! (the amazing yarn-o-philes dream of a show in New York) 
FREE PANEL: Sunday, January 19
12:30 PM-1:30 PM: Men at Work- How They Turned Their Passion into Their Careers
Project Runway's Suede, Steven Be, Josh Bennett, John Brinegar, and Franklin Habit discuss their creative work in a female dominated field. 
[Copied from Vogue Knitting LIVE! event page]It should prove to be interesting and inspiring--though I am a little biased... 
I will be in the Marketplace helping out at the SuedeSays booth on the 6th floor. Read here what Suede is up to, and come visit!
...and keep creating! Or at least try it!

K.Sutherland Knits (?)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy 2014

Happy New Year!
As usual the end of the year was met with a flurry of activity. Did you make any holiday gifts this year? I made: A chunky knit headband for my sister-in-law. A coffee cozy for my dad. A beer cozy (with skull and cross bones!) for my brother.
from Etsy Blog -Featuring Felted Dreams
Of course I forgot to take pics of all of them, but using your imagination and Ravelry, you, too, could make them yourself!
Now, time to sit down and think on the new year ahead! 
Vogue Knitting LIVE will be here in New York in a few weeks! Such a great place to get ideas and supplies for yarn projects. Knitting, after all, was the #5 thing in Google's "how-to" searches in 2013!
I did not do much sewing last year, so I'd like to get back in to that. Thinking a simple dress.
For something new, perhaps an embroidery tutorial? Urban Threads has such fresh, fun embroidery projects.
Kollabora has tons of inspiration in their Kollabora 'best of'...sewing, knitting and all kinds of fun!
In any case, I wanted to write before it got much further into January! I hope the year is off to a good start for all and that 2014 is a wonderful journey!
Tell me your crafty plans!