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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Authentically Handmade: Kickstart a Professional Creative Community

Can you really be sure an item you see online is made by hand? Soon it will be easier to know! is a project to champion indie crafts online.  This site will be a curated showcase of talented artists from around the world--not an e-commerce site, but a virtual place where artisans and artists meet those in search of authentic handmade goods.

Think of the difference between an anything-goes flea market and a juried craft show or curated art museum collection. Natalia Laczko, an Australian living in Brazil, has studied art history and textile design, making her just the person to champion the efforts of creative people in the global marketplace.  Everything I have seen so far indicates this will be a highly professional website and should attract some outstanding talent.

For more information on this project, check out the following:

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Weasley Twin Christmas Scarves

In the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Molly Weasley gives the twins, Fred and George, scarves instead of her usual sweaters.  I decided to try my hand at copying those scarves.  You can buy one on Etsy now!

I knit a pair of these scarves in tubular fashion (lazy way to avoid weaving in all those pesky yarn ends) before watching the Christmas scene from the movie again and realizing the scarves were knit flat and very wide, so when they curled at the edges (as stockinette stitch will do) they were still wide enough to be decent scarves.  Now I have cast on a flat scarf to be more screen accurate. Will post scarf #3 when it is finished.