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21 Jun

Men Who Knit and Crochet

Most of us, if asked to assign a majority sex to a particular hobby or activity would probably have a few if not all of these on their list for men–football, hunting, golf, fishing, chess, poker, model making, car tinkering, and smoking cigars.

But knitting and crocheting? Unlikely.

This Father’s Day, we’ve decided to shine light on the community of men and boys who knit and crochet–a community of over two million in the US alone, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the Craft and Yarn Council.

Let’s be clear. No, we don’t think Men’s Knitting is the New Yoga. Or that men’s knitting and crocheting will overtake Football as America’s favorite national pastime–in the near future.

But “thriving” and “vibrant”? Indeed. However way you choose to see it, in this century, women aren’t the only ones who knit and crochet as a leisure activity, men are returning to the craft, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Numerous online articles feature this trend:

Men who knit can join the very active online community of the same name that was formed to “promote and inspire knitting amongst men” and includes blog links, instructions, features finished and ongoing projects by members, and information on Men Knitting and Crocheting Retreats and Clubs, of which there are more than a handful in the US and UK.

On Facebook, there are a few Community pages for Men’s Knitting Retreats groups. Below is an image of the Men’s Mid-West Knitting Retreat attendees from last November.

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Scanning through the comments section of Real Men Crochet! a youtube video on Action Wipes’ channel, which has garnered nearly 23,000 views, we find men of all ages, young boys, and teenagers excited about crocheting and knitting.

Cheskydivision shared a story about his teenage son “who gets teased a lot for crocheting as much as he receives praise from friends but never comes home with his creations as they end up being gifted.”

Joetherocku2ube: Dude, I really enjoy working with my hands too. I make tons of beanies as well as survival bracelets. Male, married, 44 years old.

TheRommannEmpire: I’m 12 now and I’ve been crocheting since I was 7. I learned to crochet from a book with no help from anyone.

Explore Pinterest, like Carrie Carpenter’s channel, to see images of movie stars, musicians, and sports celebrities knitting and crocheting, including David Arquette, Ryan Gosling, George Lucas, Laurence Fishburne, Ewan McGregor, Russell Crowe, Kurt Cobain, Paul Rudd.

Hollywood Knit for Breast Cancer Research featured David Arquette on their mission statement cover, as he’s known to be an avid knitter.

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AuntPeaches.com includes Ryan Gosling in a post titled Sexy Men Who Knit.

ryan-gosseling-knitting-640Several online articles and a podcast pop up about Gregory Patrick, formerly homeless, and now has a book out about his story. Here’s his blog, where he also sells his book: Mad Man Knitting.

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We’ll end here with Moral Courage Project’s recent youtube video featuring Alvin Irby: I Crochet in the Subway and I Don’t Care What People Think. 

Inspiring.

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If you’re interested in reading more about the history of knitting, Knitty.com’s History 101 by Julie Theaker is an excellent place to start.

Happy Father’s Day!

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2 Jun

Happy Pub Day!

Hope you’ve got your passport handy, because we’re about to send you straight into a strange and magical world…of knitting! Today we are thrilled to publish Geek Knits: Over 30 Projects for Fantasy Fanatics, Science Fiction Fiends, and Knitting Nerds by Joan of Dark (aka Toni Carr). This fun and fashionable compendium of knitting patterns definitely leans toward the Dark Side, but who says the Dark Side can’t be chic and colorful, too?

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With projects ranging from easy to advanced, there’s something here for everyone: sci-fi lovers, dice rollers, and fantasy enthusiasts alike. And if you’re less into the culture and just need something unique to hold your comic book collection, we’ve got that covered, too.

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Inside you’ll find fun and funky projects modeled by some very familiar faces, including René Auberjonois of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his Blue Box Scarf, John Carpenter and his Asylum Comic Book Cover, even George R. R. Martin with his trusty knitted Dire Wolf!

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George R. R. Martin

Whether you consider yourself aligned with the Chaotic Good or take a more Neutral Evil approach to life (and knitting), Geek Knits has everything you need to dress the part. It’s chic to be geek!

Photo by Kyle Cassidy

Author Joan of Dark

Snag your copy now!

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5 May

Happy Pub Day!

April showers bring May flowers…and also two new craft books for your collection! Today we’re pleased as punch to publish Big Knits by Martin Storey and Draw Face in 15 Minutes by Jake Spicer.

IMG_9988Looking for plus-size knitting patterns to suit your contemporary style? Big Knits: 20 Stylish Designer Knits in Generous Sizes Using Rowan Yarn is everything you’ve come to expect from acclaimed Rowan designer Martin Storey, and will appeal to women of all sizes. These beautiful designs are perfect for modern women who want practical yet chic knits that will serve the large figure well. Here are flattering looks for every occasion, including cardigans and sweaters, summery tops, and even some simple wraps and stoles, with an emphasis on softly wrapping shapes—ideal for fuller figures. IMG_9886

The book contains comprehensive size and measurement charts, clear step-by-step pattern directions, as well as helpful dos and don’ts and tons of advice on garment sizes and shapes, details, textures, and colors that will complement a curvaceous figure. These designs are for women everywhere looking to sport a comfortable, contemporary style that finally fits their shape.

And for something a little different from our usual needlework books, be sure to pick up a copy of Draw Faces in 15 Minutes by Jake Spicer! By the time you finish this book, you’ll have all the skills you need to achieve a striking likeness in a drawn portrait, using a proven method from a professional life-drawing teacher.  Draw Faces 1

Artist and life-drawing expert Jake Spicer, the principal teacher of the Brighton and London Life Drawing Sessions, takes you through a series of carefully crafted tutorials, from how to put together a basic portrait sketch to developing your portraits and then taking your drawings further. Draw Faces 2

From understanding and constructing the head and shaping the hair, to checking the relationships of the features and achieving a lifelike expression, every aspect of the portrait process is examined, along with advice on which materials to use and how to find a model. 

Inside you’ll find beautifully illustrated, easy-to-follow, step-by-step chapters that make it easy for anyone to draw a face–maybe even your own! 

Order your copies now!

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18 Jan

Goodreads Giveaway: Floral Knits by Martin Storey

During winter on the east coast, admittedly, there are many mornings when I wish we could all run around perfectly warm and cozy wearing this all day:

snowsuit But, let’s face it, only babies and possibly Beyonce could get away with wearing this.

So today’s post and Goodreads Giveaway is an extension of our Freebie Friday post where we shared a FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD so you can knit an all-season matching set of very feminine, stylish, and pretty tulip-inspired beret and fingerless gloves from Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs by Martin Storey.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Floral Knits by Martin Storey

Floral Knits

by Martin Storey

Giveaway ends January 22, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Floral Knits is a brilliant collection of colorful nature-themed knit designs to dress your body AND decorate your home–from vests, pull-overs, scarves, shrugs, cardigans, purses, to coasters, blankets, pillows, as well as flower petal accessories. Enter now for a chance to win one of 20 copies. If you miss the deadline, which is this Thursday, January 22, Floral Knits is available at your favorite bookseller. FloralKnits

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Tagged with: floral, flowers, how to knit, knit fashion, Knitters, knitting, Martin Storey, smpcraft, yarn
16 Jan

Freebie Friday: Tulip Beret (and fingerless gloves)

Matchy matchy! Back in May last year, we fell in love with Martin Storey’s Tulip Fingerless Gloves, one of 25 projects found in his delightful book, Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs. We gave you the pattern as a free download. We realized then and still believe now that these brilliant fingerless gloves are an all-season accessory, just as perfectly at home accompanying a bright camisole on a Spring day as they are providing an extra (albeit stylish, feminine, and flattering) layer of warmth during frostier times–like now, on this exceptionally windy and nippitty NYC Friday night. So we’re offering the matching Tulip Beret as this FRIDAY’S FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD.

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And come back on Sunday–when we start our Sunday Goodreads Giveaway, and you can enter for a chance to win one of 20 copies of Floral Knits! If you simply can’t wait, it’s available now at your favorite bookseller:

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Tagged with: beanies, beret, fingerless gloves, floral fashion, flowers, how to knit, how to make a beanie

Author of the Month

This month, we sit down with Marisa Edghill, craft designer, washi tape aficionado, and author of Washi Style! Make it with paper tape. Marisa grew up in a house filled with glitter, pretty paper, and an inherent love of craft. Which is to say her love of all things handmade started early! Well-known for her washi tape creations, Marisa blogs about her crafty adventures online at omiyageblogs.ca.
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Marisa Edghill author of Washi Style

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Your little monster will be the envy of the bus stop with this Project of the Month: a little lamb hat and neck ruff with matching legwarmers and mittens from More Monster Knits for Little Monsters 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat and Mitten Sets to Knit.In a stylish cream color (not as white as snow) people will be asking, Mary who?

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