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September 14, 2017
Pompom-Along Day 4: Shaping Pompoms
When you make a pompom it naturally comes out in the shape of a circle. But did you know that it’s easy to shape your pompom into something else? All you need is a vision, a pair of scissors and you’re good to go! Read on for fun tutorials and tips on how to shape your pompoms! Tip #1. If you’re just looking to make pompoms into basic shapes, stop by the We Are Knitters blog to learn how to make different shapes! Tip #2. Check out the Mr. Printables blog to learn how to make delicious-...
September 13, 2017
Pompom-Along Day 3: Pompoms vs. Yarn...
Yarn comes in all different thicknesses, or weights. Whether you’re using a pompom maker or a DIY method, you can use whatever weight you want. Different weights guarantee different results and levels of fullness. Fullness is also based on how much you wrap your yarn. Below, we describe the standard yarn weight system and show you what the same size pompom looks like using different weights. The standard yarn weight system goes from a range of 0-7, with size 0 (or lace yarn) being the...
September 12, 2017
Pompom-Along Day 2: Making stripes
Now that you know how to make a basic pompom, it’s time to move on to more advanced techniques. Today, we’re going to show you how to make two different types of striped pompoms. Follow these easy steps using the yarn of your choice for a super cute pompom!   Choose your yarn There’s an unlimited number of combinations of yarn colors/types/weights you can use to make your striped pompom. Use your favorite colors or make a holiday pompom. You can mix and match yarn weights and...
September 11, 2017
Pompom-Along Day 1: How to make a pompom
So you know how to make a basic pompom, but where do you go from there? Are there ways to make different patterns and can you only use one type of yarn? The Craft Yarn Council is here to answer all your pompom questions and show you fun ways to make pompoms and even design your own.   Follow along with us this week for our Pompom-Along! Check out our Instagram and Facebook pages to stay updated on each day’s topic!    Pompom Along Schedule: Day 1: Basic pompom Day 2:...
September 07, 2017
Enter the CYC #PompomParty raffle
You’ve probably heard about the Craft Yarn Council’s fall campaign, #PompomParty. But did you know that we’re also hosting a pompom raffle? That’s right! We’re asking YOU to send us your pompoms - as many as you can! The individual or group who sends us the most pompoms will win an awesome prize - cash! Do you think you have what it takes to be crowned the pompom master? Show us your skills and send us however many pompoms you’d like! The raffle runs from September 11 through October...
September 05, 2017
Join CYC for a #PompomParty
Did you know that pompoms and tassels are the next big thing? From the runway to the department store, pompoms and tassels are making a splash as one of the hottest trends of the year. This fall, the Craft Yarn Council’s campaign #PompomParty will feature fun and creative ways that you can wear or decorate with pompoms and tassels and ways to make your own pompoms. Buy a pompom maker or try a DIY method to make pompoms in all sizes and colors. For even more fun ways to join the party,...
August 31, 2017
A conversation with a CIP master teacher
Ever wondered who’s behind the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program? The program wouldn’t exist without some amazing master teachers who give their time to help people become certified instructors. Read on for an exclusive interview with one of our master teachers, Edie Eckman!
August 29, 2017
Confessions of a beginner - Learning to...
There’s a common misconception that yarn crafts are only for grandmas. Maybe you have a collection of knitted dishcloths sitting in a kitchen drawer or hand-me-downs that have passed through the family for decades. While everyone appreciates grandma’s lovingly knitted or crocheted gifts, they’re often relegated to the storage closet (at least in my experience - sorry grandma!) I used to think this way. My grandma tried to teach me to crochet when I was younger but I just couldn’t get...
August 21, 2017
A conversation with a CIP master teacher
Ever wondered who’s behind the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program? The program wouldn’t exist without some amazing master teachers who give their time to help people become certified instructors. Read on for an exclusive interview with one of our master teachers, Karen Klemp!
August 14, 2017
Why You Should Join the Craft Yarn...
Love to teach others? Have strong basic knit or crochet skills? The kids are going back to school, so why don’t you? Join the thousands of knitters and crocheters who’ve already gained the knowledge and confidence to teach others through the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructor’s Program. The Certified Instructor’s Program equips people with the tools to share their passion for knit and crochet with others and to “stitch it forward”. The program offers many benefits to students,...
August 11, 2017
Humans That Yarn
We’re so excited because our fall campaign is finally here: #HumansThatYarn! Throughout the rest of the year, we’re going to be featuring six unique people who all craft with yarn and whose stories reflect the variety of people who identify as yarnists. We’ll also highlight several other people in the yarn community who have unique stories that anyone can relate to. The point of the campaign is to spotlight the unique people behind yarn crafts, rather than focus on one specific...
August 11, 2017
Humans That Yarn: Sincerely Louise
  Q: What's the longest time you have spent working on one project? A: "The project that had the most hours spent working on it has to be the tiger rug from my book (Faux Taxidermy Knits). The tiger uses almost three kilos of yarn and is knitted on 15mm needles, so he's a big project. When I started designing him I spent a day knitting him on one strand of super chunky on 10mm needles only to find it wasn't quite right. So to my boyfriends dismay I ripped the whole thing back and...