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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Crocheted Olaf

We love the movie "Frozen" in our house and Olaf, the snowman, is one of our favorite characters.  Since the Knit and Crochet Show was happening in the heat of the summer, I thought it would be fun to include a large crocheted Olaf - since he is always dreaming of summer!

Olaf sat right near the front desk to greet everyone as they arrived.
He was a big hit!
I enjoyed making him using Red Heart's Buttercup yarn.
On the last afternoon of the conference we took everything down and loaded up my van with all of the yarn art.  Olaf fit perfectly in the child's car seat for the short ride home. :)
This pattern of Olaf will be available later in the fall - check back here (or better yet, enter your email address into the "Follow by Email" rectangle on the upper right - you'll receive an email of each new post).

Monday, September 1, 2014

Red Heart sponsored the Knit and Crochet Show Yarn Bomb

Thank you to Red Heart yarns for sponsoring the Yarn Bomb project at the Knit and Crochet Show.
They sent all kinds of great yarn that I used to create most of the projects shown in the gardens in the previous post -

Unforgettable - Boutique Unforgettable Looks like wool but is 100% acrylic and soft.  Each skein has a lot of yardage and comes in beautiful color combos.

 Vivid - VividSuper chunky yarn in super bright colors - work up quick  - perfect for yarn bombs!
Reflective - ReflectiveBright colors with a reflective thread throughout.

Gumdrop - GumdropSuper soft and comes in bright colorways that are great for projects for kids (or yarn bombs - :) ).

Swanky - Boutique Swanky - Oval color-matching sequins add a ton of sparkle to all the gem tones and it's affordable!

(Visit www.redheart.com to order these yarns or visit your local craft store.)

Here I am in the Red Heart Booth in the Expo Center filled with all of the great yarn vendors.

This large art piece was made with the Reflective yarn in a rainbow of colors and then stretched across a large hoop.  When photographed with flash, the reflective thread in the yarn shines.

Here is the same project without the flash:

This giant Celtic Knot Heart sat on a table in the booth - I crocheted with the Vivid yarn for this project and mounted it to a piece of cardboard.

Be on the lookout for these patterns to be made available here!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Garden Photos of the Knit and Crochet Show Yarn Bomb

There are several gardens all throughout the lobby of the hotel and they were a perfect spot to add some cute creatures and crochet artwork.

One of my daughters created the bird nests and this cute little blue bird.

Butterflies should be in every garden!

And, of course, flowers, too!

We see hummingbirds and ladybugs in our garden all summer long so I had to add them here.

Another one of my daughters crocheted the ladybugs.

The circular and flower-like shape of doilies also make a great addition to the greens of the gardens.

Everyone loved this giant toadstool.

This is a sparkly crocheted wind chime that hung from a tree in the lounge.

All photos of the yarn bomb will be posted on a page to the left and on my Pinterest page - CelKnotCrochet/Jennifer E Ryan.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Indoor Photos of the K & C Show Yarn Bomb!

Yarn bombs are traditionally done outdoors but when I met with the hotel management back in February, I saw the Center of NH (Radisson Hotel) in a new light - its indoor gardens, lounge and railings were a perfect blank canvas for colorful yarn art!

**A special THANK YOU goes out to Carol Meyer (the Conference Manager of the hotel) for all of her support and encouragement that helped make this yarn bomb happen! ***

So, on the day before the conference started, my family and I and Pat decorated the inside of the hotel lobby with beautiful squares from around the country and art pieces we made.

The front desk was completed first so everyone would see this upon checking in.

There is a wonderful lounge with large windows in the hotel lobby -For the conference it was called "The Serenity Zone" - It was a regular hang out for all attendees
 and perfect for working on your latest project while meeting new people.
We covered every chair and lamp!
One of the knitters in the Concord, NH area donated this full blanket to the project!
It looked great over the baby grand piano and will be donated to a local charity in the fall.
Anna Morgan of the NYC Crochet Guild made over 100 squares for our yarn bomb!  She helped out a lot by also sewing them together in sets of 5 - I enjoyed seeing her arrive and recognize her squares.

The railings turned out to be a great place to hang special squares.
This one was crocheted by one of my daughters (age 9) out of Red Heart's reflective yarn.  We love how it comes to life with the flash!

And, of course, we couldn't leave the bathroom bare . . . .
This reflective square was made by my oldest daughter (age 12).

And this square was knitted by my grandmother, who is 91 and still crafting!
She has passed on a wealth of creative genes and inspiration to our family.
Since Manchester was once a milling town with large factories (powered by the Merrimack River) that produced cotton and fabric, there are some antique spinning wheels in the Millyard museum and here in the lobby of the hotel.  Its large circle was a perfect place for a giant doily - I used Red Heart's Vivid yarn (which is super chunky) and a simple doily pattern from Lacy Crochet.
More photos of the Yarn Bomb pieces in the hotel indoor gardens to come!

Monday, August 11, 2014

More photos of the Yarn Bomb at the Knit and Crochet Show - July 2014

After 2 1/2 days of installing the various yarn bomb pieces, I finally had time to sit on one of the park benches and enjoy the view!
All of the pieces looked great.  They added warmth, color, style and heart to the courtyard.
These pretty pieces greeted attendees at the front entrance to the hotel  - Yarn bombing just makes you smile!

Notice the cute dog sculpture. . .

 . . .and this trash can never looked so good!
A few close-ups of some squares - it rained hard the night we installed the pieces but everything held up well.

This tree looked great with the colorful granny squares wrapped around it.  It was one of the only trees you could see from inside the hotel through the large glass walls.

This piece appeared in a yarn bomb last May (2013) at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester (just a short drive from the hotel).  My crochet students and I crocheted the pieces - its fun to recycle yarn art! (Click here to see photos of that event)
Throughout the weekend I observed many people sitting on these benches resting, reading, knitting and crocheting.  I wish our yarn art could have stayed up all summer.