Craft News 16th April 2017

Hello!

Happy Easter Weekend! I hope you’re all having a glorious day. Shame the weather is much greyer than last weekend.

Now that the new website is up and running (HURRAH!) I’m going to try and do a fortnightly post called ‘Craft News’. This will be a collection of my favourite craft news from around the world.

So for the first Craft News EVER, I bring to you…

BABY RHINO BLANKETS!

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I first read about this on the New Zealand Herald website. It’s actually a really sad story. The baby rhinos are made orphans by poachers killing their parents for their horns. Baby rhinos can’t regulate their own temperature and so people from around the world have been knitting baby rhino blankets for them, to help keep them warm during the night!

If you want to get involved there is a Facebook group called Blankets For Baby Rhinos. Photo taken from The Dodo.

My next favourite crafty article from this week is about a proposed 3D knitting machine. Yo’ve probably all heard about 3D printers and how they recreate three dimensional objects by ‘printing’ them out of plastic, well Kniterate is a similar concept, but creating designs out of wool rather than plastics.

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The idea is that you enter into the machine a design you want to create, and it then knits it for you. I think the concept is similar to a snazzy embroidery sewing machine, but for knit wear.

I was very sceptical at first, surely this is just a posh knitting machine, but after watching the video on the Kniterate website, I can see that it is quite a cool idea and would definitely benefit smaller companies and independent knitwear producers. A Kickstarter page has been created to fund Kniterate. With pledges starting at $4,499 though it certainly isn’t cheap, and whilst it is really cool, I think I’ll stick to knitting things the traditional way, with needles and lots of patience!! Picture taken from the Kniterate website.

My third crafty article this week is about a group of women in Massachusetts who are crocheting matts for homeless people from plastic carrier bags. I originally read about this on the Patriot Ledger website and was keen to find more information, as plastic carrier bags are such a nuisance and as they aren’t easily recyclable I have real guilt about what to do with them.

After a minimal amount of searching I found this video on YouTube about how to make Plarn (what a cool name!) and then this brilliant article on the website 1millionwomen.com that gives much more detailed instructions about how to make the matts and the plarn. Photo taken from there too! I’m definitely going to give this a go in the near future.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the first ever Craft News! Get in touch if you have any craft news you’d like me to cover!

Bye for now, I’m off to eat chocolate!

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