learn. donate. help.

First things first: Black lives matter.

Looking to learn? I found How to be an Antiracist (library availability) as well as Me and White Supremacy (library availability) two good places to start. I’m currently reading The Torture Letters (library availability) and earlier today was alerted to this Map and Reflection Guide.

Looking to donate? Please, I ask if you can to focus on local organizations. My experience is that during national/global events large non-profits receive funds while small groups needs are neglected. The pandemic has decimated nonprofit funding. My dollars are going to organizations that provide mental health services (such as Cluster). There are also bail funds and legal defense funds.

Looking for more ways to help? VOTE. If you are going to a protest, wear a mask as the global health pandemic of Covid-19 hasn’t magically disappeared.

Still here? If you choose to purchase one of my patterns either directly from this site or Ravelry, thank you. Not only do I do a happy dance (every. single. time.), it allows me to increase my budget and invest back in the fiber arts community. BIOPOC in Fiber is an incredible resource I rely on as I work to make positive change.

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Occasionally I gather links of interest together for one post instead of just sharing on social media. Here are a few that recently caught my attention.

General Interest

It’s time! Tickets for the 2016 New York Sheep & Wool Festival are now on sale! It’s October 15 & 16th. If that alone weren’t enough, RSVP Now for a customer appreciation party with Cooperative Press!

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Chicago on Saturday September 10th, Lorna’s Laces is having a Mill End Sale! They’ll be open from 10-2 CDT (at 4229 N Honore St # 9, Chicago, IL 60613) during the Ravenswood Art Walk.

Brooklyn has a new yarnstore! It’s called Woolyn and is at 105 Atlantic Ave (between Henry & Hicks Streets), in other words, a block from the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. I’m trying not to take it personally how exciting Brooklyn has become since we left and moved to Westchester 7 years ago.

Miriam Felton has launched a new project — the Construction Papers. A zine for makers?! Yes!!

Knit

I love maths and knitting maths make my heart sing. Stephanie of Space Cadet will teach you about the The Rule of Thirds.

Crochet

Are you looking for some new crochet stitches? Beth Graham has a great craftsy class, Fun & Fantastic Textured Crochet Stitches. Once you’ve made a bunch of highly textured shapes, create new designs with the skills you learn in Seaming Crochet by Lindsey Stephens. Which is great because then Edie Eckman can help you turn those designs into patterns with her Real-Time Online Crochet Pattern Writing Workshop.

Spin

Are you ready for Spinzilla? It’s gasp, just over a month away, October 3-9, 2016! If that doesn’t make you feel as if the year has flown by, registration opens September 1st! Remember your registration helps to support NAMP, Needle Arts Mentoring Program!

Weave

I know it’s now last minute (I kept meaning to share), but perhaps you want to join Liz Gipson in a Doubleweave Throw Weave-Along?

… around the web

Occasionally I gather links of interest together into one post instead of only sharing on social media. Here are a few that recently caught my attention.

new blogger & booksalert

Did you know Meg Swansen blogs? She doesn’t post frequently, but have you seen all the new goodies at Schoolhouse Press? Estonian Knitting 1, Traditions & Techniques looks amazing.

sizing and fit demystified

Jill Wolcott writes eloquently about fit, sizing, and how that relates to knitting. She began with a look into industry standards; that led into how yarn choices, substitutions, and fabric influence fit. She’s now started to explore and explain how to adjust sizing. Want more? She has a Craftsy class on combining the humble knit and purl stitch in elegant ways.

new podcast

Craft Is Dead, Long Live Craft. I struggle with the need to ask you to buy my patterns or hire my services. I’m fascinated by this new podcast. I’m behind on my listening, but the first episode caught my attention!

new advice column

Lindsey Stephens began a new feature on her blog, Ask Lindsey. In a recent post, she answers the question of blocking afghan squares. Unsure about seaming? You’re in luck! Lindsey teaches a Craftsy class too! Hers looks into the essentials of seaming crochet.

new knitty

Have you checked out the latest Knitty? Did you do so from a tablet? Did you notice how awesome it is? Thanks to patreon support, Amy was able to make Knitty better. Liz Gipson discusses weaving linen. Miriam Felton explores cluster crochet stitches. And Lorilee Beltman explains how to use Judy’s Magic Cast on as a tubular cast on, it’s my favourite way to do a tubular cast on!

new home

Fridays with Franklin has a new home at the Makers’ Mercantile.

more links

In addition to this blog and monthly newsletter, you can also like and follow little acorn creations on facebook, on twitter as @creativeacorns, ravelry, pinterest, and instagram.

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Occasionally I gather links of interest and together in one post instead of just sharing on social media. Here are a few that recently caught my attention.

While how we use sticks and string to create fabric has not changed in centuries, the textile and crafts business definitely has. Here are a few links that highlight how the internet has refashioned this business.

Earlier this week, Abby Glassenberg posted that Craftsy Potentially to Launch Fabric and Yarn Lines. The CEO of Craftsy replied with Craftsy Responds: An Open Letter from CEO John Levisay. A few years ago, Kim Werker penned this great article on The Fair, the Unfair and the Ugly: Working for Free and Working for Pay.

Spoonflower received $25M in funding to continue growing.

In a different approach to funding, Knitty launched a Patreon campaign to help keep the magazine free and help fund improvements to the site. Amy just passed their second milestone Congrats! Let’s help Amy, Jillian, and Kate hire an Editorial Assistant/Project Manager!

Ending on a more creative note, Franklin Habit just announced a new project with Skacel, called Fridays with Franklin. This is a great project with the best ingredients: Franklin Habit, Skacel, and of course the most important: ideas. The first post is up now and we’ll have to wait two more weeks for the next one. Franklin will post about what happens when he plays with what Skacel makes. In his words: “There will be knitting, crochet, weaving, felting, and anything else my overly twisted little personage can dream up. There will be stuff that works, and stuff that doesn’t, and (I hope) a great deal of fun.” I’m looking forward to this new series and hope that the process Franklin shares will help influence me to stop showing only the projects that work but also the paths along the way and the ones that didn’t or the ones that come out very different than when first designed.

… around the web

I find many interesting things around the web. While I share many of them through twitter as @creativeacorns, pinterest, and on my tumblr site, occasionally I gather them here.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot + Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield + a special sock = love! ♥

Happy Fuzzy Yarn is looking to make space in their studio. There’s an auction of fibre, yarn, and fabric happening over at Facebook through April 19th. Good luck!

2015-04-03-2DayDishclothSeveral designers decided to have a 48 hour design challenge. Andi designed a fun 2 Day Dishcloth. I dove into my stash and quickly knitted one up, unintentionally it looks like my front yard with grass starting to appear amid the snow.

Beth Graham wrote up two great ball-band inspired dishcloths for crochet and knit!

For textiles in Maine, a rebirth – New manufacturers, mindful of costs and the environment, open a fresh chapter in the state’s long history of the industry.

The eloquent Abby Glassenberg shares Why “Where’s Your Inspiration?” Isn’t a Good Question. It really doesn’t matter where you work, just show up and do the work.

The Bolivian women who knit parts for hearts – this combination of craft, technology, and medicine is inspiring.

Author and Designer Larissa Brown found 10 Unsung Shawls that are Awesome, that beautiful deep red shawl featured on the post happens to be Larissa’s own Dactyl Shawl, that I sample knit.

I recently wrote about why I photograph my morning cup of coffee (this morning was the first morning in the sunroom!) and offered some spring cleaning tips for your website.

Tonight we’ll sit down to the first seder with the maztoh cover I embroidered last year. May all enjoy a happy and healthy weekend.

… around the web

I find many interesting things around the web. While I share many of them through twitter as @creativeacorns and on my tumblr site, occasionally I gather them here.

I am a strong fan of style sheets for consistency. I’m still finalizing the little acorn creations writing style guide (which will bring consistency to my posts), and I rely on the style guide I developed for my knitting and crochet patterns. While I would love to help you create one for your own pattern writing needs, Cooperative Press offers guided worksheets to help knitters and crocheters to develop their own. They are also discussed in Kate Atherley‘s new book Pattern Writing for Knit Designers. Still not sure the benefit? Style guides are how NASA stays beautiful.

Knitters and crocheters love to make things for others, making is my default thank you (after writing a note). It was fun to join a group to make thank you gifts again this year for the awesome crew at Tom Bihn. They work hard to produce functional and well made bags and provide amazing customer service. They then surprised us (or at least me) with a beautiful followup post documenting all the gifts. May all the thank you gifts be enjoyed in health and happiness. We’re getting an early start next year, come join the Ravelry group to take part!

6 Questions For The White House’s Maker-In-Chief Stephanie Santoso. This initiative for increased making fascinates me, while I agree with the President that “[o]ur parents and our grandparents created the world’s largest economy and strongest middle class not by buying stuff, but by building stuff — by making stuff, by tinkering and inventing and building”, I grew up making and not buying. I’m both absolutely fascinated and perplexed by this new push to raise awareness; I think I’m happiest at how easy it is to find decent materials and that I’m no longer alone trying to make everything I can. I also appreciate Santoso’s definition of maker, “a maker is somebody who creates something with a certain set of skills. A maker could be somebody who is really passionate about sewing and embroidery or it could be someone with a love of carpentry.”

It wasn’t news to me, making is good for you. Baking is good for your mental health, according to this article, Therapists Now Encourage Cooking and Baking as Cures for Depression. There are many more reports coming out about the cognitive benefits to crafting. Are you surprised?

Do you want to make 2015 a #yearofmaking, but aren’t sure how exactly to start? Kim Werker can help you start with her new ebook. I’ve not spoken much about my participation in this project here and I keep neglecting to share my instagram posts to social media beyond my personal sites. It’s been an amazing year and helped me think more about everything I make. Please join me in 2015!

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