Wishing everyone a happy, healthy Thanksgiving holiday! Stay warm, eat well, and love those you are thankful for!
I can’t get over the incredibly detailed, beautiful crochet work of artist Xenobia Bailey.
I’m surprised I’d never heard of her before recently! Her designs have been featured in TV and movies; she’s had exhibits in museums; she’s well-known in the art community, and she even had her own Absolut vodka ad.
A Seattle native, Xenobia is known for her large-scale crochet pieces and mandalas, consisting of concentric circles and repeating patterns, as well as her bold hats (which established her career) and costumes. Influenced by Africa, China, various religions, and the 1970s—among other things—she works mostly in single stitch crochet, and uses mostly acrylic and cotton yarns and plastic pony beads.
Besides her outstanding crochet art, Xenobia also creates installations, short stories, cookbooks, and does critical writing.
“I make art to stay sane, to be centered and be able to reflect on myself, my psychological state,” Xenobia says. “You know, it’s a psychological mapping of where I am, where I am trying to go. It’s a way of expressing and of growing.”
To many mothers, a serious concern these days is that their kids aren’t utilizing their imaginations enough. Surrounded by iPads, smart phones, and computers, lots of parents worry that the constant feed of pre-calculated entertainment and screens will stunt children’s ability to develop their creativity.
A great way to curb this is by giving kids plenty of time where they aren’t watching a screen of any kind. Time where they get excited to use their imaginations and be creative.
Crochet at Play, by the amazing Kat Goldin, can work wonders. This collection of thirty patterns will spark your little ones’ ideas by giving them bright, cozy blankets, rugs, toys, pillows, and clothes to play with. This irresistible collection is for newborns up to six-year-olds, and is for any level of crocheter —even if you’re brand new at it.
The book is divided into the chapters Head & Shoulders; Fingers, Knees, & Toes; Whole Self; and The Play Room. How cute!!! It takes you through basic stitches and techniques with advice on materials, equipment, and suppliers. Every pattern has step-by-step instructions accompanied by sweet, lovely photography by Kat herself.
Kat is a mother of three who began crocheting as a child. Disappointed with the patterns she was finding, she began designing her own pieces and sharing her projects on her blog. Now, with Crochet at Play, she is helping parents understand the importance of unlocking the world of their kids’ creativity.
“I want these projects to be fun to make, fun to wear, and fun to see,” Kat says.
Mission accomplished! You can purchase Crochet at Play here—just be sure to get the correct version, since the UK uses different terms and abbreviations than the US does.
Suuuuuuuch a cute idea!
This one’s for all you bookworms out there—or maybe also for those who just love adorable knitwear! Audry Nicklin (of the blog Bear Ears) presents ten literature-inspired knit patterns including socks, gloves, shawls, scarves, a toboggan, and one amazing hoodie. She calls this clever collection “Lit Knits”, and you can have them, too!
I would love to make the entire lot of them and give them away as Christmas gifts to my nieces and nephews. Scroll through the slideshow below to check out pieces inspired by The Secret Garden, Robin Hood, Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, and more.
What book-inspired pieces would you come up with? We’d love to hear!
You can order either a physical or digital version of Lit Knits here.
Check out these adorable knitted wigs by London photographer Louise Walker!
Mainly a commercial photographer, but also an incredible knitter, Louise calls these lovely pastel portraits “Wooly Head”, and each one of the wigs/photos represents a different era in hair history.
Anyone who draws from the past is an inspiration! Especially when they are talented knitting beasts!
Chic-a was founded in 2007 by Joanna Reyes. Born out of an idea to create something practical, yet fun and colorful for knitting and crochet projects, Joanna designed and crafted the Quick Draw Project Bag. Responding to immediate popularity, Joanna continued to develop products to meet the growing demand, and out of this, Chic-a was born.
After 10 wonderful years in business and meeting countless amazing people who have helped make this venture possible, the Chic-a offices are closing their doors. Our products will no longer be manufactured, but you can still find some in retail stores. Click here to find one near you.
If you have any questions about Chic-a, please contact Chicaknitting@gmail.com