Medium Monday 7-22-13

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Medium Monday

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Yarn –

..:: Definition: Spun thread used for knitting, weaving, or sewing. ::..

Types:

Yarn can be made of many materials, both natural and synthetic, and comes in nearly every color.

 There are many animal furs that can be made into yarn, some being sheep’s wool, alpaca, llama, cashmere, mohair, Angora, and more rarely; camel, yak, buffalo, and many others.

Some plants can also be made into yarn, the most common being cotton. But there are also yarns made of linen, bamboo, hemp and soy, though they aren’t as soft as cotton, or animal fur yarns.

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Using Yarn:

There are many, many ways to use yarn and string. Crocheting and knitting are the most common ways to use yarn, and they are usually used when making blankets, scarves, sweaters, hats, and many other things.

Some people also “yarn bomb” the streets. It’s when they wrap things, like tree trunks, with colorful yarn. Quite fun!

It takes patience to work with yarn, it can be a long and slow process. Both knitting and crocheting are done with tools that help work the yarn; crochet hooks and knitting needles. They usually start out by making a “row” or “chain” of worked yarn. Layering new rows onto the first, eventually creating fabric from the yarn.

My View:

My grandmother crochets every single day, she makes something new every day, and I have quite a lot of the things she’s made. I use most of them daily, and they are incredibly useful.

Even though my grandma can make things by crocheting, I cannot crochet, or knit for that matter. But I can finger knit. I use my finger weaved ropes to create stuffed animals and dolls. I’ve also made dog sweaters and scarves out of finger knitting.

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I also collect fox hats made of yarn! ♥

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Thanks for reading!

All photos are mine!

First photo is an octopus made of finger knitting.

Second photo: knitted blankets, crocheted place mat, yarn head band, and crochet hot dish pad.

Third photo: puppies made of finger knitting.

Last photo is of me with some of my fox hats!

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