SIDE NOTE: I wrote my first blog entry February 4, 2015. At the time I was going to be one of those crafty bloggers who wrote endless streams of words that captured the attention of others but then... no. I'm not really the sort to follow the trends so I decided blogging just two days a week with the view towards introducing great independent artists and helping charitably minded fiber artists. Thus saving myself and any readers from the humiliation of reading a blog that moved from the simply inexperienced to the completely incomprehensible. :) (returning you to our regularly scheduled blog)
There's an old song that was performed in a musical by Cole Porter entitled "Friendship". The word "blendship" is used in the song (not a real word by the way LOL) to describe the way the characters felt about their loyal association. I think that is how I see Yarnspirations.com, the affiliated designers, and loyal customers.
While writing blog posts about the vintage fiber arts magazines/books/pamphlets I have in my possession I often come across the old-time advertisements from various yarn companies. Some have long since gone out of business while others have become institutions in the fiber arts community. Spinrite LP created Yarnspirations.com as "The official home of: Patons, Bernat, Caron and Lily Sugar 'n Cream" brands. Four yarn brands that have stood the creative test of time have supported acts charity for years. If you want to know a little bit about the history of Spinrite LP (Listowel, Ontario, Canada) Read here:
Each of the yarn brands now manufactured by Spinrite were originally produced at separate spinning mills built as far back as the 1700's. Reaching out was something my mother and Grandmothers did because they could and because it was the right thing to do. Clearly it is a tradition in the fiber arts world sewn into our DNA as an act of pure kindness. It is beautiful!
Yarnspirations.com has formed "Blendships" with various people who knit, crochet, tat, latch hook ect. both on their website and the blog Spokespersons such as Vickie Howell and Michael Sellick, of The Crochet Crowd fame, have represented the Yarnspirations name in recent years. Artists featured on the Yarnspirations blog include Brittany from B.hooked, Kristin of goodknitkisses.com and Sandy Davis, a blogger for Yarnspirations among many others.
Yarnspirations has MANY great patterns, project ideas and charities to choose from on both their website and their blog. Not to mention the bonus of having access to all the resources of The Crochet Crowd. One of my favorite things to do when I'm hanging out maybe not feeling well or sitting in a waiting room with wifi is peruse the pages of the lookbooks. The lookbooks start out from the year 2014. There is plenty to see! Check these out:
As to charities that are regularly featured on yarnspirations.com look for Project Linus Recently The Crochet Crowd has been supporting Project Linus with blankets created on The Crochet Crowd cruises. Here are some charity blanket patterns listed that could be used for Project Linus if you so desire. PLEASE be sure to check the requirements for Project Linus before you start into making one!
If you want to support a local charity but aren't sure how to find a local charity there is a tool on The Crochet Crowd just for that purpose:
thecrochetcrowd.com/placemarks/neighbourhood-charity-crafters/ Here is another list of 27 Crochet Charity Patterns and Ideas which may help you find a way to express your kindness. Don't hesitate to contact the charity you are interested in if you have questions about their work. Everyone has a niche you'll find yours! If you want to know more or have questions of The Crowd... you'll find that the Facebook Social Group is the place to be welcomed and share your work. You will hear from other crocheters who participate in helping charities.
Yarnspirations is a one stop shop. If you need yarn to complete your project Yarnspirations as a shop online so that you can purchase just the right yarn for your project. Don't forget to check out the clearance section!
I think the best part about Yarnspirations is the community spirit. The blog, the website, the various artists, and The Crochet Crowd enthusiastically welcome conversation! We all have something to give... it starts with kindness and ends up a lasting legacy.
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