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Feb 11, 2013

Knitting Behind Bars: How Crafting is Transforming the Lives of Male Convicts

created at: 02/11/2013

Here's a little man-crafting feel-good story for your Monday morning: Good.is reports on how knitting has had an incredible positive impact on a group of male prisoners. Whether you're well-versed in the fiber arts or not, this can't help but make you smile.   

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May 03, 2012

A Knitted Happy Meal

L.A.-based artist Sol Jeane has created what is likely the world's tastiest looking fiber art: a knitted "happy meal." Entitled "Triples," the work

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Apr 20, 2012

Knit Motorcycle Cozy

created at: 04/19/2012

We've all seen yarn bombing, I know, but have you ever seen anything like this done to a motorcycle before? Theresa Honeywell's hand knit pink motorcycle cozy essentially renders the bike useless (even if it does look cool). So if it's no longer a working motorcycle, what is it?

Sculpture.  

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Mar 05, 2012

The Man's Guide to Scarves: Why You Should Wear One and 7 Ways to Tie It

created at: 03/05/2012

I was a late adopter of the scarf. I wasn't opposed, I just didn't have any, and so didn't wear one. And then, I found myself in New York the week before Christmas, in the middle of a snowstorm, walking about in thirty mile per hour winds, and my coat and gloves just wasn't cutting it. So, I snagged a scarf from a street vendor, and wouldn't you know it:

Scarves really, really work.  

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Feb 27, 2012

Giant Unraveling Yarn Credit Cards

created at: 12/01/2010

Russian artist Dimitri Tsykalov created a series of large-scale woven credit cards in various states of unraveling.

I'm pretty sure you don't need a master's degree in criticism to figure this one out, so just check out more of the amazing images:  

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Jan 30, 2012

Beard Beanies on Sale for $24.75

Head's up, facial hair fans! The always excellent (and frequently so-enticing-its-problematic) Fab.com has Jeff Phillips' Beardo Bearded Beanies on sale today and tomorrow for a cool $24.75. The deal also includes the even-more-desirable "bendable mo'" beanie, complete with sculptable mustache.created at: 01/30/2012

"The brainchild of

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Jan 27, 2012

How to: Make a Stylish Knit Tie

The neck tie can have a big effect on whatever you're wearing. It can dress up a pair of jeans, add punch to a blazer, and generally up whatever shirt you're wearing...provided it has a collar. 

But sometimes, you wanna control the "up." There are lots occassions where your finest silk is a little overkill, or that perfectly balanced double-windsor can actually make you overdressed. In those occassions, when you need just a bit of extra style, give the just-casual-enough knit tie a shot...and while you're at it, make it yourself.     

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May 03, 2011

Brutal Knitting!

Tracy Widdess has got to be one of the most talented fiber artists out there. Her knitted creations are equally inspiring and terrifying, the actual definition of "awesome," or, for you intellectuals, mysterium tremendum et fascinans. It's a thing; look it up.

   

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Mar 17, 2011

"A Knitted Wonderland" Yarn Bombing at Blanton Museum

In honor of SXSW festival, street fiber artist KnittaPlease has installed a sanctioned yarn bombing of the Blanton Museum in Austin.

  

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Feb 08, 2011

The Best Knitted Art You've Ever Seen

created at: 02/08/2011

Thomas C. Chung is a fine artist, and has come up with some of the best conceptual fiberarts I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of yarnstuffs.

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Jan 26, 2011

How To: Make Your Own Beard Beanie

created at: 01/26/2011

A few weeks ago, I shared Taraduff's incredible Etsy shop, which features these hilarious and very practical bearded stocking hats.

The ManMade community got plenty excited about them, so I was stoked to find an original tutorial that shows you how to make your own.    

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Dec 28, 2010

The Wall St. Bull Sculpture Gets a Crafty Makeover

created at: 12/28/2010

Street artist Agata Olek gave Wall St. a present for Christmas: he crocheted a custom yarn shell for its Charging Bull sculpture.  "The iconic Charging Bull sculpture was itself an illegal installation when Arturo Di Modica initially installed it in front of Wall Street in 1989 following the crash of '87."

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Dec 07, 2010

25 Surprising Knitted Objects

created at: 12/07/2010

I've seen plenty of knitted and crocheted versions of real world things, and usually, the appropriate reaction is a warm, smiley feeling, rather than a shock.

But a knitted life-sized motorcycle? Illegal drugs? Hilter?!

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Nov 16, 2010

ManMade Top Ten: Men's Scarf Patterns

created at: 11/16/2010

As the cold season inches even closer, we're moving straight through jacket weather into heavy-duty winter wear. We happen to think that a scarf is an essential piece of gear for the dashing guy in winter, and love them even more when they're handmade.

created at: 11/16/2010

A scarf is often a first project for beginning knitters or crocheters, and understandably so - it's straight, repetitive, and inherently practical.

So, here's a list of our favorite knittable scarves that'll suit the modern man, all of which come with free patterns:  

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Oct 25, 2010

Incredible Knitted Skeleton

created at: 09/21/2010

We've seen our fair share of knitted anatomy before, but none so ambitious or well executed as Transcending the Material by Ben Cuevas. "The installation piece Ben Cuevas chose to showcase at The Wassaic Project features a knitted skeleton seated atop a pyramid of Borden’s condensed milk cans and a cloud of screen prints on Plexi glass suspended above it. The knitted skeleton is seated in the lotus position. The prints are of disembodied anatomical parts photographed in high resolution with diagrammatic illustrative overlays. Ben conceives of the piece as a reference to material culture and Wassaic’s local history (The Borden Company had a condensed milk factory in Wassaic) and a meditation on transcendence."

All of which is very, very cool, but that knitted skeleton, oh, that knitted skeleton.

 

  

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Oct 04, 2010

A Man's Guide to Sweaters

Where I live, summer totally disappeared over the weekend. No slow goodbye, no sunny beckons to barbeque or picnic one last time. Straight up disappeared. It's fall, and it's cold.

And cold means sweaters. And whether you're knitting them yourself, scouring for secondhand options, or buying a new one straight off the rack, there's a lot of jargon that goes into classifying sweaters. What exactly is cashmere? Are Emerald Isle and Fair Isle the same thing? Should a dude ever wear a turtleneck?  

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Aug 31, 2010

Cool Collection of Yarn Bombing and Graffiti Knits

created at: 08/31/2010

I have a huge respect for public art, am engaged by thoughtful street art, but have no respect for taggers (c'mon, guys; it's 2010). So, the idea of renegade public crafting is exactly the kind of thing that gets me jazzed.

Yarn bombing, a.k.a. graffiti knitting, is the act of an artist who seeks to improve an urban landscape by thoughtfully placing handmade fiberarts in a public place. These serve to beautify and engage, and are left indefinitely, or until the authorities have the piece removed.

(That's not really an official definition, but sounds pretty good, yeah?)

Our friend Dana from Yellowtrace has assembled a pretty rocking collection of such works. All of them are engaging to look at - the colors against the browns and grays of the street are amazing, but many also make public statements.

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Aug 05, 2010

Craft Fail: A Total Family Knitmare

created at: 08/05/2010

Full length body suits are totally terrifying when worn by couples, but it turns out, when a family's involved, one only needs handmade yarn mask to induce nightmares.

Please, note the pie, the bowtie, and the matching white shirts. And we dare not guess what the daughter does in her spare time.   

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May 18, 2010

Crazy Vintage Men's Knits

I can always count on my friend Gina from Doe-C-Doe to come up with the choicest vintage patterns and retro-crafts from the depths of the secondhand shops.

She's come through again with "Sweaters for Men," featuring pleather pants, a banjo, and plenty of patterns named after car models from the 1970s.

Thanks, Gina. Keep up the great work.

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Mar 02, 2010

How To: Knit a Pair of Men's Socks

As last week's Handmade Haiku intimated, I haven't yet mastered the skill sets to make myself a super - knitter, but when I do, oh, buddy, am I going to make a pair of socks for myself.

Warm, snuggly, and with the moisture - wicking power of wool! I especially love all the details: the contrast color in the toes and heels, the fun 70's racing stripes, and the cuff on the top.  

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