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Apr 24, 2014

Low in Calories, High in Wool: Knitted Comfort Food by Jessica Dance

Artist and 3D illustrator Jessica Dance has collaborated with food photographer David Sykes for "The Comfort Food Series," a collection of knitted tableaus that are "low calorie, high in wool."   

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Feb 11, 2013

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

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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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Jan 29, 2013

Fun Fact of the Day: This Guy is a Crafter

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Not only can Ryan Gosling wear a suit with the best of 'em, but the actor also has a dedicated interest in making stuff.      

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Jul 10, 2012

You Might Be Knitting If...

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Professor Blastoff is a podcast hosted by comedians Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger that explores issues of philosophy, science, religion, and other phenomenon requiring informed (and humorous) reflection.

On a recent episode, comedians Randy and Jason Sklar joined the team, and the discussion hilariously devolved into the topic of what we explore on ManMade: men and crafting.  

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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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Mar 05, 2012

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

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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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Jun 22, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: June 22, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Well, I know what I'm doing later...

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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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Apr 07, 2011

Crocheted Bike Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Scott knabbed this photo of this amazing crochet-covered bicycle under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO. The artist is Agata Olek, who you might remember

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Feb 08, 2011

The Best Knitted Art You've Ever Seen

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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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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.

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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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Nov 02, 2010

Crocheted Beard Beanies!

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Yesterday's weird beard post prompted ManMade reader Ryan D. to point out the most excellent Etsy shop of Taraduff - maker of bearded beanies! I love when I discover stuff I didn't know I needed.

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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 11, 2010

Plushified Adult Beverages

created at: 08/11/2010

Recently spied in the Craft Flickr pool - Yummy Pancake created these original plush versions of beers and liquors for Plush You 2010.

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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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