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We Get Down to the Knitty Gritty of Yarn Day

19 October 2018

I Love Yarn Day occurs in October and celebrates all things yarn! It is a time to spread the love of yarn and share a yarn-related activity with someone new.

The Craft Yarn Council founded I Love Yarn Day in 2011 to spread the love of yarn crafts for generations to enjoy. The Craft Yarn Council is a non-profit comprised of leading yarn companies, manufacturers, publishers and consultants in the yarn industry.

 

Time to Unwind

There are many benefits to yarn crafts like knitting and crochet, not just the creative fulfillment from the awesome craft project that you complete! An article in the New York Times shows that the ‘repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga’. Once you get hooked, this craft activity can even lower your heart rate and blood pressure!  It is also thought that crafts like knitting can help stave off the decline in brain function with age as it helps create and strengthen neural pathways in the brain. 

As we are culturally drawn more and more to screens, a creative task like knitting or crochet is a wonderful alternative to sitting in front of the TV or staring at your phone. It keeps your hands busy and allows your brain some time to reflect on your day. You may find that you come up with solutions to problems or new creative ideas while you are undertaking this crafting project!

 

So, What Are Yarn Crafts? 

Pretty much anything using yarn! Think knitting, crochet, pom-pom making or even macramé! You can choose any texture or colour that you like and make something totally unique! 

At Hinkler, we love all things yarn, so we thought we would share some of our favourite yarn activities with you to try next I Love Yarn Day! 

 

Crochet 

Crochet is a wonderfully versatile, easy-to-master craft that can be used to create all sorts of interesting projects, home décor pieces and artwork. All you need is a crochet hook and some yarn—the only limit is your imagination!

In Hinkler’s Crochet Creations kit, you can learn to crochet some cute and fuzzy gifts for friends, like a cacti family or a unicorn mug-cozy!

Crochet Cactus Cacti SucculentsCrochet Unicorn Mug

Pom-Pom Friends

Yarn Pom Poms are easy to make and once you get the hang of them you can join them together to create your own furry pom-pom friends! This activity is perfect to share with children on I Love Yarn Day as it introduces them to the joy of yarn without the risk of sewing or knitting needles!

In Hinkler’s Zap! Extra: Pom-Pom Forest Friends kit, you have everything you need to craft your very own furry forest friends!

So head to your local craft store, find some yarn and share this craft with your loved ones next I Love Yard Day!