Several different studies support that knitting—and crafting in general—serves as a natural anti-depressant, helps ease anxiety and stress, can protect your brain from aging and has the effects as meditation.
A former schoolteacher from Chongqing, China named Xiang Renxian has devoted nearly a dozen years of her life to making a hat and coat for her husband—out of her very own hair.
Ah, Norway! Land of my people! A Norwegian television station has announced that they plan to broadcast the world knitting record for the fastest time from "sheep to actual finished sweater"—earmarking a full five contiguous hours for the purpose. That's five hours of shearing, spinning, and knitting (plus four hours…
Dutch designer and illustrator Noortje de Keijzer has designed a life-sized knitted body pillow in the shape of a man.
Today in gendered toys, we learn that juggling (or its later-in-life equivalent: hackey sack) is a male pursuit, while knitting (or its later-in-life equivalent: knitting scarves for Male Life Mate and the three beautiful Post-Uteran Flowers that you two have together, who—heteronormatively!—frolic in the backyard…
Norwegian designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen has made a clock that knits. In fact, knitting stitch by stitch is how the clock represents the passage of time. In a year the clock knits one two-meter-long scarf. Wilhelmsen calls the clock "365."
Good news coming from New Zealand this morning: the first batch of penguins who had been harmed by a recent oil spill have been released back into the wild. The cure to what ailed them? Your sweaters.
Skeinz, a yarn store in New Zealand, is calling on knitters throughout the world to knit sweaters for the penguins affected by a massive oil spill that occurred earlier this month. The tiny sweaters, while eliciting aww's and squee's, serve a very important function: they prevent the oil-soaked birds from poisoning…
My mum had a cookbook called Half A Can Of Tomato Paste And Other Culinary Dilemmas that sat on our kitchen bookshelf when I was a little kid. (I remember her explaining to me what a dilemma was one night while she was microwaving me some Milo.) If someone were to concoct a book on crafts and pitch it at my particular…
If you've always wanted to learn how to knit but haven't known where to begin, you're in luck! Author, DIY maven, and BUST co-founder Debbie Stoller just recorded her first-ever DIY knitting instructional video, and she decided to share it with us. Watch as Stoller shows how to hold the yarn, how to cast on, and how…
Craving a few tasty treats that won't deter you from your pre-summer diet? We don't suggest eating these pieces of art from Ed Bing Lee's Delectable Collection — but they sure are pretty to look at!
Coraline were made by hand — and each one took 2 weeks.
Kamikaze knitters The Materialistics like big-scale projects. And their latest? Knitted versions of some of the world's most famous paintings.
Last week, right before the blizzard, the artist known as Olek covered the huge statue of a bull on Wall Street in New York with a crocheted cozy.
Here's our how-to guide for shopping for how-to enthusiasts. Have your crafty friends make their own damn presents using supplies, kits, organizers, and books that make perfect presents for DIY-ers.
- Gap, which last week announced it would be switching to a logo it had been trialling, immediately faced vituperative criticism. It first asked customers for better ideas, and then apologized. Now Gap has reverted to its boring old logo. [BBC]
Boing Boing has a knitting pattern for "Smittens," mittens to hold hands in. While theoretically they'd make a cute Valentine's Day gift (they are heart shaped) would anyone actually wear them in public? [Boing Boing]