The utterly fantastic (and often delightfully random) experiences that my crafty career has afforded me so far never cease to amaze me. Thanks to an invitation from the Crafts & Hobbies Association this past weekend, a few of the Yarnspiration gals and I got to be a part of yet another great event where we had a blast!
Before any major award show there are a multitude of surrounding affairs some of which are, “gifting suites” where vendors share products and gifts with various celebrities. The one we attended was hosted by the celebrity PR firm, The Borgnine Group and included a range of companies from wine, beauty, craft and more. How it worked is each actor, director or Hollywood personality was announced (cotillion style) before they began rotating from table to table. Each person (shadowed by a “bag holder”) went from vendor to vendor looking at our wares and posing for pictures. We had a gift bag full of goodies for everyone which included Patons Classic Wool Roving yarn (and cowl pattern), Knitting Daily TV dvd, Knit Simple Magazine, Boye Needles, and more. We wanted however, to create more than a a stop-and-grab experience for the guests so my buddy (and Yarnspirations in-house designer), Julia Madill created a yarn “Emmy” for willing celebs to pose with. I also put together a quickie (we only had a maximum of 10 minutes with each person) yarn necklace project which we taught them how to make on the spot. Although not everyone was feeling the crafty vibes I was pleasantly surprised at what good sports people where. From childhood favorites (Scott Baio & Anson Williams from Happy Days) and screen icons (Estelle Harris, Ed Asner) to stars of some of today’s most popular shows (Community, Breaking Bad), as well as many up-and-comers — we had a great time laughing, posing and macrame-ing with ’em all!
Want to get in on the fun? Howsabout making the same necklace as the stars did? Grab yourself a ball of Bernat’s new yarn, Mega Bulky (available now on Joann.com), a couple of large wooden beads and an optional clasp, then follow the instructions below. Have fun!
P.S. See more pictures from the event here!
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Special thanks to our friends at Darice for supplying the cool, wooden beads and the yarn-friendly necklace clasps!