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Yarn in the wild

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Crocheting in playground of school outfoor and indoor

Every four years we look forward to watching athletes compete on the world stage at the Olympics, but the Summer 2021 games brought a new wave of attention to a different hobby altogether. It’s no secret all great stitchers take to multi-tasking no matter what the activity and British diver Tom Daley charmed audiences globally when he was spotted stitching in the stands between dives.

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In 2022 the Craft Yarn Council launched The Great Yarn Challenge, encouraging stitchers to pick up a new project. Spotting yarn in the wild is something that always excites us and as history shows, gets others interested in what’s on our hooks. Whether you watched it yourself, saw it on the news, or heard about it from a friend, this moment of stitching in the stands sure put our craft under the spotlight!

Long before Tom Daley captivated us with his stitches, we have been bringing our projects on the go. Much like Tom, our Stitch Ambassador Marly Bird has been known to bring projects along to games and practices, keeping her hands busy while cheering on her kids or favorite teams.

Want to try stitching in the wild? Here are our top tips for taking your projects on the go:

1. Pick smaller projects or motifs that can be toted around easily.

2. Choosing a pattern with simple repeats will allow you to keep your eyes on the action over your stitches.

3. Assemble a travel kit for smaller supplies so you don’t forget your stitch markers! You can even stitch up a little bag to hold your tools and essentials for your on-the-go project tote.


We've Got The Perfect Patterns For Stitching In The Stands.

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