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Last winter I bought one of the ever-popular eternity scarves. I searched and searched on Etsy for the right thing (Of course it had to be unique. No H&M crap for me…) Finally, I came across Yokoo — who continues to be a fave Etsy seller for her product and styling.

And almost the same day that my new Nantucket Scarf arrived in the mail, I came across the NY Times article featuring the seller, talking about making the transition to turning her craft into a profit. Upon searching, I realized via Vice Magazine, that I’d been missing out on Yokoo all of 2009!

I took particular interest in this, as we had just gotten started with Textile Arts Center, and had a main goal of helping folks to make these kinds of transitions, whether they were sick of the office life or had lost their job, or maybe just needed a new creative outlet.

So, why the tangent back to Yokoo’s rise to popularity in 2009? Because we are having a Warm Weather Gear class, and her items are entirely classic, beautiful, relevant inspiration for Winter 2011!

(all photos courtesy Yokoo)

Join us for Crochet 101: Warm Weather Gear on Tuesdays, 6:30-9PM January 4 – 25.

When you make it yourself, it will last beyond seasonal trends.

Too busy? Then we support you supporting Yokoo. : )

I was never a very good knitter, my heart always fell more towards crochet. However, knitting was the first textile art that I learned. I was 6 and I knitted a orange cotton scarf.. for my baby doll! I still have it, it was transformed into a headband during my teenage years.

My second project happened when I was 8 and it was a scarf too, this time for my great grand mother. Despite my hard work and my grandmother’s help, the scarf could barely cover the whole neck, but hey, maybe it was just a premonition of the now-s0-fashionable-cowls?

(Courtesy of Banksy)

My mother use to knit complicated fair isle sweaters, my grandmothers spoiled me throughout the years with beautiful lace knit cardigans and even one of my high school boyfriends was really into knitting. All this to say that I feel emotionally connected to knitting.

And that I love the The Virgin Knitter exhibition, now up in the walls of the Textile Arts Center. During one month, Kimberly Hall taught knitting workshops at TAC to anyone who had never finished a knitting project, in exchange for their first scarf. Her belief is that each first scarf is a lucky object because it is the only first scarf the knitter can make.

All the scarves from the TAC workshops and others that Kimberly has been teaching since 2007 are part of the exhibition and up for Silent Auction —  not for monetary exchange, but for the desire for the particular scarf. Kimberly believes that the act of giving away allows the maker to consider the emotional and intellectual work he/she put into the piece.

See photos of the opening of The Virgin Knitter exhibition at TAC and learn more about the Virgin Knitters project here.

Scarf by Kaori H., 5 year old

It’s been a treat to look at the scarfs and read the stories and fall in love with them.. Like the little finger-size-doll scarf knitted by a 5 year old girl (try to outbid me on that one and you’ll see what portuguese anger is all about).

Scarf by Rachel S.

Come  join us at the Textile Arts Center next Friday, December 3rd, to learn more about Kimberly Hall’s The Virgin Knitter project and the allure of handmade. There will be wine and cheese and good company. The exhibition is only up until December 11th, so it’ll be the perfect opportunity to come see or re-see it and make your last bid (no $ required, just a good reason) on the scarfs before Kimberly Hall makes her decision.

Yesterdays talk about wrapping paper and all our recent holiday party planning has us thinking much more about the upcoming Holiday Craft Fairs.

The popularity of DIY and handmade items has created quite the plethora of fairs to choose from… but we hope you’ll come visit us at the two we are participating in!


Deb Klein has taken her successful fair out of the Brooklyn Lyceum and will hold it at Textile Arts Center and Littlefields on December 18 + 19 — perfect timing for the last minute shopper. Littlefields is just a few blocks away, so you get twice the fun and free workshops!


3rd Ward and BK Based do their magic, once again. This is sure to be bigger and better than last years, and perfect for the early bird shoppers. Highlights include live music, cheap coffee and cocktails. Can’t wait!

Last year we participated in a few fairs, including BK Lyceum and 3rd Ward, doing weaving demos and marketing classes.

THIS year, we’ll be having our own fair and selling some handmade items (all by TAC staff). Here’s a little sneak peak of some of the items we’ll be selling (think woven suspenders and circle scarves, jewelry, belts, and keychains)

Plus, we’ll be showing some work from the Awamaki Labs and our fave rubberband master, Margarita of M2 Jewelry.

(courtesy Awamaki – work in progress)

(courtesy M2 Jewelry)

See you there!