yarn it! lounge
March 24, 2008

yarn it

ArtCenter/South Florida
800 Lincoln Road Gallery
Miami Beach, FL 33139
www.artcentersf.org

Upcoming dates: 1-4pm on 4/5, 5/3 & 5/17
$10 donation
RSVP + 305 674 8278 ext 15

make When one thinks of possible hobbies in sunny South Florida, knitting doesn’t jump to the fore. Macramé, sand art, and clamshell ashtrays all rank higher on the recognition scale than the idea of knitting down here. But hold your horses, jenny. In case you haven’t heard, knitting has been back with a vengeance in most of the rest of the country, with super-hip alterna-knitting circles, books, blogs, and sites like knitty.com and knitknit leading the way. It’s even being used for guerilla art. Yes, this isn’t your grandma’s knitting, folks. Which is why the Yarn It! Lounge at ArtCenter/South Florida is such a cool idea. (Don’t just take my word for it.) Forward thinking art-minded institution meets fantastic mixing opportunity. Here’s a chance to come together, scope out some like minded-people, screw around with some stringy stuff, and maybe cultivate a new pastime. At only $10.00 per, including coffee, treats, and expert advice, this is one of the best deals in town. Don’t feel like making a sweater? Then how about a monster. Or a super-chic clutch. Or a weasel. And of course, there’s always edible underwear. Sweet!

BTW: If you’ve never checked out ArtCenter/South Florida, you’re way past due. In addition to this great activity, they have a killer schedule of all kinds of educational opportunities. Lectures, drawing, jewelry making, photography and tons more. They’re just the place to cultivate your chops so you actually have something to say on your next crawl around Wynwood besides “Where’s the wine?”.

AMBITION BONUS: Check out this two-part video workshop by MAKE magazine on how to create a pattern in photoshop for a f*&%$#! awesome skeleton cardigan. (It would take many, many Yarn It! Lounges to carry this off, but you can always dream.)

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gr8 tat2 maker
November 28, 2007

DIY tattoo

Spin Master Toys
Suggested Retail: $14.99

make iconEducational toys? Bah! In a town like this where there’s more skin hanging out than good sense, why should Miami Ink be for adults only? At last, some genius at Spinmaster has come up with the answer–the GR8 TaT2 Maker. (Get it? It’s hip tween speak, yo.) Why mess around with mere toys when you can have “your very own pretend play tattoo parlor.” Clearly playing doctor is for sissies. If this thing works as well as it promises, I think crafty DIY-ers could have a field day. It’s like a Print Gocco for your bod. Give me a few Mojitos and a bare patch of skin and now we’re talking fun.