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Yarn in the Window

When I saw photos of the latest display at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, a shop in Manhattan that's connected to Lion Brand Yarns, I just knew I had to share it with Talking Crochet readers. Everything in this display is handcrafted with yarn -- the lifelike fruits and vegetables in many varieties, hanging bananas, sunflowers and, my favorite detail, the vegetable scale complete with a dial. Wow!

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To learn more about it, I spoke to the mastermind behind the display, Juliet Hone, who designs and oversees the creation of all the displays done at the shop. Juliet has been working with Lion Brand for several years, and this is one of the more ambitious and labor-intensive projects since each fruit and vegetable had to be made multiple times. Six people created all the things you see, and crafts used to create them include knitting, crochet and needle felting. Can you tell which is which?

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It's not always so obvious. I thought the corncobs were crocheted, but they are actually knit. The crochet pieces are the oranges, lemons, pears and strawberries. Juliet found patterns for them (and you can too!) at PlanetJune Craft Blog.

Thank you for these cuties, June! As for the other objects, here is what Juliet had to say:

"Everything in that window, other than the PlanetJune fruit and the berry-stitch berries, has no pattern as such. I tend to find a suitable yarn color and texture, and then I knit the structure. Finally, I make something three dimensional in the correct proportion. With the fruits and vegetables it is all about finding a shorthand -- a way to trick the eye/brain into believing momentarily that it is looking at a peach or a turnip."

I have to admit, my brain was tricked! Juliet explained that the window display changes four times a year, and each one has a theme. The driving force behind all this creativity is Lion Brand's CEO, David Blumenthal, an active supporter of art and artists, who wants to get people thinking about yarn in a new and different way -- outside the box and beyond the next craft project.

Would you like to see some more? Here are two windows from past seasons.

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All photos by Samantha Smith & Darrin Morris

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