Kid Friendly Knitting Needles

By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

Between the pool and the park and camp and play dates, summer can be a whirlwind of activity, and even the most energetic kids will sometime need a quiet activity to do in the cool of the indoors. If you have a burgeoning knitter this summer, or a child interested in learning to knit, but you aren’t ready to hand over your good needles, why not put the kids to work making their own knitting needles?

Here’s what you need

Dowels – 1/4 inch and or 3/8 inch
Pencil sharpener
220 grit sandpaper
Rocks, buttons or beads, even small toys
Hot glue or super glue

If you have longer dowels, cut them into pairs of even lengths, 12 inches long works well but you can go shorter depending on your preference.

Using the small hole of the sharpener for the 1/4 inch dowels or the larger hole for the 3/8, sharpen the end of each dowel until you have an almost sharp point.

Sand the sharpened end until smooth, then sand the shaft of the dowel to make sure there are no nicks in the wood to catch on the yarn.

Using either the hot glue or super glue, attach the beads, buttons or rocks to the flat end of the dowel.

Allow the glue to dry before using.

** a 1/4 inch dowel give you a size 10 1/2 knitting needle, a 3/8 inch dowel makes a size 15, both are great sizes for beginning knitters, especially when paired with a bulky yarn.

Mouse Muffler

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilight Kallisti

Mouse Muffler

Fall has arrived in Oregon and there’s a chill in the air. My hands get cold easily so I made this mouse muffler to keep my hand warm while I’m surfing online this coming winter. If you live in an especially cold climate you can line it with fabric to make it even warmer.

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Arm Knit Blanket

By Home Decor Contributor Alyssa


For those of us who are afraid of real knitting because, you know, it takes forever and it’s so easy to mess up. There is a way to create something with the warm, inviting feeling of something knitted without most of the cons that come with doing it yourself. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it: arm knitting. This technique uses your own arms as the “needles,” creating large loops that generate quickly and seamlessly. This is great project for a cold, Netflix-binge-watching day when all you want to do is be productive while sitting on your butt.

I love blankets, but why do they cost 30 bucks a pop? I bought a beautiful one from Target that was my first apartment warming gift to myself, but the lovely, chunky, ombre blue and white knitted throw quickly became my kitty’s absolute favorite thing in the apartment and I lost ownership of it forever. Now it sits on the floor of his favorite hiding place, covered in his fur for the rest of its life. So I decided to make one that was sort of similar using the arm knitting technique, and I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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Yarn Needle Case

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilight Kallisti

Yarn Needle Case

Sewing needles are essential for crafters but they can easily get misplaced. Tired of pricking my finger when another needle fell out of the paper package I came up with a yarn needle case to store my needles safely. Using yarn, plastic canvas and fabric this case will keep your needles in place in a fashionable way.

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DIY Ribbon Photo Board

DIY Ribbon Photo Board

The hubs and I are expecting our first, (a little girl) in July, and we are in the midst of planning out her room. While looking online, Brent told me he thought it would be fun to put a Photo Board over her changing table, I loved the idea. And I plan on filling it with pictures of family and friends.

This Ribbon Photo Board is so easy to make, you will want to make one for every room!

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Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

I don’t know about you, but I definitely need a jolt after losing an hour. How about winning a painting prize pack? Congratulations to… Kristina! You’ll have so much fun painting with all your new goodies!


This prize pack includes a bottle of Deco Art Crafter’s Acrylic paint, a Bottle of Delta Ceramcoat, Plaid Chalkboard Paint, 5 mini canvases, Martha Stewart Decorative Boxes and Midwest cork to decorate!

The winning answer to “What’s the biggest mess you’ve made while crafting?” is…

“The biggest mess i ever had to clean up was when i convinced myself that i could totally handle making tiny bottle necklaces charms (filled with glitter and such no less) not only for the first time but with my 5 year old daughter. Needless to say i was finding tiny sequins and glitter everywhere.. FOR MONTHS.”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

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