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.

Free Stuff Friday Winner!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a happy crafty weekend. Congratulations to…Chris Steele you won the Bucilla Christmas Whimsy Ornaments Felt Kit!

The Bucilla Christmas Whimsy Ornaments Felt Kit includes everything you need to get started: stamped felt, sequins, beads, embroidery floss, needles, and instructions. Makes 6 layered ornaments with Christmas designs. Finished ornaments are approximately 4 inch.

The winning answer to “When do you typically get started on your holiday crafting” is…

”Too late – is that an answer? I try to start after Halloween.”

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!!

Free Stuff Friday!

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but there are only 73 days until Christmas. I know, I know that we still have Halloween and Thanksgiving, but if you are crafting for the holidays…it takes time. So I thought I would give one lucky winner a kick start this week! This week we are giving away a Bucilla Christmas Whimsy Ornaments Felt Kit.

How cute are they? The Bucilla Christmas Whimsy Ornaments Felt Kit includes everything you need to get started: stamped felt, sequins, beads, embroidery floss, needles, and instructions. Makes 6 layered ornaments with Christmas designs. Finished ornaments are approximately 4 inch.

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. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: When do you typically get started on your holiday crafting?

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Free Stuff Friday Winner!

Let’s fight off the Mondays with this week’s Free Stuff Friday winner announcement. Congratulations to…Nancy D! Enjoy the Dritz Easy Quilting Start to Finish Kit.

Dritz Easy Quilting Start to Finish is a beginner quilting set including a project book and the essential tools needed to teach yourself to quilt. Kit includes a 45 mm rotary cutter (for left or right hand use), a 4 x 10 inch acrylic ruler, a quilter’s marking pencil, 80 quilter’s glass head pins, 9 quilter’s hand needles, and an easy quilting start to finish book. Book includes a quilting glossary, quilt making basics, and beginner projects.

The winning answer to “Would you rather have more time to craft or more money to buy supplies?” is…

”More money! The craft stores are just too fun!”

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!!

Free Stuff Friday!

Have you always wanted to learn to quilt? Well today is your luck day! This week one lucky winner will win this Dritz Easy Quilting Start to Finish Kit!

Dritz Easy Quilting Start to Finish is a beginner quilting set including a project book and the essential tools needed to teach yourself to quilt. Kit includes a 45 mm rotary cutter (for left or right hand use), a 4 x 10 inch acrylic ruler, a quilter’s marking pencil, 80 quilter’s glass head pins, 9 quilter’s hand needles, and an easy quilting start to finish book. Book includes a quilting glossary, quilt making basics, and beginner projects.

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. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: Would you rather have more time to craft or more money to buy supplies?

It’s a hard question this week, but I am leaning towards more time to craft.

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Crocheted Tulle Dish Scrubby

My entire family loves crocheted dishcloths, my mom has even brought me yarn as a not so subtle hint that she needed more. I am not kidding. Awhile ago I was introduced to a tulle dish scrubby, and loved it, and may have even taken it apart, to figure out how to make my own. So if you are in my family, I am sorry to say, no dishcloth this year, you will be getting a scrubby instead.

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