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 Leap Day! We hope you’re using your extra day well, and we’re using it to give away another prize! Congratulations to… Betty! Enjoy stitching with your new Yarn & Needlework Pack!

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This pack includes 2 Susan Bates Tipping Points Knitting Needles, a Pack of Susan Bates Plastic Crochet Hooks, one Susan Bates Steel Crochet Hooks, a pack of stitch markers, a box of DMY Pearl Cotton thread in size 8 and a skein of Cebelia crochet thread in size 20!

The winning answer to “What do you like to do when you’re stuck inside?” is…

“When I am stuck indoors, my favorite things to do is to put on a pair of fluffy fleece pants, my fleece top, my fluffy warm and comfy bedroom slippers. Go to the kitchen, get myself self a huge slice of rich chocolate cake or a slice of pie or a few donuts and a large hot cup of tea…then turn on the Lifetime or Hallmark channel or watch Wendy Williams for daily celebrity gossip, while I sort through all my old craft and fashion magazines ripping out pages of things I want to sew or craft.”

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!!

It’s Friday again, and we are so excited to give away another fabulous prize! This week, one lucky winner will receive this Yarn & Needlework Prize Pack!

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This pack includes 2 Susan Bates Tipping Points Knitting Needles, a Pack of Susan Bates Plastic Crochet Hooks, one Susan Bates Steel Crochet Hooks, a pack of stitch markers, a box of DMY Pearl Cotton thread in size 8 and a skein of Cebelia crochet thread in size 20!

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:  What do you like to do when you’re stuck inside?

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Last Minute Gift Purse

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilight Kallisti

Last Minute Gift Idea - No Pattern Purse

The holidays are here. Need a quick handmade gift? I had a last minute gift to make and managed to crank this purse out over a weekend. If you need a quick project and have little time make this last minute gift. I wrote this pattern as simply as possible to help save you time. Plus it’s completely adjustable. Want a bigger or smaller purse? Just adjust the square and strap to your desired size.

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