October 29, 2013GilliancloseAuthor: GillianName: Gillian Grimm Site:http://driedfigsandwoodenspools.blogspot.com/ About: Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.See Authors Posts (222)Craft Trends, Crafts, Knitting and Crochet, Needlearts2 Comments
Once upon a time I lived in New York City where the lights are bright, the streets are busy, and the yarn bombing is awesome. As a knitter, I can’t help but love yarn bombing. Colorful and fun, it makes me grin every time I see a bike rack or store handle or stop sign covered in yarn. Add a little yarn bombing to your life!
Here in Portland, the Broadway Bridge turned 100 today. And to celebrate, 150 volunteer knitters created a huge yarn bomb installation to bring some extra color to our bridge. It includes 4 giant yarn bomb blankets, each measuring 18 x 21 feet. At the end of the month, these blankets will be taken down, divided up, washed, and donated. The volunteer knitters used 100% Superwash Merino Wool, so the blankets will be very warm.
When the Broadway bridge went up in 1913, it was the longest bridge in existence. It crosses the Willamette River on the north side of Portland, Oregon and has since seen a brand new streetcar line go over it.
Have you seen any great yarn bombs recently?
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I love t-shirt redos because they’re always super cheap and rewarding. When I heard that you could cut strips of t-shirts to create your own “yarn”, I knew I had to give it a try. It’s quick and easy to create your own yarn, your cuts don’t need to be straight, nothing has to be measured, you can just go! I sat around with my t-shirt yarn for a while, wondering what I could make out of it. A lot of people crochet rugs or pot holders and I love the chunky look, but I wanted something to wear. Then, I found this video for arm knitting, and I thought this would be a perfect way to show off my homemade yarn:
April 11, 2013TraceycloseAuthor: TraceyName: Tracey Kite Site:http://www.we-made-that.com/ About: I am a work at home mother of two living just outside Kansas City, KS. I started crafting with my oldest daughter to spend more time with her and to get her to focus more. And I have to say it has been a great experience for us both. As a matter of fact I have created a craft monster since she tells me several times a week “Let’s do a project MOM!” My youngest is finally at an age where we can start crafting with her too, but then comes the challenge of coming up with something a toddler can do that a preschooler will enjoy also… oh the challenges of a crafting mom. I hope to inspire other parents to craft and create things with their kids.See Authors Posts (42)Crafts, Kid's CraftsNo Comments
My daughter’s Kindergarten class just did a project where they raised some caterpillars and watched them build their cocoons then turn into butterflies. The whole class did a document where they got to draw pictures of the entire process and talk about each stage of the transformation.
Needless to say, my daughter thought this whole thing was pretty cool. She talked about it a lot and was really excited when the butterflies finally emerged from the cocoons. Last week the class took the butterflies outside and released them as a group. The teacher made a big production of it and I know my daughter was so excited. When she got home, all she could do was talk about the butterflies.
So, I thought it would be fun to make some butterflies of our own for her to keep. She was so excited about making these and has been playing with them for a few days now. They are pretty simple to make I did help her put the buttons on the pipe cleaners, but she was able to do all the rest herself. Once the excitement is over and she is done playing with them, I plan on hanging them from the ceiling in her room, I just think they would look so cute flying around the room!
April 3, 2013TraceycloseAuthor: TraceyName: Tracey Kite Site:http://www.we-made-that.com/ About: I am a work at home mother of two living just outside Kansas City, KS. I started crafting with my oldest daughter to spend more time with her and to get her to focus more. And I have to say it has been a great experience for us both. As a matter of fact I have created a craft monster since she tells me several times a week “Let’s do a project MOM!” My youngest is finally at an age where we can start crafting with her too, but then comes the challenge of coming up with something a toddler can do that a preschooler will enjoy also… oh the challenges of a crafting mom. I hope to inspire other parents to craft and create things with their kids.See Authors Posts (42)Crafts, Kid's CraftsNo Comments
I remember making these yarn dolls when I was little. We made them in the Girl Scouts and I gave them to my step-father. He actually hung them up by his rear view mirror in his truck and kept them there for about 10 years. I remember being so proud that he liked them and kept them there for so long.
The other day when I was thinking about it, I thought it would be fun to make these with my oldest. We changed things a little since I did not have any cardboard to wrap the yarn around like we used when I was a kid, so we just used a mouse pad, which worked fine. Then the next set we made (because we had to make more than one set since I have two kids and a fight would surly break out if we made only one) we used one of my youngest daughters books which I think worked even better since it was harder.
Both my girls love them and each have their own set. However, I will not be hanging them in my car since they will not part with them for me to do so. Oh well, at least they each now have a new fun toy to play with!
April 1, 2013Mable CraftsalotcloseAuthor: Mable CraftsalotName: Mable Craftsalot Site:http://www.Facebook.com/CreateForLess About: The name says it all! Mable Crafts-alot is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Mable has never met a craft she didn’t like! Mable spends her free time attending craft classes at local community centers, and even teaches a few. When she is not crafting she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and gardening. Mable loves to connect with other crafters to share project ideas, discuss craft trends and chat about favorite crafting tools and techniques. To learn more about Mable, become her friend on Facebook!See Authors Posts (165)Crafts, Kid's Crafts, Needlearts1 Comment
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If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.
No matter how old your child is, they will have a blast playing with big, colorful yarn. In addition to stringing, yarn can be used for finger knitting (as seen below), stitching, basket weaving, and plenty of other fun and unique crafts.
This is a cute way to keep snowballs in the house! I love the look of yarn balls displayed in a bowl, and this takes them a step further to winter decorations. Perfect in a knitter’s house for the Holidays!