Fun Knitting!

15 Apr

And the knitting continues!!  Our students are having sooo much fun and creating so many great projects!

The group knitting away.

The group knitting away.

When we knit, we all sit together at the picnic tables at the local elementary school.  As  you can see, they are just having such a good time.  Nothing better than knitting and chatting with friends!

3rd grader working on her project.

3rd grader working on her project.

This is a first project for this third grader.  She has worked so hard on this and she is now having such a nice tension and getting a great fabric.

2nd graders helping each other.

2nd graders helping each other.

Lots of collaborating happens in these classes.

3rd grade bag - designed and knit by her.

3rd grade bag – designed and knit by her.

One of our third grade students knits quite a bit at home on her own.  She decided that she wanted a bag and created one.  How fabulous is that??!!

3rd grade bag.

3rd grade bag.

Doesn’t it look just great?!  It’s the perfect size for her, just what she wanted and it hangs exactly where she wanted it to hang.  What an accomplishment!

3rd grader with her finished monster stuffie.

3rd grader with her finished monster stuffie.

Here is that monster in all it’s glory.  I love it!  The color of yarn she chose is so festive and happy.  This is her first project and it came out simply marvelous!  Now she is on to her next project – a teddy bear – a perfect knitter, always something on her needles!

Free Pattern!!

11 Apr

As promised earlier in the week on our Facebook page, here is the free pattern for a Small Fabric Elephant.

Small Fabric Elephant

Small Fabric Elephant

Isn’t he just the cutest?!  And you can whip him up in an afternoon.  Any fabric will work, so any little remnant that you have lying around can be used.

Small Fabric Elephant Instructions-Page 1

Small Fabric Elephant Instructions-Page 1

Small Fabric Elephant Instructions-Page 2

Small Fabric Elephant Instructions-Page 2

Small Fabric Elephant-Pattern

Small Fabric Elephant-Pattern

I hope you like it!!

Small Fabric Elephant

Small Fabric Elephant

Session 7 of knitting and sewing starting up!

9 Apr

The last couple of posts have been dedicated to our sewing classes and I wanted to share some of the fabulous knitting that has been going on.

3rd grader with a finished bear leg.

3rd grader with a finished bear leg.

This brand new knitter has just finished the first leg of her bear.  She worked so hard on this!!

4th grader with her squirrel.

4th grader with her squirrel.

We also had a fun finish today – this 4th grade student finished her squirrel stuffed animal.  Isn’t it so cute!  This project took quite awhile and comprised many new skills – increasing, decreasing, gathering and more.

Poufy tail!

Poufy tail!

Just look at that fun tail!  It is made similar to a pompom but in many sections to create the length.

3rd grader knitting on circular needles - more than 100 stitches!!

3rd grader knitting on circular needles – more than 100 stitches!!

This is also an impressive piece of knitting.  There are over one hundred stitches on these circular needles and the third grader knitting this has already finished about 25 rows – you do the math!!!  She has informed me that she is now going to change colors and add both a white stripe and a red stripe.  I cannot wait to see how this turns out!

Fabulous Sewing!!

5 Mar

We are starting up a new session in sewing today, but I wanted to share with you what we have been up to for the past couple of weeks!  There is soooo much that these students have been creating, I think I will have to break it up into a couple of posts.

3rd grade backpack

3rd grade backpack

I am continually amazed and delighted at the fabric combinations that the students choose.  This backpack is completely lined and so fun to make!

3rd grader piecing 2" squares.

3rd grader piecing 2″ squares.

This third grader decided he wanted to make a quilt.  He chose to make all of his squares 2 inches and chose a pattern of flowers.  This is very precise work and takes a lot of patience and determination.

3rd grade finished pillow.

3rd grade finished pillow.

But he stuck to it and finished!!  Instead of making a quilt, he turned it into a pillow.

First time piecing 2" pieces of fabric.

First time piecing 2″ pieces of fabric.

A close-up of his work.  Isn’t it the best?!  He did such a good job measuring, cutting and sewing – way to go!!

5th grader learning how to prep. her pattern.

5th grader learning how to prep. her pattern.

This 5th grader is quite the accomplished sewer.  She has made many things and is ready now for the next step – a more complicated pattern.  She has chosen to make a summer robe.  There are many steps in making a garment before one can even get to the sewing.  The first thing she needed to learn was how to prep her pattern.  She did a fabulous job!

Cutting fabric for her robe.

Cutting fabric for her robe.

Now that the pattern is ready we need to pin it to the fabric and cut it out, transfer the markings, then learn to read the instructions.  Sometimes, just deciphering the instructions can be a bit like learning a foreign language!  Once all this is done…it’s time to sew.

3rd grader putting the finishing touches on her pillow.

3rd grader putting the finishing touches on her pillow.

Here we are, she’s just finished sewing and stuffing her pillow and now it’s time to hand sew the opening.

Ooooh!!  A pillow!

Ooooh!! A pillow!

Ta Daa!  This pillow is to the exact dimensions that this student wished it to be.IMG_1307A cute little blockhead pillow – look at those cute triangles at the top – such a great embroidery job done!

Back

Back

And the back!

I must go for now, but will share more of our sewing in the next post :o)

January Sewing

23 Jan

Our students started January with such enthusiasm it was had to keep up with them!

6th Grade Backpack

6th Grade Backpack

This 6th grader finished her back pack and as you can tell, she is so thrilled!  I LOVE the animal print with the orange – it’s just the perfect combination.

5th Grade Headband.

5th Grade Headband.

A finished headband!  I am always amazed at the color/fabric combinations that these students use and they always turn out so cute!

3rd Grade Bunny

3rd Grade Bunny

This 3rd grader has so much patience!  His bunny, as you can tell, is super tiny.  It cannot be sewn on the sewing machine, it must be sewn by hand.  His stitches are so perfect and so small – isn’t his bunny cute!  Now he is working on a quilt – 2″X2″ squares that make up flowers.

Monster Zippered Pouch

Monster Zippered Pouch

Don’t let this zippered pouch fool you, it took a lot of patience and determination to create and finish it.  The face was created and hand-sewn one piece at a time with teeny tiny hand stitches.  Then came the addition of the zipper.  If you have ever put a zipper in you know it can be hard work.  This student made it look so easy.

5th Grade Backpack

5th Grade Backpack

Another cute little backpack – the straps are just the perfect addition!

5th Grade Backpack

5th Grade Backpack

I just had to take another picture of it closeup.

5th Grade "Hand" Elephant

5th Grade “Hand” Elephant

This student used her hand as the pattern for this cute little elephant.  The project started out as a pillow, but after it was sewn together she decided that it looked like a “3-legged elephant”.  I must say that I totally agree with her!  Note the cute little eye and the hair.

5th Grade "Hand" Elephant

5th Grade “Hand” Elephant

This is the other side of her elephant (so cute!) – do you see the tassel tail?  That tail is just perfect.

Chatting and Sewing

Chatting and Sewing

Lots of hand sewing taking place outside.  I can’t believe this is January and it’s warm enough to sit outside!

Embroidery

Embroidery

Adding a nose to her bunny stuffed animal.  This one should be finished next week.

5th Grade Bee Pillow

5th Grade Bee Pillow

Such a cute bee pillow!  This student worked so hard on her pillow.  The wings are fleece and while they look perfect on this pillow, they were kind of a bear to work with.  She persevered, with lots of ripping of stitches and re-sewing and finished up yesterday.  I absolutely LOVE it!

5th Grade Bee Pillow

5th Grade Bee Pillow

Don’t you love it too?!

 

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SUMMER 2014 CAMP SCHEDULE IS HERE!

20 Jan

2014 Summer Camp Sechedule

January Knitting

20 Jan

We came back after the holidays ready to knit.

2nd grade finished knitting project.

2nd grade finished knitting project.

At first this second grader wanted to make her knitting into a kerchief.  Later, she decided that it should be a blanket for one of her stuffed animals.  Doesn’t she look so proud of her finish!!

Chattin' and knittin'.

Chattin’ and knittin’.

The whole class of students knit and talk.  They help each other, encourage each other and get silly together.  Such a healthy and happy way to spend the afternoon!IMG_1107

4th grade bag

4th grade bag

Close up of knitted bag.

Close up of knitted bag.

This bag is so festive it makes me smile every time I look at this picture.  That button is just precious!

2nd grader stuffing her toy.

2nd grader stuffing her toy.

Stuffed monster complete!

Stuffed monster complete!

You just gotta LOVE those eyes!

We have so much fun!

We have so much fun!

I can’t wait for class this Wednesday!

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