Archive | May, 2013

Working, working, working…

17 May

Things are moving right along here at Let’s Go Crafting’s studio!  Right now, in between writing knitting patterns, I am working on getting samples together for our sewing camps and will be sharing those soon.

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I am so blessed with good friends and family who support me at every turn.  Above is a beautiful tin that used to hold cookies.  Friends of mine were talking about what to do with these tins and were thinking about recycling them.  I told them that I had the perfect way to use them and magically the tins showed up on my front porch the very next day!!  Delivery and everything!

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These tins are perfect for holding beautiful buttons!!  Now my students can easily see and pick out whatever button they wish to make their project just right for them.  I have two more of these lovely tins…hmm…what treasures can I put into them?

 

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Free Teddy Bear Vest Pattern!

16 May

I’m so excited to release my first pattern to the public!  It’s actually not the first pattern I have written, there have been several for my students and I may decide to post those as well, but this is one I am proud of.

Stuffed Bear Vest

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A student from yesterday’s class finished her bear and wanted to start a “shirt” for her bear.  So… instead of making this vest, she will make two backs and then I will come up with something for the short sleeves!

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This is her completed bear – isn’t it fabulous?!!  This student is in the third grade – she knit it by herself and then put the whole thing together with very minimal help – The scarf was her own creation and she did it all on her own in between classes with no help at all – can you tell I am so proud of her??

 

Lovely working conditions!

15 May

At the request of a couple of my knitting students, I have come up with a couple of patterns for the stuffed bear that they have been knitting.  Today, I am writing the pattern for a vest and this is what my office looks like:

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The weather is so beautiful and warm I just couldn’t resist sitting out on the patio!

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And this is my view!  These are the raised bed gardens that my husband built me.  What you can’t see is that there are a total of FOUR of them!!  They are all filled with compost and vegetables – I can’t wait until we can start harvesting.  The strawberries fill one entire bed and the kids are just eating them as they come ripe!  Being out here is just sooo relaxing and feeds my creative spirit!  Come back tomorrow for the free pattern for the bear vest.

Crochet Camp Projects!

10 May

While I have been quiet on the blogging front, I have been far from quiet on the crafting front!!  I have some new exciting projects to share with you!  I simply can’t wait for crochet camp!  Here are a few of the projects we will be working on:

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Shoelaces!!  Who doesn’t like a spiffy new pair of shoelaces!  They can be made in any color and teach the very most basic crochet stitch, the chain stitch.  This is the foundation of all other crochet stitches.

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My 17 year old loves these and now has two pair!

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Next up can be a hair scrunchie.  This is such a fun project that combines the chain stitch from the last project with the single crochet.  A quick project that helps solidify their new skills along with helping the student to master their tension.

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Another beginner project will be this easy beaded bracelet.  This incorporates the chain stitch and introduces a new stitch – the half double crochet.  These fun, quick projects are perfect for teaching!!  They help teach new skills without becoming boring or too repetitive.

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A beaded headband.  This one is basically the same as the bracelet only a bit longer.  It will just depend on what is interesting and exciting to the student.

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Now, more complicated projects can be tackled.  This hat uses the same half double crochet stitch, but it takes just a bit longer.  The top of the hat is gathered and the hat is sewn together.  A pompom is then added at the end.

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The same hat can stretch to fit many different sizes of heads!!

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Half Double Crochet Shoulder Bag.  These are so fun to make!  Useful too!

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Kids love keychains to hang off their backpacks and give as gifts!

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A longer keychain.  These can be made in any length desired!!

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This fun and pretty scarf introduces yet another stitch – the double crochet.  This one takes just a bit longer, but the time spent is well worth it!!  Fringe can also be added to both ends for a nice touch.

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This ripple blanket project introduces decreases and increases.  It is one of the most popular crochet patterns (besides the granny square) you will find.  Once the student falls into the rhythm and is ready for a greater challenge, this would be a perfect project for them.

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This is an example of Amigurumi crochet.  Once the student has learned the basic crochet stitches, there is really nothing they cannot do.  A little lesson in pattern reading and their imaginations are the only limit they have!!

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