Archive | July, 2014

Another Fun, Fun Day of Weaving!

22 Jul

We had our first finished project for this week of camp!

3rd grader scarf.

3rd grader scarf.

It is always such a thrill to cut your first project off the loom!!

3rd grader scarf.

3rd grader scarf.

I make sure that the warp is long enough to make a scarf that will wrap around the neck and keep them warm.  Isn’t this such a nice scarf?

Lots of weaving.

Lots of weaving.

All of the campers are super excited each day when they come to camp.  They start their weaving right away.

"Tux"

“Tux”

Our resident furry “helper”.  Notice that her leg is actually THROUGH the warp.

Lots of attention!

Lots of attention!

Of course Tux knows that if she is being cute, she will get lots of love from our students :o)

Checking out our dye baths at snack time.

Checking out our dye baths at snack time.

The first thing the campers did at snack was to check out their yarn.  I asked them to eat before they took the yarns out.

Chickens.

Chickens.

After snack the chickens had to be played with for a bit.

"Short Wing"

“Short Wing”

This chick really loves this camper.  He’s the only one she will sit on quietly.

Taking the yarns from the dye bath.

Taking the yarns from the dye bath.

Now we were able to see exactly how our yarn hanks turned out.

Wringing them.

Wringing them.

We had to wring them out a little so they would dry faster.

Pretty!

Pretty yarn!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Here they all are, just drying in the sun this afternoon.  Tomorrow our campers will wind these into balls and weave with them if they choose.

Almost there!

Almost there!

Another camper is almost done with her scarf.  Here she is learning how to use the hem stitch in order to get a really nice finish.

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Weaving Camp is Here!

21 Jul

Today was our first day of weaving camp this week.  It’s always fun to see new weaving students learning and enjoying themselves at the loom.

4th grader weaving.

4th grader weaving.

4th grader weaving.

4th grader weaving.

4th grader weaving.

4th grader weaving.

It’s also great fun to have students come back for another session.  This time I created an Intermediate Weaving Sampler Pattern for two repeat campers.IMG_2549

3rd grader sampler.

3rd grader sampler.

4th grader sampler.

4th grader sampler.

We worked hard for the first half of camp and then took a short break to eat snack and play with the chickens.

Chicken play.

Chicken play.

"Short Wing"

“Short Wing”

"Sassafrass"

“Sassafrass”

After our break we  dyed some yarn.  This time we made dye baths with food coloring.

Food Color Dye baths.

Food Color Dye baths.

Each camper filled three jars with water and chose their food color for each one.  Then they placed each end of the hank of yarn into one of the jars and the middle of the hank into the middle jar.

Food Color Dye bath.

Food Color Dye bath.

It’s fun to see which colors each camper chooses.

Food Color Dye bath.

Food Color Dye bath.

It will be even more fun to see how the yarns turn out!

Gift yarn!  YEAH!!

Gift yarn! YEAH!!

A friend of mine gave me some of her left over yarn.  Isn’t it so pretty?!

Gift yarn being used.

Gift yarn being used.

Well most of the campers felt the same way and wanted to use it in their weaving.  This yarn weaves up so nicely!

Gift yarn being wound onto a shuttle.

Gift yarn being wound onto a shuttle.

Gift yarn getting ready to be used as weft.IMG_2553

See how pretty it looks in this project?!  LOVE IT!  Thanks so much, Margaret!

Knitting Camp Wrap Up

11 Jul

Lots of finished projects today!!

4th grader headband.

4th grader headband.

Side view of headband.

Side view of headband.

Finishing up knitting.

Finishing up knitting.

Working on new projects.

Working on new projects.

Usually I try to have our students finish their projects before class ends for the week.  In the case of these two, they had finished their first projects and since they are coming back for more camps and wanted to knit more, I had them pick yarn and start something new.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

These third graders worked so hard to finish their wrist warmers today.  Great job girls!

Campers working together.

Campers working together.

Pin Weaving.

Pin Weaving.

The start of a hat being knit in the round by a 4th grader.

The start of a hat being knit in the round by a 4th grader.

The start of a colorful scarf by a 4th grader.

The start of a colorful scarf by a 4th grader.

Finishing some pin weaving.

Finishing some pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Knitting camp is done for this week – I am sad to see these campers leave – they are such great students and work so well together!

Finished Projects!

10 Jul

We had some very fun finishes today!

4th grade stuffed monster.

4th grade stuffed monster.

Close up of stuffed Monster.

Close up of stuffed Monster.

Look how creative this camper is – she used just a portion of fabric to create the mouth on her stuffie.  Then she used fabric for the eyes and sewed on buttons for the pupils!  LOVE IT!

4th grade wrist warmers.

4th grade wrist warmers.

Starting a new project.

Starting a new project.

After her wrist warmers were complete, she wants to make a hat.  OK, time to cast on 84 stitches!

Checking out each other's wrist warmers.

Checking out each other’s wrist warmers.

Both these campers have finished one wrist warmer and their second ones will be finished tomorrow.

Knitting, Dyeing Yarn and Pin Weaving!

9 Jul

We had such a blast today at camp!!  First we started out with our knitting and made great progress on our projects.

Knitting Camp.

Knitting Camp.

This is what our work table looks like after a morning of hard work :o)

Work Table.

Work Table.

We took a small snack break at the half way point.

Growing Chicks.

Growing Chicks.

And of course the chicks had to come out to play!  After our short break we went straight out to prepare our yarn for dyeing.

Putting the yarn in the water.

Putting the yarn in the water.

Should we gently set our yarn in the water, or should we just drop it in?

Total saturation.

Total saturation.

Making sure the yarn is completely wet.

Wring it out.

Wring it out.

Make sure the yarn is not dripping but just damp.

Yarn prep.

Yarn prep.

More students preparing their yarn for dyeing.

Placing the dye on the yarn.

Placing the dye on the yarn.

They carefully spoon dye onto the yarn in the places that they want it.  Notice the ultra snazzy aprons they are wearing to protect their clothes!IMG_2496

Pin Weaving.

Pin Weaving.

After dyeing yarn, the campers worked more on their pin weaving and on their knitting.  Tomorrow should see some completed projects!

Knitting and Pin Weaving

8 Jul

As always, each day at camp proves to be fun filled.  Today we did a lot of knitting.

3rd grader knitting.

3rd grader knitting.

4th grader finishing up.

4th grader finishing up.

And we learned something new…Pin Weaving!

3rd grader pin weaving.

3rd grader pin weaving.

4th grader pin weaving.

4th grader pin weaving.

3rd grader pin weaving.

3rd grader pin weaving.

We also played with the chicks during break time.IMG_2474IMG_2475IMG_2476

Holding and playing with the chicks is a huge enjoyment for our campers!

3rd and 4th grade yarn dolls.

3rd and 4th grade yarn dolls.

Knitting Camp!!

7 Jul

We started knitting camp today!

Knitting Camp.

Knitting Camp.

Yarn and projects were chosen.

Knitting Camp.

Knitting Camp.

And we got started right away.

4th grade knitter.

4th grade knitter.

9th grade knitter.

9th grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

Everyone had such great concentration!

Yarn girls, boys and octopi.

Yarn girls, boys and octopi.

We took our break about half way through the morning and then created these cute little fellows!!

9th grade scarf.

9th grade scarf.

This 9th grader had been working on a scarf prior to class and finished it in class this morning.  Tomorrow will be another great day!

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