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Dyeing Yarn

5 May

We had a great time in knitting class!

The start of a sweater.

The start of a sweater.

Spool knitting.

Discussing their knitting.

New knitter working on her project.

New knitter working on her project.

3rd grade headband.

3rd grade headband.

Working on a stuffed bear.

Working on a stuffed bear.

Enjoying knitting with friends.

Enjoying knitting with friends.

Getting ready to dye yarn - wearing fancy aprons.

Getting ready to dye yarn – wearing fancy aprons.

Arranging yarn on their plates.

Arranging yarn on their plates.

Starting to dye.

Starting to dye.

So much fun!

So much fun!

They really took their time.

They really took their time.

So pretty!

So pretty!

Great color combinations!

Great color combinations!

Just wait until you see how it all turned out!

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Knitting Class

19 Mar

I’m always saying this, but I can’t believe how much fun we have in knitting class!  For class this week, this student brought an embroidery kit that she had at home and asked for help.  Well…of course!!  All forms of fiber arts are supported here in class.

Learning to transfer an embroidery design to fabric.

Learning to transfer an embroidery design to fabric.

Starting her embroidery - chain stitch.

Starting her embroidery – chain stitch.

Working on putting on the buttons for her coin purse.

Working on putting on the buttons for her coin purse.

Finished!!

Finished!!

Knitting and chatting.

Knitting and chatting.

Headband finish.

Headband finish.

Side of headband to show stitch detail.

Side of headband to show stitch detail.

Starting a new project - a teddy bear.

Starting a new project – a teddy bear.

Goofing around and having fun!

Goofing around and having fun!

Putting on the first color.

Putting on the first color.

More circle weaving.

More circle weaving.

Working on our circle weaving.

Working on our circle weaving.

Done!  So pretty!

Done! So pretty!

Close up of the center.

Close up of the center.

Start of a cowl on circular needles.

Start of a cowl on circular needles.

Knitting the toes of her chick.

Knitting the toes of her chick.

Finger knitting.

Finger knitting.

Finished finger knitted scarf.

Finished finger knitted scarf.

This week in knitting.

5 Mar

As always, we start out our knitting class with…well…our knitting!

Infinity scarf in the making!

Infinity scarf in the making!

The start to the wattle for her chicken.

The start to the wattle for her chicken.

A coin purse in the making.

A coin purse in the making.

Knitted part of coin purse done!  Measuring for the lining.

Knitted part of coin purse done! Measuring for the lining.

Finishing the painting for our circle weaving.

Finishing the painting for our circle weaving.

Then we have a small break for another yarn related activity.

Measuring the slots for the warp.

Measuring the slots for the warp.

Warping.

Warping.

"Who has that button?" game.

“Who has that button?” game.

Game time – these student LOVE game time!

Back to sewing.

Back to knitting.

Lining being sewn into the coin purse.

Lining being sewn into the coin purse.

Wattle done, comb being started.

Wattle done, comb being started.

Just another fun day at knitting class!

Knitting and Crochet

28 Feb

I am continually amazed at what our students can do – and WANT to do.  I am so lucky to be able to teach to students who truly are engaged and excited about their art.  We do so much knitting and crochet (that is what this class is all about!), but we also do so many other things.

Almost done!

Almost done!

Making a small wallet.

Working on her stuffed animal

Working on her stuffed animal

Learning to read patterns with notations like:  K2tog and kfb – not an easy task!

Scarf making.

Scarf making.

It takes a long time to make a scarf.

Starting the circle weaving project.

Starting the circle weaving project.

I was inspired by an art teacher named Cassis Stephens.  She taught this circle weaving class to her students. It looked like so much fun that I decided to bring it to our students.

Painting our backgrounds.

Painting our backgrounds.

Our bases look like this.

Our bases look like this.

Finishing up.

Finishing up.

Finished base.

Finished base.

Aren’t the bases for our circle weaving beautiful!  Just wait until they add the details and then some weaving to them.

Hop scotch today for break.

Hop scotch today for break.

These students really love to play hopscotch.  It appears that this is an “old time” game because while they knew some of the basics, they really didn’t know how to play.  I happily taught them the rules and away they went.

They LOVE hopscotch!

They LOVE hopscotch!

Sometimes, they are having so much fun, it is hard to get them to stop playing and come back to knit or crochet.

4th grade crochet headband.

4th grade crochet headband.

Loom knitting.

Loom knitting.

We don’t always knit with knitting needles.  This student brought her knitting loom to class to work on.

Close up for stitch detail - Lovely!

Close up for stitch detail – Lovely!

Spool knitting.

Spool knitting.

Spool knitting continues to be a huge hit.

Weaving boards - for bookmarks.

Weaving boards – for bookmarks.

I made these weaving boards for noon art and held back a few for knitting class.  They make perfect bookmarks after being taken off the board!  The best part?  These boards can be used over and over again and are made with recycled (cereal boxes) cardboard.

Making a cowl on circular needles.

Making a cowl on circular needles.

REALLY?  A 10 year old knitting on circular needles?!  Yes!

More spool knittin.

More spool knitting.

More knitting.

More knitting.

Starting a new project.

Starting a new project.

WOO HOO!!  The head is done!

WOO HOO!! The head is done!

Now the start of the beak.

Now the start of the beak.

More weaving boards.

More weaving boards.

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Adding details to our circle weaving backgrounds.

Adding details to our circle weaving backgrounds.

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Details being added.

Details being added.

Hearts!

Hearts!

Lots of color and lots of detials!

Lots of color and lots of details!

I can’t wait until the bases are finished so that they can start the warping and weaving!

Knitting and Sewing continues!

28 Jan

Last week we mixed things up a bit in knitting.  I find that sometimes, especially on warm, sunny days, the kids get restless about half way through class and need a bit of a break.  Knitting for an hour and a half is hard work!

Mr. Smiley!

Mr. Smiley!

Sorry for the blurry photo.  Sometimes it’s hard to photograph someone’s finished project as it is waved in front of the camera – the kids are just so excited about their creations, they can’t hold still!  This student made a pom-pom last week and turned it into a smiley pom-pom this week, which promptly retained the name of “Mr. Smiley”.  So cute!

The Marble Game.

The Marble Game.

About half way through class time, the students were getting a little bit restless so we took a small break and played “The Marble Game”.

Playing.

Playing.

First, I  hand each student a paper towel tube that has been cut in half.  Then I show them a marble and explain the rules of the game.  The object of this game is to work together and keep the marble rolling from person to person without dropping it.IMG_3958

Once the marble has passed from your tube to the next person’s tube, you run from the start of the line to the end and get ready to catch the marble again.  These students had a great time and managed the all-time record of four rounds!

Back to knitting.

Back to knitting.

Then it was back to their knitting!

4th grader Spot Dog.

4th grader Spot Dog.

Sewing was a BLAST!  We saw a huge Spot Dog come to completion.

Close-up.

Close-up.

Isn’t he cute?!

Tux the distractor.

Tux the distractor.

Playing with scraps from his latest project.

Playing with scraps from his latest project.

Knitting/Crochet Classes

20 Jan

I never know what the students are going to work on in class.  They have their ongoing projects and work on those very diligently, but sometimes they want to do something different to take a break.

Knitting and Spool Knitting

Knitting and Spool Knitting

Some students decide to pull out their spool knitters, others move from one project to another.

Knitting

Knitting

This student is very intent on finishing her project!  Look how much knitting she has done already!

Knitting

Knitting

A new project for this knitter.

Just about half way there!

Just about half way there!

No matter what they decide to work on, they have a lot of fun!

Knitting Class

24 Oct

We are having a blast in knitting class!  The kids are all working on different and exciting projects.

3rd grader bear leg.

3rd grader bear leg.

3rd grader slipper.

3rd grader slipper.

3rd grader project from home-she needed help so we figured it out at class.

3rd grader project from home-she needed help so we figured it out at class.

Handle for a bag - not the yarn in a bottle - keeps the yarn from tangling.

Handle for a bag – not the yarn in a bottle – keeps the yarn from tangling.

3rd grader grandmother's dishcloth for her grandmother.  Sweet!

3rd grader grandmother’s dishcloth for her grandmother. Sweet!

Teaching these students to knit is such a rewarding thing to do!

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