DIY Quick Knit Gift / DIY Spa Gift

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The only gift is a portion of thyself.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oh my goodness! Christmas is in just three weeks!  What to make? What to make?  You want it to be a nice gift with a sense of thought put into it, no problem.  What about a spa package! WHAT?! Those are impossibly expensive.  Not if you make it yourself.

I've become addicted to making dish cloths and face cloths.  I have to admit, I didn't get the craze for these tiny knit treasures when they first started appearing on Ravelry and such until  I received one as a gift from a student.  A worsted cotton knit up into a wash cloth is super absorbent and extra soft and add that it is handmade, it's the ultra luxury item.  Add it with a delicious smelling soap or bath salt, and you have fabulous spa gift.  

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You will need:

1 skein of Sugar-n-Cream
#8 knitting needles
scissors
Tapestry needle.

This pattern is for a basic bias face cloth which is knit from one corner to the next.  

Cast on 4 stitches.

Knit one row.

*Turn and K2, YO, knit across the rest of the stitches*. Repeat from * to* until you have 5o stitches on the needle and what looks like half a triangle.  if you want it bigger, that's fine Keep going until desired width is achieved.

Next row* K1, K2tog YO, K2tog, Knit across the rest of the stitches.* Repeat from * to * until you are back to just 4 stitches.  You will end up back at just 4 stitches.  Bind off final 4 sititches.  

Weave in tails.

Click here to download the pattern. -  Download Bias Knit Dish or Face Cloth

For Bath salts,

Epsom-salt

Buy a bag of plain epsom salts.  For every cup of salt mix in 4 drops of your favorite essential oil. I like lavender and rosemary mixed together, stir thoroughly. Use a glass or stainless steel bowl as plastic may absorb the essential oils.  Package the salts in a pretty bag or jar.   

 

For Soaps, 

Check your local craft store for a soap making kit or get plain glycerine and melt it down in your microwave and pour into a cute ice cube tray of heart shapes.  Allow to cool and then pop out.  Wrap them in saran wrap or in a cute plastic holiday treat bag.  For more explicit directions, take a look at this website.


Christmas DIY Holiday Decorations Part Two

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Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you're home. ~Carol Nelson

More holiday inspiration!  The needle felted tree takes some time, but the rest are 2-3 hour projects.  For the snowman puppet pencil topper, use the the toe of an old sock as the hat rather than knit one by hand, unless of course you want to knit or crochet it.  It turns a pencil into a bit of magic and makes the minutes at school move a little faster.  The spice ball ornament smells fabulous and I hang it in my closet throughout the year.

Paper Christmas Tree

Needle Felted Christmas Tree

Snowman Pencil Topper

Spice Ball Ornament


how to create filet crochet charts from your own photos.


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I think therefore I am -  René Descartes

Hello!  based on responses from a recent Facebook post, I thought I'd write up a short tutorial on how  to create a custom chart for filet crochet (or knitting) from a personal photo.  As you may know, I had a stroke last year.  This work is for a show I'm building called "Coming Unraveled."  Basically we spend a lifetime building our identites. There is that saying from Cartesian philosophy - " I think, therefore I am."  So the question I pose, is"If you stop thinking, then who the heck are you?!"  This is the bit on coming unravelled.  So I am crocheting a large portrait of myself in filet crochet which when finished.  I will set up a video camera to record a performance of me systematically unraveling the image and creating something new with the image.  That's been my life this past year, a long and difficult journey of accepting that I'm not the same person and that I have to construct a new life and new identity for myself. Make sense so far?

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Free Pattern :: Fingerless Convertible Mittens

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I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

While I understand the sentiment, I can't agree.  I hate winter.  I don't like to be cold or the feel that annual ache I get in my fingers.  Well this year, I decided to be proactive and made myself a pair of fingerless mittens that may be worn indoors or out. They are perfect for when you need to send a quick text and not freeze while waiting for the bus.  I designed them for eHow.com with the beginning knitter in mind.  They are designed to be knitted up on straight needles rather than the usual double points. But then if you are like me and prefer knitting in the round, you could bits in the round, convert back to straight for the thumb gusset if you've never made one and then zip back to double points.  Enjoy!  


Textile Classes in St. Louis @ Dabble.co

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I'm very excited and pleased to announce,that this fall I will be teaching a series of textile-based workshops in St. Louis at Kayak coffee. The first class will be Beginning Knitting.

Students will learn to cast on and bind off, sew in ends and the two most versatile of stitches – garter and stockinette. Tips and techniques will cover tension, how to read a yarn label and what to do when you drop a stitch. Students will leave with the basic know-how to confidently start their first project.

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 A project that I worked on last fall is the basis for my next class granny square madness. I designed 40 new squares for an upcoming book from interweave press by Tracy Lord.

Do you know the basics of crochet, but have yet to master a granny square blanket? This class is a crochet-al-long. Having just designed 40 new crochet squares for an upcoming book from Interweave Press, learn tips for reading patterns and charts while possibly even inventing some designs of your own. This class will start on a Wednesday, and will meet regular for three weeks to push you past the first square or two an onto making a blanket pahe first class will cover reading a pattern and chart,how to do a gauge swatch and what it means, and will over using different yarns. Color Theory and its application to texture will also be explored.

As this class is a series to motivate you to get going on that granny square blanket you've always wanted. We will encourage and learn from each other's styles and color sensibility.  

 I fully plan  to crochet a blanket right along with you.   So let's get started, get out your crochet hooks and  yarn and join me for three nights in October  at Kayak  coffee.

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I will also teach a Beginning Embroidery class.

 Love the look of old fashioned monograms, but don’t know the basics of embroidery? Learn a range of embroidery stitches while creating a colorful sampler to later frame or make into a pillow. You bring the 6-strand embroidery floss, needles, hoop and scissors, I will bring a sampler pre printed for you to work. This class will introduce cross stitch, but is primarily focused on non canvas based stitch work. How to transfer a design to cloth will also be covered. 

 

To register for these three classes, please go to Dabbble.co 

 


Designer Craft Connection :: Multistrand Knit Necklace

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I spin and weave and knit my words and visions until a life starts to take shape. — Laurie Halse Anders0n

Need a quick project with a bit of sparkle to chase the winter blues?  The necklace looks great paired with a casual sweater and jeans, but could easily work with a shell and blazer for the office.  

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Weaving on a Knitting Loom or Knitting Board

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We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving
when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.  — Henry Ward Beecher

These last few months I’ve been weaving on my knitting boards and looms.  Weaving was my first passion, so it’s been great fun to return to it.

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Yarn "Bomb" Installation at New Motorola Offices

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Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.   —  Pablo Picasso

The Chicago Artists Coalition contacted me several months ago about working on a potential project for an architectural firm.  Sure.  Little did I know I’d been asked to consider yarn bombing the reception spaces at the new Motorola office and research facility.  Holy yarnola!  Working under the guidance of the architects and CAC, I am creating a permanent installation inspired by the yarn bombing movement. I knew there was no way I could tackle a 12’ x 65’ fence / wall on my own, so I’ve called in vegan crafter extraordinaire Mary K. Lawrie to assist.

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