Hi folks! This post is for all you knitters out there, especially if you are a newbie knitter. Knowing how to cast on, make stitches, and deciding on a pattern are not the only important things you need to do when starting a knitting project. You need to make sure that you are picking the correct yarn and needles as well.
When I started knitting I went to the craft store and stood in the aisle staring at all the needle choices. Long ones, short ones, shiny ones, thick ones, round ones, plastic ones, wood ones… it went on and on. I had no idea which ones I needed. As a beginner the array was overwhelming.
So today I want to review the different types of knitting needles available so you can pick the right tool for your project and hopefully save you some of the frustration I suffered as a knitting newbie.
Hey there folks! Today I want to share with you my new pattern for a super simple basic ribbed baby beanie. I designed it to be easy for beginners and to use the new skills I introduced in my ebook, How to Crochet: A Quick-Start Guide for Beginners.
Using my nine month old son as a model, I created beanie sizes from preemie to 1-year old. Technically 1-year old sizes tend to fall into the class of toddler patterns and not baby patterns, but I wanted to make a beanie that would fit my son this coming winter when he would be a year old.
I decided to make his hat in Seattle Seahawk colors because, well, we are huge Seahawk foot ball fans! We even painted his nursery in these colors. 🙂 I chose navy blue and grey for the hat colors and then added a bright green pom-pom. He loves it! And, of course, he looks adorable in it!
So, break out your crochet hooks, this easy pattern will whip up in a jiffy and is great practice if you are a crochet newbie. Let’s get started!
Hi folks! If you’ve just bought your first sewing machine or are completely new to sewing then you’ve come to the right place. When my fiancé bought me a sewing machine four years ago, I had no sewing experience. You read that right folks. I had NO sewing experience. I didn’t even hand sew.
Folks, you have to understand. Danny, my fiancé, didn’t just buy me a cheap beginner sewing machine. Oh no… he bought me a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Royale. The KING of all sewing machines. Hailed as the best on the market. At least that’s what the sales lady said. 🙂
The point is that I had no idea what I was doing. I was so intimidated by this machine that it sat, untouched for over 4 months, on a table in my craft room. I was terrified by it. I had no idea what to do with it. Then finally, one day, I took the bull by the horns and grabbed the user guide. What’s the first thing I looked at? Yep, you guessed it. The parts of my sewing machine and their functions.
It’s important, right? How are you supposed to use a sewing machine if you don’t even know what the parts are or what they do? So, if you’re sitting there like I was 4 years ago, scared of your sewing machine and unsure where to begin, let me help ease your fear. I’m going to hold your hand as I walk you through each sewing machine part and help you to understand what they do.
In January 2003 Amy Berman, a Minneapolis mom, read a magazine article that changed her life. Working in advertising sales at the time, Amy had no idea that she would one day become the accidental executive director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing comfort to humanity’s most innocent–children. But that’s exactly what happened.
The article was about infant and child rape in Africa, an increasing problem caused, in part, by the myth of the “virgin cure”–a belief that if a man has sex with a virgin, including infants and toddlers, he will be cured of AIDS, a disease that has reached pandemic proportions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The youngest victim in the article was only 2 months old.
Amy was shell-shocked. She simply could not close the magazine and continue on with her everyday life after learning the horrifying pain of these children. She felt compelled “to do something”.
The article mentioned that the Child Protection Unit in Durban, South Africa was collecting teddy bears, dolls, games and books to deliver to the rape victims. Amy thought of the one item that had brought her own two children comfort throughout the years. A teddy bear knitted by her mother using a pattern circa World War II.
Although Amy was not a knitter, she was so motivated that she learned quickly, under her mother’s instructions, and soon began teaching other women to knit. The price for her lessons? One knit bear sent to a child in Africa. Thus, Mother Bear Project was born.
Crafting Together For The Greater Good
Hi folks! Today I want to share with you the launch of Create to Donate, a site dedicated to making a difference by donating handmade goods to charities in need.
What does this have to do with a blog that provides sewing, knitting, and crochet resources for beginners? I’m glad you asked!
A few months ago Itchin’ for some Stitchin’ became a Goods Giving Back ambassador. This means that I will sell some of my handmade creations through Goods Giving Back, an online marketplace unlike any place you have shopped before. That’s because 50% or more of the proceeds go to support worthwhile causes in need of some TLC.
From today until October 31, 2016, the entire Goods Giving Back team will empower you to create for the greater good by using your DIY creativity to craft for a cause. Perhaps you have a cause you already love. If not, let us introduce you to some new organizations that need your creative support!
Join us for a Rafflecopter giveaway and learn how you can become a Create to Donate ambassador.
Let’s Do Goods Work™ Together!
Until next time… Happy Crafting!
A Quick-Start Guide for Crochet Beginners
Crochet is a craft in which a patterned fabric is created by looping yarn, thread, or other material with a hooked needle. Like knitting, crochet consists of pulling loops through other loops, but with the addition of wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times. Unlike knitting, and with a few exceptions, in crochet only one stitch is active at one time. Also, crochet uses a single crochet hook instead of two knitting needles.
There are literally hundreds of different forms of crochet with more in development. CrochetWithDee.com gives a great list of many types of crochet. Hundreds of crochet methods means tons of “advanced” crochet stitches, yet, there are only a few basic stitches. If you can learn these, then you can create loads of fun and unique crochet patterns!
Today I am outlining the general process of crochet that will serve as a quick-start guide for beginners who are just dying to get started! Continue reading
The Best Ways to End Your Crochet Projects
Okay so you’ve followed all the steps in my ebook, How to Crochet: A Quick-Start Guide for Beginners and you’ve just finished your crochet project. Congratulations! You’ve made the last stitch and you’re ready to show off your hard work and move on to another project. Then suddenly your smile of satisfaction quickly turns into a frown of exasperation. Why? Because you’ve just realized that the project isn’t actually done. Nope, it’s not. Because you still have to bind off and weave in the ends (also called tails).
I’m not going to lie, weaving in ends can be a pain. But don’t be discouraged! It’s not a pain because it’s hard. It’s simply that it can be tedious and it takes time. If you only have one or two ends, this isn’t a big deal. However, if you’ve had to change colors a lot you could have many ends that need to be hidden. This is the reason that I have not one, but two granny square afghans that have yet to be joined. One of which I started over four years ago!
I told you that I am not going to lie. I hate weaving in ends. But… it is a necessary evil. It must be done. If you don’t weave in the tails your project will most likely unravel and all your hard work will be for nothing. Also, it is necessary to make your project look neat and tidy. And despite my bickering, it is easier than you think.
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Understanding the Language of Crochet
Hi folks! So, by now I am sure that you know the basics of crochet and are itching to stitch your first pattern. But, just hold your horses! Don’t dive in just yet. Jumping into a crochet pattern without understanding what you are reading is like diving into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim.
Reading a crochet pattern is quite literally like looking at a foreign language. Crochet has its own words, abbreviations, and symbols. If you don’t know them or understand the sentence structure it will be very easy to get lost, confused, and frustrated.
“It’s for the Babies!”
~The Preemie Project
There is nothing more wonderful or amazing than a baby. There is nothing more challenging than watching your baby struggle to survive. And there is nothing more devastating that the loss of a little one. I say these things with heartfelt sincerity. Maybe I believe them because I just had my first little one 8 months ago, so now I have the love of a mother’s heart, but I’d like to think that everyone believes them.
Since the birth of my son I can’t stop thinking how lucky I am. How lucky I am to have him. How lucky I am that he was born perfectly healthy. How lucky I am that he was not premature and had to fight to stay in this world. Indeed, I am lucky. But not every baby story is as lucky as mine.
Some babies are born early. Some babies do have to fight to live. Some families spend weeks, even months, with fears, heartaches, and challenges that I will never know. Thank goodness for organizations like The Preemie Project.
Follow These 10 Tips Before You Start Your First Crochet Project
When I first started crocheting, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I didn’t have a clue about how to begin. I didn’t know what hook to start with, what yarn to use, or even what a stitch was. And, I had no one to help me.
I taught myself, just like many of you are, by consulting the great and powerful Google. I read tutorials, watched videos, and learned to read crochet patterns, but at the time there were few, if any, tips to make learning crochet easier for beginners.
So, now that I have years of crochet experience under my belt, I thought I would share with you all the things I wish I had known when I first picked up a crochet hook. Here are my top 10 tips for absolute beginners. These are the things to consider before you start your first crochet project.