Craft for a Cause: Mother Bear Project

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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.

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Create to Donate Goes Live Today!

Crafting Together For The Greater Good

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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!

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How to Crochet: Basic Steps for Beginners

A Quick-Start Guide for Crochet Beginners

 

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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 »

How to Bind Off and Weave in Ends in Crochet

The Best Ways to End Your Crochet Projects

 

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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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How to Read a Crochet Pattern for Beginners

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Understanding the Language of Crochet

 

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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.

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Craft for a Cause: The Preemie Project

“It’s for the Babies!”

~The Preemie Project

 

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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.

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The 10 Best Crochet Tips for Absolute Beginners

Follow These 10 Tips Before You  Start Your First Crochet Project

 

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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.

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How to Double Crochet for Beginners

An Easy

Basic Crochet

Stitch

 

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Hi ya crochet newbies!

By now you have probably mastered the slip-knot, foundation chain, and the single crochet stitch.  If not, simply click on the link to be directed to easy step-by-step tutorials.  For those of you who have already have solid experience with these stitches, it’s time to move on to the double crochet stitch

 

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How to Crochet a Turning Chain

The Number One Reason I Failed at Crochet

Are You Making the Same Mistake?

 

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Hi folks!  If you are new to crochet then you’ve probably heard of a turning chain.  Most likely from a pattern or another crocheter.  The first time you heard about it I am sure your brain went “uh… what the heck is that”?  I am sure because that’s what my brain did.

If your brain didn’t do this and you’ve already figured it out then that’s awesome!  Kudos to you!

My brain, however, just couldn’t grasp it.  And this is why I failed at crochet.  And I do mean failed.  Massively.

Of course, that was my first go at crochet over 10 years ago. Back then I just couldn’t figure out why that darn pot holder kept getting smaller and smaller!

Now I know that I wasn’t making a turning chain at the end of each row and if I was, I wasn’t doing it properly.   I didn’t even understand what the turning chain was.

If this sounds familiar, then let me help out.

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How to Yarn Over in Crochet

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What is Yarning Over

in Crochet?

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Yarning over in crochet is the most basic step when making a stitch.  You may see it written as yarn over (abbreviated yo) or yarn over the hook (abbreviated yoh).  They mean exactly the same thing.

Yarning over means wrapping the yarn over your crochet hook.  Yarn overs are used before or after you insert the hook into the next stitch, and depending on the stitch you are working, you may yarn over two or more times.

Yarning over is a very simple technique, but you have to do it correctly or you won’t be able to pull the yarn smoothly through the stitch.

Let’s practice!

1.  Make a slip knot. If you don’t know how, please see How to Make a Slip-knot.

 

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2.  Slide the slip-knot onto the shaft of your hook.

3.  Using your yarn hand (non-dominant hand), hold the tail of the slip knot between your thumb and forefinger.

 

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4.  Using the forefinger on your yarn hand,  bring the yarn up behind the hook.

 

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5.  Place the yarn over the shaft, laying it between the slip knot and the throat of the hook with the yarn pulled toward you.

 

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Practice the yarn over motion until you are comfortable with the technique.

Do not wrap the yarn over your hook from front to back.  It must be wrapped from back to front, otherwise, crocheting is more difficult and you will end up with twisted and tangled stitches.

When you are actually working a stitch, you yarn over and “hook” the yarn in the tip (hook) of the crochet hook.  The yarn is then pulled through an existing stitch or loop(s) as part of the working stitch.

There you have it.  Easy peasy!

Did you have any problems?

Until next time…  Happy Crocheting!

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