I’m being overrun by knitting “works in progress”!!

I absolutely love knitting, you guys all know that about me. And as much as I hate to admit it, I think one of my favorite parts is starting projects! Yep!! I love picking the yarn, deciding what it wants to be, researching the project, and the excitement of casting on those first stitches. It’s awesome!

And now, with my Sock Yarn Minis/Scraps Swapping group on Ravelry the addiction is only getting worse. I’m blessed enough a lot of the time to receive a review skein from the various dyers that are being featured in our Swapless Swaps. That’s super cool, of course, but that also means lots and lots more projects that I need to get started. Not that I’m complaining, of course!

Currently, I have a total of 14 projects on the needles, with probably 10 more that I need to get started. Crazy, right?! But so fun too!

I have FIVE blankets going right now, including my Sock Yarn Blankie..

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And I have ONE shawl on the needles, which is my beautiful Exclusive Multnomah Shawl…..

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And ONE sweater on the needles, my Calligraphy Cardigan (which I’m really excited to start working on again this fall)….

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And TWO hats (both of which are Sockhead Hats, lol!) on the needles, including Ashley’s Sockhead Hat...

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And then, of course, there are the socks! I have FIVE pairs of socks on the needles right now! Yep! These are one of my favorites, my Cantaloupe Socks….

5Whew!! Maybe next I should do a post about all the review yarn I have that needs to be started, lol! It sure is a good thing I love knitting so much!

So how about you? Do you have lots and lots of works in progress? Or are you a one project at a time type of person? I’d love to hear what you’re working on!

Bye,
Lisa

 

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I’ve Got Some Great Ideas For Crafts This Summer

When you have the kids at home with you over the summer, it can be tricky to keep coming up with great ideas to keep them entertained. Of course, quality time with the children is something we strive for all year round. That’s why crafting is such a great hobby for you all to get involved with. It’s perfect for a rainy day. The best thing about crafts and artwork is that you can create great projects to use on a lovely sunny day too. Here are some ideas:

Dressing Up

Creating your own costumes and accessories is great fun. You might have an upcoming costume party or just fancy dressing up for play in the garden. Use two wire hangers to shape a set of angel wings. Some old netting, mesh or curtains can then be sewn over the frame. Finish off by using sew on stones to create patterns in the wings. This creates a beautiful sparkly effect for the wings.

Puppets

Using old socks, you can create a really cute set of puppets. Choose a theme, such as pirates or dinosaurs. You can use felt shapes for patterns and markings, or even glue on googly eyes. If you don’t want them to be hand puppets, stuff the socks half way with old foam or old fabrics. Insert an old wooden spoon and then tie around the outside with a rubber band to secure it. You can even paint and decorate the handles before you insert them.

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Designer Bean Bags

Bean bags are great fun for activities in the garden. You can jazz up yours with bespoke patterns and decorations. Use a glue gun to stick on gems and glitter. Alternatively, you can create two themed sets for competitive games. One team could have a pony themed set, and the other might have lions. Once they are decorated, you can have games in the garden.

Knitting

Knitting is a great skill to teach small children. It requires coordination, concentration and fine motor skills. From about the age of five or six, simple, supervised patterns should be possible. More and more people are enjoying knitting and crochet to recreate their favorite TV characters. The patterns can often be found online. For a simple project, pick a teddy bear to knit a scarf for. The scarf can be further decorated by sewing on stones and crystals.

Messy Stuff

Children often love getting messy. If you have an old cereal box, some glue, paint and tissue paper, your kids can have hours of fun creating something new. Lay out some newspaper or coverings and let them go wild. If you set a project theme or objective, it can give the work some purpose. Perhaps they’ll make a special container for their comic books, or a memories box to store their photographs.

 

There are many crafting ideas that can also tie in with the national curriculum topics they have been studying at school. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with letting their imagination run free to create something off the top of their heads. See what fun you can have with crafting this summer.

 

 

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What Is A Swapless Swap & How Can I Join In On The Fun?!

I recently started a super fun Ravelry Group called Sock Yarn Minis/Scraps Swapping. I’d LOVE for all of you to join me over there! We’re motivating each other, answering questions, and swapping minis. We have both regular swaps and Swapless Swaps.

A Swapless Swap is where the participants pay me a fee to join (usually about $30), I order lots of yarn from an indie dyer or yarn shop, the yarn comes to me, I make them into lots & lots of mini skeins, then I swap them up and send them back to the participants. It’s a really awesome way to build a stash of minis from some amazing dyers!!

Basically I take a pile of yarn like this…

making mini skeins

And turn them all into adorable minis that make up the swap packages like this…

making mini skeinsI typically offer two different variations of a Swapless Swap – either a 5g or 10g one. With the 5 gram Swapless Swap, it is open to 20 participants and each one will end up with 20 different 5 gram minis. And with the 10 gram Swapless Swap, it is open to 10 participants and each one will end up with 10 different 10 gram minis. Sometimes I’ll even post both a 5g and 10g Swapless Swap for the same dyer, but with all different colorways. With those, if you were to sign up for both of them you’d end up with 30 different minis. Pretty great, right?!

A lot of us are using the minis to make Sock Yarn Blankies, but really you could use them to make anything you wanted. Even a “Frakensock” that is made up of all the minis from one dyer’s Swapless Swap. That would be pretty cool!

Here are a few of the dyers we’ve featured, or will be featuring, in Swapless Swaps – KnitMona, Groovy Hues, Knit Picks Hawthorne, Artistic Yarn by Abi, Socks that Rock Lightweight, Inner Yarn Zen, Lamby Toes, MadTosh Merino Light and lots more! Why not come join the group? You’ll be glad you did!! All you need to do is click HERE and request to join, and then you can check out the various threads to find all the open swaps. If it doesn’t say “FULL” then that means there are still spots available. We’re having a really great time and it’s a wonderfully supportive community!

Also, if you have any ideas for amazingly awesome indie dyers or yarn companies that would be perfect for a Swapless Swap, please leave their name & a link to their shop in the comments below. And, of course, if you yourself are an amazingly awesome indie dyer or yarn company and you’d like to be featured in a Swapless Swap, then leave your contact info down below for sure!! I’m currently working on planning out 2016 so there are lots of spots to fill!

Bye,
Lisa

 

 

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