Want to make your finished items look even better? Block them! Blocking may seem intimidating, but you really only need a few things from around the house. Read on to become a blocking pro! Continue reading “Blocking as a Finishing Touch”
In photo L-R: Mary, Ann , Me, Susan
Over Christmas I had a chance to get together with family and teach my nieces, Mary & Ann, how to knit. I was thrilled that they were excited by the yarns and about learning how to make their very own scarf. Mary is 12 and Ann is 10 years old and as a rule they are pretty crafty so I was sure they would be successful at knitting too. I thought teaching them with Boutique Sashay and Ribbons would be a great first project since casting on is so easy, and you get to the fun part much quicker.
Normally we are all about yarn and fast holiday projects, but hey…a girl has to eat during the holidays too! So, I thought I would give you a quick recipe for those holiday get togethers where you forgot you had to bring something or you want to look like you slaved over a hot stove for hours and it only really took a few minutes – don’t you just love those kinds of things!
By Bonnie Barker, guest designer/blogger
I have a confession: I love the look of knitted stitches, but I don’t enjoy the process of knitting. I guess I’m a crocheter—heart, body & soul—for better or worse! This is why I am so very excited about designing crochet patterns that mimic knitted stitches. The stitches I incorporate into my patterns are based upon the most fundamental crochet stitches: single, double, and treble crochet; slip stitch and chain. If you already know these basic stitches, you will be able to learn these new stitches, and I dare say learn them quickly and easily. I have personally taught these stitches to children as young as eight years old. One of my students who has significant learning disabilities recently won a blue ribbon at our county fair for a scarf she created using one of these Aran stitches. Continue reading “Help for the Holiday Cables Throw By Bonnie Barker Guest Blogger/Designer”
In September I reflected on how beginners might take the next step in their knitting and crochet hobby. Now that the holidays will be here soon, there are many ways to use yarn to make the season bright. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy your craft, add loving touches to your home and give homey things to friends and family.
Sometimes a round can fit into a square hole!
Whether it’s a cherished heirloom or a knock-around sweater for your son or daughter, what you create is an investment of your heart. Isn’t it equally important to invest just a little more time to know how to take care of what your hands have created? Continue reading “Sometimes a round peg CAN fit into a square hole . . .”
So you’ve made a couple scarfs…or maybe you have made a lot of scarfs for all your friends and relatives and maybe even sold them at your local craft market or church sale. Everyone thinks you are a knitter or crocheter, but you secretly know that you have limited know-how. So today I’d like to make a couple suggestions for taking the next step in becoming an ace knitter or crocheter. Continue reading “Getting Past Being a Beginner Scarf Maker Part 1 of 3”
Did you know that Red Heart has a YouTube channel with over 150 videos with how-to’s for knitting and crochet techniques, pattern instructions, interviews with industry experts and much more! Subscribe to the Red Heart yarns YouTube channel and find out when we upload a new video to stay up to date with the latest free pattern how-to’s, and knit and crochet alongs. Continue reading “Over 150 YouTube Videos on Red Heart’s Channel”