Friday, January 31, 2014

Crochet Beard Pattern.....If you can't GROW one you might as well CROCHET one!!

FINALLY!!!!  I've been promising my crochet Beard Pattern for quite some time now.  And TODAY is the DAY!!!  I have only created one "size", but have given options for creating a Medium AND a Large by changing hook size. You can also extend the ear loops to make it fit a wider face.  Remember it is ALWAYS important to check your gauge to make sure your piece is going to turn out the size that you want it to.  And as I have recently discovered....my recommended hook sizes may not work for you...so please check your gauge to save yourself trouble in the end.  : )

No need to keep your beard a traditional color...why not try making it in your favorite team color??  Or STRIPED!!!  All Great Sports Fans NEED one of these for those COLD COLD game nights!!! LOL


***Feel free to make as many of these as you want for profit, but remember to give credit to me, Amy B Stitched and link back to this page!!***




CROCHET BEARD
Give it a <3 or add it to your Ravelry queue here.

MATERIALS:
  • Size H crochet hook for large, Size G crochet hook for medium
  • Worsted weight yarn.

SIZE/GAUGE:
  • :Medium 9 1/2" wide x 3 3/4" tall. 
  • Large 11" wide x 4" tall 
GAUGE:
  • G hook: 4 rows = 1", 7 sc = 2"
  • H hook: 4 rows = 1 1/8", 6 sc = 2"

NOTE PLEASE READ BEFORE STARTING ** to be able to properly taper the sides of the beard so there is minimal gap I have placed a slip stitch in the first and last stitch of every other row.  On the following rows the first (and last) sc will be worked OVER the sl st and into the sc that the sl st is worked into.**

Row 1: ch 35, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across. (34)
Row 2: turn, sl st in first st. Sc in next st and each st across, sl st in last st. (34) (row count includes all sl sts, sc, and ch's, except turning ch's, here and throughout.)
Row 3: ch 1, turn. Sc in first 11 sts, ch 14, sk 12 sts, sc in next 11 sts. (36)
Row 4: turn, sl st in first st. Sc in each st and ch across, sl st in last st. (36)
Row 5: ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across. (36)
Row 6-8: repeat rows 4 and 5. (36)
Row 9: ch 1, turn. Sc in 17 sts, sc dec, sc in remaining 17 sts. (35)
Row 10: turn, sl st in first st. Sc across. Sl st in last st. (35)
Row 11: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 15 sts, sc dec, sc in next st, sc dec, sc in remaining 15 sts. (33)
Row 12: repeat row 10. (33)
Row 13: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 13 sts, sc dec, sc in next 3 sts, sc dec, sc in remaining 13 sts. (31)
Row 14: repeat row 10. DO NOT FINISH OFF. (31)
Final Round: DO NOT TURN. Ch 12 (this is for the ear loop, if you are fitting a larger face you might need to increase this chain size), sl st in first st of row 1 on same side. Sl st across. At end of row, ch 12 (or however many chains to fit your face).  Sl st in first st of row 14.  Sl st across last row of beard. Finish off. 


This was one of my first beards.  Since then I made the
mouth opening wider so that if you want to eat or drink
you do not need to take off the beard to do so :D

I sincerely hope that you enjoy making up MANY of these!!!

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pattern Review for Some Cozy Slipper Boots!

With the recent cold spell here in the Coastal Bend (and everywhere else from what I'm seeing on the news)  I found the need to whip up something cozy for my feet.  After doing an internet search I was reminded of a pattern that I had purchased before Christmas and had set to the side in all the holiday commotion!! The Mamachee Boots are crocheted with 2 strands of yarn so they quick to work up and are definitely a STYLISH way to keep warm!!

with the boot cuff folded down
  I chose to make the leg of the boot with the cables option....but if you are not up to cables, there is a slouchy top option that is pretty adorable too.  You can also just stop at the ankle and make slippers!!  This pattern is very versatile and with 4 sizes available I'm sure you would be able to make a pair for EVERYONE on your list and accommodate EVERYONE's taste!!!


I made mine with what I had on hand.  The cables are hard to see with the tweedy effect from using two colors.  I used I love this Yarn #102 Soft pink and Red Heart Super Saver Grey Heather.


I only encountered one PROBLEM and that was trying to get the gauge correct.  The pattern calls for a size K hook and I ended up using a size I.  But even with that I could not get the gauge correct.  So I forged on and used the measurements to complete the sole instead of using the row count.  The rest of it worked up perfectly even AFTER I had shortened the sole by 4 rows.


with the boot cuff up to keep my calf warm!!
The are no left/right pattern adjustments to make either!!  That's a BONUS!!!  Now I just need to finish up my second one so BOTH of my feet can stay toasty!!

I give this pattern 4 of 5 stars ONLY because of my difficulty getting the gauge to work up.

Mamachee Boots are definitely on my Make Again List!!!!

Be Blessed and Stay Warm!!
Amy B




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

TIPS FOR TEACHING CHILDREN CROCHET and a first project pattern


Do you have a child in your life that has been BEGGING you to teach them how to crochet but you just don't know where to start??? I have been teaching children to crochet for about 10 years now and would like to share some tips and a first pattern that worked for me. The tips are written for a classroom setting (or multiple students), but can be easily used for one on one. I do NOT recommend teaching in a group setting before children have completed the Third Grade (approx 8 years old) as their attention spans and small motor skills are not always there.  However, one on one you can start as early as your child is ready (my youngest started at 4).

 I have discovered that starting the first few rows of the project for the child makes it easier for them to figure out how to hold the hook and yarn easier AND be able to finish the first project much more quickly.  Then on the second session they can follow the pattern and make from start to finish by themselves. The pattern included is written WITHOUT any abbreviations so that they will be able to understand it more easily.  


You will need to make sure you prepare beforehand.  

Collect for each child:
  • size G crochet hooks (I try to use a variety of colors if I am working with very many children at once)
  • scissors
  • finishing needle 
Other items
  • Have one tape measure for measuring their wrists and a few rulers for them to be able to measure their work as they progress. 
  • Select a variety of light SOLID colored balls of  yarn and wind off enough small balls for each child to have a choice.  
  • Also have a selection of buttons available that have large enough holes to accommodate the finishing needles you have provided.

For EACH small ball of yarn available, crochet the first 3 rows (from the pattern below) + the first single crochet on the next row and secure with a small safety pin.  I like to put these into small ziplock baggies so that the children can look through them without worry that they will become tangled.  It also gives them a place to store their project in if they are unable to complete it during your teaching session.  


What to do when the children arrive:
  1. Have them measure their wrists with the tape measure.
  2. Now let them choose what color yarn they would like.
  3. Teach the child how to hold the yarn and hook. Show them both the knife and pencil hold. Tell them to try both and decide what they feel more comfortable with.
  4. Show them how to do a single crochet. Then show them again. And again. And then you will probably have to show them again!!
  5. When they reach the end of the first row: show them how to count their stitches to make sure they have the correct amount.  Next, show them how to make a chain stitch.
  6. When they finish their wrist band (which may or may NOT be their first session) show them how to weave in their ends.  

THINGS FOR YOU TO REMEMBER AS A TEACHER OF CROCHET

  • DO remember to tell them about "frogging" their stitches and how you "rip it, rip it, rip it out". This will make it easier when they need to frog their own stitches.
  • DO let them visit as long as they are not being disruptive to others. We want them to LOVE crochet and learning how.
  • DO provide some sort of incentive for repeat attendance.  For me, I would give them their crochet hook at their first class.  But they would have to EARN their finishing kit by coming to 3 classes in a row. I would use a small tin and enclose a pair of folding scissors, one finishing needle, a needle threader and a retractable measuring tape. It was a great incentive and many of my former grade school students that are in college now STILL have (or at least parts of) their first finishing kit!
  • DO be encouraging!!  Some of them will come to you and will have a TANGLED MESS, but all they see is their finished project. If they are struggling and upset, share one of your own messy crochet project stories (we ALL have at least ONE). Sometimes you will need to separate a child for a "private" lesson. It could be they are distracted by other students OR intimidated by them, especially if they have come into the class later than the others. 
  • DO speak in crochet terms. Your goal should be to teach them so that one day they will be able to pick up any pattern and crochet from it.  If you use you own made up terms they will never be able to accomplish this.  
This is by no means a perfect recipe for success, but a technique that worked for me during the years I have taught children.  If you have any tips or ideas to help in teaching children PLEASE leave them in a comment!!!  I'm ALWAYS looking for new things to help it go smoother.  Thanks!

Wrist Band Pattern

Materials:

  • small amount of worsted weight yarn
  • size G crochet hook
  • finishing needle
  • needle threader (optional)
Size: 1 1/4" wide (measure your wrist to get the desired length)

Chain 5.
Row 1: Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across. (4 single crochet) 
Row 2: Chain 1, turn. Single crochet in each stitch across.
Repeat Row 2 until crochet piece measures desired length.
Last Row (buttonhole row): Chain 1, turn. Single crochet in first stitch, chain 2, single crochet in last st. Finish off, making sure to weave in all tails.

Thread an 8 inch piece of yarn onto your finishing needle.  Sew your button onto your wristband about 1/2" from the edge on the end opposite of the buttonhole row.  Tie a small overhand knot securely on the back side of the wrist band.  Weave in tails.


Be Blessed and Show them the LOVE OF CROCHET!!
Amy B

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Teaching the DOG to Crochet?????

We spent the morning running to appointments and our little 6.2 lb chihuahua Cici was left at home.  The temps have dropped here in the Coastal Bend and she just could not get warm until we got home and she was able to jump in my jacket to warm up!!  I couldn't help but snap a pic (sorry it's a bit fuzzy) since she is looking so intently at my crochet it almost looks like she is learning how!!  


And I do believe she likes the flavor of Bamboo!!  Yesterday as I was Cleaning Up I came across this bamboo crochet hook she got hold of one day.  For some reason I can't seem to throw it away.  I guess it's a reminder to NOT leave my bamboo hooks laying around.  She also ate a small bootie I was making with Red Heart Bamboo Crochet Thread!!!


Cici also enjoys grabbing a ball of yarn and running!!!  I believe she thinks they are her toys!  She does like ALL of the crocheted and knit afghans I have around.  And she doesn't like to sleep in my lap when I stitch UNLESS she is under cover.....I guess when I fling the yarn around to pull more out of the skein it startles her like it was a fly buzzing around her.

I whipped this little sweater up for her when our first cold
spell was on it's way.  She really wasn't too sure about it!!
haha!!!

Do you have a pet that shares your stitching time with you????  I'd love to hear about them!!

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cleaning Up!!!!

Some of you know....and soon ALL of you will know.....I live in a 5th wheel travel trailer with my husband on the Coastal Bend of S. Texas.  Which means there is NOT a lot of storage space.  I've definitely had to pare down and stay organized...and for the most part things are pretty much in their place.  But my work area is a different story.  I don't have a desk.....I have a rocker recliner with a pop-up table attached to the wall under the window....and the other rocker recliner is my footstool!!  LOL  I have lined my current WIP's (works in progress for you newbies) along the wall behind/next to my chair.  But today I realized I had had ENOUGH of the clutter and set out to organize.

sorry this pic is a bit dark....I couldn't find my glasses and knew they were
buried SOMEWHERE in the pile....and I wanted to get the picture BEFORE
I started cleaning up! LOL

This is my Lacis Yarn Ball Winder!!  It was a gift from my Moma!!  She knew
I wanted one and surprised me with it one day!  I don't mind winding my yarn
into balls by hand....but when I have a lot to do....this sure does make quick
work of it :D


This is usually the point when I decide my yarn needs to be
wound up so it doesn't tangle...especially if it's leftover from
a project and is going to be stored.

Now doesn't that look soooo nice?!?!? I love how the balls are nice and
flat so that they stack well.
And I also try to tuck the label into the ball somewhere so I can have all
the info on it if I want to find more.

So I would like my area to be MUCH more organized....but with 8 or so projects
going at one time this is the best it's going to get.  And now at least I have the
table top clear for my laptop and will not have to worry anymore about the
AVALANCHES of notebooks and yarn that have been happening all weekend!!


Be Blessed!!!
Amy B

Sunday, January 26, 2014

GUEST BLOG Life's Patterns.....Inspiration for the Stitcher

Just as in needle work; be it crochet, knitting or anything that is done by hand, can involve twist and turns, but turn into something absolutely beautiful, so are the lives of God's creations, ours. 

More than likely all of us have, at one time in our life, lived a life that was out of Gods will. It may still be hidden, but all things will be put to light as we step to the Judgment throne of God. 

Mark 4:22 " For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret, but that it should come to light". 

When working on a piece of Crochet, I have in my mind what it should be or look like. I usually have to re-do my work many times until I get a piece without flaws. God is working on us the same way. When life seems the worst, or a secret is revealed, God steps in and re-works his creation. I have been re-worked many times, and probably will be many more times before I step to that throne. In crochet or knitting you can rip out what you do not like in a matter of seconds. In life it is not that easy. We search, and do, and sometimes make more messes than we could ever imagine. Then we realize; the struggle, though ours, will always be God's. All we have to do is give our life to Him, Pray and never let go, and never be afraid to go back to Him, our Heavenly Father and Savior. Once we are His, we are always His. Our lives are beautiful creations of God's hands with all varying shades, sizes and patterns. He does not make mistakes. Every life has a purpose and a place in this life. The Word of God tells us to Judge not. It is not my place to do so, it is my place to show the love of Christ in my life with all of the honesty and love that I can. 

Jacquetta


Loving Life and Living for Christ. I am a retired Nurse. I have four Children, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two more on the way. I started life too young wanting to be a grown up and thinking I was. I have had many trials in my life, but I thank God for every one of them. Some were of my own doing, some were not, but as I look back I can see that I was never alone even if I felt like I was. I had my Savior and Lord Christ Jesus at my side, never forsaking me as others have, and loving me through it all..............
Jacquetta is the author of the blog http://randomsilverhairedthoughts.blogspot.com/ and also happens to be my Moma!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Today On the Hook!


I have FINALLY started the work on a cowl to match the Granny's Headband (pic below).  I've gone up a couple of hook sizes to make it super flowy and soft. The headband has a pink heart on it....and I'm still unsure if I will add pink to this somehow or just leave it just one color.  And I'm thinking on an edging.....I am usually pretty plain jane and just make my edgings solid and sturdy.  But I'm thinking on this one maybe a dainty picot.  What do you think???

Be Blessed!
Amy B

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hexagon Granny Update

So I'm TWO WEEKS into the Hexagon Granny afghan projects and I think they are coming along nicely.  I tend to get a bit bored while working on the blue and white "Snowflake" one, so I think it will take me MUCH longer to get this one done.

I LOVE the different color combinations in this one!!

This one doesn't take as much thought since each Hexagon
is the same...but I tend to get bored working on it.  It  will
DEFINITELY take me longer....but hey.....I  won't need it
until I decorate for next Christmas :D
 If you'd like to make your own Hexagon Granny Afghan just click on the link here and if you send me pics I will add them to my updates.

Be Blessed!!!
Amy B

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Newborn Crochet Hat Pattern

I am sooooo excited to announce that I am going to be a GRANDMA!!!!


  I am EXTREMELY excited about all the new "stitching" possibilities that are now in my future!!  This design came to mind when I thought about one of the first things you need when you have a baby in the hospital.  You need a little hat!  Now....my grandbaby will be born in August....and it's really, REALLY hot in August.  So it can't just be ANY hat.  It needs to be something lightweight that can be used indoors to protect their precious little head from the air conditioning, and it also needs to be really SOFT.  I have an assortment of Patons Beehive Baby Sport yarn in my stash that I have decided to use.  It is soooo incredibly soft!!! The label says to use a size F hook.....but I think I crochet a bit loose, so I'm using an E.  Most of the hats I made so far have been one color, but I decided to make a two toned one that turned out simply precious.  This one is made by changing colors every two rows.  ENJOY!!

***Feel free to make as many of these as you want for profit, but remember to give credit to me, Amy B Stitched, or link back to this page!!***

Newborn Crochet Hat Pattern
Give it a <3 or add it to your Ravelry queue here.

Materials:
  • Patons Beehive Baby Sport yarn, light weight, skein is 3.5 oz and I believe I can make 2-3 hats from just one skein.
  • size E crochet hook
  • finishing needle
Stitches/Terms used:
  • ch - chain
  • lp(s) - loop(s)
  • sc - single crochet
  • st(s) - stitch(es)
Size: 5 1/2" x 12" (finished crochet piece)

Row 1: Ch 29. Working in the back ridge of the chain, sc across. (28 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 22 sts, sc in back lps only of last 6 sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in back lp only of first 6 sts, sc in remaining sts across.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until piece measures 12".  Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

This is what your finished piece should look like before sewing it up.  I like
to finish crocheting at the ribbed edge, that way I can leave one REALLY
long piece for sewing up the side and closing the top.

First thing you will do is sew the side seam.  Secure your stitch at the top so
that the seam does not pucker as you stitch the top.

Weave your needle through the edges of the rows along the top of the hat,
gathering as you go.

Gather the top so that the opening is approx 3" when measured across the hat.
Secure the gather with a stitch,

Then, sew the seam across. Sew lightly so that it is not hard and bulky. Weave
in your ends. 

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CROCHET ON THE GO and a side trip to the beach!

 Today is Hubby's day off, so we packed up the truck and headed down the road to the State Park.  Of course, I needed something to do to keep me busy on the way there.....so I grabbed my bag of leftover yarn, a hook and pair of scissors and was ready to HIT THE ROAD!!! 

Hexagon Granny's are so easy to work on WITHOUT having to look at what I'm doing!!!

Winter time at the beach means EMPTY pavilions!!

Me and Hubby at waters edge. 

LOOKY....I found half a dollar :D

Look who wasn't paying attention as the surf rolled in!  LOL  Water was a bit
CHILLY today!!

I wonder if you can knit or crochet with this seagrass???  It's such a
lovely shade of bright yellow!!!

Made it to the JETTY!!!

Not sure what kind of fish this was...but it sure was BIG!!

We made it home and I made LOTS of progress on my Hexagon Granny's.
Now I just have to WEAVE IN ALL THOSE TAILS!!!

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Monday, January 20, 2014

Crochet AND Knit Dishcloth Patterns - The Perfect Housewarming Gift!!

When my husband and I bought our first house a good friend brought us the most wonderful and MOST USED gift we had ever received.  It was a large basket filled with tea towels, dish cloths, home made muffins and a sweet little plaque!!  I can truly say that EVERY part of that basket was used or consumed and did not just get stuck in a re-gift closet!!  And this is why it is soooo hard when  you want to bless someone with a gift for fear it will not be used.  I'm going to tell you how I put together a small and usable housewarming gift basket for about $10 and an evening or two of stitching.



First of all you can spend TONS getting a cute basket....but did you know that the Dollar Tree actually has LOADS of cute small baskets AND they are only $1.

It did take a trip to Hobby Lobby and the gas is not included in my total cost, but maybe you have something in your stash you could use up.  I spent about $5.50 and purchased two coordinating cotton yarns. Then I went home and stitched up 6 lovely dishcloths (patterns below), rolled them and tied them up with a simple chain of crochet (but I think jute would look nice too!) Who DOESN'T need some new dishcloths when they move!

Folded, stacked and tied up would make a pretty
stand alone gift!!  I thought the rolled ones looked
better in the basket :D
Then, browse your cupboards and see if you have something to make some muffins with.  Or maybe you are not a baker, so you could go to the local bakery and pick up some fresh baked muffins or sweet bread (I was able to make the muffins with what I had on hand, therefore making the cost less expensive).  Who DOESN'T need a snack when they have just moved into a new home! I chose to make chocolate chip muffins because the yarn I chose kept reminding me of smores and chocolate chips!!  LOL  Of course, if you bake something it is always a nice gesture to include the recipe handwritten on a card (or printed out if you prefer).

Then I thought about what else might go with those muffins.  I chose a bottle of my favorite creamer (since this is a sample basket I chose what I liked, but normally you would try to choose something the recipient likes). If you still have room in your basket you could add some small kitchen gadgets (chip clips, magnets, etc).

Such a simple gesture and just a little bit of time and money, you will surely bless someone with this gift.

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

***Feel free to make as many of these as you want for profit, but remember to give credit to me, Amy B Stitched, or link back to this page!!***


Give it a <3 or add it to your Ravelry queue here.

SIMPLE CROCHET DISHCLOTH

Materials:
  • size G crochet hook
  • Worsted (medium) weight cotton yarn, (Lily Sugar and Cream, Chocolate Ombre used for samples, 2oz ball made 3 dishcloths, Lily Sugar and Cream, Warm Brown small amount used for edging)
  • Finishing needle
Size: 6" square

Stitches/Terms Used:
  • Ch - chain
  • Sc - single crochet
  • Sk - skip
  • Sp - space
  • St - stitch

Ch 24.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. [Ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st] across.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first st, sc in next ch sp, [ch 1, sc in next ch sp] across. Sc in last st.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first st, [ch 1, sc in next sp] across. Sc in last st.
Repeat rows 2-3 until piece measures desired length (5 3/4"). Finish Off, weaving in all tails.

EDGING: Attach contrast color in any corner.  Work 3 sc in corners and 1 sc in each st, ch or row around.  Sl st to beg sc to join.  Finish off, weaving in all tails. 


BASKET WEAVE KNIT DISHCLOTH

Materials:
  • Size 7 needles
  • Worsted (medium) weight cotton, (Lily Sugar & Cream, Warm Brown used for samples, 2.5 oz ball made 3 dishcloths)
  • Finishing needle
Size: 6" square

Cast On 28
Row 1-2: K across.
Row 3-8: K8, P6, K6, P6, K2.
Row 9-14: K2, P6, K6, P6, K8.

Repeat Rows 3-14 two more times.

K two more rows.

Bind off knit wise.  Finish Off, weaving in all tails.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Proverbs 16:3......Inspiration for the Stitcher

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish
 your plans.

So let me get this straight.....if I tell God that I'm doing this for HIM...it's all gonna work out fine???

Well.....not exactly. Let's take a look at the verse that comes BEFORE!!

Proverbs 16:2  
All a person's ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.

You see....God is looking at my heart. So as a Christian I must ask myself......am I making this new afghan for my own personal FAME and GLORY??? Do I CARE about my customers or am I just trying to make a buck off of them.  I know that God is not against me making a living and selling my needlework.  Or making money teaching or blogging.  But when I commit my plans to HIM.....I must step aside and allow HIM be glorified in it first.

Be Blessed!!!
Amy B


Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Importance of Your Local Stitch Club!!

Truly I say to you....one of the most IMPORTANT things you can do as a stitcher is to be a part of some sort of local club or guild.

Back before I moved, I was part of an AMAZING group of ladies.  We called ourselves Crochet One, Knit Too!!! but we welcomed anyone who wanted to come and bring whatever form of needlework they were into. Our meeting schedule varied throughout the year.  Sometimes we would meet once a week, other times only once a month depending on how hectic our lives were at the moment!!  And sometimes one of our members would issue an invite to meet at the local coffee shop to JUST sit and stitch (and of course talk and eat).  It was a time to learn new things, to share new projects, to come together with a common goal of sharing our love for stitching with everyone who happened by.

Sometimes we would issue challenges for squares or hats and would LAUGH at the SPEED at which some of the ladies worked in an attempt to be the one with the most!! These efforts were always dispersed into our community to spread our love to those in need.

If you are at a loss as to where to find a Local Stitch Club, I have a few ideas as to where you can start looking.

  1. Does your community have a LYS (local yarn shop)? It's a pretty sure bet that there is some sort of stitching group that meets here. 
  2. Check with your County Extension Services. Most of these offices have a list of local clubs and guilds that have the sole focus of preserving the needle arts.
  3. Do a GOOGLE search! Just type your city's name and what type of club you are looking for ( ie; Kalamazoo knit club). 
  4. If all of these searches leave you empty handed you could explore the option of starting YOUR OWN stitch club! If you are on facebook you can post your desire to start something like this. You might just be surprised if you find that several of your friends would like the opportunity to join you!! Or you could post a notice on the bulletin board at the library, church, or local coffee shop with your phone # or email address for those interested to contact you.  
I am still searching for my NEW local stitch club.....so if any of you are located in the Coastal Bend of S. Texas you should give me a holler!!!

Be Blessed!!!
Amy B

Friday, January 17, 2014

How To Hand Wind a Center Pull Skein Tutorial

I LOVE center pull skeins!!!  When you wind your leftover yarn into a ball you must then CHASE your yarn ball if you pull it too quickly.  Well....CHASE NO MORE!!!  Here I will show you in pictures how to roll your yarn into a "Center Pull Skein".

First of all you need to loop your yarn in your hand like the pic above, leaving  a 6-8" tail hanging from between your fingers (I had to make my tail shorter for the pic so you could see it) 

Next. Wrap the yarn in a figure 8 around your thumb and pinky.

Do that 8-10 times.

Next.  You are going to fold the figure 8 on itself, leaving the tail free and holding it between your thumb and a finger in the center of the folded figure 8.

At this point I must change hands as I am a bit awkward at winding the yarn with my other hand.

Keeping your thumb and finger in the center of the ball, slowly turn the ball as you wind it. Make sure to keep the tail free as you wind. ( I never change the direction of my ball as I'm winding so it ends up in a nice spiral shape)

When you get to the last couple of yards, stop winding. Turn the ball on it's side and wrap this tail around the entire ball.  Pull up a loop as shown in the picture above, then pull the tail through the loop.  

Tuck the tail underneath the last wraps that you make to keep the ball secure.



NOW you should have a CENTER PULL SKEIN  to work with.

Here's a video showing how to hand wind a center pull skein.  I'm new to the video making, so I hope it helps :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzLZiPrGSWc



Be Blessed and Happy Winding!!!
Amy B