Search This Blog

Friday, December 31, 2010

Confession Time; I've Etsy'd


I was sewing the other day and my stupid tomato pin cushion kept falling over and tipping when I stuck pins in or took them out so I decided I needed a Diva Pin Cushion. I grabbed some fabric I had and viola... it even has a tassel because no self respecting sewing diva has a cushion withOUT a tassel!! It's 7 inches square and a 1.5 inch side. I stuffed it with cluster stuff and shoved a giant green plastic button in the middle and some bright yellow ribbon to tie it together.

I love it. I made two.

So, "people" have been telling me for years to get on Etsy or somewhere like it, to share that which I make that comes out of my head, through my fingers and, frankly, clutters my space :).

My foray into Etsy will be the over sized pin cushion...

To begin 2011, I'm going to. I hated 2010, should the truth be told. I felt belittled and mocked frequently through the year and lost a lot of confidence in myself.

I have decided I'm going to make 2011 mine all mine.

I'm not going to think my stuff isn't good enough, referring to the food, the writing or the crafty things.

I'm going to stand with head held high and face forward.

I'm going to produce what I do and hold before me proudly.

I'm going to try hard not to rely so much on the support of others but rather on the strength of my faith in myself.

Sort of preachy and sort of resolution-y (it is so a word!) but it's how I intend to wake up tomorrow morning.

Happy New Year and thanks for all the support, watch this space for the new and improved and cool funky stuff that is in my head and will hopefully be presented soon!

/tracy

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmastime hats!


Merry shortly after Christmas!

As way of a little confession, I went on a bit of a knitting spree this season.

I had been doing so much crochet that my arm started to hurt and I was afraid I'd have to go back into my crazy brace so I switched to knitting to give my arm a break.

I've also been skyping with my friends from the frozen northland and knitting circular tubes is easy and mindless work. Way to spend hours of staring at a screen, yakking to a girlfriend, then using the progress of any given tube as justification for no laundry or cleaning being done at all! Oh yeah baby, I worked it!

I happen to be lucky enough to know four children whom I just simply adore. I called their mother, my dear friend, for each of their favorite colors. It's hard to buy for kids you don't see all the time and I didn't want to just go get them what they wanted (how fun is that? for me I mean??) Anyway, I thought since it might get cold in Texas (hahahaha) I'd make them all a little something. They know I'm sort of crafty and the girls have been victim of my finger knitting and crocheting instruction in the past. I try to find little crafty things we can do when I visit while enjoying very large bottles of red wine with their mother. The boys generally dash off and do boy things.

For Christmas for them all this year, I whipped up a simple flannel scarf with serged edges for each in their color. I saw flannel scarves at The Gap for $24.00 *insert maniacal laugh here* truly? for $1.50 worth of fabric? Give me a break. Good thing I sew. I added the scarves because I'd decided to knit "tube hats" for each, adorned with the requisite pompom! I secretly just love the pompoms.

There's no pattern for the hats, it's a procedure. I cast on 55 onto 16' circular needles, 8's I think, I knit rather loosely. Knit like crazy until the tube is at least 20 inches long, or twice what you think the hat should be. Fold it in half, lengthwise, periodically and check it. Cast off by cutting a length of the yarn and threading the stitches off with a yarn needle. Cinch the top then cinch the bottom. It's an empty tube. When both ends are done, carefully thread a yarn needle and pull through both cinched ends and sew them together! EASY! VOiLA, you have a double thick hat!! If you knit it too long, you can fold up the bottom like a brim, if not you can wear it flat!

I think the kiddies loved them, I loved making them. I'm heading back to crochet land for a while again, I'll post my progress!!


Oh, ok, wait. I didn't double up or pompom the two hats for the preteen boys. Goodness, I was threatened within an inch of my needles to add pompoms. These hats I just knit long, about 12 inches then gathered the one end and sewed it closed. The boys like the "skater" look of them and both wore them pulled up with the "cool" bump at the back. Whatever, I'm not an 11/12 yr old boy and am obviously not versed in the current "coolness" factor of any homemade knitwear. Luckily, homemade knitwear made the cut at all so I supposed being given some simple direction can't be all bad. You look groovy, boys. Oh wait! nevermind.


So, go knit for a bit till we put our crochet hats back on... oh, no pun intended but I'm leaving it!! I'm working on a crochet hat with ribbing that I'll post when I get it finished. I just tried it on and pulled my hair through it to make it fit better and might figure some way to keep the back open so I can do it on purpose... Hmmm... anyway here's a sneak peak of the work in progress!


it's a bunch of rows of ribbing ( fpsc and bpsc ) then switch to sc around and I'm making it up from here ;)

/enjoy



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Lilttle Christmas Gnome (dudes)

I have to apologize for wandering off and sewing and knitting like a crazy woman recently, fear not though, I'm back!

I had some time to kill during a Skype session with a dear friend in the frozen wasteland and saw a cork across the table. The cork belonged to a bottle of Chilean red that I was enjoying as my after dinner "it's almost Christmas, I think I'm done and think it might be time to just enjoy for once" drink. I remembered a knit pattern I'd seen for little elfin Christmas gnomes and thought to myself, "heyyyy, if the knitters can do it, WE can do it!"

Viola! Enjoy my little dudes:


They are wine corks. They are 4ply worsted and an E 3.5mm hook. The little coat is made with a magic circle,
sc 6 in the center,
dc in each sc to 12sc,
do a row in the back loop only
do 2-3 rows sc in each stitch.
Finish and put it on your little cork gnome. You can make the coat longer of course.

The hat is made by a ch12, join to make a round then sc in each sc around for a couple of rows then begin to decrease a few each row until the hat is long enough.

Attach ribbons, bows, bells, glitter, buttons, whatever your heart desires.

They can be ornaments, decorations or just little dudes who smile at you when you've had a bad day. They will love you always. Crocheted Christmas gnomes are for always.

Make an army of them to protect you and send me some pictures!!

/enjoy!

ADDENDUM: Ok, I've been Gnoming again and here's the link: there's Easter Gnomes and my new favorite St. Patricks day Gnome. I'm making more as I type this:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

This month, I'm sewing!

Rag quilts. I love them, I used to make them all the time and I stopped to embark upon Loopers! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE loopers! and all things crochet and knit and weave. Sometimes you just have to swing back and revisit your first love. I couldn't find a good location to hold the Loopers! class this semester, I'm still working on it.

Luckily, while I was pondering my craft future, a friend went and had a baby! YAY! Once you join the over 40 crowd, oh, ok and over 45 crowd, not alot of friends are popping babies. On the one hand it frees me and my friends up to cocktail far more frequently, on the down side, some of my favorite things to make are for babies.

Enter baby Katie last Wednesday, yay for me, I happen to have adorable flannel and a working sewing machine. I even rethreaded my serger which is NO SMALL FEAT!

Here's what happens to a little bit of flannel and some thread when I have spare time.


and then you wash it...and dry it...repeat and this is what you get:

the squares are 6" and 3/4 inch seam allowance all the way. There is no batting, it's Texas and it'd have been way too heavy.

Apparently mother and baby loved it. Oh and yes, there's 17 more yards of various flannel in my sewing room...stand warned!

/make it!



Friday, August 13, 2010

It's time again for LOOPERS! classes


All righty kiddos (and moms and everyone), it's time!

We are working on the schedule to offer up Loopers! classes at Patton Elementary school in Austin, TX. I'm also going to see about getting classes organized at Clint Small Jr., Middle School, also in Austin. Fingers crossed! I'm going to try to get MONDAY after school classes going at Patton, starting in early September, 2010.

Start thinking about wrapping your fingers around yarn, hooks and needles instead of controllers, phones or beach towels.

I will post here as well as send fliers to both schools, let's get playing with some yarn, people!

Tracy

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Babies need booties too


A friend was going to a baby shower and asked me to create a bootie/hat set for the newest little girl. This is what came out of my head. The flower on the hat is the same edging as the booties.

The buttons are pearl with antique silver carved surround. They are sewn in with tails showing so that they can be removed when the baby is old enough to grab at them because they are small enough to swallow.

This set is for a newborn so there's no grabbing risk until the baby is a
little older. Larger sizes will (eventually) need a heel added in and I'll post that pattern when I make it up. I'll work on it soon. I'm trying to equally share my time between food writing and Loopers so if I am a little behind in patterns and updates, that's why. I'm in the process of putting together a class schedule that will include private lessons and home parties which will be up in the not too distant future.

Until then, here's what I did; The booties are a simple pattern, a straightforward tube:
"E" hook, 4worsted baby softy yarn. Cotton will get wider and shorter when it's washed so keep that in mind if you go that route.

ch 14
sc in first stitch to join and sc in rounds for 18 rows.

sk st and sl in next to join

ch 3, sc in next stitch around, sl st in ch to join

ch 3

*sc in ch3 space, ch 3, sc in 3rd ch from hook, sc in ch3 space.

*repeat in each ch3 space, slst in ch1 to join

weave in ends.

Use tail from starting ch12 to sew bottom closed. Turn the sock/bootie inside out and fold down.

The hat is a standard beanie type. I used the same hook and yarn and used the magic loop and increased until the hat measured 5inches high and 5.5 inches wide (half). Edge the same way the booties are done.

I have decided I'm going to do a series, the flower booties 2010, the white is the "carnation feet", the yellow are the "daisy feet" and the pink "rosey feet".



I'm going to a "knit and crochet meetup" at Central Market on Lamar in Austin, TX, today. I'm working a crochet quilt block inspired blanket (that's also coming out of my head) for a friend who is having a baby boy in November but I'll also take these little creations with me. I think I'll start working on the "bluebell and snapdragon feet".

Make them, email me pics of what you did, give them as gifts, just give me some credit in there somewhere ;)

/tracy


I added a "maryjane" style to the lineup...I made the button but think it's a bit large, I'll make a smaller version for the rest of them. I like the pattern, it's a morph of a number of patterns I've seen, made up, and remembered. I think they'll look cute in blue with abutton, the whole clown thing without actually having a clown involved because, well, we all know how creepy clowns are. I'll add boy shoes when I finish them.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The new Slouchy Hat

The Loopers! kids are madly crocheting hats for the cancer society and I'm so proud of all of them.

Here is another version if you want to make a different 'style' other than the straight beanie version I know many are making as the "chemo cap". I made a few of the caps already then thought I'd mix it up and add this hat to the mix.

Connor likes to wear "slouchy" hats, not too slouchy and not too short. I like to make them so it's a perfect combination. I worked a new pattern that lessens the point which you get when you slouch the regular beanie.

This is made with Love This Yarn, Blue Camo. I used a "I" hook. Any soft "medium 4 worsted" will do. Cotton is also a good choice for added softness. Cotton does loosen considerably and shorten when washed so factor that into any hat you're making.

Connor's Slouchy Hat Pattern

Magic circle and sc 5 in the loop
(OR you can ch 3, slst in first loop and then do 5sc in the center) (5)

ROW 2: 2hdc in each stitch (10)

ROW 3: 2hdc in each stitch (20)

ROW 3: 2hdc in each stitch (40)

ROW 4: hdc in each stitch (40)

ROW 5: hdc in first stitch then *hdc in each of next 2 stitches then 2hdc in next* repeat around hat (53)

ROW 5-25: hdc in each stitch

finish by sk st, slst in next, pull yarn through and weave in ends.

It's a quick, easy cap. It's slouchy and can be made longer for a bigger slouch but for us, this works just fine.

Let me see when you make one, I'm waiting!!

/tracy

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Last Loopers! Class of the season but still alot of work to do!

The last Loopers! class of the season.

It’s the last Loopers! class in Austin, Texas, this semester and I’m really sad. I had hoped to offer summer camp/s again this year, but couldn’t find a location to use. Classes will resume in the fall and I’m going to try to get into schools other than Patton Elementary. I’m going to try to do a class at Clint Small Middle School, at Mills Elementary and we’ll see if any other locations present themselves.

Just because there’s no Loopers! class, doesn’t mean we aren’t still Loopers! and we need to keep working on our skills so I am going to get us working on a summer project. I’m doing a shoutout to all the Loopers! kids, present and past! The American Cancer Society needs hats, we all know about the chemo cap projects. Everyone makes chemo caps for moms and little girls and a young woman… no one makes them for the boys, for the dads for the young men. I’m asking all the Loopers! to make boy caps! teenage caps! man caps! cool for the guys caps!!

I have a contact in the Society that’ll make sure our man/boy caps get to those who need it. We will do a collection of what’s been made in August and we’ll do the presentation then.

I’m very very proud of this session of Loopers! A great group of kids with dedication, hard work and a whole lot of talent and I’ll miss working with you guys every week.

We’ll stay in touch here and I’ll post the flower pattern and a detail on the hdc for the hat we’re all making! - give me a couple of days to get it organized!!

Tracy



Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I sat in a coffee shop with yarn, a hook and some time


Babies LIKE the Octopus!


THE OCTOPUS PATTERN:

To make this pattern you will

ch - chain (to make a foundation or starting row - hook through stitch, yarn over, pull through)

sc - single crochet (hook through stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook)

hdc - half double crochet (yarn over, hook through stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook)

whip stitch - (thread yarn needle and sew two pieces together by passing needle through both pieces near the top, lifting it up and over and back through the same side until the pieces are joined)

This is what I used:

I Love This Yarn *Pistache

‘f’ hook (3.75mm)

Start with a Magic loop

(OR ch3, 6sc in 2nd chain from hook then proceed to round 1)

Sc 6

ROUND 1 2sc in each (12)

ROUND 2 *Sc, 2sc *repeat (18)

ROUND 3 *Sc in 2, 2sc *repeat (24)

ROUND 4 *sc in 3, 2sc *repeat (30)

ROUND 5 *sc in each (30)

ROUND 6-11 *sc in each (30)

*I embroider small black eyes around round 8, big or small, far apart or close it’s entirely up to you. You can attach safety eyes or beads, depending on who the octopus is for. This one is for a small baby so I’m going with small embroidered eyes this time.

ROUND 12 *sc in 3, sc DEC * repeat (24)

ROUND 13 *sc in 2, sc DEC *repeat (18)

ROUND 14 *sc, sc DEC *repeat (12)

STUFF it with fiberfill, cotton, or whatever you feel like stuffing it with.

ROUND 15 *sc DEC *repeat (6)

Cut yarn, pull through loop. Thread yarn needle and whip stitch in back loop only of each of 6 stitches, pull tightly and weave in.

LEGS (MAKE 8)

PLUS SEVEN

CH 25

Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch (24)

2hdc in last chain, ch1

Cut yarn and pull through loop

Whip stitch each leg evenly around the 3rd row from the bottom and voila! It’s an octopus!!!


Feel free to make it, make a million of them, make them all sizes and make a whole ocean but just don't make them to get rich without at least giving me some pattern credit or some other form of kudo or love and affection :)



Sunday, April 25, 2010

That girl needs a HAT!

A larger hat, DC with big bulky yarn

I held my first online webcam class today, it was a great success. I didn't yell and my student/victim didn't weep!! This is the pattern that evolved out of the conversation, the futzing, the trial and error... it's a pretty classic pattern with a classic amigurumi increase but it worked beautifully.

I am HOPING that dear Suz will model her had for me *OK wish granted and if she wasn't 1,958 miles away from me she'd be my number one hat model*

"
BEAUTIFUL! just keep adding rows to get the supercool uber funky slouchy look.

Ok, here we go;

Giant, bulky, fuzzy yummy yarn! “J” hook!!
This cloche is crocheted in the round, no turning, just go and go and go and voila! It’s a hat!

The number at the end of the row in brackets is the total number of stitches you should have.

THE HAT

Ch 3
6 DC in first stitch (second from hook)
Place marker at hook
*(2 DC in the hole/space of each DC) around to a total of 12 stitches (12)
Move marker up to this row
*(1 dc in first stitch, 2 dc in next stitch) all the way around (18)
Move marker up to this row
*(1dc in first stitch, 1dc in second stitch, 2dc in third stitch) all the way around (24)
Move marker
*(dc in each around) (24)
Move marker
*(1dc in first, 1dc in second, 1dc in third, 2dc in fourth) all the way around (30)
Also written (dc,dc,dc,2dc)
Move marker
*(1dc in frst, 1dc in second, 1dc in third, 1dc in fifth, 2dc in fifth) (36)
Move marker
*(dc in 5, 2dc in next) all the way around! (42)
Move marker
*(dc in each around) (42)

Take a moment and try it on your head…depending on how loose you crochet, how bulky and stretchy the yarn is, all this will determine the size of your beautiful creation! It will grow in width without increasing. It’s all about the yarn and the hook at this point, remember, it will stretch! 42 seams to work for an adult.

If it’s too small, do another round of increase, (DC in 6, dc in next)

Continue to DC in the hole/space in each DC until the hat is the size you like.

When you’re happy with the length, do a SC in each stitch around, when you end, skip one stitch and do a sc, cut your yarn, pull it through the loop and sew/weave it in. Voila! It’s a hat!

FLOWER
coordinating worsted weight harn

Ch 3
6SC in first stitch (second from hook)
2SC in each stitch (12)
5DC in each SC (60)
SC in each SC (60)
Skip stitch, sc in next, ch1, cut yarn, pull through loop, weave in ends
(add another round, 3DC in each SC to get a larger, fuller flower)

Sew onto hat by using a beautiful large button in the middle.

You can also make a smaller flower and lay it inside the first and stitching them together. To make a smaller flower, start the same, CH3, 6SC in first stitch, then 4DC in each SC (24), sc in each around (24) skip stitch, sc in next, ch1, cut yarn, pull through loop, weave in ends and attach to center of larger flower.

ANOTHER cool way to make a flower

CH4

*2sc in each st to end, ch1, turn

Repeat until it’s big and floppy (at least 9 rows), spiral and middle to twist into a flower and stitch to secure

(again, I will get pics added!)







Tuesday, April 20, 2010

SO YOU WANT TO MAKE A HAT?




The Loopers! (invitational) class wants patterns so patterns they shall have. "E" asked for a hat and since I made one yesterday, the "pattern" is still in my head. The mp3 bag, egg, basket and other practice stitches will be up shortly.

THE HAT!
(You can do this in ANY stitch you want, just check size/gage over and over and it'll be fantastic, here's some guidelines and a reminder or two)

HDC which is “half double crochet”. Wrap yarn over your hook (like the beginnings of a double crochet!) Push your hook through your stitch to the back and wrap yarn over the hook. Pull the yarn through the stitch to the front. Look! There are THREE loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook. BRAVO, it’s a HDC!

SC is “single crochet”. Push your hook through your stitch, yarn over and pull through, LOOK! There are TWO loops on the hook, yarn over hook and pull through the two loops. BRAVO! It’s a SC!

Here we go, work slow and steady

Ch 3

Sc 6times in first loop

2x hdc in each stich (12 stitches total now) – place a marker so you know where you are. Remember to move your marker up each row !

Hdc in first stich, 2x hdc in next stitch – repeat this pattern to marker (18 stitches now)

Hdc in first stitch, hdc in next stitch, 2xhdc in third stitch – repeat to marker (24 stitches now)

Do one round without increasing (24 stitches)

*This is a classic amugurumi increase, you add one hdc (or sc or dc or whatever stitch you are doing) each time before you increase by doing two in one stitch. We are up to 3 hdc then increase by doing 2 hdc in one stitch, then it will be 4 hdc then increase, then 5 and increase then 6...see the pattern? OK, back to the pattern


Hdc, hdc, hdc, 2xhdc – repeat to marker; (30stitches now!)

Hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, 2xhdc – repeat to marker (36 stitches now)

Do one round without increasing (36)

Hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, 2xhdc – repeat to marker (42)

Measure your head, measure the diameter of the round so far, if you are crocheting “loosey goosey” this will be big enough. IF you are crocheting crazy wild tight, do another two rows of increase! I think 42 stitches is a good size for a kid but gage it to how you are working your yarn! If it’s too big, give it to your mom, your dad, your nearest friend or relative with a really giant head. If it’s too small, a younger sibling is a fine gift recipient!

Do as many rounds as you like WITHOUT increasing, count count count each round to be sure you are not increasing by accident which will make it a giant hat. Try it on alot and make it longer or shorter depending your current fashion sense.

IF it starts to get ridiculously wide, you can simply reduce the width by doing a decrease (DEC) remember those? Insert hook through stitch and yarn over, pull yarn through, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through, there'll be THREE loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through all three stitches and bingo, presto, you have decreased!!

When you are happy with the length do one more step.

SK (skip) a stitch and sc in the 2nd stitch from hook... this will flatten out the end and make it even, do it, you'll see what I mean. Cut the yarn and pull it through the loop and weave in your end. Presto, bingo, it's a hat!

Your final step? Put the hat on your head and take a picture of it and send it to me! NOW you’re done!

You can add ribbon, flowers, logos or wacky weaving to your hat to make it yours and yours alone. Oh and by the way, good job!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

CH 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook…

Crochet 101 (January 2010 session) was a rip roaring success! Boys, girls, hooks everywhere, the yarn was flying and they’re all in possession of the world’s longest, well, longest crocheted things!

I was worried that the boys wouldn't ‘get it’ as quickly, there’s a real disparity in dexterity between the boys and the girls, but they were all brilliant and there was no one slowing down the train so we chugged happily along. There have been a couple of wonderful side stories with the Loopers! classes that I’ve been told over the years that I’ve been doing it and I just have to share some of them;

There was a student who had some emotional problems who is blossoming and (I was told) actually made eye contact with an authority figure, something they’d not done before, and it was during a conversation about the student’s crochet project. WOW.

One of the math teachers at the elementary school that homes Loopers! said there’d been a marked improvement in the math scores of the students who took the knitting class and that teacher gave total credit to the knitting and cited a number of studies to that end. WOW.

A mom emailed me to say the art of knitting/crochet helped her kiddie with stress release and helped ease some medical issues they were dealing with. She went on to tell me the ‘relaxation’ aspect was helping calm the child. WOW.

I wanted some kids to get some ‘old school’ exposure to an “old lady” art and these are some most wonderful side effects. I don’t necessarily want to take Loopers! in that direction, I’m not a medical or mathematical professional and I’d hate to make any claims to that end. But, I love that these side effects happen and love hearing (and sharing) the stories and the fact that perhaps, just perhaps, I AM making a difference. BIG WOW.

I had the kids chaining in lesson 1 and they returned the following week with the longest chains I’d ever seen… there were prizes for longest, most improved, most impressive and just plain coolness – yeah, I reward the cool!

We moved quickly onto rectangles and squares and they made mini pillow covers and baby patchworks without having to experience the actual granny square**. I’m so crazy proud of these kids, they’re amazing and love what they’re doing which makes me grin like the Cheshire with puffy pride and excitement. I love doing this.

**OK, confession time: No offense to the granny square or to those who love and have perfected them. I have nightmares of making the gigantic granny square afghan back in the day, of the bright yellow and orange combo with the nasty scratchy yarn and the daunting pile of finished squares screaming to be seamed. I shudder at the memory of making square after square – for weeks. The pile seemed never growing until one day I realized I’d succeeded in making the final “square” (I have to use the term loosely)

I’m haunted by the memory of the seaming seaming seaming for days days days to only to realize I’d wasted my youth on an enormous project that I’d never ever ever use, cover myself or anything else with.

It was ugly, itchy, rough, fake, plastic yarn. The squares were different sizes, gages, shapes. Some were tightly crocheted, some loose and loopy. I did seam the great thing, I finished it but I didn’t weave in the ends. I couldn’t face it, I knew it’s time was done.

I gathered up the great monstrosity and wrestled it into a black garbage bag and placed it heartlessly at the curb. I did not shed a tear or even look back, it was my singular hateful dispassionate act and I vowed never to make another granny “square” – and I haven’t – and I won’t. I’ll admit, I’m a far superior fibre artist now, sure, I could swing the square, it’d even BE square but I can’t do it, I won’t do it and should Loopers! ever find the need to instruct the children (or adults) on how to make the perfect granny square, I’ll simply have to hire someone to do it.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hot pattern from last LOOPERS! session: I had told the girls I'd post pics of their fabulous lilac mp3 player holder bags (one was designed for a hamster!?) I'm so proud of what they made and I've seen more than one of them out in the world sporting their creations. I happen to know of one girl who made a couple as gifts, well done!!!





January 2010 LOOPERS! is filling up fast already! I sent a flier with grades 3,4,and 5 at Patton Elementary School Wednesday. I posted to my FB page (I'm a shameless addict) and sent an email to the 'old guard' and have already have 10 enrolled. We LOVE that. Not to worry, we're already working to add an second weekly class if need be. No one gets left behind on MY watch!

A message to the home school crowd, if there's enough interest, I am more than happy to conduct a daytime LOOPERS! class specifically for you, email me for more information or to arrange that.

I've decided this session is going to be crochet. There's boys enrolled this time and I think they'd prefer it, crochet is also so much faster and I want this new group to be enthralled by the instant gratification.

I'm supplying yarn, color to be determined and hooks. Steel for the new gang and bamboo for the old guard.

I'll keep updates posted here, see you in LOOPERS! class SOON!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


New LOOPERS! is set!!

Christmas Crafting is done, it's January 8th, time for Valentines! (oh heavens no, not already?!!)

The new year, new projects, new stashes of crafts, newly organized craft rooms, new ideas and best of all, the new LOOPERS! session!! Classes will start at Patton Elementary on Monday, January 25, 2010, 3-4pm (6 week session). IF you are interested in registering and don't have the form or just want more information, email me directly at tracyloopers@gmail.com and I'll hook you up. Oh, I had to! I have great new plans, great new patterns and am really looking forward to getting started again.

Rumor has it there'll be another fibre arts summer camp happening, watch this space for more information. If you would like to be on a summer camp information list, email me with "summer camp" in the subject line. I WILL be more organized and get this booked MUCH earlier this time around. Ask around, it was crazy fun last summer (shameless self promotion inserted here)