Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
All righty kiddos (and moms and everyone), it's time!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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!!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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)
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)
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
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.
6 DC in first stitch (second from hook)
Place marker at hook
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)
*(dc in each around) (24)
*(1dc in first, 1dc in second, 1dc in third, 2dc in fourth) all the way around (30)
Also written (dc,dc,dc,2dc)
*(1dc in frst, 1dc in second, 1dc in third, 1dc in fifth, 2dc in fifth) (36)
*(dc in 5, 2dc in next) all the way around! (42)
*(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.
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
Sew onto hat by using a beautiful large button in the middle.
ANOTHER cool way to make a flower
*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
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.
(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
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!
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)