• Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    Crochet: Amigurumi Cupcake Kitten

    I dusted off my crochet hooks for this adorable project: an Amigurumi Cupcake Kitten!  I followed the tutorial available at Stuff Susie Made. As some background, a few years ago I bought a set of crochet hooks.  I made a somewhat crooked test swatch and set crochet aside.  Last September, my friend Lea reinvigorated me to try to pick them up again, and she got me to start a granny square: I’m making progress in my crochet adventures! After pulling out a lot of work, I’m back on the right track. #crochet #crochetproblems A photo posted by @pangepange on Sep 22, 2015 at 7:11pm PDT However, crochet doesn’t come easily to…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    A Beginner’s Foray Into Knitting: Knitted Cat Dish Cloth

    I’ve known how to knit for years, but I only ever learned a basic knit stitch.  I’ve made lots of scarves, but they were always just simple rectangles with stitch after stitch of knits.  In other words, I never learned how to purl, and thus never learned how to read a pattern.  I was a permanent beginner. The only way to make progress is to bite the bullet and try.  I decided to put a manageable knitting project on my list of crafty projects to complete before I’m 30, a dish cloth with a raised design made out of simple purl and knit stitches.  This project is small so not super…

  • Kid Crafts,  Toddler Town

    String Gluing Activity

    Using different types of yarn, string, and ribbons for gluing materials can expose your child to new textures and new sensory experiences. All you need is a few different types of string, a piece of construction paper, and white glue. Cut a small collection of a few types of yarn or string into short pieces, approximately four inches long. To keep the ends buy accutane online fast delivery from fraying, tie knots at both ends of each string. I chose to coordinate the orange balls of yarn with the orange construction paper background. There’s not much to this activity: hand the child the glue and the strings and let their…