• Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    Knitting a Baby Hat with Bulky Yarn

    I recently completed my first non-flat knitting project: a knitted baby hat for my infant son.  All the tutorials I found referenced using thin yarn, but I have a ton of bulky yarn in my stash that I needed to use up.  One in particular is the nearly the same shade of blue as my son’s eyes and I knew it had to turn into a baby hat for him no matter what. I’ve never used three needles at once for circular knitting and I wasn’t ready to take the plunge yet (baby steps!), so I searched for instructions for a hat that would be knitted flat then seamed at the…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Reviews

    Singer 360K and Singer HK-100 Knitting Machine Unboxing

    As a fan of vintage sewing machines, I’m always on the lookout for vintage machines while out thrift shopping.  Earlier this year, I came across a set of mangled boxes in my local Salvation Army that featured the word “SINGER” prominently.  It caught my eye since the bulk of my VSM collection are Singers.  However, the main box was long and thin – no way was this a sewing machine! Upon opening, I realized that it was parts for a knitting machine, which I knew absolutely nothing about.  Usually my knitting is done by hand, not by machine. I ended up taking the boxes home with me, wondering what I was thinking…

  • Knitting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Sewn Knitting Needle Roll Up Case Tutorial

    I’m getting really excited about knitting.  I mentioned in my previous post about cat themed knitted dish cloths that I purchased a set of bamboo knitting needles in various sizes so that I would be good to go for a variety of knitting projects in my future knitting life.  I ended up buying an inexpensive set from AliExpress with 18 different sizes.  How could I store all of these knitting needles so that I wouldn’t lose them, and also in a way that I could add more knitting needles to my collection with ease?  Behold: the knitting needle case! This project is very quick to sew up and holds at…

  • 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…

  • Projects,  Taming Craft Room Chaos,  Videos

    VIDEO: Craft Room Tour

    In 2015, I posted a craft room reveal on my blog. My craft room lived in the smallest room of the house.  I loved the layout of the room, but I wanted to have more room to grow.  By 2016, I had a knitting machine and a desire to use more of my sewing machine collection more easily.  The room was just too small for the equipment I had in there.  I also wanted to move my office (basically just my computer and printer) from the dreary basement into my craft room too. Welcome to my new craft room!  I had a spare bedroom in my house so I converted the…

  • Articles,  Tutorials

    How to Save Money on Craft Supplies

    A popular crafting myth is that you can always save money by making your own home decor items. While this can be true in some cases, I know that most quilts I make are going to be more expensive than any mass-produced quilt I can find at a store. Not only do some crafters not take their own time into consideration (we are all valuable and skilled!), but in some cases, the supplies themselves can be more than the cost of buying a ready-made item. The key is to keep your craft supply cost down to a reasonable level. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I love to…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects,  Sewing

    Homemade Baby Boy Gifts – Blankets and Bibs

    Recently one of my friends gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Flynn – his birthday is only a few days apart from my son’s, which was pretty exciting for us to see who would pop first.  I wanted to make him a few special items so I settled on a set of bibs and a knitted blanket.  I decided on a navy and grey colour scheme based on the prominent themes in my friend’s Pinterest baby board (thanks Pinterest!). Knitted Baby Blanket I chose a 50% acrylic, 50% cotton slub yarn by Lanatex Yarns in Indigo Blue.  It was knitted by machine on my Singer 360K knitting machine using the…

  • News

    A Year in Review: 30 Crafty Projects Before 30

    365 days ago I decided to pick 30 crafty projects to complete before I turned 30. What a year!  30 projects was too aggressive, but I am happy with the projects that I was able to complete.  It’s always great to shoot for the moon – that way if you fail to reach the moon, you’ll still reach the stars. Out of the 30 projects I dreamed about, I completed 12 projects. 40% Completion. My biggest problem was that I kept on making things last year that were not on the list.  I can’t help it!  When the desire to make something hit, the 30-before-30 list inevitably was moved aside to make room.…

  • Projects

    30 Crafty Projects to Complete Before I’m 30

    Happy birthday to me!  I’m turned 29 years old today, and as hard as it is for me to believe, in 365 days I’ll be hitting the milestone of the big three-oh.  I’ve explored many crafty areas in the past, but there are many projects I’ve been dreaming about. I’ve made it my goal to complete 30 projects on my to-do list to complete before I turn 30.  Crazy?  Maybe!  But with 365 days to go, I essentially will need to complete a project once every 12 days.  It could be possible!  I’ll be tracking my progress here on Craftcore. Here is my to-do list for the upcoming year, organized by…