The mere mention of the word sweater conjures beautifully patterned and designed clothing that is worn over the body torso to keep it warm and cozy. By extension, the imagination brings into mind pictures of winter holidays and happy togetherness and family affections.The magic that transforms simple yarn into such an amazing piece of apparel is knitting.Basically, it is simply stitching together a couple of supple and drapable fabrics, working in the detail and color pattern by the use of continuous strands of yarn. Two needles are used, a slip knot is made on one, and the number of stitches needed is “cast on” by wrapping the yarn over this needle and drawing it through loops on the other needle. Many combination of stitches are possible, resulting in an endless variety of pattern.Another closely related technique is crocheting.A slip stitch is made by wrapping the yarn over a hook, and then a loop is pulled through. This is called the chain stitch, and from a row of these, other rows are added. If so desired, the stitches may be joined to create a ring and then worked around. Lighter yarns produce softness, while thicker yarns produce sturdiness. Different fashion and home décor accessories, with attractively textured or raised details are thus easily created. Lacy projects like doilies or string or cord lend themselves effortlessly with this method.Also often employed is plain yarn crafting.Braiding, twisting, and wrapping of the yarn itself gives myriad possibilities. Tassels, wreaths, boucles, etc. are just a few of the items that can be done.Learning how to knit, crochet, and craft with yarn is fun and can be quite profitable because useful things can be made. Additionally it is a very relaxing hobby reliably known to relieve stress. Complete newbies who are really interested to learn and ready to pursue a project will do well to join any of the many clubs devoted to the hobby. There are a lot of local knitting and crocheting guilds or groups that regularly meet up in locations in nearby communities. Likewise, online classes and websites offer tips and techniques, videos, patterns, and news.Especially for absolute beginners, these resources are a must considering the infinite amount of choices of what to buy and where. Depending on the creative inclination of the starting student, the way to a productive and/or lucrative endeavor will definitely be easier when thoroughly guided so.
The song says it all, “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” Our summer was certainly full of fun: outdoor barbeques, neighborhood cookouts, making ice cream, 4th of July parades, a trip to grandpa’s house, sleeping late, moving my oldest daughter into her first apartment… It never seems like the season is long enough to do everything we want to do.Now that the summer is almost over, how do we preserve these memories? Take a few minutes before the busy routine of school begins to put together a family album of summer keepsakes. Whether it’s in a scrapbook, photo album, or shoebox, these mementoes chronicle tidbits of family life that often become lasting traditions. Your kids will love showing friends and family how they spent their summer vacation.Want a quick and easy way to make a time capsule of your summer vacation? Make a keepsake jar.Find a large, clean, wide mouth jar (mayonnaise jars work well) to hold your treasures.
Paint and decorate the lid.Gather together pictures, ticket stubs, sea shells, maps, souvenirs, pressed flowers or anything that has sentimental value from you summer vacation.Write names and dates on the back of photographs. Place all of your items inside the jar. On brightly colored paper, write a few notes about each event. You may want to interview other family members for their thoughts as well.Preserve your summer stories in a place of honor. Kids will enjoy getting their keepsake jar down to tell stories for many summers to come.And, don’t forget to snap a picture on the first day of school. We take a photograph in the same spot every year. My daughter is leaving for her first year of college. In the opening pages of her scrapbook are all of the pictures we had taken on the first day of school. From the scared preschooler with the little lamb name tag, to the confident, beautiful young woman she blossomed into, each picture was truly worth a thousand words.