Learn-to-Knit Afghan Block One

This series covers several different knitting stitches using the Learn-to-Knit Afghan book by Barbara Walker. Whether you are a true beginner or an intermediate knitter, you can take your knitting to the next level working through the blocks in this book. About once a week I will be adding one new block to the blog with some of my notes. If you would like to knit along with us please feel free to leave your comments, questions, suggestions, and links to photos in the COMMENT section. You can also add a photo to our Flickr group or tag a Tweet with #WFAlearn2knitIf you are just joining us you might want to start with the introductory post.  

 

Block One: Striped Garter Stitch

Introductory Post 

Block Two (coming soon)

 

Getting Started Knitting

If you are completely new to knitting you can learn the basics of getting starting with our Newbie Knitting series. Once  you have tackled the first few lessons there, you will be ready to begin your afghan.

Crayons Applique

As a child few things thrilled me more than a new box of crayons. Oh the possibilities, oh the beauty, oh the smell... is there anyone out there that can't conjure up the smell of a new box of crayons? To this day, when I buy a new box of crayons, I love to open the box and just stare at the pristine perfection of the cylinders of colored wax. I don't know who created the first crayon, and I don't know whether its creation was the result of another venture gone wrong or whether they were purposely designed, but hats off to whoever was responsible for the crayon!

Crayons are often the first artistic medium we encounter as a child. Because they are relatively clean to use, easy for wee hands to manage, and non-toxic, crayons are a wonderful way to introduce children to the possibilities of color.

As always, this applique was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. Enjoy! 


The Pattern for the Crayons Applique can be found HERE

The May Appliques can be found ...Read more

How Does Your Garden Grow :: Planning April 2015

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

 

Growing up with Kimara as a mother, you would think I had a natural green thumb and that I loved getting dirt under my finger nails while digging through softly turned soil. NOPE. Somehow that gene completely skipped me. I wanted nothing to do with my mom's lovely perennial gardens while growing up. Sure I could appreciate how lovely they looked, usually half wild and meandering (much like Kimara) but I detested working in the garden. For all the tom-boy that I was (and still am), I HATE getting dirt under my fingernails, I am so not a fan of bugs, and a fresh batch of wood chips just looks like a giant pile of splinters to me. 

But as an adult I have had this desire to grow my own veggies. I've wanted a sweet, orderly, kitchen garden, with rows, and order, and purpose. LOL. I think this says so much about our personalities. Tending plants that give something back I find deeply satisfying. So the front of my house...Read more

13 DIY Play Kitchens

Sources for each of these photos plus many more can be found HERE.

Store bought play kitchens for children can be very expensive. Often, they are large and it's nearly impossible to find the right place to set them up. And, they are often bright colored plastics which, personally, doesn't work well in my house. Below are an assortment of DIY play kitchens from the simple to the sublime. They have all been made with mainly repurposed items.YAY! Entertainment units, nightstands, apple crates, fallen logs and cardboard boxes have all been used to create play kitchens that will inspire hours of creative play for children. How fancy you get is up to you.

Here are 13 DIY Play Kitchens that I found interesting. Some of them have detailed tutorials for making your own, others are included just to offer up inspiration. If you've been wanting to get a play kitchen for a wee one in your life why not consider reusing and repurposing? You may already have a piece of furniture in your house begging to be turned into a play kitchen or you might be able to find something that's very inexpensive...Read more

Beeswax Flowers

Although not quite as lovely smelling as the real thing, these beeswax modeled rose buds do have a sweet smell all their own. We have scheduled working with modeling beeswax as one of our projects in  the Spring Bs Homeschool Companion unit. To completed this project you will need a set of modeling beeswax. You can either purchase the modeling beeswax (several of our sponsors carry it or it is available from Amazon) or you can make your own following the directions in our previous post, Make Your Own Modeling Beeswax

These rose buds are more advanced than what your preschooler will make. Young children can make their own simple shapes using the beeswax like clay. For young children let them work with one color at a time. Also note that modeling beeswax can be used again and again. But if you would like to delve into the world of modeling beeswax with a slightly more intricate project, you might want to try making these fancy flowers yourself. I often find that children embrace art projects with more interest if mom is sitting nearby working on...Read more

May Appliques

If I had to give a definition of artist it would be "anyone that answers the call to create". Whether we take paint brush to canvas, write a poem, sculpt an attractive crust on an apple pie we are baking, sing a delightful ditty in the shower or move perennials around our garden to create a perfect color combination, we are allowing the artist in us to flourish! This month we wish to sing the praises of the visual artist in all of us. Whether you use crayons or paint, thread or yarn, that desire to make something out of nothing fills us with a sense of well-being and self-satisfaction... and makes us an artist!

Here is our collection of our May Appliques. No matter how you chose to express yourself creatively, I hope it brings you great satisfaction!   

As always, these appliques were designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block, but they can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. We have already shared 2 of these appliques, but we will soon be sharing the rest, and adding coloring pages for each. We hope you find a special place to use...Read more

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