My kids gave me a great gift this past Christmas: a Yuzen Gift Box Subscription. I can’t tell you how much I love this thing! It’s theme is… well… sort of “zen” spa products. You get them in sample sizes with coupon codes if you’d like to order the full size versions of ones you really enjoy. The quality of the box is so very elegant. I feel quite spoiled!
One of the things I love the most about it is that all the products are free of harsh dyes and chemical fragrances. Most are USDA Organic. I have to give this a a 5 Star Rating and highly recommend this as a gift for someone special. Many thanks to my clever kids!
You haven’t made the move to organics yet? HELLO! This is 2014! Here’s a post from my other blog that can give you a quick class on why we really need to: Living In Ignorant Bliss ”You may think this stuff is boring but that doesn’t change the fact that your body is going to do its thing whether you learn about it or not. I really don’t recommend continuing to live in ignorant bliss!”
See me open a recent Yuzen box here:
“The Perfect Work Table.” Yep, I was on a mission to find that thing. I tried the remove-a-leaf-from-your-dining-room-table technique. I made my own from an old chair. But the one that shows the most promise is a workbench “invented” by my friend Suzy Notting. I think hers is a better quality than mine but have no fear… I have plans to make it perfect!
Remember as with any of my Addi info… this can be useful for and Innovations or any circular knitting machine!
Nice, clean edges. Optional fringe can be added.
I love the double thickness of a tube scarf but getting the ends nice and neat is a challenge. I’ve finally found a solution I like and it can be done with knitting needles OR a crochet hook!
If you’re a knitter (which I am NOT), you’ll be familiar with the Three Needle Bind Off. That’s what you’ll do to finish your scarf ends. For me, a crocheter, I watched the video, got out the knitting needles, managed to get it done BUT… in the process, I learned exactly what was going on and realized that the same thing can be achieved with a crochet hook! Even my knitting friends say they find this easier to do.
If this is sounding familiar, I’ve already done a blog and video on this technique while seaming a square baby hat. But rather than putting right sides together, we’ll reverse that for our scarf ends so we’ll have the resulting chain lying across the end.
Here’s a demo and this is GREAT for Addi Express knitting machine scarves:
We all have our favorite hooks and/or needles but what gadgets do you LOVE but could live without if you had to?? I have 3 non-essentials that make my yarn craft so much more efficient but since I posted this video, I’ve learned from my subscribers other helpful (and even inexpensive) items that enhance our hobby even more! I’d love to hear from others so share your ideas in the comments below!
In this video, I talk about Clover Pom Pom Makers, a yarn ball winder and a make up brush!
What do charities want? What are the guidelines for donated items? Since I’ve served in that capacity, I thought I’d share a few tips and ideas to consider when preparing your gifts. Not sure where to send your much needed items? I describe 3 great options in the video and a bunch more listed below. NOTE: I’m adding links all the time so check back from time to time!
Some Charity Choices
Christina Mills’ Pay-It-Forward Idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLJLutp5vuc
Needs Yarn and an Addi Express:
Sister Margaret Mary, SJW
St. Joseph Academy
48 Needmore St.
Walton, KY 41094
CROCHET CLUB WEB PAGE: http://www.sjamusic.org/crochethome.html
School Music Program: http://www.sjamusic.org
Sister’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Zimmerman’s NICU Charity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndm4Yf_8BG0
Yolanda Soto Lopez
Caring Caps Inc: http://www.caringcaps.org/index.html
Hats 4 The Homeless: http://www.hats4thehomeless.org/index.html
Warm Up America! (Afghans) http://www.warmupamerica.org/
Knitting Rays of Hope: http://knittingraysofhope.wordpress.com/
Hat Box Foundation (for cancer patients) http://hatboxfoundation.org/
Scarf It Up: http://www.scarfitup.org/
Knit for Peace collects for a number of different groups http://knitforpeaceuk.wordpress.com/projects-and-patterns/
Premature babies – http://www.preemiesuk.co.uk/
SIBOL – blankets and squares for the elderly in nursing homes http://sunshineinternationalblanketsoflove.blogspot.co.uk/
Google+: Margaret Olander
Once again, I admit my ignorance to the world as I show the easiest, most obvious way to film a craft/art tutorial from above! Since I posted this video, I’m feeling much better about myself for overlooking this solution as there appears to be many who found it helpful! AND… if you search YouTube for ways to get this job done, you’ll see some crazy contraptions out there trying to accomplish the same thing!
Key things to remember:
1) Your setup needs to be stable so your camera is safe.
2) Your work area needs to be clear of obstructions so there’s a clear view AND so you don’t accidentally knock your camera over!
3) And to make it move from a “Good Tutorial” to a “Great Tutorial,” make sure the finished video is presented from the perspective of the teacher!
A friend on YouTube was thinking about buying a Singer knitting machine “to see if she liked circular machine knitting before she spent so much money on an Addi.” I had a Singer (which I’m not thrilled with) so I did a demo/review/comparison to Addi video for her. Were you thinking the same thing? Watch this first: