Since I’m mostly a Charity Crafter and acrylic is preferred, I talk a lot about washing before donating to soften the inexpensive acrylics. Basically, I just treat it like laundry but I get questions all the time about the specifics of my method. So here’s a video to address those questions!
We’ve been tossing this idea around on the Ravelry Group and I’m happy to reveal a fun way to work for our favorite charities, to shine light on our favorite charities and to see how many gifts we can produce for our favorite charities!!
MAIN GOAL: To benefit people in need by providing warmth and/or providing handmade gifts that represent love and compassion. It’s a hard, cold world out there. If we touch one life, it was all worth it.
a) We’ll have fun together!
b) Let’s see how many items we can make in 2 months!
c) Share patterns
d) Learn new skills
- The Charity Along is for ALL CHARITIES! I’ve learned that charities are sometimes very personal and spark deep emotions. We want to support that!
- Dates are from October 1 – November 30, 1015.
- Let’s “spotlight” specific charities each week so we can learn more about them. Some people have already shared some with us on Ravelry. If you haven’t, and would like to, add your input! I’ll then turn around and share it on my YouTube channel.
#1 RECORD YOUR ITEMS USING THIS SPECIAL FORM FOUND HERE: http://goo.gl/forms/rB4eyOIH26
- This form will enter it all in a spreadsheet for us and I’ll share the totals on the group as we watch them grow!
- You can record your items as you complete them. You don’t have to wait until you’re finished. (This is preferred so we can watch our totals climb!)
(Of course, I’m aware that this is based on the honor system but I’m trusting that people who care about others won’t care about themselves enough to be dishonest! We’re not competing here… we’re working together for a common goal!)
The Feel Good Yarn Company sent me a skein of this to try. Oh. My. GOODNESS!! I’m so excited about it I don’t know where to begin!!
Ummm… I’ll jump in here: Put this yarn on your holiday crafting supply list! You definitely need to make some mittens for someone because YOU CAN USE A TOUCHSCREEN WHILE WEARING THEM! There is so much more to this yarn so save me some typing and watch my review!
(Note: I’m a geeky tech person so the ingenuity behind this product is right up my alley!)
What I once thought was an old wive’s tale turned out to be scientifically true! Dryer balls really do dry your clothes faster AND soften without chemicals. Thanks to Mountain Meadow Wool, I got the opportunity to check this out for myself and learned a lot more along the way. (Ex: Don’t use the cheaper plastic versions.)
Bijou Basin Ranch sent me some AWESOME yarn to try and as much as I hate to part with it but I’m going to share it with you! (75% Yak Down/25% Super Fine Merino “Himalayan Trail” Yarn) In addition, they sent some excellent Allure Fine Fiber and Fabric Wash, too, that’s my new favorite!
Watch the video below for details on how to enter!
Patterns shown in this video:
Basketweave Cowl: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basket-weave-cowl
Perk Me Up Cowl: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/perk-me-up
Going on a Disney Cruise? Then you may want to participate in a Fish Extender group! If you don’t know what this is, I’m going to send you to read this wonderful blog post by Darcie. She explains it very well. I’ll also suggest that you join either the Disboards she mentioned or the Fish Extender Facebook Group. Both will help you find fellow cruisers that want to share “a little pixie dust.” They’ll also help you with ideas for Fish Extender Gifts and don’t forget to search those 3 little words on Pinterest. Great ideas!
Alternatively, this is a great closet or wall organizer for use at home!
Background Fabric: 16 x 32″
Interfacing for backing: 8 x 32″
3 Pockets: 11 x 8″ each
Pocket Interfacing: 11 x 8″ each
Heavy Duty needle for sewing machine
Thread to match
Download the Pocket Pattern here
1 pkg Extra Wide, Double Fold Bias tape
**These Written Instructions may be all an experience sewer will need. If you’re a beginner or find these instructions unclear, the video below may be helpful.**
1. Apply interfacing to pockets and one half of background fabric.
2. Fold background fabric in half (long ways) wrong sides together and sew all edges together.
3. Pleat pockets (see pattern for where to crease fabric). Press.
4. Baste along bottom of each pocket.
5. Apply bias tape across top of each pocket. Re-press creases in pleats.
6. Apply bias tape across the bottom edges of TWO pockets.
7. Align 3rd pocket along bottom edge of background. Apply bias tape across bottom encasing all layers.
8. Pin a pocket 1″ above top of bottom pocket. Pin last pocket 1″ above middle pocket. Attach bottoms of these 2 pockets by sewing along stitching line of bias tape.
9. Baste long edges being careful to align edges of pockets with edges of background fabric.
10. Encase long edges with bias tape on each side. Finish top edge with bias tape or a zigzag stitch.
11. Fold over 1.25″ at the top and sew to form the rod pocket.
12. Decorate with names, etc!