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Book Review: Arm & Finger Knitting by Laura Strutt

Have you heard about arm and finger knitting?

I hadn’t until recently, but judging by the number of people (over 8 million!!) viewing this YouTube video (check it out, really well done) about arm knitting, it’s a very popular craft that’s shaking things up in the knitting world and how!

I think this is such a cool idea! 😉

Replacing knitting needles with your arms or fingers, to create beautiful and rather unique knit items. I’ve already got a couple of projects picked out to try, just waiting for some yarn to arrive in the mail.

So, after the basic how-to’s are worked out, where to go to find some really nice arm and finger knit patterns to try out?

ARM & FINGER KNITTING by Laura Strutt

A book that I highly recommend, if you decide to give this fun, new craft a go!

Filled with all kinds of original arm and finger knits, including these two beautiful examples:

raspberry ripple shawl

Raspberry Ripple Shawl

cozy striped throw

Cozy Striped Throw

Other patterns included in the book: a travel blanket, that folds up into a pillow when not in use (that’s one I’ve got in mind to make), a two-tone tote bag,several other home furnishing projects including several throws and pillow covers, a couple of really fun vests…and many more.

There are also complete instructions HOW TO arm and finger knit. Arm knitting is for larger gauge projects, finger knits for finer gauge items.

Another thing I like about this book, the author explains how to make yarn from t-shirts that can be used in many of these projects, if you prefer to go that route, rather than using bulky/chunky weight yarns. I like that (repurposing/recycling) idea, a lot! 🙂

If you haven’t heard about arm and finger knitting before or haven’t gotten around to checking it out further, this book is a great way to get started.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with full page color photos.

Instructions are easy for even beginners to follow.

The selection of patterns runs the gamut from home decor items for every room to a variety of edgy to elegant fashion items.

And if you have tried this craft already, do share your experiences! I’d love to hear what you’ve made and how its worked out for you. 😉

♥ Happy Knitting and Weekend ♥

PS: My thanks to Thomas Allen & Son for providing and allowing me to use, the book images above.Check out their website to browse a wonderful selection of top-quality books, in all genres.

Free Market and Tote Bag Patterns!

bag-patterns-to-sew

I got an email from Interweave recently that included a free download for this new sewing ebook.

The bags all look great! And I know from past experience that their eBooks are well done. Easy to get a copy too.

If you like to sew and are in need of a new market bag or tote (or want to make one for a gift) don’t miss this free offer!

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On the topic of sewing, I still haven’t finished the PJ’s I blogged about a while back, 😦 but hope to have them finished this week for sure. 

I wish I could cut out sleep LOL; I have cut back to about 6 hours a night though. Seems to be enough.

I actually feel better than when I was sleeping for 8 hours a night. Less tired. Go figure. 😉

There’s NEVER enough time in the day. Can you relate?

What are you making right now? Do share. I love to hear about all kinds of projects.

Happy Crafting! 🙂

Shiny Pennies and a Lucky Penny Pouch Update

pennies

If you’ve ever wondered how to clean pennies to make them look shiny and (almost) new again, here’s what I found works best:

Soak pennies in a glass container (I used a jar so I could give them a shake) containing 1/4 C. white vinegar and 1 tsp. plain table salt. Allow to soak for about 20 minutes.

Remove from solution and rub each penny with a paste of baking soda mixed with water, if they aren’t clean enough after the soak process. I used a soft rag for this step.

Worked great! 😉

So now that I have all these nice shiny pennies, I find that I DON’T have enough time to continue to make the penny pouches I was using them in.

Just not enough hours in the day!

little purses 1

I’m just finishing up the orders I already have and that’s it for Lucky Penny Pouches for now.

Thanks to everyone who did order pouches.

Last orders will be in the mail by the end of this week.

I still have that big stash of leftover yarn staring at me but it will have to wait. 😉

What craft projects are you currently working on? Do share.

I love to hear about all types of creative pursuits.

Happy Crafting! 🙂

Pennies photo courtesy of Flickr