How to Make Wet Felted Beads

felt beads

Here’s a quick project that kids love. They get to play in water and use their hands without needing much fine motor skills. And they end up with colorful little felted beads they can use for just about anything. My daughter pretends they’re money, food, you name it. Or you can use a sharp needle […]

A Case For Knitting Socks

The first thing I ever knit was a sock and it was the ugliest sock I’ve ever seen. It was knit with the worst kind of squeaky acrylic yarn and was fluorescent green. It was so stiff that we used it as a mitt to open the fireplace gate to add more logs. I never knit it […]

Yarn 101

One of the things I love about knitting is that it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. While some folks can be perfectly happy making scarfs from worsted weight yarn into their old age, others will want to branch out.

If you plan on branching out, you’ll need to learn a few things about yarn. Every skein or ball of yarn comes with an informative label or “ball band,” that tells you things like washability, weight and yardage, but that label doesn’t tell you much about that yarn in the grand scheme of things until you have some context. That’s what I’m here for.

Tutorial: Make a Felt Rug

Last week, I was sitting on a proverbial egg.  Fret, nausea, excitement: I was all over the place. I was the lead on a craft project for Nora’s class. Each year every class makes something — something big and wonderful — to be auctioned off as a fundraiser. We made a wool felt rug.  Or, wall hanging, I guess.  Since the thought of it getting […]