Around the Studio

I have been working almost full time teaching in the studio.  We just finished up our Halloween Workshop series and really had a blast.   So many fun and original costumes were made!  If you’d like to take a look at some of the costumes, take a gander over to Let’s Go Crafting and peek at the blog.

Now that I’m done with drafting patterns for Halloween costumes, I’ve had a chance to look around the studio.  My, my, my!!  Things have gotten a little out of hand.  I’m teaching 10 classes a week in addition to the Halloween workshops and really hadn’t organized in a bit.

Some of the yarn looks like this:

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Exploding yarn!

Actually, more of the yarn balls than I’d like to admit look like this!  My students are really good and they try to put things away, but if you have several students using the yarn (this was used for weaving), this kind of thing just happens.

I had seen ways to organize yarn all over pinterest and am going to be using one of the ideas that I liked the most.

First I wound the yarn.  I made one smaller ball and then wound the rest as big as my little yarn winder would allow.

Then, I used an empty Crystal Geyser water bottle, cut the top off, put the smaller ball of yarn into it and then taped it closed again.   I now have 10 different balls of yarn in a box that are prepared like this.  My box holds 24 bottles neatly and as soon as I’m done filling them all, I’ll show a picture and report back on if this method works!

I’ve also been taking some time out from the studio to work on my own things.  It’s been a long time since I’ve pulled out my personal projects and it really feels good!  More on that later – I’m off to take a walk with the hubby!

Hat Sample Finished!

My company, Let’s Go Crafting, teaches fiber arts to kids.  During the school year we focus on knitting and sewing, but during the summer, in addition to knitting and sewing, we teach crochet, weaving, and jewelry making.  I am constantly making samples to show the kids what kinds of things they are capable of making.IMG_3203

This is our newest sample – “Snowday Earflap Hat” from the book Knitting for Children.  This book is a really nice book for kids who would like to learn to knit.  IMG_3204

This hat is super easy to make once you know the knit and the purl stitch.  I would say that most of the students in our knitting class have the ability to make this hat.   I hope they try it!!IMG_3206

Of course my son had to also get into the pictures!