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DIY Holiday Knit Scarf

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If you are anything like us, you have a list a mile long and everything on it is DIY. We highly recommend starting now because time goes fast and lets face it: it takes time to make something DIY. If you are like us, making DIY holidays sounds great right now because you could save a little money with some extra effort and time. DIY gifts always have a special touch that other gifts can just not offer. Whatever your reason they are sure to love it and ask you for another one.

Speaking of the time it takes to make DIY holiday gifts: get started now. No, consider your projects when you are working down your list. Some projects will take longer than others obviously. That is why we love cowls. Depending on the length, they take a lot less time and are a must for those really cold locations. But, nothing beats a traditional scarf with a quick box hat or the traditional round hat. Both are excellent DIY holiday options as one can typically be worked up in one day.

With all that said, we put together some tips for your holiday DIY project list:

  • Make a DIY Holiday list
  • Make a Plan
  • Make a schedule and keep it
  • Get your patterns and supplies in time to stay on schedule
  • Get yarn and supply recommendations from our posts and patterns *see below, other articles and patterns
  • Make it personal (something They will like)
  • Consider your projects carefully. Keep it simple and fast so that you can complete your list in time
  • Use down time by taking your projects with you (lunch time)
  • Use the same pattern and different yarn to make it unique to each recipient
  • Take a knit along or crochet along or class
  • Get support from us on patterns you buy with us
  • Get 10% off in time enough for the holidays
  • Shop YLS (Norfolk, VA, USA)
  • Have Fun
  • Finish and mail early *the post office has been experiencing delays
  • Take pictures of your projects and share with us and others
  • Instagram your pictures
  • Have recipients take pictures of their gifts and share with us
  • When all else fails get them a gift certificate
  • How will you get your holiday DIY projects done in time? Which tips will you use? Which tips ended up being the most helpful?

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Holiday Projects: Get started Today!

6 Tips for Holiday Knitting and Crocheting!

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How to do Holiday Crafting Right
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Its the most wonderful time of the year! Its time to get started on your projects. If you do this all the time, you probably have already started. If this is your first time, we got you covered with a variety of resources including classes that double as Holiday Gift Project Classes (including cowls / masks) and Learning Classes (Knitting and Crochet). Whatever you choose, now is the time to get started! Get started with the following resources:

Holiday Gift Project Resources:

Contact us with any questions regarding your holiday gift projects. What gifts would you like to make for the holidays? Who is on your list this year? Have you made your schedule yet? Share the wealth of information with your friends or family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Crochet Hooks

Crochet Hook Types

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Crochet Hooks
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This video is a highly informative and helpful especially for the beginner. What did you learn? What is your skill level? At home and turning all this free time into creative time? Some of my students have been working on blankets. I have one of my own to work on for an October baby! Now is the perfect time to turn your at home time into creative time! You are armed with crochet hook information and dangerous. Now you can shop our crochet patterns and work up beautiful gifts for the holidays.

Work one of these patterns up and email us photos of your completed project. We will post them here and share them with the community. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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Torn Stitch Knitting

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It is almost inevitable that at some point in time one will snag their knits and it will culminate into an actual tear. There are indeed fairly effective ways to repair a tear in your knitting. Some repairs can be, such as torn stitch knitting, made but typically tears can not be repaired successfully. It really depends on the tear. Snags can typically be repaired but not tears. A tear typically involves more yarn, independent of the item you are repairing, and in this as they say lies the rub. People who have been knitting, crocheting or generally working with yearn some time know that each skein is unique. In fact, it is recommended that one use the same dye lot of the same yarn for one project as dye colors can vary from one dye lot to another. This tends to be more profound with natural fibers as synthetic fibers are more of an over all formula that can be reproduced while natural fibers are unique in their characteristics (such as how much oil is in the wool, what type of animal did the wool come from, what conditions was the animal in). Many factors can effect the characteristics of a natural fiber and consequently the dye lot.

That all being said. It is very difficult to match yarns especially since most people do not keep a stock of the yarn around and companies change their yarn offerings from season to season. So trying to do torn stitch knitting is rarely recommended. If it is a project one completed fairly recently, we say yes give it a try. Otherwise it is as the old bible saying goes do not put a patch on old clothing. Matthew 9:16 “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.” So unfortunate if you have a torn knit or crochet, we recommend getting creative on ways to re-purpose the project. We would love to hear your creative ideas. Share them with the community by posting them below (email us photos). Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. Find your next project by shopping our patterns and publications today.

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8 Ways to Wear Your Scrunchies

8 cute SCRUNCHIE hairstyles! | Twist Me Pretty

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8 Ways to Wear Srunchies
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Once you make your scrunchie, the next question is how will you wear it. Thankfully, here are 8 ways you can wear your scrunchies. When you gift your scrunchies be sure to share the many ways one can wear them. To learn more about executing a successful crochet or knitted scrunchie project view our article “so many succulent scunchies”

We have both a knit and crochet scrunchie pattern. We have taught this project / pattern in our classes and workshops. They are always a huge hit. As with most things crocheters and knitters make, one’s friends and family are always asking if one can be made for them. So, these patterns will be used over and over again. Shop our scrunchie patterns (knit & crochet) at shidonna raven patterns and publications. Now is the perfect time to turn your at home time into creative time!

Work one of these patterns up or work up both of them and email us photos of your completed project. We will post them here and share them with the community. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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So many Succulent Scrunchies

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Scrunchies are one of my favorite items to crochet or knit. If you are a beginner, it is a great way to learn and practice. One also gets the experience of completing a project. Like most projects the finished product is as varied as available yarns. So, one can make several scrunchies as they are a must have and keep them unique and different by changing up the yarn. If you are an experienced crochet or knitter, this type of project may not be all that challenging to you. Yet one is sure to have a lot of fun. Give a crocheter or knitter a beautiful ball of yarn and magic happens. 

Choose your elastic for your scrunchie carefully as one will not want to take the scrunchie apart to repair a snapped elastic. One can be several quality elastics for a fairly good price. As with many if not all of the projects crocheters and knitters created, they are to be treasured for a long time to make sure your elastics are high quality and durable. We have both a knit and crochet scrunchie pattern. We have taught this project / pattern in our classes and workshops. They are always a huge hit. As with most things crocheters and knitters make, one’s friends and family are always asking if one can be made for them. So, these patterns will be used over and over again. Shop our scrunchie patterns (knit & crochet) at shidonna raven patterns and publications. Now is the perfect time to turn your at home time into creative time!

Work one of these patterns up or work up both of them and email us photos of your completed project. We will post them here and share them with the community. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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COVID 19 & UFOs

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Staying connected during COVID 19 has been very important to many including me. As we began the reopening phase, staying connected has still remained important. Many things have shifted as people try to get back to normal or at least a new normal. In the heat of COVID 19 when most of us were encouraged to remain at home, many people shared with me that now was a great time to work on UFOs (unfinished objects). With all the time we had on our hands at home, this was a great idea. 

With many restrictions still remaining and with everyone still getting back to normal, many of us find that we still are at home for various reasons although many things have begun to reopen at some stage of capacity. We, for the most part, have been effective in slowing the spread. Although some states are still struggling to keep things moving in the right direction. And a vaccine for COVID 19 still has not been achieved. There is still much to resolve when it comes to COVID 19 although much of the scare has been resolved. Some questions still remain in the air. 

Many people are still opting to meet virtually and forego large meetings and meeting in person. Maybe this has become a comfortable part of our new norm, as many have found ways to work from home. Needless to stay we still have a lot of time on our hands to finish some UFOs and find new ways to be very productive and creative at home. Either way staying connected is important. We would love to hear about what you are working on and what UFOs you are completing. Post a picture or e-mail us an image (nobleknitsandcrochets@shidonnaravenfd.com). Share the wealth of information with your friends or family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.