Connected2Christ

Reviews, Giveaways, Recipes, Fiber Arts, and more...

Loom Knitting Basics Kit Review

KBLoomBasics-2

The Loom Knitting Basics Kit by Authentic Knitting Board is a must have whether you’ve loomed before or are wanting to pick up a new skill. This kit I’ve found to be a wonderful starter for those of all ages considering my six year old daughter recently learned how to knit on a loom. She has learned by experience and by watching me knit that there’s nothing more rewarding than being able to create items and gifts for friends, family, and those in need.

What’s included in this set?

  • A Full color reference guide, fully illustrated with photos and charts
  • (4) patterns to get you started
  • 32 peg loom with 7/16″ gauge ideal for worsted weight yarn
  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • darning needle
  • measure tape
  • Blue & Orange stitch markers
  • knit hook

P1160335I really like all the included items because I remember starting out a new craft and finding a pattern to work up only to realize half the items I needed I didn’t have on hand! This loom is small but you can do a lot of on it.

The patterns in the spiral bound reference guide are a hat, baby blanket, washcloth, and scarf! The hat and blanket you’ll obviously be knitting in pieces you’ll later have to stitch together but the scarf and the dishcloth come out just the right size! The pros of a small loom is how travel friendly that it is! I’ve taken this loom out with me when in the car, to the park, to knit with while in a waiting room, and so forth. I really like this loom for making scarves! The double knitting possibilities make creating scarves from start to finish so fast!

P1160033

The reference guide is really nice that comes with this set. It teaches the basics of single knitting, double knitting, and even sock knitting! Basic skills such as casting on, binding off, finishing, how to add a crochet border, working cables, increasing, decreasing, and my more. The written instructions as well as the full color illustrations & charts make learning a breeze. Though if learning from a guide isn’t your thing though it’s a good reference to keep on hand, the companies website is full of video tutorials of many of these techniques! Speaking of the companies website, you can also find many free patterns and helpful tips and information all about loom knitting.

P1160032

This loom is quite durable. It’s wooden yet it is light weight. It features nylon pegs that have grooves. The grooves are nice and make it easy to to lift the yarn over to create stitches. There’s no worry of yarn snagging in the least. The design is smooth and very well thought out, in my opinion.

P1160096I know some people might feel intimidated by wielding knitting needles or a crochet hook but I guarantee you that anyone can work a loom and make truly beautiful one of a kind items of all kinds!

The Authentic Knitting Board Loom Kniting Basics Kit Knitting Looms is priced at $19.99 and everything you need other than the yarn for whatever projects you’d like to make is included. You can purchase it on Amazon.com, The Authenitc Knitting Board website, as well as your local JoAnn fabric and craft store! Perhaps it would make a wonderful gift for yourself or someone you know!

P1160078

Get Connected for the latest news, deals, and giveaways: Authentic Knitting Board on Facebook | Authentic Knitting Board Main Website | KB Blog full of patterns & Tips

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

Continue Reading No Comments

Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & Body {Review}

bknitcrocettdywmn

Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman is book that can help take your mind off the stresses of life. This book was designed with personal peace and relaxation of not just the mind but of the body and soul as well. It’s based around the art of yoga and each of the designs and colors chosen for the projects represent a specific interpretation of colors. For example, green represents soothing, amber represents warmth, blue represents relaxation, and so forth. If you aren’t so much into yoga, I for one believe you can still enjoy the projects found within.

As you go through the book you’ll find acknowledgments, an introduction, a standard abbreviation key, and 14 knit and crochet patterns. I can do both fiber related crafts so I found this book a nice asset to add to my collection. There is no how to knit or how to crochet basics in this pattern book. Most of the patterns are quite easy to follow and feature basics skills that any intermediate to advanced beginner would know how to do. I don’t believe any one would get frustrated or find the patterns to hard to follow. I like that though simple in design there’s a few steps here and there that add a nice design element to many of the items.

P1160248-001

The patterns that can be found in this book are a Soothing Knitted Yoga Wrap, Meditative Yoga Mat, Healing Crocheted Yoga Wrap, Happiness Bolster Pillow, Om Crocheted Table Runner, Lotus Blossom Throw with Matching Pillow, Warm Infinity Scarf & Matching Wrist Warmers, Om Scarf, Sophisticated Reversible Scallop Lace Scarf, Swirls of Energy Cowl, Abalone Shell Infinity Scarf, Baby Lotus Wrap, Louts Baby Blankie, and Aura Color Cover Up. These practical patterns can be made as is or you can add you own personal touch. The yarn used in all the patterns is Plymouth yarn. It’s a yarn I’ve never used but looks very nice in all the full color photos. I’m going to have to nab a few skeins.

I knit up the Warm Infinity Scarf pattern quite quickly over the span of a couple of days and am currently working on the matching wrist warmers. The scarf pattern went quickly and was quite enjoyable to work on. At first the pattern took a little bit to get used to but as I went on I sped up in my knitting. I think it really helps that in this book each thing to do is broken down step by step. Working patterns such as these will give you rest from your day to day but improve your knitting or crocheting skills as well! I know a few gals that would probably love if this set was gifted to them for a birthday of Christmas gift too.

KNITCROBK1

If you are into yoga or know someone that is, this would be a good book to work up a few or all of the patterns to give as gifts or to expand your own or their skills as a knitter or crocheter. The patterns are practical, easy to read, and quite appealing.

“Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman” by Anita Closic is published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. and the publisher’s retail price is $16.99. You can order directly from the publisher at 610-593-1777 or email info@schifferbooks.com. You can reach the author at the website for her yarn shop, www.agardenofyarn.com. Both the publisher and the yarn shop are in Pennsylvania.

Interested in Purchasing? Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & Body can be purchased on Amazon.com for $13.99 as of this posting!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

Continue Reading No Comments

Color Me Couture Book Review & Giveaway

clrmecout
Color Me Couture is a book that allows you to learn about and add your own touch to fashions throughout the ages of history. This unique offering offers great appeal to one that wants to design fashion , those curious to learn about fashions during certain periods, and artist eager to expand their skills in such a way as this. Whether it be one of those things or all, this book certainly might be of interest. There’s really no age recommendation for this book because it is put together in way that anyone could benefit and learn from, be it one of their school age years or beyond that.

51pjMFnmu3L

There are 192 pages within this book. Readers will find an introduction of the book followed by several fashion categories ending with acknowledgments and about the contributors. The categories of fashion designs are Vintage Dresses, Contemporary Dresses, Assorted Fashion Garments, and Shoes & Hats. Each design is covered on two pages. The first page has an illustration of the garment, the title of the piece is called “Glacial Ball Gown” for example. And is followed by the date and season, material, inspiration & style, followed a description and a snippet of history on it. On the second page, the fashion illustration is on but the inner parts completed on the first page are left blank for you to design and color however you so chose. I really like how much freedom is given to design and create whether you’d want to design for that era or take that piece and make someone completely new.

This book would most certainly make a great keepsake after used to hold on to to share with future generations as well something to look back upon when you get that itch to design. When I have little more free time, I’m excited to start doodling around with this book myself. I love to draw and create and believe this book has the ability to awaken all sorts of imaginative and chic designs that are currently lying a bit dormant! I love that I’m learning history about pieces from the 1800’s to 1960’s and beyond! What a wonderful book!

Interested in Purchasing? Color Me Couture: Imagine, Create and Sketch Your Own Fashion Designs is available on Amazon.com for $9.27 as of this posting.

-Win It-

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Color Me Couture Imagine, Create and Sketch Your Own Fashion DesignsBy Gloria Collazo and Catherine Mong through Ulysses Press.  I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

Continue Reading 2 Comments

Getting Crafty: Easy to Make Molded Crayons!

I made molded crayons this week from my daughter’s broken pieces of crayons! I got the idea from multiple pins seen on Pintrest.com. I love Pintrest, because I can find things I want to do right away and I can share my inspiration with others. An awesome site that I recommend everyone to join! I’m going to share below what I did so that you can too!

Tools You’ll Need:

1 Popsicle Stick for Stiring the melted wax
1 Tin Can for melting the crayons in ( I would recommend using multiple cans for each color you are melting but I only had one at the time)
1 Chocolate Shape Tray ( I picked up a seashell one from my local craft store for about 1.00 using a coupon!)
1 Pot for for heating the Tin Can up and melting the wax.

 How to…

Gather all broken crayons and make sure the wrappers are taken off. You can get the kids to do that part because if your child is anything like mine, they are the reasons all the wrappers are missing anyways. Then have your kids sort the crayons by colors  into your tin cans.  The next part is something that you’ll probably want to do instead of your child depending on their age.

Then create a makeshift double boiler by filling a saucepan with water & set your cans, filled with crayons, inside. Bring the water to a boil and then down to a simmer, stirring every once in awhile with your Popsicle stick.

Once the crayon wax is melted, you’ll be ready to pour them into your molds! Make sure to use an oven mitt or potholder so you don’t burn yourself because things can get hot! Simply pour the wax into the mold. You can mix things up by adding two different colors and swirling around or you could add one color wax let it dry and pour a different color to finish the design.  Solid crayons work perfectly fine too!

I was surprised how fast the crayons cooled off! These slide right out when they are cool enough. I really enjoyed doing this and am looking forward to finding more fun mold shapes to make crayons out of. I think for my daughter’s birthday I’ll make some special crayons. I even found a Unicorn Candy Mold on Amazon that I know she’ll love! Possibilities and combinations are endless, I’ve seen rocket ships, cars, lego blocks, crosses, hearts, and so much more!

Have you ever made your own crayons? Share your experience with me here!

 

Continue Reading 2 Comments

Christmas Colored Paper Chain

 

I’ve been looking for fun crafts to do with my three year old daughter to celebrate the Christmas season. This weekend we created a paper chain in Christmas colors to hang around the house. It doesn’t get much easier than this and it provides for a lot of fun. You can pre-cut or let your child cut our strips from red,white, and green colored construction paper. I pre-cut and then let my daughter use a glue stick to attach the ends together adding link after link in the pattern we choose. We plan on making another one soon as part of the decorations for my sons first birthday party!

Continue Reading No Comments

How to make your own “AFFORDABLE” Autumn Wreath…

I love the Autumn season and this year I’m getting a little more crafty in decorating my home for it. I figure I’d start with a wreath since there was a score of great items to use for one (believe it or not) at the Dollar Store! My wreath turned out so nice that I’m probably going to go back for another wreath form and making a centerpiece for my dining room table. So how much did this project cost me? As little as $7.00 (Someone my husband showed this wreath too thought it cost $50 )! I adore decorating when it won’t break our budget!

The material I used and bought to make this wreath are

  • 1 Large Wreath Form (1.00)
  • 3 picks of leaves (3.00)
  • 6 pics variety pumpkin, squash, cat tail.. with leaves ($3.00 because they were 2 for 1.00)
  • I used about 6 sticks of glue in my little glue gun but I was being pretty generous.

To start, I plucked/cut all the leaves off the pics and sorted them by color piles. You don’t have to do that but I was making my life easier when it came to gluing everything on the wreath. I placed leaves and glued and placed and glued until my wreath was nice and full with none of the form showing through. I think added the pumpkins, squash, cat tails, and other embellishments on top of the leaves making sure to spread them about in a non uniform looking way. I then glued more leaves on my wreath until I was happy with it. Voila! So simple and such a fantastic crafty decoration to add to making my home more welcome during the Autumn season.



Creative Commons License
Autumn Wreath by Erin Lowmaster is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at connected2christ.com.

Continue Reading 1 Comment

Customize It All

Connected2Christ.com Copyright © All Rights Reserved.
Powered by Warp Theme Framework