Friday, February 21, 2014

Family Friday - Crafters Paradise

Happy Friday everyone! I hope your week has been great and that you have some good plans for the weekend. Today I want to give you a little peek into who I am. I always hope that in sharing my life you can find something that resonates with you and makes you happy that you took the time to read through my blog posts. The other reason I share about me is that I know this blog is something that Russell can look at later in life and really see who I am right now.

For me one of the things I look forward to doing on the weekends is crafting. I've always been a crafty person. I remember asking for arts and craft kits ever since I was young. Some of my favorite memories are of making crafts with my mom or with friends. I remember having a friend of my mom's that would let me come over and we'd play with stamps. I remember she had the special embossing powders and I thought it was so cool! I crafted in church, I took sewing in school, and I have kept on crafting as I've grown up.

Yep, I made my wedding invitations.  I am that sort of crafty crazy!
My adult life crafts include scrapbooking, paper crafting, crochet, cross stitch, and anything else that I can get into without a hefty investment. Recently I decided I wanted to learn to knit. I learned to crochet a long time ago and can muddle through basic patterns. I'd probably rate myself high beginner/intermediate in crochet so I asked for knitting stuff for Christmas this year and put it as a goal for me to work on.

My beautiful bamboo knitting needles and my first knitting book!
My wonderful husband got me a great set of knitting needles and two knitting books for Christmas and my birthday so I'm ready to go! I love having books but I also use YouTube to learn different skills. I have found New Stitch a Day, The Crochet Crowd, and GoodKnit Kisses to be helpful and have a good variety of videos in both knitting and crochet. GoodKnit Kisses even does videos on loom knitting too if you're interested in doing that. The other resource I use is Ravelry. They have thousands of patterns you can search and many are free which is amazing!

Literally the first thing I've ever knit. It's just a sample where I practiced the knit and purl stitch. It's UGLY but it's a start!

I wanted to share this slice of my life because I will be sharing more crafty goodness as my blog grows. I actually have crafty goals I set for myself and can't wait to share more with you as I achieve my goals this year. 

1. Finish Russell's Cross Stitch -- 2. Learn to Knit -- 3. Redesign my blog.

What are your favorite crafts to do? Have you always been crafty or was it something you grew into? If you checked out New Stitch a Day or Crochet Crowd you'll see they are both done by men. Are there any guys out there who have a crafty hobby?

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