Amanda Sue Howell

Knit (or Crochet) for a Cause: Day 14 of Fiber Crafts

Have you ever wanted to make more of a difference in the world? Are you pretty good with a hook or needles? If the answer to both questions is a resounding “YES”, then let me ask one more question. Have you heard of Knit for Kids?

Run by World Vision, Knit for Kids is a program that allows knitters & crocheters to fight poverty with the tools of their trade. It involved 3 simple steps.

  1. Download a pattern. You can use one of your own choosing, but they prefer that you use one of theirs. (They are free.)
  2. Knit (or crochet) a sweater, cap, or blanket.
  3. Mail it in.

It’s really that simple. Your hard work will go towards making one more child warm on a cold winter’s night.

I’m not affiliated or working for World Vision in any way shape or form, nor was I compensated. I just truly believe in this program. You are not required to sponsor a child to participate in this program.

Do you know of any other nifty programs that allow you to crochet/knit/sew/whatever for a cause? I’d love to hear about them!

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❀)

Chocolate & Gold Cowl: Day 13 of Fiber Crafting

I finished a project!!! (And there was much rejoicing…yaaaaaaay.) This weekends challenge was to learn something new. I started off trying a new pattern for a washcloth. It creates the most gorgeous texture…but I ran into a problem. Try as I might, I couldn’t get it to make nice & neat rows. After the umpteenth try, I moved on to a new pattern, because I knew if I didn’t I’d never finish! I posted about my attempts on Facebook, and 2 friends took a look at the pattern for me. As it turns out, I was doing the last step of the row incorrectly. Oops! Lesson learned.

So the next thing I tried was a Lion Brand pattern for a cowl. I’ve never crocheted in the round, and I’ve never done a pattern that instructed you not to turn at the end of the row. 2 new things!

It took me a while, because the baby is teething again and he wants lots of snuggles. Plus I kept losing count..and then I’d correct course, only for one of the kids to come ask a question, and I’d get derailed again. I’m hoping that with experience comes the ability to crochet through potential distractions!

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Not my best photo, but I hope you can tell the cowl is gorgeous!

I absolutely adore the little gold threads in this yarn! I used Caron Simply Soft Party in Chocolate Sparkle, in case you’re interested. Normally I’m a silver sort of girl, but the gold just enhanced the brown beautifully. I want to make another one, but doubled so that I can wear it hooded.

How’d your weekend challenge go? Did you make something new, or learn a new skill? Tell me all about it!

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❀)

Quilt Inspiration: Day 12 of Fiber Crafts

Alright, our weekend challenge is still running…how are you doing? Anything new? I haven’t yet…it’s been a busy weekend, and my husband had CPR class today..he’s normally off on Saturdays. Tomorrow, tomorrow!

Today I just want to give you some eye candy. I like to keep weekend posts brief…we all have things to do on the weekends. πŸ™‚

I love the colors and the circles. Very graphic!

 

Speaking of curves…check out this quilt! Seems Seussical somehow. πŸ™‚

 

Lavender Fields Quilt - Murgelchen
My Mom would love this one…lavender fields in France!

 

Stained Glass Quilt - Ian Mutton
Very stained glass looking!

 

And for some geeky fun, I give you this page to go look at: Quilts For Geeks

Any quilts you’ve ever made? Any favorite patterns? Favorite quilt sites? Talk to me in the comments below! πŸ™‚

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❀)

Colors & Circles | Photo credit: ‘Playingwithbrushes’ / Foter / CC BY

Seussical Quilt | Photo credit: DanaK~WaterPenny / Foter / CC BY

Lavender Fields | Photo credit: Murgelchen94 / Foter / CC BY-ND

Stained Glass | Photo credit: Ian Muttoo / Foter / CC BY-SA

Hot Mama in (High) Heels

Here’s a second quick post for you. Today I’m absolutely privileged to be helping launch my 3rd co-authored book this year! πŸ™‚ This one is called Hot Mama in (High) Heels, and it was compiled an associate of mine, Christine Marmoy.

I got to write about being quirky, and unique (read “awesome”) in your business! Here’s my video for the project:

 

Interested? Go learn more on our official website!

Oh for the next 24 hours, anyone who buys this book, and forwards a receipt to me, will get a free seat in my 30 Days of Creative Abandon course!

Weekend Challenge | Day 11 of Fiber Crafting

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Okay I’m keeping this one short & sweet. I’m also posting it nice & early so you have plenty of time to get going on this.

All I want you to do? Pick something you’ve never done before, and do it this weekend. There are just a few rules to this challenge:

  • It has to fall within the parameters of fiber crafting (as discussed in a previous post).
  • I want you to take a picture of where you are. It doesn’t have to be a good picture…just a quick phone-camera shot will do. Just something that shows off your awesomeness.

Beyond that, you may choose how to interpret this challenge. It can be a new material, a new stitch, a new pattern, a new skill…so long as it meets the above requirements.

Bonus points if you share the pictures! Oh and if you complete one project, you are absolutely allowed to pick up another one, so long as it’s one that’s been previously started. If you are absolutely out of half-started fiber crafting projects, you may start a new one. πŸ™‚

Please comment below, and let me know what you’ll be working on this weekend! I love hearing from you. πŸ™‚

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❀)

Crafty Genius: NerdyKnitting

Today I want to introduce you to YouTube user “NerdyKnitting”. She’s only done a few patterns, but here’s to hoping she’ll put out some more!

The video I’m including is her tutorial on knitting Spock from Star Trek. She’s also done a tutorial for making Captain Jack from Pirates of the Caribbean, Loki from Thor & The Avengers, and Superman.

Go swing by, peek at her videos, drop her some love and let her know we want more! πŸ™‚

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❀)