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The Crafting Journey of Wednesday Elf

Updated on November 1, 2014
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Let Me 'Spin You a Yarn' About My Crafting Adventures

My hobby of choice is fiber crafting and has been since I was a youngster. My crafting journey has led me through the field of fiber arts in many different areas. As I child I began with embroidery. I also learned the basics of knitting and enough about sewing to sew simple things, but never became an expert. As the years went by, my primary focus became working with yarn.

*Images on this page are (c) Wednesday-Elf, unless otherwise noted.

Daughter Kim Modeling Raggedy Ann Dress
Daughter Kim Modeling Raggedy Ann Dress

Sewing - The First Hobby of my Fiber Arts Journey

My wonderful grandmother, who was an expert seamstress and quilter, taught me to sew. She made most of our clothes when we were children, but I never acquired sewing skills even close to hers. I did manage to make quite a few simple dresses and such for myself, and later dozens of outfits for my children when they were very small.

The summer before my daughter started kindergarten, I found a bunch of one yard/one-half yard pieces of fabric on sale (it doesn't take a lot of fabric for a tiny 5-year-old) and she was the 'best-dressed' little girl in school, with about 3 dozen outfits to choose from. Since I ended up with 2 boys and only one girl, it was great fun sewing for her.

The sewn outfit I was proudest of was a dress with pinafore decorated with a Raggedy Ann applique (shown in this picture of Kimberly when she was 6), as well as a duplicate dress for her 6-year-old cousin I made for them for Christmas. I saved that dress for years, hoping to pass it on to a granddaughter, but I ended up with 5 grandsons instead. :-)

Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,

The days pass quickly when I am sewing.

~Author Unknown

You, Too, Can Learn to Sew

If you don't have a talented grandmother or other relative to teach you to sew, a beginner's guide to the basics of sewing can be a tremendous help. To begin learning the art of sewing, start with the basics.

Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide with 25 Fabulous Original Designs, Including 10 Patterns
Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide with 25 Fabulous Original Designs, Including 10 Patterns

Written in the language of today's craters, this hold-your-hand beginners sewing guide teaches you everything you need to know from winding a bobbin to sewing a dart to customizing a pattern. Currently in the top 10 in beginner sewing books.

 

First Step to Sewing.... - You Need a Sewing Machine

My sewing machine is a Brother I have had for more than 40 years. This new model has so much more than my old 'basic' sewing machine, and is currently on a terrific sale!

Brother cs6000i 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Wide Table
Brother cs6000i 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Wide Table

It comes with a 60-stitch computerized free-arm sewing machine with LCD display, plus 7 styles of 1-step auto-sizing buttonholes. It also has 1-touch start/stop and reverse functions and snap-on presser feet; with a wide table accessory for larger projects such as quilts.

 

Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again.

--Dorothy Day

Knitting Needles and Yarn
Knitting Needles and Yarn

Knit One, Purl Two

My knitting adventures began with one project, a simple scarf in very easy garter stitch, which I made for my Uncle for Christmas the year I was 12. Years later, while expecting my second child, I took up knitting again, following a beginners pattern for slippers.

Well, that wasn't so hard, so I decided to try a baby sweater. I began it while expecting my daughter... and finished it nearly five years later when my son was born. The difficulty came from working on something so tiny, and doing it left-handed. That's when I decided knitting clothes was not for me, because the necessity of having to 'reverse' all the pattern instructions, row by row, for a left-handed knitter to end up with the correct right & left sides, was much too complicated and time-consuming!

If You Want to Learn to Knit... - Begin with an Easy Guide

The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting: Learn to Knit with more than 30 Cool, Easy Patterns (Chicks with Sticks (Paperback))
The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting: Learn to Knit with more than 30 Cool, Easy Patterns (Chicks with Sticks (Paperback))

With simple step-by-step instructions, this book is the complete guide to starting and enjoying this fun, rewarding hobby.

 

And Knitting Needles are a Necessity...

Crocket Hook and Yarn
Crocket Hook and Yarn

How I Learned to Crochet...

My Fiber Arts Hobby Interests are Changing...

Along about my early 30's, I became quite interested in learning to Crochet. I read 'how-to' books and studied patterns, and tried & tried, but it just wouldn't make sense in my mind. I had 3 different expert crocheters try to show me, but they weren't able to 'slow down' enough for me to really SEE what they were doing. They were also all right-handed, and for me to try to 'think in reverse' became really frustrating.

My neighbor and I were considering taking a crochet class when she came over one night, all excited. She was carrying a ball of yarn and a crochet hook and said, "Look, I just 'Got' It!". We plopped down in the middle of the living room rug so she could 'show off' what she'd learned. Being brand new to the art of crochet, she was working 'verrry slooow' and was also sitting opposite me - which to "left-handed Me" was like looking in a mirror, so I saw what she was doing 'left-handed'. All of a sudden, it just "clicked"; everything I'd tried to learn about crochet now just made perfect sense.... and I haven't looked back since.

Kitty In 'Jammies'
Kitty In 'Jammies'

Crocheted 'Critters'

Perhaps because I had small children at the time, my interest in crochet crafting turned toward cute plush animals and toys. For the next several years, I crocheted dozens for my children, and for gifts for family and friends.

Eventually the products of my creative endeavors began to fill up and spill over the space allocated for completed projects. The next step was to see who else might be interested in my little "critters". I began to participate in a few local craft fairs, and sold a few. That was very exciting; an affirmation that my skills had become good enough that people actually wanted to buy what I made, and customers' lovely compliments on my creations were wonderful for my confidence!

Sunny Yellow Baby Teddy Bear
Sunny Yellow Baby Teddy Bear

My Crochet Journey Led Me to ETSY

Now I am Coastal Crochet Crafts online...

Six years ago, I discovered Etsy, a site for "All Things Handmade", and opened an Etsy Shop. It was a tremendous learning experience when you factor in all the 'how-to's' of listing, uploading pictures to a web site, pricing, promoting.....

My very first listing in my 'new' crochet shop was a Baby Teddy Bear like this one I called Sunny Yellow Baby Bear

The most fascinating thing about crocheting for sale is all the 'creative ideas' that keep popping into my head. I now have to keep a notebook to list my ideas so I don't forget what I want to try next!

If you'd like to Journey with me to my Land of Crochet, your 'journey' can begin here at Coastal Crochet Crafts.

My Etsy Shop Banner

Learn to Crochet...

Easy to follow 'Go-To-Guide' in a simple format that is concise with two-page lessons which show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review.

Etsy.... and You!

If you are a creative crafter, in fiber arts or other crafts, who would like to open your own Etsy Shop, check out this quick summary about How to Sell on Etsy

If you have any questions about selling on Etsy, or would like to have a referral, just drop me a line through my profile page here on HubPages.

Links to a Few Yarn Sites

The most well-known companies for Yarn all have internet websites where you can not only purchase yarn, but also download many free patterns:

*Lion Brand Yarn

*Bernat

*Red Heart Yarn

*Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarns.

Any of the above yarns, and many others, can be found in many places through an online search, and are also available in local outlets, such as Michaels and Hobby Lobby, along with a wide variety of crochet hooks, knitting needles and other accessories needed for your fiber arts crafting.

Garden Produce Coasters
Garden Produce Coasters

My Newest Craft

Plastic Canvas Creations

I'm enjoying my crochet more than ever, but hobbies have a way of evolving and you never stop learning. My latest interest in the fiber arts crafting field is for needlework on plastic canvas. It's a very satisfying craft, watching a picture take form as you create.

These Garden Produce Coasters were created using plastic canvas and needlepoint stitches in yarn to form the design of a bushel basket and a set of coasters shaped like four different vegetables (Eggplant, Tomato, Green Pepper and Pumpkin). The shapes are cut out of the sheets of plastic canvas according to the directions in the pattern. The basket pieces were sewn together after finishing all the needlepoint stitches, followed by overcasting all edges in yarn.

Plastic Canvas Crafting

If you would like to try this craft, here is "How-To Stitch in Plastic Canvas", from WikiHow

A Few of My Crafty Creations... - Available in my Etsy Shop - Click on a Picture to See a Larger View

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Roly-Poly Crocheted CowCow and Cowhide Coaster SetZippy the Plush zebraTropical Fish CoastersBaby DinosaurBetty Boop CoastersBaby OctopusRoly-Poly PenguinPink Cat
Roly-Poly Crocheted Cow
Roly-Poly Crocheted Cow
Cow and Cowhide Coaster Set
Cow and Cowhide Coaster Set
Zippy the Plush zebra
Zippy the Plush zebra
Tropical Fish Coasters
Tropical Fish Coasters
Baby Dinosaur
Baby Dinosaur
Betty Boop Coasters
Betty Boop Coasters
Baby Octopus
Baby Octopus
Roly-Poly Penguin
Roly-Poly Penguin
Pink Cat
Pink Cat

Craft is the handprint of all culture.

-Anonymous

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks for your visit, Loraine. I mainly crochet these days, but have tried bits and pieces of just about all crafts over the years.

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      Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I love your little crocheted critters. I can sew and crochet, but never learned to knit. And although I really enjoy crafting, I've never tried the plastic canvas projects.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I agree it is fun to 'create' for girls. I only had the one daughter, and two sons.... and now have 5 grandsons, so no chance to continue making 'girly' things for family. :)

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      BuckHawkcenter 2 years ago

      Fiber arts are one of my favorites as well. Although only my quilting has won me awards, I have loved crochet, knitting and needlepoint since a child. And since I have 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters (no boys at all in the mix!) I have had the fun of making them many charming outfits. BTW: Kim looks adorable in her special outfit for school!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks, Mouse. I guess I just enjoy all crafting has to offer. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      You are simply a multi-talented Elf! I love that you saw, knit and crochet, please are an expert in plastic canvas. I loved the little outfit you made for your daughter. Simply adorable!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks for the sweet visit Barbara (Brite-Ideas). All you need to do is get your kids all grown and then retire (like me) to find time to add crafting to an already busy schedule. :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      you are so talented! love your Thanksgiving basket of coasters - one of these days I'll end up crocheting again (with all these pages to help me) and maybe cooking again with all the recipes I find here, lol! - then I'll never build another webpage cause I'll be too busy - hope to one day get to that point!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love meeting fellow crafters! How nice of you to visit. Thanks for the warm welcome to HP. I think I've found a home! :)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Welcome to hubpages from a fellow crafter. I found you via Billybuc. I look forward to reading many more of your articles.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Very enjoyable to see the evolution of your creative journey. Everything you make is exquisite. I first learned to knit and sew in my 4-H club (when I was about 10). Would like to return to knitting and sewing. Never learned to crochet (yet). My grandmother was very big into crocheting. She made some lovely afghans.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      My best form of needlework is counted cross stitch. You have a really neat niche here. Great lens.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I am returning to bless this lens. Another well crafted ... craft lens. I loved every minute I spent here ... again! Thank you!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I am not a needlework person, even though both my mother and mother-in-law were. I'd rather express myself in writing and photography. Too bad you don't live close enough so I can give you my mom's two barrels of yarn. I've been saving it just in case I ever get the desire to try again to learn to knit. Couldn't learn either the American or European way. It's a thing about having to count stitches, follow patterns and pay attention to detail, I guess. I love your teddy bears. My mom made one for each of her grandchildren and they loved them. Your caterpillar is cute, too.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      Love crafts - papercrafts are my absolute fave: card making, origami, paper folding and cutting. I collect different papers to use too. Can't imagine a life not being crafty :)

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      One thing does lead to another, doesn't it? I've been through quite a few crafts in my days, but I've settled on quilting. My daughter knits - something she picked up on her own, because I never did much of it. I love seeing your crocheted critters. They're so cute!

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      Barbara2659 5 years ago

      I am addicted to yarn, cannot enter a hobby store without at least looking at it. I have 8 tubs of yarn in my laundry room and have decided I need to make something from each piece of it before I buy more...of course this won't work because as soon as one tub looks "low" i go buy more anyway!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Such a beautiful lens , I enjoyed reading about your artistic journey :) *blessed

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful to read about your fiber crafting journey. You sure are good at it and your work is amazing. Blessings as you continue your journey into the New Year! :)

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      Very nice crochet work. If you ever need about a mile of straight chains, let me know. Ha Ha ha . That is about as far as I got with crochet. Once, me and my granddaughter started at opposite ends of a skein of yarn and worked our way to the center when we were on a car trip. Enjoyed your lens and best of luck with your Etsy Store and Squidoo. ~Blessed~

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      Christine Larsen 5 years ago from South Australia

      That caterpillar is SO comical - and cute - and cuddly-looking. Great stuff, Pat.

      Christine

      PS security word - authentic - well-ll-ll, yes-s-s - absolutely!

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      Craftyville 5 years ago

      I love knitting and sewing. Lately I've been obsessed with glitter foam so many cute things to make, if only there were more hours in the day.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      You're very talented. I'm not very good at knitting but I do try from time to time.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I'm left handed and like you, it was sitting across from someone that finally worked. I'm not good at reading patterns but I love to crochet.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I love to knit and do crafting but do not have time right now. I have knitted 27 sweaters through the years and got into wool felting and made hats and purses. SInce you are an avid knitter, you may be interested in visiting The Joy of Wool Felting. Thanks for sharing. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! I enjoyed reading about your crafting journey. I was that way with knitting - I thought I would never get it!

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      maplesyrup59 6 years ago

      As you well know, I love crafts, especially knitting a sewing. I had intended on attending the Vogue Knitting Fair in New York last month with a co-worker but instead she went alone. I had hoped to write a lens about it but that will have to wait until next year when I hope to participate. My friend said that the fair was somewhat disorganized, maybe because it is something new, not sure, but she also said that she learned a few new knitting techniques which is a good thing.

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      You are very talented!!

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      I love all the crafts but haven't spent the time to do any of them. I have unfinished quilts in the dining room, unfinished knitted wash cloths. I have unfinished Christmas ornaments in the family room and in general, look at my projects and think I need to get them done. After reading through this lens, I feel the need to get started and at least finish what I have so I can go look at the yarn links and start a new project. Good job on this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Just stopped by, been looking for one of your lenses that I haven't visited yet. Thought I would say hi anyway, so you know I'm thinking of you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My Mom used to knit, crochet, sew, embroider and always had several projects going. I went in other creative directions but I still love those hand made items and admire the artistry.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      You no about my crocheting talents (or lack thereof). The plastic canvas creations look interesting though...

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      Love your project pics :)

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      This is very nice. Lensrolling to my sock knitting lens. Nope, I can't crochet yet, but am determined to learn. I want to make bags and purses. Too busy with fabric journals at the moment though.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      I learned to knit in 5th grade during an indoor recess from my teacher. I knit off and on for years, with high points of finishing my first sweater my senior year of high school, and then finally finishing my first afghan (after 4+ years working on it) just after college. I then discovered that I love to design and share patterns and write about the knitting process. I have also picked up dyeing yarn, and have interest in learning to spin someday (because of the amazing colorways you can create).

      I still need to learn to crochet. I can do a basic border (and chain, of course), but making something more than 1 row hasn't come naturally. I think for crochet I need to keep the tension MUCH looser than I do in knitting for a similar effect. I really enjoyed this lens, and am thinking about attempting crocheting again :)

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Sewing is an important skill, but there seems to be less interest in it these days. I don't crochet but I sure admire people who do!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      You are so multi-talented! I actually knitted before I learned to crochet too. I managed to make two knitted sweaters in my lifetime:) I have heard that whichever one you do first, it is the the one you will prefer, but that is not true for me. I learned how to crochet years after I learned to knit and I actually prefer crocheting. I love all of your beautiful ETSY items! Most Excellent!

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      I love those moments when we "get it" like you did with Crocheting. The timing is right and our minds grasp that something we want to understand. It's good to read stories of other crafters and how we all progress through stages. I sew some, but the fiber artist in our family is our daughter who has taught herself how to knit and tat.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      I like all tips of crats. In the last time I am felting. Great lens.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      It figures you are a lefty, too! Great story of your hobby, life, and love. From a fellow lefty, left thumb up.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Thank you, I finally found a fellow "knitwit." Wonderful lens.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      * SquidAngel Blessings * for a lovely page!

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      I was never successful at learning how to knit or crochet, but I loved needlepoint! Now it is glass crafts. I loved your lens and all of your finished pieces. Beautiful!

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      howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

      Great lens! I just took a Textiles Fundamentals class at school, and I learned a lot about fibers and crafting! Knitting is a lot of fun... I love making my own clothes and accessories!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I tried to vote for crocheting but I kept getting bumped off. I started crocheting a few years ago. I still sew but I prefer my crochet hook. It's been years since I've done cross stitch.

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      I just started crocheting again after 20 years, great information here!

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      TriviaChamp 6 years ago

      I really like a lot of the critters that you have done.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Well, my dear ... YOU can spin me a yarn any day! Squidly hugs.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Just popping back in this great lens to thank you for blessing my Pendleton Farmers Market Lens. You and your yarn spinning will sure be missed at next year's market.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I've just taken up knitting again after years not doing it. Why did I ever stop? I love the memories in your lens.Thanks!

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      I did some crocheting and knitting years ago, I can understand why you love it. Sewing is another animal though. I WISH I could sew, but I never had the patience to learn.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I love all the fiber arts, although I'm better at sewing and free embroidery than knit or crochet. I've recently started to make little crochet toys for my granddaughter along with some knit clothes. I am so happy my mother taught me to sew when I was 8 years old!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I have done most of the crafts you have over the years, but as i get older I've gotten away from those types of crafts and I'm concentrating on my photography, both taking the photos and presenting them. Love you crochet animals very cute..

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I have done most of the crafts you have over the years, but as i get older I've gotten away from those types of crafts and I'm concentrating on my photography, both taking the photos and presenting them. Love you crochet animals very cute..

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was lucky to have been taught crochet by my mother but not knitting so I am practicing now as I also enjoy creating things like you. I enjoyed reading your yarns.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      This is a superb lens on a great topic. Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      I have been thinking about selling on Etsy for quite a while now. I have two bags of knitting and crocheting packed away for just that purpose. I will definitely keep you in mind when I find the time to do it - that is my biggest problem- because I do want to speak with someone who has experience there.

      Your crocheted critters are soooo cute! I have never attempted knitting a sweater, I can't follow a pattern. And maybe your great-grandchildren will be girls - that dress is adorable. (I dislike sewing). Wonderful lens, thanks for the lensroll.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Very cute toys. I too have been a crafty person since a very young age. I love knitting the most but have enjoyed all the other crafts too. My daughter is left handed and had the same problems as you trying to learn from me. Finally someone did suggest that she sit opposite from me and she did fine then. 5*s and favorite for this lens. SUPER!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderfully crafted lens. Your crochet critters are too cute. I was crafty as a teenager and young adult but I did more sewing than knitting or crocheting. I bought some yarn to knit scarfs about a year ago...oh, dear! Really enjoyed learning about your crochet hobby! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I use to do all of these crafts when I was a teenager, but feel away from it. However, my sister is really into crafts and she is very talented. Thanks for the lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Your little crochet critters are just adorable. Love the title you chose too! Very clever! You know I never really thought about a left handed person having to convert the patterns to knit. Looks like crochet was where you were meant to shine anyway. Great lens!

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Your crocheted critter are adorable! :) Great creative lens. :) 5*

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      Luv this lens. Thanks for sharing your love for fiber arts with us. I've been looking in to plastic canvas..maybe I'll have to give it a go.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @encouragingwords: Thanks so much for the lensroll, NaturalMindset. I love crafting quotes too and have lensrolled you back to this lens.

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      encouragingwords 7 years ago

      Love creative lenses; 5 stars and lensrolled on Sew Many Sewing and Knitting Sentiments.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      I loved reading about how you became interested in fiber crafts and how you moved from sewing to knitting to crochet. Excellent lens!

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      Mahogany LM 7 years ago

      I wish I knew how to sew... being able to express things through clothing design is something I admire folks who can for. Great lens - maybe I'll order that book :).

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      amyrussell 7 years ago

      Excellent lens, I wish I was good at knitting and or crochet!

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I've never had a knack for knitting, sewing or crocheting, though I've tried all of the above a number of times. I don't know if it's a lack of patience or no natural talent (or both, more like), but I sure admire those who are not only good at it but have the stick-to-it-iveness to complete a project. I can barely even sew on a button.

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Thanks for sharing. Your critters are too cute. :D

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      I love to crichet & sew art quilts!

      What a fun lens!

      Blessed!

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      This is a very nice lens. I lensrolled it back to my "baby bootees" lens and I'll feature it in this lens,too, if you don't mind.

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      These are soooo cute! :) I'm envy! I can't do that! LOL Maybe some day in the future.... When I'm old and gray.... :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @poptastic: You're so sweet, arncyn. Thanks so much for the lovely compliments and the special 'blessing'.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I enjoyed reading your fiber arts journey story (love the title!) - you sew & crochet so well, I can only hope I can learn to knit that well too in the future (my adventures in knitting had only just begun)! I also thought it was cute that you held on to your daughter's dress, only to find out that you'll be blessed with grandsons instead! *blessed*

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting. I am very limited in these yarn skills. I can knit scarfs and crochet beanies. It used to be my winter hobby until Squidoo took over!

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      VSP 7 years ago

      Crochet is something I hope to get back to when I finish the quilt squares I need to do.

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      Addy Bell 7 years ago

      I generally lack the patience for fiber arts, but even that made me the first woman in my maternal line not to fail sewing in home ec :) I really admire people who have the patience to sew and knit.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @mistyriver: Thank you, mistyriver. Glad you enjoyed this lens. Let me know if I can answer any questions about opening a shop on Etsy. If you join and want to join a 'team', we have a fun one I belong to called 'EtsyHookers' .... we all 'crochet' :).

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      mistyriver 7 years ago

      I love to crochet! Thank you for the info on selling on Etsy.com, it is something I am very interested in. Very nice lens!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I like your personal story and your creations are adorable!

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you for knitting all the pieces together. My grandmothers also taught me to knit and sew. What cute creatures you crochet.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Very nicely crafted lens. I like how you showcase your creations! Really a great lens!

      5 stars from me :)

      Dom.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love your yarns about crafting with yarn! I especially love your Crocheted Critters. I've never mastered the art of crochet although I used to knit (I'm right handed so I didn't have your problem!)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love to crochet. Great lens about fiber arts. 5* and lensroll to my How to crochet lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love to crochet. Great lens about fiber arts. 5* and lensroll to my How to crochet lens.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Oh I used to have such fun with plastic canvas! It might be time to try that again with 7 year old granddaughter! I have enjoyed crochet and knitting and cross stitch over the years, but never became an expert at any one - I just enjoyed. Your creations are lovely!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I really admire your talent and what you can do with yarn. Your crocheted critters are precious and I love the South Carolina Coaster you did for me using the Plastic Canvas. Your talents have spilled over to lenscrafting and this one is very good.

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      Kylyssa Shay 7 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Thank you for sharing your crafting yarns!