The Mad-Crafter!!

The holidays are once again upon us. It is this wonderful time of year that Family comes together to celebrate each other and gorge themselves on tons of food, but let’s not forget the gifts. Along with the wonders of the fall and winter season are just as many horrible side-effects. Such as the couple of pounds added to our waistlines (No one is immune to it), and especially the “Mad-Crafter” syndrome. This is much like the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, except with lots more papers/scissors/yarns/fabrics and any other crafty supplies.

The Mad-Crafter is a state of mind in which a crafty guy or girl feels the need to Craft All The Things!! This state is most common around the end of year holidays.

As an admittedly Mad-Crafter, I have compiled a list of things which I wish to make for my closet family and friends. I think I should make it clear that, only one object per person would make my list around 30+ projects. . . not to mention the multitude of things I am dieing to whip up for myself. From how much time I have to craft and how long it takes me per item, I looks like this gifts won’t see the light of day until Christmas 2020.

Although I can’t share all of my secrets with you  (mostly because a lot of my readers are gift recipients). I  will let you in on a few gift’s on my to-do  list for the next holiday.

For my niece I am planing on crocheting up an adorable doll by Loops & Threads (which is the store brand for Michaels craft store) but I think I will change to colors so it is not strictly a Christmas toy. This is a free pattern at the Michaels Website.

Of course for my wonderful fiance I am still attempting the socks but I have come a great ways since first starting and I think I could actually make them before the end of the year (yeah right how am I fooling?).

P.S. Remember the sweaters worth of yarn I eluded to a few posts ago? Well its here and I am so excited to start on my first adult garment ( which of course will be for me, mostly because I would hate to mess up horribly an expect some else to have to wear a disastrous sweater Just because I want it).

11 skeins of beautiful green.  For this sweater pattern found at Knit Picks.

Wish me luck to keep my cool this month! What are your crafty plans for the holiday season?

Keep Calm and Crochet on!

I Love Yarn Day

October 12th 2012, is “I Love Yarn Day”! What are you going to do to celebrate Yarn Day? The Craft Yarn Council has a website dedicated to I♥YD (I Love Yarn Day). Also the editor of Crochet Today mentioned it in her opening letter of the Sept/Oct 2012 issue. There are many ways to celebrate Yarn Day (most of which are posted at the craft council website). Some of the ideas for I♥YD include. . .

I Love Yarn Day Oct. 14, 2011

Create an I Love Day Yarn badge: Patterns for Badges are on CYC (Craft Yarn Council)

Teach someone to knit or crochetWith the popularity of Yarn craft increasing lately will be an easy job to help someone who is just starting out, or to teach a new enthusiast of Yarn how to knit or crochet.

Do something for charity: There are many charities available to anyone who would like to donate their time or a crafted item, Warm Up America is associated with ILY day through the CYC. Also the Linus Project is another great charity making blankets for children. Most churches often have charity groups who make blankets for the homeless, or baby hats and clothes for hospitals. Check out your local area charities to get involved.

Wear a knitted or crocheted item: Anything could be worn if you try hard enough. Low on time? Why not make a quick chain bracelet, ring, or headband to show your love for yarn.

Give a gift of yarn:  Do you have friends or relatives that love yarn too? Why not give them a new yarn, maybe something you know they have been wanting to buy or try out themselves. How about a novelty yarn just for fun, or maybe a lovely luxury yarn for something special. For the Non-Yarnies in your life why not make something special for them just to remind them you care.

Take your yarn to work day: Incorporating Yarn into your working area is easy. If your boss will allow it, decorate your work space with some adorable crochet flowers or Yarn covered office organizers. I love to bring my crochet projects to work, so I can work on them during my lunch hour (I feel productive and relaxed when I get back from my break because of my crafting time).

Pen and Pencil Holders Office Supplies Crochet Set of Two Cans Upcycled Tin Can Unisex

Have a Yarn-A-Bration: Get some friends together and craft, or maybe do a yarn-swap! By bringing your old unwanted yarns together their maybe someone who needs/wants just what you got and you can pick something new for yourself. Don’t for get the snacks, drinks, and good music!

Knit, crochet and craft in public: No matter if your out to lunch, waiting in line, at the doctors office, or at the park; bring your yarn with you! Don’t be shy everyone who is looking at you is thinking just how amazing you are, because you are able to make something great out of a bit of fiber! I bet you will get many people interested in Yarn Crafting too, we are not in a super secret club, anyone can join! Also if you are the brave one to start crafting Out Loud first, then you won’t be alone for long.

Tweet it, Tag it, Like it, Share It, Pin it: This is self explanatory, use your favorite social media sites and post LOTS of stuff about Yarn Day or yarn related things!!

Go to your LYS: Knitmap is a great place to find out about your Local Yarn Shops (LYS). I found that it is much simplier then trying to hassel with google search results. Many LYS in my area include; StitchWorm, The Flying Needles, Tampa UpCycle, Knit N Knibble, Fiber Art Inc, and Uncommon Threads.

Join a Fiber Social Media site: There are many sites to join that are yarn friendly or fiber based such as; Ravelry, Crochet Spot, Crochet Me, or Crochetville. Join one today and “hook-up” with other Yarnies.

Have a Happy Yarn Day!

Happy Hooking!

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