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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Knitting -- Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: I was sent these books to review free of charge from Quarto Books USA. All opinions in this post are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review. I am including links to each item for your convenience but do not receive anything if you purchase them.

This week flew by and somehow I ended up very behind this weekend. So Crafty Weekends is starting later than usual. Though I am thinking it might be a better time since I have noticed people getting confused by Sharing Saturday and Crafty Weekends. What do you think? I would love to hear. This week we have been very busy crafting and decorating for Hazel's Wild Kratts themed birthday party which was today (and thus why I didn't pull it together to write the post before now). With many things to share about the party I thought I would give you a preview with this picture.

I am rather proud of my paper pom pom monkey head. As Hazel's party grew closer Hazel ended up staying home sick for two days. I took her to the doctor's office the first day to ensure she would be better for the party (after all we had ten of her friends coming this year). Luckily the antibiotics helped get rid of the fever and worst of the symptoms so she was able to have the party. On the second day she started getting her energy back and wanted to be entertained. We pulled out Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Knitting by Mary Scott Huff. 

http://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781589238695/Creative-Kids-Complete-Photo-Guide-to-Knitting.html

This book has instructions with many pictures for kids to learn different techniques in knitting. It is also full of fun and relatively simple projects for them to try making and practice mastering the skills. Hazel's reading level was not quite there to be able to do it on her own and I had some things I had to do before I could devote enough time to really help her on Friday, so we have not gotten a project done (or even completely casted on). However the first project is a friendship bracelet.
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The thin one is just a few rows of knitting and is perfect for a beginner to really get the hang of the actual movements involved. (I should say that technically this is the second project since the first is making one's own knitting needles!)
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The fun projects include a scarf, a cowl, a hat, a dog's sweater, a bow tie, a bag, coasters, slippers, a washcloth, kitty ears (headband), a pencil roll, and stuffed microbes. Each project helps build knowledge and various techniques and some include felting!


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Now that the party is over I am hoping I can find some time to really sit down with Hazel to explore this book and teach her to knit. Since I did not have time on Friday, she ended up doing some finger knitting





Thank you to everyone who shared with us at last week's party!! It was a small party and included many best of posts with the new year, and there were still some great crafts shared!  

 Be sure to check them all out!! Also remember for your child-oriented crafts, activities, lessons, etc. Sharing Saturday is going on!! Here is a sampling from last week's party!


1) From Purple Hues and Me: A Crafting Year in Review-2015-It's All About Recycled and Repurposed

2) From  Mini Monets and Mommies: Glitter Handprint Art for Kids

3) From Creative Khadija: Recap of the Year 2015

4) From Tools to Grow: Fluffy Polar Bear Tactile Craft

5) From JoyJonne Hooks: Best of 2015

6) From Wesens-Art: Vinyl Record Clock


 
Thank you to everyone who shared the last week!! I hope you will share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. I would love the help spreading the word about Crafty Weekends!!




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 Please share family friendly crafts here. Just crafts and/or patterns--no recipes, lessons, etc. You can share craft product reviews as well. By linking up here you are giving me permission to share your links and to pin your links. Please follow my Crafty Weekends Feature Pinterest Board to see all the features from these fun link parties!