Author: Sakeenah

Want to use up scrap yarn? Make a scrapghan for your kids' dolls. Make a mtaching blanket when you crochet a blanket for a child. Read more on Sakeenah.com 14

Stashbusting Idea: Crochet a Scrapghan for Dolls

In a stashbusting mood and need some ideas to use up all that scrap yarn? There are tons of ways to use up that extra yarn, but I’d like to share with you a quick and fun project that my youngest son really appreciated: Make a scrap blanket for your kid’s stuffed toys. This works up fast and is nice therapeutic mindless crochet. You can even use a doll scrapghan as an excuse to try out a new stitch or technique. After hoarding collecting all my yarn scraps over time, I came across this great idea on Fresh Stitches to...

Green your laundry: Make your own wool dryer balls with this tutorial. Dryer balls reduce drying time, saving evergy and money. They are also a great natural fabric softener, perfect for sensitive skin! 14

Green Laundry Tip: Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls

Have you heard of wool dryer balls yet? They are a safe and healthier alternative to fabric softener with an added benefit: they absorb moisture, reducing the drying time of your clothes, saving time and money! What’s best is they are easy to make yourself on the cheap. Do wool dryer balls really work? Yup, they sure do! For years I avoided store-bought fabric softener because my sensitive nose and skin couldn’t handle it. I was also worried about the toxic chemicals in fabric softener coating our clothing and getting into the water system. I used white vinegar in the...

Get to know knitwear desginer Rahymah UmmNoura in this interview. Read on Sakeenah.com #knit #knitting 14

Interview with Knitwear Designer Rahymah UmmNoura

  It’s a pleasure to present an interview with knitwear designer Rahymah UmmNoura of Rahymah Handworks. Rahymah’s designs are stunning and I really admire them, mashaallah. Rahymah’s most recent design, La Pasionaria, is an elegant beaded cardigan that is a beauty to behold. I’ll let the picture speak for itself. Grab a cup of tea and let’s get to know Rahymah. How did you first learn to knit? When I was a small child, my grandmother taught me the basics (after I got on her nerves begging her to do so). I felt like I was struggling a lot with...

Over 50 Websites to Get Free & Original Knitting Patterns! 8

Over 50 Websites to Get Free Knitting Patterns

Listed in alphabetical order, here is a list of over 50 sites that offer free knitting patterns. All links are to sites that offer original knitting patterns, not copied collections from other places. Whether you are looking for free knitting patterns for beginners, instructions on how to knit or free patterns for knitting stitches, you can find it here! Please share my link if you would like to share the post. Are you a visual learner? Check out the Complete Beginner’s Guide to Knitting DVD. A Amazon – No Kindle needed! You can get Free Knitting Patterns instantly on Amazon....

How to Make a Felted Wool Rug. Explore felting crochet with this beginner's project 14

How to Make a Felted Wool Rug

You gotta love when the addiction factor of crocheting goes up a notch. This is what’s happening to me with experimenting with felting. First you get to get in the meditative zone of making something and then you get to change it all up, shrink it, stretch it, and it’s something different. Love! After tackling a practice felted crochet swatch, it was time to try something bigger but still easy enough for a beginner’s felting project. My original goal was to make a bath mat, but I soon learned that a felted crochet of knit piece will keep felting if...

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$1.99 Digital Magazines at Interweave!

Shop the $1.99 Digital Magazine Sale at Interweave $1.99 Digital Magazine Sale ends on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Some exclusions apply. Prices are as marked. Attention Crafters! Whether you are looking for a project to complete during the commercial breaks or for the whole game, we’ve got you covered. Our digital magazines are full of projects and now’s the perfect time to explore. Discover hundreds of digital issues available for $1.99 now through the end of September! This post contains affiliate links.     Thanks for stopping by! Let’s connect: Subscribe to be notified of new posts,...

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Mudroom Storage Hanging Baskets

With colder weather on its way, it means it’s time to start making scarfs, hats and gloves, yippee! I don’t really look froward to the snow, but I love to crochet all the things that go with it.  With 3 boys in the house I soon realized I was going to need somewhere to keep all their winter gear tidy. The boys will run in to change into dry mittens real quick and fling everything around looking for the ones they wanted. Our mudroom was quickly getting taken over, so enter these hanging storage baskets. It was a fun and...

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Learning to Felt Crochet – Tips for Making a Practice Swatch

  Felting crochet, a new adventure for me! Would you like to come along and try it too? What is felting? Felting is when you take an animal fiber like wool and put it through a process that will mat the fibers together. Washing wool in hot water and agitating it makes the fibers rub up against each other and tangle producing a fabric that is now solid, softer, fuzzier and smaller. Tangled yarn is usually a disaster, but felting will change the size, look and feel or your fiber and project in a good way – hopefully. To felt...

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Book Review: Contemporary Celtic Crochet by Bonnie Barker

Aran Celtic crochet is my all time favorite style of crochet. Hailing from Ireland, Celtic crochet is known for it’s rich cables and textured stitches. While the projects may look intricate and complicated, with practice the stitches are really not hard. It just all comes together beautifully. Book Review When I saw that Aran crochet designer Bonnie Barker was coming out with a new book, Contemporary Celtic Crochet, I knew this pattern book was joining my collection. What a fun mail day when it finally arrived! After spending some time looking through the book and planning projects, I know if...

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Wanting Your Crochet Work to be Perfect

If you’ve been crocheting for a little while and you’re still crocheting, I think I know a little something about you; you might be just a little bit crazy. Obsessed shall we say?   Because if you survived even your first pattern, it’s because you frogged and fretted until it was right.  Not just “good enough”, but the way you want it. And you might be on the quest forever trying out new yarns to find that little slice of fiber utopia that has every single thing you want in a yarn, is machine washable and your cats fight over...