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Welcome to the February 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Do It Yourself
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants are teaching us how to make something useful or try something new.
I’ve mentioned more than once that I made almost all the curtains in our house. I’ve been meaning to show our curtains and the process. Part of the problem is that I’m still getting the hang of taking a picture of the process. Any process, from cooking to body care to curtains to crochet. BUT, this month’s topic with the Natural Parents Network is perfect for me to focus on showing the process.
It’s a good thing Hun doesn’t regularly read the blog! Today, I’m going to show the process in making the slippers he requested for Valentine’s Day this year. I’ve made these before and they’re quite comfortable.
The other pair (my first attempt at slippers), didn’t work out so well and have since started to come apart.
Plus, except for the front room, our entire house has wood floors. I love that we have wood floors, but things can get a bit slippery when playing.
Initially, I asked Hun to choose between a fabric, paper, or yarn based gift. Of course, he asked if he could choose two instead. And, because I knew he had something in mind by his question, I let him. What he said is that he wanted some comfortable, warm slippers, with a non-slip bottom! Light bulbs and bells and everything went off in my head! I knew I had this pattern already and that it’d be easy to add a non-slip fabric to the bottom!
Anyway, on to my process. Choosing yarn. It’s important to choose a yarn that will work with a pattern. You don’t want a yarn too thick or too thin. Off to the crafts store we went and Hun chose his yarn!
Next, the needle and checking my gauge. Hook sizes can help with gauge, but it’s also important to pick a hook that will work with your yarn. In other words, picking a small hook for a thick yarn won’t work very well. For this project, the pattern called for an H hook, I choose a G hook instead. I know the slippers will stretch a bit after being worn and didn’t want them ending up too loose.
Now to start the project. I also like to have my yarn in a ball, so I can put it in this handy container here.
Hold the yarn in whatever way is most comfortable to you. There are tons of videos on YouTube on how to hold the yarn when crocheting. Start your chain. After your chain has formed, continue on with the pattern, as written. Be sure to make any adjustments needed.
In this pattern, the majority of the slipper is crocheted as one piece.
Stopping to ensure I took pictures was important for this post, but that wasn’t the biggest issue. Over the weekend, we had an unplanned visit with family about 2 hours away. I wouldn’t take that back in order to finish this project though.
Then, on Monday evening, Monkey Boy fell climbing on and off things and busted his lip. It looked pretty bad to us and we agreed it may have been a through and through puncture, so we took him to the hospital. After waiting for 4 hours, we were finally seen and it was determined that his cut wasn’t as deep and that a stitch wasn’t necessary.
Even with all of that, I thought I might get further along on the slipper than what you see above, but alas I’m still the mother of a busy toddler. As I’m sure you can all imagine, it’s not easy to sit down and just work on something, no matter how important and time-sensitive it may be to me. Either way, I’m happy to share the process of making a slipper (or most any crochet project) with you anyway!
AHH!! I did finish the slippers in time for this post! Take a peek.
Do you find it difficult to complete any craft projects? What’s your favorite type of craft activity?
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- DIY: Homeschooling — Have you considered homeschooling but aren’t sure how you could make it work? Kerry of City Kids Homeschooling offers some do-it-yourself encouragement in a guest post at Natural Parents Network.
- Super Easy Berry Freezie — Tracy at Raised Good shows how to make healthy, delicious, dairy-free ice-cream for toddlers and their families in under 10 minutes.
- How to Get Kids to Behave in Church — Becca at The Earthling’s Handbook explains how she’s been able to participate in religious activities that mean a lot to her, without being separated from her kids.
- Valentine’s Slippers — A sneak peek at Life Breath Present‘s crochet process with some slippers for Hun for Valentine’s Day this year!
- DIY Nursing Bra Conversion — Holly at Leaves of Lavender provides a quick tutorial for how to convert your favorite regular bra to a nursing bra.
- Make your own soothing postpartum pads — Lauren at Hobo Mama shows you how to freeze padsicles for perineal comfort after birth, plus bonus healing options.
- Beginning Knitting Project for Kids: Knit a Pikachu — What do you do with all of those practice squares you knit when you are a beginner? Turn them into Pokemon! Kieran, 7-year-old son of Dionna at Code Name: Mama, brings us a video tutorial for this awesome knitting project for kids and adults.
- Name Creations: An Inspiring Project that Builds Self-Esteem — Children love their names. Learn easy instructions for children, tweens and teens to put a dramatic name on their door or room wall from Laurie Hollman, Ph.D., at Parental Intelligence.
- Water-Bead Sensory Bottles for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares a tutorial for making a rainbow of water-bead sensory bottles along with ideas for using them with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.