Finger Knitting

Just before Christmas I discovered this craft called finger knitting. Okay, I might be stretching the truth. I had a pin for finger knitting, but had never tried it and found out the Instructables video (linked below) that Beffers found was much simpler. Beffers (my SiL) learned it and showed me how cool it was. As soon as she showed me what she was doing I demanded she send me the pin and help me along. Yes, demanded is the right word. I lacked the gumption ever try it. And yet, it didn’t need gumption to learn! Just about 10 minutes and then I replayed the video to make sure it sank into my brain. It makes me wonder what other gems are hiding in the depths of my pin boards. Are you a cool pin hoarder too?fingerknitting1

Here is the link to the sweet tutorial video. Before you click I want you to know that the video is a little odd as it is shot upside down and the maker of the vid at one point misidentifies her fingers. Just keep watching what her hands do and don’t worry about silly little things like a mix up in words. Instructables wins again!

Sorry for the fuzzy-vision

Sorry for the fuzzy-vision

There are many different things you can do with your finger knit projects depending on your level of creativity. Bracelets, scarves, and (my favorite) Christmas tree garland. 20131213_212018
Beffers followed the tips on this website, the blogger made several different strands of different colors and then laced them together to make a beautiful rainbow scarf. It helps that Marlena has phenomenal hair to go with her lovely rainbow scarf. Instead of making a rainbow scarf, Beffers knitted orange and gray together then laced the strands to make a huge fluffy scarf to match the handmade hat her hubbster had received as a gift the previous year. You gotta love handmade matching fashion!

Isn't he adorable?

Isn’t he adorable?

A couple of quick tips to add to the awesome bloggers and instructors there already are out in the world. To take a break and save your work put your finger loops onto a chopstick. I was going for marathon knitting and couldn’t avoid a potty break any longer so that tip really helped me. If you are teaching a younger person or it is your first time trying finger knitting, avoid the fru-fru fancy yarns and just pick a no frills yarn to learn. Later on you can do the fancy stuff but it is important to learn it at first.

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Day 260: Popcorn & Cranberry Garland

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Popcorn air popped and ready. Cranberries rinsed and drained. Thread, scissors and needles poised.

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Making cranberry and popcorn garland. I believe this was an idea that was popular in Victorian times. I don’t know of they had garland parties but Kit and I had lots of fun stringing everything.

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If you’re interested in doing this with your family or Boo. Here is HOW we did it:
Embroidery thread (six strand), separate into two parts. I cut the length quite long–double the length of my finger-tips to elbow. Double knot one end of the thread so the popcorn won’t come off the end.
Thread your needle and go to town. We alternated two pieces of popcorn to one cranberry and we still had about half a bag left of cranberries.
When you come to the end of your thread tie it off and tie multiple together if you want more length. Hang it on the tree!
Very cheap date for us.

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Tips from our household:
Don’t be discouraged if your popcorn falls apart. Pierce the fattest part of the popcorn to help avoid splitting and if you can pop the popcorn a day ahead and let it get a little stale.

Be careful when picking up your garland. It will be more fragile than a storebought ornament.

We’re adults and had no issue with the occasional needle prick. However, this may not be the best activity for smaller children. It requires patience and honed fine motor skills. Depending on your child’s abilities, I might recommend it for youth 10 and up.

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Part of my December Adventivities.