As many of you know I knit and crochet nearly exclusively for children. I love my job! It gives me a challenge and a purpose. I've been really blessed to have been doing this work for several years. Seeing the resurgence of knitting and crocheting along with the explosion of new designers. So it is really a privilege to be able to write a blog with my daughter about fiber arts, toys, and fun crafts on Children's Day.
One of the very first websites I used when I started knitting (I learned to crochet first) was HGTV's "The Carol Duvall Show" her crafts were always fun, interesting and uncomplicated. Carol was as excited about the idea of using crafts to engage children as I was! I will share this link to a few of the ideas Carol shared on her show now in Archive.org
My daughter Tamra really enjoys making toys for kids. The art form from Japan named Amigurumi has burst on to the scene, exciting young minds from all around the world. Tamra recommends websites entitled allaboutami.com and Sayjai Amigurumi Crochet. Its a lot of fun to create toys for children and to donate toys to local charities. We have donated to our local small hospitals. They need our support.
I give much of my knitting and crocheting as gifts. Sometimes babies are born a little early and need a gift in a hurry. When I need to fill an order for a preemie baby I turn to Bev's Country Cottage (where there are crocheted, knitted, and sewn projects galore all for charity and gifting) and Marianna's Lazy Daisy Days. Both Bev Qualheim and Marion Leys put so much work and love into their websites. I don't know what I would do without these two lovely ladies. Bev and Marion are so gracious. I'm blessed to have found them on the web.
Tamra wanted to share another of her favorite pages Mamma that Makes. Myshelle Cole is a really lovely lady and extraordinarily talented. She's mom to 3 daughters and 1 son. Her patterns range from doll clothes to delicate preemie dresses. There are play clothes and play food patterns. All kinds of fun to be had on Mamma that Makes. If you're running a little dry on ideas check out Myshelle Cole's blog!
I COULD NOT have a Children's Day blog without mentioning the AMAZING Felted Button! Susan Carlson is not only fabulously talented, she's also very gracious. I cannot put into words how much I enjoy Susan Carlson's wonderful patterns. Her patterns are a feast for the eyes. Color, color and more color. Fun doesn't even begin to describe it. She's designed a toddler teepee (too adorable) and beautiful blankets that you'd be proud to give as gifts. Susan Carlson is a STAR. Thank you Susan!
Tamra recommends Repeat Crafter me! Of course no blog for Children's Day would be complete without a mention of the ubiquitous patterns of Sarah. Everything she touches turns to gold it seems. There are hats for everyone from newborns to adults, toys, and fun ideas for kids.
Crochet Jewel is one of my personal favorite websites. Amy is the very gifted proprietress of Crochet Jewel. I covered Amy's designs some months back and the blog was one of my most popular. Her designs are classic treasures you'll enjoy making and others will keep for years to come. She's innovative yet her patterns are written so new crocheters can understand them. Check out her patterns on Ravelry.
Of course these are just the tip of the iceberg but if you are interested in mining for Crafting gold check out one of the best curated websites around! The WHOot has something for everyone DIY ideas galore! Cooking, sewing, crocheting, knitting, the list doesn't end. Its SO much fun. :) Warning it's addictive! You AND your children will love it!
Thanks for reading and HAPPY CHILDREN'S DAY!
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