An inspirational craftalong; once a month, through our four seasons. Guided by the wonderful book, "The Children's Year: Seasonal crafts and clothes" by Cooper, Fynes-Clinton, and Rowling.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December, project #103

Project #103: Bird table on page 154, of the 2005 edition of The Children's Year. A very simple project, and a sweet gift for our feathered friends. I can imagine that children would love to help drilling holes in the wood, and finger knitting cords; adults too! Craftalong with love! Anna

Monday, November 29, 2010

project 63 (Mittens) #2

From Cheryl at Time to Craft. What perfect snow white pompoms!

project 63 (Mittens) #1

From Laura at Nestled Under Rainbows. Purple delight on the babe's face. Thanks for crafting along Laura!

project 64 (Knitted gnome) #2

From me at Wind in the Wildwood; with a finger knitted "magic" belt from my mom.

project 64 (Knitted gnome) #1

Sweet little gnome from Heidi at Under The Humble Moon. Thank you Heidi!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November, project #63

Project #63: Mittens on page 83, of the 2005 edition of The Children's Year. I know all the projects for Autumn have been knitted, but when Autumn arrives way up north (where I live), I simply want to get all my other chores out of the way; so that I can simply sit and knit, it makes me feel warm. I hope you don't mind. Craftalong with love! Anna

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

project 55 (Slippers, socks, baby bootees) #2

Sweet slippers on sweet little feet, from Heidi at: Under The Humble Moon

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October, project #64

Project #64: Knitted gnome on page 84, of the 2005 edition of The Children's Year. In the project description it reads, that if you feel inspired you could make a group of them (one in each color of the rainbow). Wouldn't that be sweet? Can you imagine them all sitting in a cozy little corner, just tempting litle fingers to play with them? Hmmm... well, I am thinking more on the lines of a Tomten for Christmas, maybe he could be on the tree, tucked in for my boys to spy one day. Craftalong with love! Anna

Sunday, October 3, 2010

project 55 (Slippers, socks, baby bootees) #1

Blue, blurry slippers. It was the best picture I could get however, with busy moving little feet. I tried one on, but I will be saving them for Christmas; from me at Wind in the Wildwood.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September, project #55

Project #55: Slippers, socks, baby bootees on page 71, of the 2005 edition of The Children's Year. We could easily make them all, or pick a favorite.

I am glad that I am not the only one who has had a busy summer. Now, as we start to turn inward and snuggle into cool days and crisp chilly nights, may our crafting settle right into our laps.

I invite you to welcome Autumn with me, in this our craftalong.

Craftalong with love! Anna

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August, project 43

Project, #43: Fabric printing with leaves on page 53, of the 2005 edition of The Children's Year has so many possibilities.

I personally am already thinking ahead towards colder days to come (but not wanting them to come), by making some curtains for my boys' room, just for a little extra insulation.

As always, feel free to join in at any time.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

June, project 34 & July, project 33

I am so very sorry that I have been a neglectful host to this craftalong. This last month has brought things (which I just cannot discuss on this blog) that have taken me elsewhere. I sincerely apologize. Along with this month's project, we will complete June's project as well.

June's project, #34 is a very simple one: Butterflies on page 43 of the 2005 edition of The Children's Year and ...
July's project #33, Flying ricebags and streamers.

I like the book's idea of tying the butterflies to a branch for a mobile; and the flying ricebags, I think they would be a great game for the fourth. Maybe we could make extras to go with Eoghan's lemonade stand this weekend.

Craftalong with love, Anna.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

project 24 (Paper boxes) #1

from Laura and her sweet family at Nestled Under Rainbows

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

May, project 24

To all my craftalong friends,

I am so sorry to be posting our May project sooooooo late. There has been at least one person sick in our family for at least a month now, and at the moment three of us. I cannot wait for us all to be healthy again. I did complete my April project (a wee chicken and her chicks), but alas no camera for pictures. I am waiting on a battery for my camera and as soon as it gets here (hopefully sometime this week), I hope to have pictures up. In the meantime, if any of you have pictures from your projects I would be so so happy to post them. Hoping all of you are well.

And now for our late May project; easy and fast but very fun indeed:

May's craftalong project: Paper boxes, project 24 on page 30 of the 2005 edition of The Children's Year.
I am imagining doll house beds, holders of many treasures waiting to be found in the woods, and boxes for birthday presents for my soon to be three year old next month.

Craftalong with love! Anna

Friday, April 2, 2010

April, project 16

April's craftalong project: The Chicken and Cockerel, project 16 on page 22 of the 2005 edition of The Children's Year.

What the book says about the project:
"Here is an opportunity to knit a whole farmyard set; the chickens and cockerel are quick and simple to make."

I'm thinking of making chicks as well, it's spring after all. They would certainly knit up fast, and they would be so cute; quite like the real fluff balls, that run around like mad.

Craftalong with love! Anna

Thursday, April 1, 2010

project 10 (Easter Egg Cosy) #4

Look at these sweet sunny hens! Made by Laura from Nestled Under Rainbows.

project 10 (Easter Egg Cosy) #3

Meet Billy Bob Joe, beautifully made by the lovely Miss Selma.

project 10 (Easter Egg Cosy) #2

This is Willow, so named by Dez's sweet little girl.
Made with love by mama and daughter.

project 10 (Easter Egg Cosy) #1

Cara, cara, cara! I hope my boys are surprised.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

project 106 #6

What beautiful stamp art! Heidi's snowdrop prints, on a wooden box with painted leaves.

A sweet little wreath, with a felted snowdrop attached, also from Heidi at Oranje Behang Blogt.

Friday, March 19, 2010

project 106 #5

Potato stamp art: alphabet wall cards from Heidi at Under The Humble Moon. Can you imagine the whole alphabet, or a little one's name?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

project 108 #5

Knitted needle case from Heidi Margit at Oranje Behang Blogt. Loving the contrast of the blue felt.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March, project 10

Our craftalong project for March, will be the Easter egg cosy (project 10 and page 13 of the 2005 edition of The Children's Year).

I imagine a sweet surprise, when the colorful felt chickens are lifted to reveal eggs.

Craftalong with love! Anna

Monday, March 1, 2010

project 106 #4

Wouldn't you love to receive a present wrapped like this?
When I first saw the top picture, I thought it was a quilt; the potato prints are that sweet.
I love the forest theme, I am expecting a gnome to run out from behind a tree at any minute.
Made by Cheryl at Time to Craft.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

project 106 #3

Beautiful potato print banner from Melanie and her family at: Our Ash Grove; so lovely for their sweet corner.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

project 106 #2

A sweet potato print bunting made by Laura and her children (for their papa's birthday). I think they should keep it up all year long! Laura's blog: Nestled Under Rainbows is lovely, and oh so homey; I can almost smell the homemade bread baking.

Friday, February 19, 2010

project 106 #1

Here are my heart potato prints (on even more hearts), strung together to form a banner. In the top picture they are having a grand time flapping like a kite tail, and on the bottom they are quite tuckered out from their adventure in the wind. They now hang in my boys' play area. I have a new found love for banners of all kind. My boys made paper bags to hold sweet treasures for Valentine's day, you can see them here:

By the way, to everyone reading along out there, it is never to late to join in.
Peace and love. Anna

Thursday, February 18, 2010

project 108 #4

This striped and sweet needle case was made by Taimarie at small wonders ; which so happens to be the first blog I ever visited, and by far my favorite. Everything about small wonders is calming and lovely; like taking in a big breath, inside a pine forest.

Friday, February 5, 2010

project 108 #3

This lovely needle case made with 4 ply wool,
from Cheryl at Time to Craft;
uses a felted acorn and a finger knitted loop for its fastening.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

project 108 #2

A beautiful needle case from Heidi at, Under The Humble Moon

Monday, February 1, 2010

February, project 106

February's craftalong will be project 106

Potato Prints on page 157, simple shapes could make so many sweet things.

Craftalong with love! Anna

Sunday, January 31, 2010

project 108 #1

Made using Noro Kureyon No 102, and size four needles.
Wool felt was used for the pages of the needle case.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January, project 108

At first I thought we could all just pick any project from the current season/section, but working the same project together will be great (as it is a craftalong). In this way we could all see the results of the same project with wonderful variations.

January's craftalong will be project 108, the Needle Case

I love this project, perfect for a beginning knitter (whether that be an adult or child).

Located on page 159, it is a very simple knitted rectangle; using wool felt for the needle pages, and two cords to tie. It calls for DK wool and a pair of size 4 needles. However one can use any type of wool and needles to achieve the envisioned result.

Craftalong with love! Anna

Monday, January 25, 2010

why not a craftalong?

We have had The Children's Year by Cooper, Fynes-Clinton, and Rowling in our home now for about four years. Even though I have read through it, and completed projects from it here and there (by myself, with Eoghan, and others); I have been wanting to do more. This is the year!

There are tons of knitalongs out there, so why not a craftalong? The book is divided into four sections, each pertaining to a season. Within each section there are many projects to choose from; however for this craftalong, choosing to complete one project per month will be the goal. More could be done, but with other commitments and projects swirling in my mind, one project seems to be attainable. One project a month would also enable the craftalong to continue for more than a year (leaving many projects to be anticipated for future years). Some of these projects can be completed in a day, while others take a bit longer. The goal is to have a picture up on this blog, along with the name of the project by the end of each month.

I was thinking to start right along with the coming of the winter season, but starting with the new year won out. The craftalong...
(a new cycle and craftalong year begins...)

I am excited to be teaching knitting to some dear people who are happy to be joining me on the craftalong. The projects however are varied and include paper crafts, woodworking, sewing, knitting, and more. Want to craftalong? Please do. You may email me the pictures of your completed projects along with a description (you do not need a blog to join in). If you would like your blog name to appear on the sidebar as a link, just let me know. Peace and love. Anna