Founders May Fair at New Pond Farm in review

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The 27th Founders Fair was a great success in celebrating spring and the new growing season. The sun was shining over the 102 acre property located at 101 Marchant Road West Redding, Connecticut 06896, 203-938-2117. There were little girls all dressed in pretty sundresses wearing crowns of May flowers in their hair. The boys were excited to see the animals and try their hand at all the activities.

Find out more about this wonderful day.


Summer leg warmers for Babies

Leg warmers for the summer? The perfect accessory for baby. The sun could hide behind a cloud and a cool breeze comes up and all baby has on is a onesie. Just by covering the lower portion of her leg and still allowing her feet and toes to be free, may be all the covering she needs. Your baby will still be comfortable when the sun reappears.

Read more about leg warmers and free patterns.


Knit Whimsy’s clothes and costumes

The book “Playful Little Knits” is Rachel Manring’s way of playing, now that she is an adult. With yarn and her knitting needles, she has designed “costumes and clothes for a simple sewn doll”. The “Whimsy” doll will be well dressed in 14 different outfits ranging from a baby onesie to a rabbit disguise.

Rachel walks you through making the nine inch doll step by step. She shows you how to transfer the pattern to the fabric, cut and stuff, sew, join the limbs and add the details. If you don’t sew, her recommendation is find someone who does. Have them make two dolls, one for you and one for them. You in turn will knit the outfits. Continue reading

Teaching a child to knit

The right age to teach a child to knit is whenever your child shows an interest. Children are not too young to learn if they ask. Usually at the age of five or six, children have enough dexterity to handle the needles. Tying shoes is an easy test. You can also try crochet first, the use of a hook may be easier.

Let the child pick out a chunky yarn of their choosing. A multicolored yarn will help keep them interested. They will be excited to see how the colors knit themselves out. Another fun way to get them started is to help them to dye their own yarn. Also, two different color needles will help make the learning easier. Their own knitting bag is a nice idea.  To find out about the advantages in teaching a child to knit, read on.



The Big Book of Knitted Monsters – book giveaway

The Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger is full of adorable monsters to knit. Boys as well as girls would love them. They would also be great to knit for charity. Link to this site for a chance to win your own copy of the book.



Sock monkey gets out of hand

 Sock monkeys are a piece of Americana. In 1890 Nelson Knitting began manufacturing these red heeled work socks. It all began in the early 1900’s when mothers started making stuffed monkeys out of the Original Red Heel socks. The socks are still produced today and they are back to selling the sock in blue. When you purchase a pair of socks, it comes with directions for making your own monkey. They are cute. One pair of socks makes a monkey.

The dress above is “Monkeys gone wild”.  Be creative, take that pair of socks that is just a bit too wild to wear and make them into a stuffed animal. 

See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil….just have fun.

sock monkey coffee cozy

Finger Knitting

Finger Knitting

Finger Knitting

Knitting is never out of style though it goes in waves.  It is now at its crest once again. It’s a wonderful pastime that young and old enjoy. This is a great way to introduce young people to “knitting”.  Start by picking a colorful, chunky yarn. There is no need to worry about sharp objects, there aren’t any. A safe way to teach children. Watch the video and within a few minutes you will have learned this easy technique.

If you should want a wider finished piece, add your thumb. If you are knitting to tightly, widen your fingers. If you find the knitted piece is too loose, close your fingers a little. The end result can be a scarf… (a large plastic threaded yarn needle and snaking back and forth between two chains) make it as wide as you want by sewing more chains together. Other items that can be made are belts, drawstring handbags (from making a coil), hair ties, doll rugs, etc. It will keep little hands busy and using their imaginations.

This will be a nice initiation into knitting. Finger Knitting will help them with the concept of knitting stitches, without  the worry of dropped stitches.