It is Once Again National Craft Month--What are you working on?

@Aurone (4757)
United States
March 14, 2010 12:05am CST
Here it is once again National Craft Month--which hopefully means good sales at the craft stores and for me, it means a re-evaluating of the crafts I hope to get done this year. Sort of like a crafting New Years. I always start out ambitious but somehow fail along the way. Last year I did make two baby afghans which is pretty good for me. This year I am back to my cross stitching to see if I can finish a few projects. What are you working on? Do you do anything special for National Craft Month? If you have pictures of what you are working on please show!
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17 responses
• Boston, Massachusetts
23 Mar 10
Hi Aurone, this is new to me that there is a national craft month celebration. well, i am into crochet and made three blouses this month. i just delivered them and of course i am happy that i earned from it. really a productive hobby for me!
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
23 Mar 10
Wow, you must be really good. I wish I were that good at crocheting. I guess it just takes practice though. Happy Crafting!
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• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Mar 10
i learned crochet when i was still a child. my mom taught me this craft. from then on i develop the passion that early. my exposure to my mom's designs and crochet business inspire to give my best. and now i am truly enjoying the fruits of my labor.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
29 Mar 10
Thats great. Isn't it wonderful when you can do something that gives you so much pleasure.
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I knew it was crochet month but I did not know about craft month. Anything to sell more stuff I guess! I did buy a bunch of things at the craft store today though.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Get anything fun?
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
18 Mar 10
Extra large crochet hook and knitting needles and some plastic canvas.
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
18 Mar 10
my phone takes good pictures, but not that good!
@Orea15 (281)
• United States
15 Mar 10
I'm not big on special "months". Like, February is Black History month, but we ignore its value the rest of the year. So I don't do anything special for Craft Month. But since you asked, I'm on the downhill slide of finishing a sweater! I just picked up my knitting needles again for the first time since oh, about twenty years ago? But it's been more like (gasp) forty years since I tackled anything with shaping. So it was with some trepidation that I tackled this project. I had to buy a bunch of books and read up on technique. I even checked to make sure I knew how to increase and decrease correctly! Anyhow, I'm going to finish sleeve number two today or tomorrow. All I need to do then, is seam the sleeve, and finish the neckline, and I believe I'll be done! Just in time for warm weather when I won't need it. LOL So, as I knit, I'm thinking about what to do next! I've got yarn and patterns for several projects. It's nice to have a choice.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
20 Mar 10
Yes it is, and hopefully that sweater will come in handy next winter. You know that lionbrand has a lot of free patterns on their website lionbrand.com (not a referral site) so if you need more knitting choices you can find some there. Good luck with finishing your sweater and on all your future projects.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
21 Mar 10
I started crocheting two years ago, so I hear you on the learning as I go bit. It frustrates me sometimes and then I go back to cross stitching for a bit and then I got back to the crocheting and try again. Congrats on finishing. Post us a picture. Love your kitty pic by the way. Good luck on your new crafting endeavor hope it turns out well.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Currently, I am making a doorstop with plastic canvas. You just slip a plastic wrapped brick inside and finish lacing it up. It has hummingbirds and flowers on it. I enjoy working with the plastic canvas because it is easy to make a wide variety of 3 dimensional projects. And, since I get most of my supply at a local thrift shop it is very inexpensive. Nothing special for National Craft Month though.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Sounds like a very nice doorstop. I don't work with plastic canvas much but it sounds like you enjoy using it. Good luck on all your future crafts.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
15 Mar 10
Well, I do a lot of other crafts too; but, recently I have been concentrating on plastic canvas because I needed something I could do at work. I started working a night shift a few months ago and discovered that between midnight and 3 am things are really slow. I needed something I could do at my desk, that would not have any "smells" to bother coworkers (no painting, colored markers, burning, or glueing), that would not violate any safety regulations (no woodcarving because of the knives and gouges), and it had to be something I could stop at a moments notice and then pick back up where I left off later (hard to do if you have to count stitches, etc.). Plastic canvas fit all of those requirements. I cut the pieces of plastic at home, assemble all of the needed yarn, and take it to work with me. If a project requires hot glue or something along those lines, I finish that at home. Since I started working nights I have completed several different projects - both as gifts for others and things for myself and my family. Plus, it helps me stay awake at work in the quiet hours of the night.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
20 Mar 10
That sounds like a good option. I had a job like that in college. I did a lot of studying. I take a small cross stitch project with me wherever I go because I can start and stop a counted stitch, now after many years of stitching.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
16 Mar 10
Thanks for acknowledging that. Happy National Craft Month to you and all. ;o) (I didn't know that either like some other respondents). I have been working on the same crochet blanket/quilt as I have been since way back in October! But a special one for family friends who were married.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
20 Mar 10
Hope its coming along alright and good luck on finishing it.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
21 Mar 10
Thanks Aurone, Today I worked on it, but luckily am on the stitching together stage (though so time consuming and can't carry around with me when it is so huge! ;o)
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I cross stitched flowers on a shirt for Christmas for my niece and have started on the next gift. I have also made 2 fleece shawls a few weeks ago and worked on a couple of carry bags today - finished one before I broke the needle on the second. I've also made 6 wreaths for my mom's door - #3 - St Patrick's day is on the door. Here's some links: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2268092.aspx http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2268088.aspx (in response #1) http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2268090.aspx
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
14 Mar 10
yikes, you have been a busy bee. Thanks for sharing and may we all get as much done as you have. Thanks for sharing the pics, those look nice.
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
18 Mar 10
So where is the cross stitch photo?
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@shaggin (47592)
• United States
17 Mar 10
Wow seeing this post reminds me of how long its been since I did any type of craft for MYSELF. I do crafts with my 5 year old daughter all the time but actually sitting down and doing something for myself its been so long I cant even remember specifically when it was. I remember someone on freecycle was giving away wallpaper books and I thought wow what a great thing to catch for free. I could use it for scrapbooking or for doing crafts with my daughter. Its probably been at LEAST 6 months and I only made 1 scrapbook page and never got around to finishing the page. I really would like to but I just never feel like taking the time to sit down and do crafts anymore when the internet is just so much more fun.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
21 Mar 10
It is so tempting to stay on the computer all day, but I try to take time for my crafts too, because nothing can replace the sense of accomplishment that I get from completing a project. I never keep anything I always give them away as gifts, but I am thinking this summer when school is out (I am a teacher) that I will do a picture that I can put in my office.
@jugsjugs (13038)
16 Mar 10
I am making cards all the time as that is one of my hobbies and i find that it is a great money maker aswell as a relaxing hobby.I used todo glass engraving,but i got to the stage of it took so long to finish a project that i gave up with that when i had my last child.I also used todo alot of knitting as in knitting care bears and other toys.I used to do crochet blankets and they were greaty as you could pick up the crochet and put it down on and off akll day.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
21 Mar 10
Sounds like you have a lot of craft hobbies. I bet the glass engraving was beautiful. Good luck on your crafting projects.
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
16 Mar 10
i am crocheting a summer scarf for myself (cotton wool and very airy type of stitch) and making about 35 baby shower invitations for a shower that i am throwing!
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
20 Mar 10
Sounds like fun. Hope the baby shower goes well.
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
15 Mar 10
It's national craft month? I never knew we had that! And I was in Michaels last week and didn't see anything about it. Shame on them...LOL. I love crafts and am always working on something. Right now I am splitting my time between needlepoint which I love and knitting sweaters for gifts for next christmas. It doesn't feel right if I am just watching tv and I started knitting to keep my hands busy and away from mindless snacking. Working well so far! Lost almost 10 pounds since Jan. I find it very soothing to work on something and see progress every day.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
15 Mar 10
Thats why I cross stitch to keep the hands busy while I watch TV. Good for you. They also say doing some sort of craft helps stave off depression. It is nice to create something isn't it.
@LadyBoss (253)
• United States
15 Mar 10
I didn't even know that there was even such a thing a national craft month ! When I was in grade school I always made alot of crafts. Recently Im thinking about getting back into it. I ordered a Martha Stewart Craft book from online for a Dollar it has some really cool stuff in there. Now that I think about it a trip to Micheals sounds really fun.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
15 Mar 10
Cools. Crafts are great. I am glad you are thinking about getting back into it. Be sure to check online for a coupon before going to Michaels it could save you some money.
• Canada
14 Mar 10
I love craft month but forgot that it was now. lol, I always have quite a few projects going on at once. Right now I have a painting, design work (fahion sketches), profiles pictures, collages, and some knitting stuff. Happy craft month! :)
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Nice. Sounds like you are plenty crafty this month. Good luck on all your projects.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Hi, I'm working on a baby afghan. There was one that my daughter and I were supposed to work on together. It was a kit that had 60-some squares. I showed her how the pattern went and we were supposed to divide it up, but she so liked doing it that she is completing the whole thing. I started another one, different pattern and am taking my time on it. The kit was for my niece. Her baby is due in July and the one I'm working on will go in the future grand kids chest. My kids have no idea that I am doing that. I don't want to give them any ideas...lol I don't really pay attention to it being National Craft Month, but I know that my daughter's boyfriends has been asking my daughter to teach him to crochet. She won't, but I've been threatening to teach him if she doesn't. I told her that after all, one of the suggestions that had been suggested that you teach someone to crochet. I just may teach him to crochet placemats or something...lol
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Thats cool. Sounds like you are getting some crafting done. And definitely teach that boy to crochet. I actually ran into a guy in Michaels the other day who was buying yarn to make a scarf for his girlfriend. A guy crocheting threw me for a loop for a second but then once I thought about it, its pretty cool. I watch football so why can't a guy do crafts?
@nangisha (3503)
• Indonesia
14 Mar 10
I am working on my crochet project, I am in making bag for my laptop but I am very not in the mood to continue it, its already half way. I hope I will get my mood soon, I want to finish it this month. I really want to wear it and make that hard work paid off. I hope your project finish too. Happy crafting.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Thanks. I hope you find your motivation soon. When you get it finished come back and show us a pic! I am working on a cross stitch piece to give my mom for mother's day. Its a picture of Arctic Animals. Its difficult because everything is grey, white and light blue.
• United States
14 Mar 10
I never knew about craft month. I make koolaid purses out of koolaid jammers pouches. I have one of my bags as my avatar. I will be stocking up on these for the summer and Christmas sales. I would love to make clothing one day.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Those are very cool and unique. I only know about craft month because all the craft stores have a National Craft Month Sale every year. It always seems to be a good time for me to re-evaluate my crafting goals. Most of which I never get finished because I am too busy doing other things.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
30 Mar 10
I did a craft show a week ago so right now I am resting but starting this weekend I'll be gearing up again....I do alot of stamped cards....so that's what I'll be working on for crafting month!
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
31 Mar 10
I hope you did well at the craft show. My mother sales pottery at craft shows and it hasn't been going as well for her as it has in the past, I guess people just don't have the money to spend right now. Hope your cards turn out well.
@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
15 Mar 10
I am trying to be frugal right now so I am mostly doing things out of my various stashes. I'm crocheting some dishcloths because ours have holes, sewing some little notebooks for my students, and knitting some Easter hats which I am thinking about selling.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
20 Mar 10
Those sound like great projects. I am trying to do the same. I found out when I moved that I had a lot of craft items. I decided it was time to finish some of my projects. So I am trying to organize it all and to make some gifts for the various holidays this year from my stash. Its great for saving money. Good luck with your projects.