Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Guest Blogger: Mini~Dee

Yesterday we held our first after-school crochet club meeting.  There were eight girls ranging from third to sixth grade.  Some knew how to crochet already so they practiced a little. 

One girl was really good at making single crochets so my mom taught her a pretty stitch pattern using just the single crochet stitch.  Mom calls it the Leaf Stitch:

The Leaf Stitch:
With an even number of stitches, skip the first, create 2 single crochet stitches in the next, and then repeat the skipping and making 2 in one all the way across.  When you get to the end make your turning chain and repeat.  It's really pretty.

The girls just learning were taught how to make the chain.  Their homework is to practice for a week and then they'll learn how to make the single crochet.

My mom and I made notebooks for everyone which also included printouts from the EachOneTeachTwo website, a page for notes, and a page with our meeting dates.  Mini~Dee practicing how to crochet circlesMom said we can add to the notebook as time goes on, like perhaps patterns we might create, or one of hers that she'll give everyone.  Mom surprised us by bringing her sticker collection and letting us decorate the notebooks while we decided what to call ourselves and what we'd like to make as a group for charity.  (that's one of the notebooks in the background of the picture on the left)

The official name of our group is called "Hooks and Needles."  We decided we'll all be making squares soon and will combine them make an afghan, most likely for a baby or small kid, and then we'll donate it.  We even had a teacher stop by and promise us yarn from HER stash! 

It was a great meeting!

You would think that this is where I'd end off, but not really.  Today at band practice some of the girls in our Hooks and Needles group brought their crochet with them.  Mom taught me and my friend how to crochet circles while she inspected beginner chains of others.  I love crocheting with my friends.


Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to give that leaf stitch a try myself!  

Congratulations on your first meeting and the name of your group!  It sounds like you are off to a really great start and I just want you to know that I'm very proud of you!

Love and blessings,

Anonymous said...

It is so great that you & your friends have picked up the love of crocheting.  My daughter is learning as well and I'm going to suggest she & her friends start a group to do charity work as well.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Tish from CP :o)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful meeting and the girls are really getting into crochet. You are giving them a skill that will be with them the rest of their lives. Kudos!

Anonymous said...

Way to go Mini Dee! You and your friends sound like you are having so much fun. You have inspired me to do charity work too!