- Virginia Johnson
Is Arts & Crafts class your favorite camp activity? Does working with yarn, felt, and fabric put you in a happy, creative place? Then, Knit, Hook, and Spin: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Fiber Arts and Crafts, by Laurie Carlson, might be the best book ever. It has directions for all kinds of fun. With its very clear instructions, you can learn to weave, knit, crochet, and even spin your own yarn if you like.
You can make a braided bracelet or rug, create felt for beads and bags, or knit a scarf with just your fingers. You can also learn to knit with knitting needles. Don’t have knitting needles? Not a problem. You can make your own, if you like, and then go on to create headbands/ear warmers, slippers, a tassel doll, or a tassel scarf.
Learn about crocheting and how to make a necklace, a pet collar or friendship bracelet, a hat, barefoot sandals, and more. But, what about color? Sure, you can buy yarn that’s already colored, but it’s fun to dye your own with spices or even drink mixes. If you are the Earth-conscious type, the Recycled Projects section lets you make new things out of things that are worn out!
Finally, the author tells you how your fiber art skills can be a gift to others. You can make comfort dolls for children affected by tragedy, caps for premature babies to wear in the hospital, and socks and hats for homeless people. Get your friends involved by teaching them fiber arts, too. It’s a relaxing way to make the world a happier place. The Craft Yarn Council created a program called Each One Teach Two to help you get your group started.
There are so many things you can make with fiber arts. See the video below to learn how to finger knit a beautiful butterfly: