Welcome to Craftcation 2018

Hello from beautiful Ventura, California!   Today we are coming at you from Craftcation – business + makers conference.  Craftcation is the brainchild of DearHandMadeLife and is four days of business classes and creative workshops for Makers and Crafters.  Elena and I are both excited to be here, meet new people and to learn new crafts.

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When I checked in yesterday, I got a tote bag full of goodies.  Inside were a pair of scissors, paint samples, and other tools that I have never seen before  There were washi tape samples, a notebook for class notes, and a lot of advertisements, some that are very interesting.  Craftcation has garnered primo sponsors in the crafting world including Darice, Bernina, DMC and JOANN. All of which I am excited to visit those who have booths!

They had some pre-classes on Wednesday and I was able to attend my first sewing class.  I have never used a sewing machine before and I had a great helper named Carol.  Our project for the class was to make an A-line skirt.  It could either be a straight skirt or a full skirt but that was up to me.  I thought I would opt for a full skirt, but the after doing the sewing well, lets just say that it will need some tailoring.  It was a bit too poufy and will need to be altered.  I really enjoyed being a beginner sewer and I look forward to learning more.  This is one new craft that I would like to pursue more.

Today, I am starting off with some yoga on the beach, a class on brush lettering, learning how to use your DSLR camera, and hopefully metal stamping.  After which will be the Keynote speaker and dinner.

Watch out for our other posts on #Craftcation18 and what new crafts we learn.  Wanna see more of what we do at #Craftcation2018?  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we will be posting pictures and stories.


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Dolly Long Legs – Out of My Knitting Comfort Zone

Hey there!  So until recently my most advanced project was a striped scarf,  I’ve been staying in my comfort zone for a while…. A long while.  I’m starting to get into more things since I started watching Knit and Crochet Now! and Knitting Daily, and I saw them make this doll in stockinette stitch. I thought hey I could maybe probably do that. So I decided to start my new project, Dolly Long Legs!  I printed the pattern from Knit and Crochet Now! and got to work! It took a while, there was a lot more measuring than I’m used to and I didn’t even know what batting was (thank goodness for my mom), however I eventually got it!

Read more about my knitting outside my comfort zone in making Dolly Long Legs for my sister.

I learned some new techniques, like a three needle bind off and the mattress stitch to seam up the doll. I haven’t sewed anything by hand before, but for this project it was fairly easy. I also learned how to make a french knot thanks to my mom and a satin stitch that we used to make her mouth.  It was particularly helpful that I could watch the show over and over as much as I wanted, since I had recorded it and put the pattern  together with some visual instructions. I was also really lucky that my mom had the batting I needed because I had no clue I even needed it but I finally did it and put together a doll for my little step-sister, Ashlee!  She loved her Dolly Long Legs!  It was really fun making it and I think Ashlee will have a lot of fun playing with it. Making gifts for people is one of my favorite things about knitting!

Working on Dolly Long Legs also helps me practice designing, when I make clothes for the doll, taking measurements and things like that. It’s good for a beginner even though it seems somewhat complicated.  I’ll post the link to the pattern I used here, it’s free to download but for now it’s back to knitting so see ya soon!

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Knitted Baby Care Package

One of our close friend just had a baby, so I decide it would be a great time to pull out all my baby patterns and make a baby care package. So I knitted for a long time and put together a little care package, it has all the essentials, hats, booties, a blanket, a jacket, and even little fingerless gloves.

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I tried to make everything in as many sizes as the patterns allowed for. Especially since I didn’t know what size the baby was gonna be. Except for the Jacket because there was only one size and the jacked up jacket is a story for another day anyway.

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The first thing I worked on was the baby blanket I made it with size 13 needles, in stockinette stitch so that could personalize it a bit. So I worked on it and duplicated the stitches to embroider the baby’s name. I also made the blanket red and gold since my friend was a Harry Potter fan and even named the baby after one of the characters.

The rest of the package were cute essentials like baby booties and cute little hats. The baby booties were super fun to make and only took me like two hours. They were knitted flat and just seemed up the back. There is a sections of the pattern where you move back and forth, turning in the middle of the row to make the part that covers the top of the foot. It took a few tries to get it right but it came out super cute.

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Making the whole package was so much fun and a real learning experience. I was working on it so much though that every time my little step sister Ashlee saw me she would stare at it really hard and then ask me “for the baby right, not me?”


So maybe my next project will be making Ashlee some fingerless gloves but for now it’s back to knitting, so see ya soon!


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