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Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Importance of Passing Down our Crafting Knowledge to All Children

..this article is featured in my Ezine Article Portfolio, along with other interesting articles, please click on the links under My Ezine Articles on the left of this page!

The ancient crafts of knitting and crochet span many many generations. We can trace members of any family back to the days when knitting was done as a matter of necessity, particularly in cold climates. We went through a phase in the height of its fashion where knitting particularly, became a very lucrative home industry. Something mums could do at home while raising her children.

These days, with the advent of Gameboy. Xbox and now Wii, our children are being given tools to sustain their ever increasing hunger for instant results, instant gratification and instant satisfaction. Knitting, and indeed crochet do not fit into any of the computer game console selections because quite simply, they are not that "instant"

Think about these three vital things:

1. Children who do not learn how we gather the things we need in order to survive, have no idea of their value, or currency in our evolving world. Take for example, the youngster who was asked in her class, "Where does wool come from?" her thoughtful answer came after pondering the question, and her reply was simply: "Spotlight". (Spotlight is a chain store here in Australia that stocks many craft items, including a fairly comprehensive yarn and fiber section!)

2. Children who are given the tools to make the things that they want and desire, very often inherit a value and currency associated with the item that they have made, rendering it far more "precious" than something disposable or store bought. It becomes something with a worth, or currency, such as pride and confidence, two extremely vital ingredients of encouragement and growth, both physically and mentally, which has got to be positive.

3. By instilling certain educational recreations, our children will grasp the techniques that we were taught, and hold them with the respect that they deserve, and provide them with the platform on which their own children can (and inevitably WILL) learn, and pass down to their children.

As long as we can encourage our children and grandchildren to participate in things that are exciting and reap rewards, there will always be a place for lets use an example of knitting, at the most basic level.

Remember the old wooden cotton reels, and 4 nails hammered in the top, commonly referred to as a Knitting Nancy? Well, why not go hunt up an old wooden cotton reel and bang a few nails into the top because I can assure you, time spent engaging a youngster to create something with these simple items, will force them to think outside the square in which they learn and play!

The simplicity of French Knitting (the term used to describe this form of knitting) is so fundamental, it defies all reasoning. What can they make with just "sausages" of yarns? Well this is the fun part! You can make smaller "sausages" and sew each one into a circle, and then link the next one, like a chain, and then you have a scarf!. Make a long enough one, and spiral it around itself and soon you can make a rug, or a coaster or lots of circles joined together could make another style of scarf, or even a hat or some slipper!. Set the goal, and then go chase it with your child or grandchild.

You know, you may just surprise yourself. It may just be fun. You might, just might, turn something so basic, into something that fills up the generation gap and brings you and your young one closer together, and make you elite in your own "club".

What have you got to lose? Except the time of day, and lets face it, the love and attention we can bestow on our little ones, whilst learning something so cool and so exciting, is purely an investment of love, and at the same time, giving them skills to share with their peers, and best of all, their own children. So? Why are you still reading? Haven't you got some nails to hammer?

meanwhile - get creative!!
Tracey ~

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

FREE PATTERN - skinny rib fingerless gloves!

why not use this easy to execute ribbing stitch, for finishing your hats and scarves, even make a pair of skinny rib gloves... with dk yarn (8 ply) and size 4.5mm needles, cast on 36 stitches, knit in rib stitch until desired length to fit from wrist to middle of your fingers. cast off. Sew along the long side until there is approximately three inches left to sew. miss an inch and sew the rem aining two inches - that will be the thumbhole. They look really skinny and like they won't fit but trust me, this is a failproof pattern and very easy to make!!


from all-yarn-crafts.com for stitch execution of ribbing stitch!


just in time for Christmas, so get knitting!!!
:-) Tracey

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Crafting Clinic is officially in business!




Please let me assure you that things are now coming together. There have been a few little hiccups with website builders, hosts and ghosts in the gaspipes lol but The Crafting Clinic is alive and well and now permanently resides here:



and your friendly Crafting Clinic Nurse (that'd be moi!) is only too happy to assist where I can!

Please drop me a line anytime, and lets get these yarn crafts started (or finished)...

your friendly Crafting Clinic Nurse,
Tracey :-)

5 Things You Should Know About Freeform Crochet

by Tracey Waller - as published on Ezine Articles 

There are 5 things you should know about Freeform Crochet that could inspire you to give this wonderful concept a try. It is certainly making a comeback, among the artistic works that we are seeing emerge from home industry workers. It is considered to be the abstract arts of yarn creating, and when you get further into the actual logistics of the craft, you will soon see why.

Firstly, it is easy to do! Yes, it is all in your imagination and no one has a right way or a wrong way of executing Freeform Crochet. To that end, there is very little available in the way of structured patterns, which can be confusing for those wanting to give it a try.

Secondly, Freeform Crochet is very achievable. Consider each piece that you start, as a blank canvas. It is a growing, moving piece of art, that can be as big or how small as you desire. It gives the creator enormous scope with which to join clusters of texture and color together to form unlimited variations with ones imagination being its only limit!

Thirdly, Freeform Crochet has little or no structure so the creator has complete artistic license over their finished piece. it can be a mix of yarns and fibers, bringing a conglomerate of luxurious textures and forms together, or it can be as minimal as one basic fiber in one basic color.

Fourthly, It has such universal appeal that by looking at other pieces, we can glean inspiration and ideas from other Freeform Crochet artists. Interspersing knitted pieces into the growing fabric makes for an interesting finish that most Freeform Crochet artists aspire to ensuring originality and uniqueness!

The fifth thing you should know about Freeform Crochet, is that every piece is beautiful. You cannot make a mistake and you cannot go wrong. You can start with a basic circle with some already acquired stitch repertoire, or you can "wing it" with an array of experimental designs. colors and textures.

Whichever way you decide to tackle this incredibly clever crochet technique, one thing is for sure, you will soon become addicted to its versatile and enchanting product, and be truly breathing life back into all your scraps of yarn!

until next time, get freeforming, the sky is the limit!!

Tracey :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

LONG TAIL CAST ON..free video tutorial

how many times have we made the perfect beanie or pair of socks only to find that the cast on edge was just a tad too tight and the circumference of the garment kinds didn't fit? Then take a look at this easier alternative to normal cable cast on, or thumb cast on...

it gives all your cast on edges a crisp even edge with a generous stretch that does not weaken over time.

Courtesy of one of the many  free VIDEO TUTORIALS at All Yarn Crafts (click here to see more)

to see the Long tail Cast On VIDEO TUTORIAL CLICK HERE

TIP to work out how much yarn you need to execute this technique for the correct amount of stitches required for your pattern, wind the yarn around the needle the amount of stitches you require - then you will be sure to have enough tail to cast on with. Persevere, the first row you knit with this technique looks for all the world that it is loose and uneven - THAT IS NORMAL... as you knit, the fabric compresses into itself and melds the stitches into an even crisp edge hence the forgiving stretch at the completion of your garment :-)

til next time... practice practice practice...

Tracey :-)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

FREE kids project idea: THILLY THOCK THING!!

Okay, so its almost time for the silly season, and you have a mountain of kids about to descend on you for the big occasion. Don't break out in a rash!! Go to hubby's sock drawer, and "borrow" on a long tern basis, a pair of his scrappiest socks, and do what I did...




I dragged out the craft box, snitched some yarn, a few beads, a bit of lace and made Tha"Hara the Thnake puppet for the Visitor's Toy Box. Now when the little tigers come to play, they can make their own plays and shows up and perform them for all the family...even the adults can get involved. These make the perfect anecdote for rainy days and days when boring is given the cold rush in favor of some puppeteering!

Set the Stage: put two chairs about 6 feet apart, but backs facing each other, and drape a table cloth or old sheet over them to form a curtain. Pop another chair that has a back on it, so you can drape that sheet over the back of that chair, in front of the sheet, the seat part will be the actual stage!! Put two chairs together side by side, to make a bigger stage, and drape another sheet over the seat parts to cover up all the activity behind the scenes...

Children and adults alike will love playing Punch and Judy, or better still, choose characters that mean a lot to them like, granmar and granpar and dress them accordingly. You can make easy changes of clothes by cutting large squares out of fabric, and a hole in the middle and sew elastic or joined elastic bands around the opening to make it stretchable  to fit over the hand of the puppeteer, and therefore have a smock or a cloak which is a change if they need to make a different character... draw bow ties on the smock, or pockets, or pretend patches and stitches...place snap on moustaches and woolly hair pieces that can be removed to change the look of the puppet.

See?... a really cheap and loaded with fun fun fun way to fill your childrens toy boxes AND imaginations  - and using up all those odds and ends that clutter the busy box!! And not a game-boy, or X box in sight... yay!!!

Please post your creations, we would love to see them...!!!

til next time...keep them projects rolling!!!
Tracey :-)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Eeny Weeny Preemie Boots FREE PATTERN


you are going to love these Eeny Weeny Preemie Boots:

Materials:
1 pair of size 4.00mm straight needles (US size 6)
<20g acrylic Dk yarn
wool needle for sewing seams and toe section
embellishments as desired eg buttons, embroidery etc (look at the pictures for ideas!)

Cast on 16 stitches
Knit every row for 16 rows
cut yarn approx 10cm
thread darning needle and thread through all stitches on needle and pull firmly but gently to cinch the toe section into a circle and fold in half
sew a tiny seam for 3 - 4 ridges of garter stitch - cut yarn
fold the cast on edge in half and sew the cast on edge together to form closure for the heel.

FOR BUTTON FLAP VERSION -do not complete the sewing of the heel section. Pick up 5 stitches and knit for about 12 - 14 rows or length required to reach button when sewn in place. completing the last row: knit 4 yarn over needle, knit 4
next row: bind off (button hole made.
sew a little tiny button on the side where the button hole would sit.
complete for the other side, using the opposite side to pick up the stitches.


the heel flap version (as in the red pair as well)
to allow postnatal tubes to flowfreely in the humidicrib



now these will really make the lil toes of those tiny treasures look good enough to squeeze...if not eat!!

Please let me see your versions so that we can showcase them here in your Crafting Clinic...

til next time, stay savvy!!
Tracey :-)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Monday, November 9, 2009

stress-less CHRISTMAS.. fact or fiction?

It is creeping up on all of us again, and at this time of the year, we tend to brave the elements in whatever part of the world we live in, to gather up our Christmas goodies well in time for the big day.

Why don't you give yourself a real break from all that hassle and all that expense?

I have made it my plan for the past ten years now, to create little gifts for the friends that I treasure so much, and tuck them away for the appropriate gift giving time. Sometimes it is as a group, when my crafters all get together for out Christmas nosh up... other times, I am invited to do demonstrations at little local church halls, and then get the opportunity to give my little "thank you and Merry Christmas" gifts to my students and friends.

Is Christmas expensive? - FACT - yes!

CAN I really stress less at Christmas Gift Giving Time? - FACT - YES... a lot of people may have answered no, and thought of it as fiction but the fact is... you can also save a lot of money by creating hand made crafted gifts from simple things like one skein scarves, or a pair of easy knit or crochet mittens, or slippers and hats.

There are so so many wonderful resources available on the net now that give us all manner of ideas and creative inspirations, that we can start creating our Christmas Gift list as early as the day after Christmas...at least you will have everything ready for the next one in time!!

Lets face it... we get so busy with the actual preparations and running around during the holiday season, we owe it to ourselves to relax and enjoy the looks on the faces of those people we love, when they receive something that you yourself have made.

Over the next few posts, I am going to show you some really simple things that you can make, and list them as free patterns in my Yahoo Group pages  - SO JOIN TODAY - by clicking the link at the top of this page, and you will gain access, as a member, to all the exciting things that we as a group are encouraged to share!

It is not too late to get the needles and hooks out now and start on your Christmas Gifts right now...with the Crafting Clinic always available to offer advice, I cannot see why you are wasting time reading my blog when you should be creating :-)

needles are calling...
til next time, please, stay safe and enjoy your craft - whatever it is...

Tracey :-)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Weaving in ends?? Bah Humbug!!

Have you ever been so excited at the prospect of finishing your project, only to find that when it is all done, there is a mile of ends to weave in???

Well, over the years, I have incorporated a genius method of making sure I never have to weave in ends ever again :-)

Don't think it is possible?? Then allow me to post a question that was asked of the Knitting Clinic Group I moderate in my Ravelry life:
Does anyone have any advice for casting on cotton, bamboo or linen yarns so that the cast on edge doesn’t have that loose, loopy look (other than a provisional cast on). Similarly, any tips for joining the same yarns within a project without tying a knot?
Thanks -
I replied with the following advice:
hi there! thanks for posting a question!
I find when knitting with cotton, using the “long tail” cast on method is wonderful for creating a crisp even edge along the cast on edge.
To create a nice even edge for joining seams, I slip the first stitch of every row, the opposite to what the stitch is going to be. For example, if it is a knit row, I slip the first stitch purlwise as if to purl it, then bring the yarn back to the knit position, and vice versa for the purl rows. You can see that method of slipping the first stitch clearly making that edge in my pattern for scrap yarn baby shoes.
And as for joining yarns mid row, I leave a tail of working yarn of about 3 inches, and place a tail of the new yarn against the back of the fabric and knit the next stitch with the new yarn. I then take the old working yarn and lay it along the line of live stitches yet to be knitted from the left hand needle and watching the yarn placement, weave the yarn as I go, placing the yarn either under or over the next live stitch wrap. It weaves in beautifully as you continue to work and no weaving in when you have finished!!
…” a gift from the hands is a gift from the heart”
Tracey
to which they replied:
Oh. My. God. You are a genius! (The no weaving part.) How do you think of this stuff?

how much joy is it to share?? I hope that you got something out of this in respect of weaving in your ends... kiss that technique well and truly goodbye!! This way is so much easier :-)

Until next time...keep those fingers busy!!
Tracey :-)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Losses and Wins,,,life can be so complicated!

Losses: R I P my darling dear friend. My best friend and amazing mentor, was killed yesterday morning in a tragic accident that has left her husband fighting for his life in a local hospital. This lady taught me just about all the tricks of the trade with my handcrafts, especially the later years. My life and my heart will never be the same again. Please, please, God, take care of this very special friend, this incredible human being who gave and gave so much, right up until she was snatched away. Amen angel, you will be so sadly missed.


Wins: New to my cache of  Crafting Clinic resources is our new Yahoo Group. Please join and help to make this group YOUR very own, by adding comments, contributions, and all things yarn related. I will be posting digests on a regular basis along with my own published articles from the Ezine network. As one door slams shut, another opens wider than the last... my loss, whilst almost unbearable, makes way for this amazing win... so please, be part of the yarn crafting family and help to keep the Crafting Clinic busy!!


(the link to join the Yahoo group is at the top of this page!)


prayers, 
Tracey

Friday, October 30, 2009

FringeyThings - a Scrap Yarn Project!

As promised, look what you can make using a couple of odd balls of fun yarns, anything with texture. i took 4 balls of totally different yarns, and this is my result... 4 DIFFERENT DESIGNS,  although when worn they do look similar.

 as shown below: BLAZE - MOCHA - PLUM - MIDNIGHT







these took me approximately an hour and a half to create and are lots of fun to wear because they are lightweight, fluffy and delicious to feel!!

Fringeythings are available as a PDF pattern to purchase from my Ravelry store.

Now I am off creating some crocheted bangle covers for wooden bangles... how fun!!

til next time,
Tracey :-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Scrap Yarn Projects - do they really exist?

Anyone who is addicted to yarn craft may very well argue that point. Scrap Yarn is something that is very often used for embellishing and other yarn crafts, even donated to someone else to add to an afghan or trim.

The thing is, we have all been left with a couple of odd balls of yarn that are so lovely, too lovely to "waste" on trivial projects, and not enough to make anything worthwhile.

WRONG!!

I am going to show you how, with a little bit of imagination and the desire to create something really really quickly,that SCRAP YARN PROJECTS ARE ALIVE AND WELL and how you can turn 4 balls  of fun yarn into a wearable accessory that will be the envy of everyone. And it will cost you next to nothing...if you are clever!!

The idea of my Scrap Yarn FringeyThingys (yes, its a cop out name, but so apt) was to use up the balls I already have in my stash and believe me there are many!! If you have the burning desire to go ahead and create one, then I suggest, when I post the pictures up later this afternoon, have a look and see a scrap yarn project that really does exist! Then,  go to your nearest yarn supplier and buy 4 of the cheapest 50g balls of as different a yarn as you can find and make one. The more dissimilar they are in thickness, texture and colour, the better!!!

You will surprise yourself at how gorgeous and warm they are and how easy and cheaply they can be made. This is a true beginners project and one that I have been using in my classes for years - BECAUSE IT IS SO EASY!! A true Scrap yarn project that will be the number one Christmas Knit in town!!
 

stay tuned...


Tracey :-)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yarn Craft - the joy of creation



I think I need some pet sheep and goats, to feed this addiction of mine! I am up at the ungodly hour of around 5.30am each morning, burning to get some needles or a hook or a loom in my hands and just...do!

Today I am concentrating on making the most gorgeous ruffled collar. I have stitch definition in mind, I have concept and I have idea. i also have some gorgeous yarn that is screaming for attention.

Design a collar, create a stitch, finish a project. They are my ambitions for my knitting project today.

So if anyone has any qualms in wondering where or how to start something like a Victorian Ruffled Collar - I shall, by the end of this project, show you how easy it was!

Needles are calling...

til next time!

Tracey

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Therapeutic Properties of Yarn Crafts




Some people do yoga for relaxation, some exercise and others listen to music. All of those things would be recommended at one time or another but for me, my only true form of relaxation is in crafting with yarns.

I often knit laying down in bed!! Whenever I need to think hard about something, I knit. if I am in a light mood, I crochet, when I am feeling extra creative, I make embellishments from fine yarns and maybe, paper or beads or something that has take n my fancy through the day that is lying around my craft room.

I find working with the tensile properties of yarns, of any description, gives me an inner peace and a core to relaxation that nothing else gives me. It is probably because of its ancient roots, of actually creating with the yarns, making fabrics that can be worn or displayed. it is like producing a never ending canvas.

Combining different yarns in a single project, creating a balance of texture and colour, give me a feeling of sheer delight - being a designer of wearables - and making others want to pick up needles and emulate my concepts is such a thrill.

So next time you are frustrated with a project you are working on, find some yarn and create... with the advent of freeform now, anything is possible.

The pictures shown in this blog, of this amazing bag are my very very first attempt at freeform crochet and knitting and it only took me 14 hours to complete. Every time I look at it, I get a feeling of peace and satisfaction, as I remember the coming together of the colourful fabric - all made up of irregular shapes and truly amazing yarns!!



All you need to do is keep one thing in mind - no matter what your choice of relaxation is, make sure you are enjoying it and that it is giving something to you that nothing else can. That is the very nature of therapy and for me, you cannot beat yarn crafts for therapy!

enjoy the journey...
Tracey

Friday, October 23, 2009

Knitting and Crochet Addiction - you know you've got it bad when.....

... you are sitting on the floor surrounded by yarn (and in this case I had 2 huge suitcases full of every colour imaginable, tumbling out all over the place!) when a song popped into my head!

And now I can't seem to get rid of it!!

Do you remember the Wombles?? Well my recent addiction to freeform knitting and crochet has given me a song to sing while I "create" my scrumbles:

..."over hook., under hook, scrumbling free, the freeform knitters and crocheters are we!! Making good uses of yarns that we find, and fibres the everyday cat leaves behind...!!:

yes yes, I know...

but at least one thing is for sure...I LOVE WHAT I do!!

PS. the  Crafting Clinic is open!! Perhaps a prescription from the Crafting Clinic Nurse is what I need... :-)

Happy Scrumbling everyone!!

Tracey - the Crafting Clinic Nurse

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Flawless Knitting - fact or fiction?


Have you ever seen ads for knitting enthusiasts to knit garments from home to be sold in a store? Ever wondered how knitters got their knitting so good that they were confident enough to do that?

Let me tell you, it is not that hard! if you can knit and purl stitches, then you too can make your knitting projects flawless and desirable for sale.

Let me share a few of my proven tips with you...

First of all you need to be sure that what you are knitting is well within the scope of your capabilities. no point choosing a garment that has many stitch variations, such as cables or intarsia when you can't do them confidently. For beginners, I recommend a scarf - two reasons, one is it is reasonably easy to do and secondly because chances are, it will get finished! No point knitting a garment that will suffocate inside a plastic bag for years and eventually get tossed out - that is sacrilege in the worst form :-)

Next, you need to set realistic goals for your knitting. It is difficult to start a 3 yard scarf knitting project the day before Christmas, with not much hope of getting it done to give as a gift the next day! That will only leave you disillusioned and defeated. Make sure all your knitting projects can be done within a time frame so that you can remain disciplined in your endeavours. It really works, if you do some each day.

Third - you need to assess your knitting yarn and ensure that you are choosing the appropriate yarn for that particular style of knitting. It would be difficult to knit a lacy pattern using chunky style wool, for example, and naturally the end results would be disappointing. These days there are so many avenues for buying yarns and fibres it can be exhausting. (that is why there is a free Crafting Clinic available for you!) Projects usually have a recommended yarn that they have used, but if you are careful, then substituting yarns can become a fun part of your knitting project!

Fourth - I have a motto that is simply: Let your yarn work for YOU..by that I am simply meaning, choose a yarn that is not only attractive to look at, but is easy to work with and therefore fun to use! I use a lot of textured yarns and even plastic bags and strips of torn material to create certain elements for projects, especially when it comes to finishing touches.

and last but not least: choose a knitting project that requires simple stitches. Often garter stitch (knitting every row) is all that you need, in order to make a stunning statement when you use a yarn that is suitable. Creating beautiful knitting projects is as easy as the work you put inot the ptoject before you start it!

And naturally, knitting is not the only project that these rules apply to. Crochet is another yarn craft that, with a little bit of preparation and determination, will have you churning out results like you never imagined.

And please, remember the Crafting Clinic is available for FREE advice on this and any of your yarn projects, so feel free to ask a question, it will be a pleasure to help!

Until the next time, stay encouraged and keep your projects going!

Tracey

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hello and Welcome!



The end of the year is nearly upon us, so what better time to introduce The Yarn Basket? You may be able to get that elusive project finished just in time for Christmas Giving! :-)

Q.What is The Crafting Clinic?
 A. The Crafting Clinic is an online Crafting Clinic that people can ask questions and advice about their crafts, and share news and information with others on the net. It is referred to as a "clinic" because it conjures up help and mending and recovery! Some projects really need that...:-)

 Q. How much does the advice cost?
 A. The Crafting Clinic is a totally FREE advice "clinic" that offers helpful information about all crafts, particularly yarn crafts and anything to do with yarns and fibres. It is run solely by me, and advice given is given without judgment or prejudice. That means you won't have to feel silly by asking even the most ordinary questions, because every question is answered confidentially. No one else will see the questions except you and me!

Q. What sort of crafts can I ask advice on?
 A. I am well versed in the following crafts:
KNITTING - circular, straight, moebius, round and long loom knitting, long tail cast on, provisional cast on, double knitting, cables, socks, gloves, short rows, yarn over increasing, lace patterns, textured knitting, scrap yarn knitting, free form knitting reading patterns, yarn substitution, needle size conversions..and much more!
CROCHET- single end hook, double end hook, afghan crochet, freeform crochet, cables, increasing, Tunisian crochet, hairpin lace crochet, granny square crochet, yarn substitution, hook size conversion, reading patterns and much more!
BEADING - freeform bead making, recycled bead making, hand making beads from natural products, ie paper, potatoes, yarns etc...
GREETING CARD MAKING - materials found around the home, how to embellish cards with things found around the home, what makes the best cards, yarns and cards, inks, embellishments, and all things card related
SCRAPBOOKING - making memories from simple things, paper bag scrapbooks, using yarns on pages, knitting a spine, crochet a border, making yarns work with other materials, embellishing with recyclables and anything scrapbooking
 EMBELLISHING - giving things a complete new look, eg scrapbooks, clothes, shoes, hair accessories, you name it! Using things you may already have around the home to add finishing touches to projects eg, hairclips, elastics, buckles, buttons, ribbons, shoelaces, foil cups, cake papers, pipe cleaners, paper, yarns, beads, anything!

Q. What is the point of a Craft Clinic when I can research my craft on many other sites?
 A. That is a good question, and the answer is very simple: this is a  personal, single ownership site. The service I offer is not a generic page with links to often unhelpful services which seem to have you going around in a complete circle and still not have the answers. My service, is different because the emails you send me get to ME - not to someone else who is working part time in an area they are not qualified in. Your questions will be answered by ME and not some cut and paste link to more sites. I am experienced enough to be able to hopefully help, if not then direct you in your challenges, and if I can't then I will research the material for you - saving you from taking that time!

Q. Why are you doing it if you are not getting paid to do it?
 A. another very good question! The truth is, I am getting paid for it, because every single person who enlists my help and who, in turn is helped by my advice, is my payment. :-) I am largely self taught in all the areas of my crafts, and I never had a single place to go for the help that is readily available online these days. I want to provide a service where people can come in, ask their question and be happy with the answers they get because they are directed at them, not anywhere or anyone else.

So these are a few questions that you may have been wanting to know the answers to. There will also be tips on how to use certain techniques in your projects along with tutorials on execution of techniques, as well as links to lots of Yarn Craft content sites, along with free patterns to try for yourself! Lots of them my own original design :-)

So please, feel free to  ASK ME A QUESTION



...keep the faith
Tracey - The Crafting Clinic


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