Your Turn – 3
The Creative Soul
Last week I challenged you to use yarn and perhaps two other items. One easy project involves yarn, a straw, and a piece of cardboard. For this exercise you also need scissors but I am not really including them as one of the items. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard and then when several layers are completed, slide the yarn off the cardboard and tie off in the middle. Cut the loops on each side and then tie onto the straw. You can wrap the straw with green yarn as well. There you have yarn pomp om flowers on a yarn covered green straw!
Another project involves finger knitting, a centuries old craft. Finger knitting is a great way to learn how to knit. It’s easy to do and you will quickly have something that you can wear or play with. Finger knitting is quite simple and requires only about nine feet of yarn and your two hands. Step 1: Turn your non-dominant hand palm-up. Leave a 6-inch tail of yarn between your thumb and palm. Step 2: Use your other hand to wrap the yarn over your pointer finger, back behind your middle finger, over your ring finger, then behind your pinkie finger. Step 3: Now wrap the yarn back around your pinkie, behind your ring finger, over your middle finger and behind your pointer finger. You should now have a loop over each finger. Step 4: Repeat Step 2, starting at your knuckles. Step 5: Wrap the yarn back around your fingers to complete two rows of yarn. Step 6: Pull the lower loop over the top of your finger. Repeat for all four fingers. Step 7: You have just completed your first row of finger knitting and can release the yarn you are holding with your thumb. Step 8: Push down the top row, and repeat steps 4-8 until you have the desired length. Step 9: To finish the rope, carefully remove the remaining loops from your fingers. Cut an extra 6 inches of yarn and thread this through the loops and tighten. Add a double knot to secure in place. When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful rope of yarn that you can use for lots of different things, such as a cool headband, a belt, bracelet, necklace, or even a scarf. Since there’s no need to worry about pointy needles, it’s a great craft to do on long car trips.
This week’s challenge involves pen, paper, and your imagination. I’ve included some popular English words here and I want you to use them to write something – either prose or poetry. For my non-English speaking readers, please make your selection from popular nouns, verbs, and adjectives in your native language. Remember, the challenge is to be creative, not to write a Nobel Prize-winning piece. Enjoy!