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Knitting In The Round, Week 1: Knitted Socks, Hats, Bags, Animals and More. Monday, September 29, 2014

140929 Madonna Knitting, by Bertram of Minden 1400-1410

(Detail) Madonna Knitting, by Bertram of Minden 1400-1410. Source.

This morning, our Waldorf School of Orange County craft group gathered to knit a plethora of projects in the garden outside of The Company of Angels store. Click here to see week 2 of our knitting get-together.

Our handwork teacher Christine Newell prepared knitting needles, yarn, patterns for any skill level and taught us how to knit in the round, which is a Waldorf curriculum Grade 6 project. Everyone chose their different projects at different skill levels. Projects included:

  • Knitted socks with four No. 8 knitting needles, Worsted weight yarn.
  • Knitted bag, which will then be felted for added strength, fuzzy texture and to secretly hide stitching faux pas! You will need 3 bulky yarn, 2 plain, 1 multi. Number 11 or 10 1/2 round needles. Bag size is large -24 inches. Size can be adjusted for a child. Christine shared with us Amanda Silveira’s free knitted bag pattern  here, printable version is at the bottom of her page.
  • Knitted animals, pumpkins, shawls, scarfs, infinity cowls, et cetera.
  • Knit-A-Square for charity. WSOC Parent Association/Liz Wenger needs our help to knit 1000 8 inches squares by January 23, 2015 for African children in need. Please all come and help. Click here to see our Knit-A-Purlooza in the Daily Pilot newspaper.v

140929 Waldorf School of Orange County Monday Morning weekly craft group knitting 2

September 29, 2014. Yet Another Sunny Monday Morning in Costa Mesa, California.

I am adding a feature at the bottom of the page where I highlight the works of some members of our community. This way, we can can be the support for one another! Please scroll to the very bottom of the page and see what our very own Justine Arian has to offer! Please E-mail me if you want me to feature you. My e-mail is: Jzinius@yahoo.com.

-Jzin

Gallery of Past Projects from Our Waldorf School of Orange County Monday Morning Craft Group

Click on below picture to see a gallery of our past craft group projects.

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You can “like” and follow our weekly craft group projects on facebook here.

Please think also of craft group projects you will like to make or see offered, as our craft group donations for our 2015 Waldorf School of Orange County annual gala fundraiser. It’s still early for May 2015, but it’s good to give ourselves plenty of time. E-mail me, if you have ideas: Jzinius@yahoo.com. You know if it’s up to me, it will be another playscape set or puppet show set!

Some Snap Shots from Today

I was only able to stay a few minutes before taking my son Vi to the doctor. Here are some photos I managed to take.

Knitting in the round, 4 needles: Christine’s knitted socks. Look the cherimoya fruit is getting bigger on our fruit tree!

140929 Christine's Knitted brown socks in the round on fruiting cherimoya tree 2

1000 Knitted Squares For African Children by January 23, 2015

Can you help us knit 8″x8″ squares for a child in Africa? You can pick up supplies and place your donation in the front office basket. If you need help/want to learn to knit, come to craft group Monday mornings for assistance.

The Waldorf School of Orange County Parent Association organized its first annual knitting for charity program. This year our squares will be donated to the nonprofit organization, Knit-A-Square, who assembles squares into blankets for African children in need. Our goal is 2000 knitted squares by January 23, 2015! More information on how you can help: Liz Wenger Knit-A-Purlooza Flyer.

http://www.knit-a-square.com/

The beginning of our stash…

140929 basket of knit-a-square knitted squares for charity Knitapurlooza

Knit-a-square for orphans in Africa. Your handwork will hug them with love!

140929 Knit a square Knit-a-square for charity Knitapurlooza 2

You may pick up supplies and drop off your finished squares in the front office. This project ends January 23, 2015. You may direct your questions to Liz Wenger or view Knit-A-Purlooza Flyer.

Many Knitting Projects to Choose From

Christine brought many great knitting books for us to choose our projects. Sophie considered knitting a little piggy.

140929 Christine's library of knitting books showing pig knitted pattern 2

Kathy claims that she is new at knitting. Her chosen project today is knitted and felted bag. Look at her even and gorgeous stitches on her blue bag handle! When her bag is completed, she will felt this knitted bag to add sturdiness. Here is Amanda Silveira’s free knitting pattern as shared by Christine: Click here, printable version is at the bottom of her page.

140930 Kathy's knitted bag handle on wooden pirate ship in school yard

I particularly LOVE this book…

140929 Knitted Gardens by Jan Messent

Oh! Tonsured Franciscan monks working in the garden! Who could resist that? The Knitted Garden by Jan Messent, on Amazon.com

140929 Jan Messent’s Knitted Gardens monks working in potager kitchen gardens 1

The Knitted Garden by Jan Messent, on Amazon.com

140929 Jan Messent’s Knitted Gardens Crowd of gardens and garden people

Be still my pounding heart! Excerpt from The Knitted Garden by Jan Messent

Christine suggested we make another knitted garden this year for our upcoming Waldorf School of Orange county fundraiser 2015. What do you think? Let us know!  Click here to see our 2012 Spring Knitted Garden Fundraiser by craft group.

2012 Spring WSOC Craft Group Fundraiser group project knitted farmyard garden playscape blanket square cropped.

One of the fans of Castle of Costa Mesa is the incredible Sachiyo Ishii. Look at her upcoming book (out in November 2014). I can’t wait to get a copy! Perhaps we will knit this for our Waldorf School of Orange County 2015 Gala craft donation?

140930 Sachiyo Ishii. Mini Knitted Woodland book out in November 2014You may pre-order Sachi’s book on Amazon here.

Don’t throw that label away, it comes in handy for Halloween!

140929 Halloween yarn kitty cat costume as Lambs Pride skein of wool.

On Tuesday, the day after craft group, I asked Kathy what we did on Monday and she said “Oh, you’ve gotta check out the bag that this gal made, she really knows what she’s doing.” Luckily, I managed to photograph Melissa’s knitted T-shirt yarn bag yesterday…

140930 Dyptich Melissa's handmade T-shirt yarn knitted blue rose handbag open and closed 2

Little ones making new friends as the adults knitted.

140930 Little boys with scooter at craft group 2

My Needle-Felting Pad today

October 3, 2014. Have you experienced one of those sleepless nights when everyone in the house refuses to be sleepy? Here’s my latest wool picture to celebrate those nights. Needle-felted Picture Night Music on Etsy.

141003 Night Music Cropped arch detail 2

Details of the above.

141003 details of 3 scenes from Night Music by CastleofCostaMesa

Buy this on CastleofCostaMesa Etsy store here.

Click on the photo below to view our activities from last week:

140922 Isa weaving hula hoop loom bath rug and lavendar spider web Castle of Costa Mesa

Schedule: Upcoming Monday Morning Craft Group Projects

If there is a craft you really like to do, please tell Christine, perhaps she may be able to add that into our schedule.

  • October 6, 2014. Knitting continued: Knitting in the Round. Knitted socks with 4 needles – or – Knitted bag, pumpkins, Knitted and felted bag in the round. Christine also has many small knitting projects for beginners, such as knitted animals. Liz Wenger needs our help to knit 1000 8 inches squares by January 2015 for charity. Please all come and help. Christine will provide knitting needles, yarn, patterns for any skill level. Bulky yarn can be purchased from Company of Angels school store here. Just come and knit. If you choose socks project: No. 8 knitting needles, Worsted weight yarn. If you choose knitted and felted bags: 3 bulky yarn, 2 plain, 1 multi. Number 11 or 10 1/2 round needles 24 inches. Bag size large. Size can be adjusted for a child.
  • October 13, 2014. Columbus Day/no school, no craft group.
  • October 20, 2014. Dry/Needle-felted Mouse in a Pumpkin House! (Grade 6 curriculum) This will be a very popular craft, be sure to come! Click here to see last year’s gorgeous work!
  • October 27, 2014. Basket weaving (Grade 9 curriculum). Rectangular basket woven with flat reeds, holds 2 wine bottles. Last year craft group made round baskets.
  • November 3, 2014. Complete basket weaving.
  • November 10, 2014. Dry felted Christmas Trees.
  • Not craft group but school-wide event: Saturday, December 6, 2014 – Winter Festival 2014. Click here to see last year’s magical event. Christine is preparing for our Elves Workshop this year and need all the help she can get. Please let her know if you can help craft little treasures for the children!
Other workshops offered by Christine Newell…
  • October 11, 2014. Marionette workshop at Maple Village School, Long Beach, California. Please let Christine know as soon as you decide to come, so she can prepare enough supplies for you.
  • November 1, 2014, Saturday. 10am-2pm. Introduction to sewing machine class at Waldorf School of Orange County. Sign up sheet will be in the Company of Angels store. Class size limited to 10.

Upcoming craft group project: Mouse in a Pumpkin House! Christine’s grandson, Jack made this pumpkin mouse-house below last year when he was still in Kindergarten!

140915 Jack's needle-felted pink pumpkin with little grey mouse 2 square

Josephine made this mouse-house below last year at craft group. Click on the picture below to see photos from craft group last year.

131015 Josephine's needle-felted mouse peering out the door of his orange pumpkin house front door on foggy morning

October 11, 2014 Marionette workshop at Maple Village School, Long Beach, California. Please RSVP Christine so she has time to prepare supplies!

140923 Christine with a handmade Waldorf simple marionette 2

Please check back to see updated schedule, or look on door of Company of Angels for craft group schedule.

Jzin’s Etsy Store, Castle of Costa Mesa

Thank you for supporting my crafting mania by shopping Castle of Costa Mesa on Etsy!

Framed Guardian Angel, on Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy store.

140919 Framed Needle-felted Castle of Costa Mesa Brunette Guardian Angel in Cherimoya tree.

Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy Store

My Hansel and Gretel, available on Etsy.

140915 Hansel and Gretel in Company of Angels bushes 2

Here’s a little kite boy in the morning sun, donated on Monday to Miss Snow White and Rose Red often ran about the forest alone and gathered red berries, and no beasts did them any harm, but came close to them trustfully … More on Etsy.

140904 Rose Red and Snow White with duckling square 2

140904 Gnome caught fish square 2

Castle of Costa Mesa store on Etsy

140922 Mother and babe of the morning stars needle-felted.

Mother and Child of the Morning Stars by Castle of Costa Mesa.

My Art Website: JzinTeng.com

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My painting of Queen Vashti savoring the mixed tastes of hubris, indignation and sweet mortal defiance against her monarch-spouse who reigned above her. My model was Vanna Mae. More on my art website.

140504 Queen Vashti zoomed in on face. Jzinteng.com

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Gallery of Past Projects from The Waldorf School of Orange County Craft Group

Click on the image below to view our Waldorf School of Orange County weekly craft group projects.

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You can “like” and follow our weekly craft group projects on facebook here.

Be in the know for upcoming handmade giveaways: Like CastleofCostaMesa.Com on Facebook

130530 Square Giveaway 6 Waldorf Flower Fairies at Tanager Park

I give away my lovingly handmade dolls and crafts seasonally. If you “Like” my Castle of Costa Mesa Facebook page, you will be notified of upcoming giveaways. Click here to view the list of my past giveaways. Perhaps the next winner could be YOU?

Like Us on Facebook black and white. Fairy Tale Dolls, Handmade With Love. I want you to love learning mandarin chinese!CastleofCostaMesa.Com

 

Support Our Local Waldorf Community/ Place a Free Ad

If you are interested in placing an ad on “Support Our Southern California Waldorf Community” (free if you are a member of Southern California Waldorf community) please e-mail me a good picture and a link. If you would like a free shout out for any special events or offer, let me know as well. Time permitting, I will toot your horn.

Meanwhile, please support our local peeps! Thanks! – Jzin

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