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Knitting In The Round, Week 2: Knitted Socks, Hats, Bags, Animals and More. Monday, October 6, 2014

141006 Roxanna knitting an alpaca cowl, black and white blurred background portrait  2

141006 Laura and son sewing whiskers onto maroon knitted cat toy 3x4 cropped 2

141007 Gloria wrapped in Christine's handmade Loopy Mango Yarn throw blanket 2

141006 Katya being silly wearing her handmade T-shirt yarn mat as a hat chapeau 2

Today, 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. This is the second week of knitting. You may click on this link to see posts from the first week.

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. Supplies fees for today was “pay as you see fit.” 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. More info on: Knit-A-Purlooza Flyer. Please all come and help. Click here to see our Knit-A-Purlooza in the Daily Pilot newspaper.

Remember, next week (10/13/14) is Columbus Day, no school and craft group will take a break and reconvene October 20, 2014 for our very popular needle-felted Mouse in a Pumpkin House craft! Come early or you may not get a chair to sit on!

141008 Waldorf School of Orange County weekly craft group in the garden Costa Mesa 2

October 6, 2014. A Peaceful Monday Morning knitting in the garden among friends, who could ask for anything more?

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! This week, we feature  our handwork teacher Miss Phyllis’ Etsy store. She is also teaching a wonderful Waldorf doll workshop in November. Click here to see the flyer on the bottom of this page. 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.

140907 Monday morning craft group. Waldorf School of Orange County. Show girls. CastleofCostaMesa.Com. 2

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!

Knitting in a Garden, Among Friends

(Left) Roxana knitting a soft alpaca cowlet in one shade of gray… (Right) Completed! Gray scalloped luxury alpaca cowl on a tumeric-hued lace top: just the right amount of warmth needed for Southern California, revealed our model.

141006 Roxanna and her knitted grey alpaca cowl dyptich.

Christine knitted this Loopy Mango Super Bulky yarn throw for Julie. Gloria is modeling it for us: Mmm…cozy!

141007 Gloria wrapped in Christine's handmade Loopy Mango Yarn throw blanket 2

Big enough for yourself and a cuddler.

141006 Katherine in matching navy floral dress hugging Gloria's legs under Loopy Mango Yarn throw 2

Loopy Mango Yarn

Isa and her Lamb’s Pride Bulky Yarn knitted bag, big enough to be a top! The pattern used was from Amanda Silveira. Visit her blog to get your free knitted bag pattern here, printable version is at the bottom of her page.

141007 Isa and her knitted bag 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/

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.

Knitted Animals to Enchant The Little Ones

Knitted Animals by Anne-Dorthe Grigaff has many cute animals you can knit for your children.

141006 Knitted Animals by Anne-Dorthe Grigaff, Hawthorn Press. CastleofCostaMesa.Com

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Sophie knitting a little piggy for her little boy…

141006 Sophie knitting a pig for her little boy 2

November 10, 2014. Sophie finished knitting this adorable little piggy for her boys.

Stitching on whiskers for the cat…

141006 Laura and son sewing whiskers onto maroon knitted cat toy 3x4 cropped 2

Laura crafting amidst a constellation of sweet children.

141007 Laura stitching knitted cat with her constellation of children 2

The little kitty was loved to bits before mommy had time to finish knitting it. When I asked her for the kitty’s name, without missing a beat, she replied, “Her name is Marie-Belle.”

141006 The knitted kitty was loved to bits before mommy had time to finish knitting 2

LOVE.

141007 Laura's girl lost in reverie hugging mommy handmade knitted kitty cat 2

Meet “Milk”, Melissa’s calico grey kitty cat, knitted this morning. Melissa is considering donating this cat to our Waldorf School of Orange County May 2015 fundraiser!

141007 Melissa's knitted calico grey cat playing with cherimoya on tree 2

Pattern of this kitty. Pages 26, 27, 28 from Knitted Animals by Anne-Dorthe Grigaff.

141008 Waldorf Soft and Cuddly Cats knitted pattern page 26 from Knitted Animals by Anne-Dorthe Grigaff

141008 Waldorf Soft and Cuddly Cats knitted pattern page 27 from Knitted Animals by Anne-Dorthe Grigaff

141008 Waldorf Soft and Cuddly Cats knitted pattern pages 28 from Knitted Animals by Anne-Dorthe Grigaff

Knitted Animals by Anne-Dorthe Grigaff on Amazon.com

4th Grader/ Homeschooler Katya knitted a yellow duckie!

141009 Katya's knitted yellow duck squares by Cathrine FB 1

141009 Katya's knitted yellow duck photo by Cathrine FB 1

Photos of ducky and barn owls, courtesy of Cathrine Ji. Below: Barn Owls dressed in “owlfits”– thought up by our talented Katya!

141003 Katya's Owlfits knitted clothes for owls.

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 late 2014/ early 2015.). I can’t wait to get an autographed 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 2014

You may pre-order Sachi’s book on Amazon here.

Josephine knitting a hat in the round for her daughter, as we discussed how we were totally surprised that our teachers thought our little lambs were choleric by temperament.

141006 Josephine knitting a hat in the round for her daughter 2

Cathrine added finishing touches to Kimmy’s shawl, needle-felted in the final loose yarn, Rachel modelled Kimmy’s shawlet… while she encountered a little visitor…

141007 Tiny visitor at Rachel's modeling photo shoot 2

Kimmy donated her crochet shawlet to our May 2015 Waldorf School of Orange County fundraiser. Thank you Kimmy!

141007 Kimmy wearing her handmade crochet grey scalloped shawl 2

The womenfolk knitted in safe oblivion, guarded by tireless swashbucklers…

141007 Swashbuckling menfolk accompanied the knitting women 2

Continuing weaving with T-shirt yarn project from past weeks…

141007 Rachel, Isa and Katya with their woven T-shirt yarn rugs on hula hoop looms 2

October 8, 2014. Rachel’s woven T-shirt yarn rug, finished. I overhead Judy said to Rachel, “Only you could make a fabulous rug out of two X-size T-shirts and a hula hoop!”

141008 Rachel Skelly finished T-shirt yarn woven rug in her mosaic living room home

Rachel Skelly’s mosaic can be seen on the wall in the photo above. If you need mosaic work done, you can contact Rachel: Smashingmosaics.com

My Needle-Felting Pad today

October 5, 2014. The King’s dog ran into the cave and the King ran after it. He had never before seen a maiden more beautiful, and he said to her, “Where did you come from, beautiful child?” … The King lifted her onto his horse and rode away towards the palace. – The Wild Swans, Hans Christian Anderson. The Wild Swans Wool Picture, CastleofCostaMesa Etsy Store

141005 The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Anderson Night Galloping on White Steed towards The Palace Needle-Felted wool picture by Castle of Costa Mesa

Castle of Costa Mesa on Etsy

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.

Schedule: Upcoming Monday Morning Craft Group Projects

We will be repeating this popular craft on October 20, 2014. 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

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 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 early or you may not get a chair to sit on! 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.
  • Scroll to the very bottom to see a doll workshop offered at the Journey School in November by Miss Phyllis.

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

October 11, 2014 Marionette workshop at Maple Village School, Long Beach, California. 10am. Please RSVP Christine so she has time to prepare supplies!

140923 Christine with a handmade Waldorf simple marionette 2

October 27, 2014. Basket weaving (Grade 9 curriculum). Rectangular basket woven with flat reeds, holds 2 wine bottles.

141007 Flat reed woven double wine bottle basket on cherimoya tree 2

Jzin’s Etsy Store, Castle of Costa Mesa

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

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

Check out my art website: http://www.jzinteng.com/

Please “Like” my painting facebook page, so you will see my upcoming artworks. Thank you for your support of my passion! – Jzin

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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Please “Like” my painting facebook page, so you will see my upcoming works.

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.

140907 Monday morning craft group. Waldorf School of Orange County. Show girls. CastleofCostaMesa.Com. 2

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

Support Someone from Our Community:

Our other handwork teacher, Miss Phyllis is teaching an adorable doll workshop in November. Check it out:

141114 Phyllis Gilmer Journey School Doll Workshop Jingle Baby Oak and Acorn

You can print the doll workshop flyer above by clicking here: Phyllis Gilmer Journey School Doll Workshop Jingle Baby Oak and Acorn

 Check out our handwork teacher Miss Phyllis’ handmade store, PhyllisGilmer on Etsy!

Handmade Waldorf Treasures by Phyllis Gilmer Costa Mesa CastleofCostaMesa.com

Here is a cute squirrel and some hedgehogs that Phyllis made for Miss Jenelle’s playgroup…plus the sweetest little heavy baby like those on her Etsy store…

141008 Phyllis Gilmer felt squirrel heavy baby knitted hedgehogs Waldorf playgroup early childhood toys

Be sure to “favorite” (click on the heart icon so it turns red) PhyllisGilmer on Etsy!

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