After a hiatus from Disneyland, we have once again purchased passes. It’s been a few years but we can return to the magical kingdom and it’s overcrowded premises any time we want (blackouts and restrictions apply 😜). But I’m not complaining (maybe just a little) because we knew what to expect and got passes anyway. Having passes makes it easier to strategically plan our visits. We don’t have little kids to worry about anymore so we can be stealthy and hit just the rides we want to get on and then skedaddle.
Which is exactly what we did on Sunday. We wanted to ride the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride (formerly the Tower of Terror) but the wait times have consistently been over three hours! So we planned our sneak attack. We would get up really really early and get there before the line grew too long. We did manage to get up early-ish and made it before the line got to two hours (it took us a mere hour and 40 minutes). It wasn’t the dream scenario (an hour or less would have been better) but at least it wasn’t three hours. It didn’t help that it turned out to be a very hot day and I didn’t take any sun block. I didn’t think I would burn in the short time we were supposed to be there. Boy was I wrong! And half the time we were in line, we were in the shade! Woefully unprepared!
I concocted a plan that involved taking my crochet along with me to make the time pass more quickly while we were in line. I did feel a little guilty that I might embarrass my hubby and my 17-year-old son but I went prepared anyway (and they didn’t care either way). I pulled out my hook and yarn and started crocheting a Mickey-ears headband. While I was busy keeping myself entertained with crochet challenges, my son noticed a sign behind me.
It says Yolanda!
I’m Yolanda! You can see the hook and yarn in my hand too. 🙂
I’m notorious for telling the kids that if they want to learn something, they need to keep trying, even when it seems super hard. It will get easier.
I’m not a knitter. I wanted to learn, though. I tried, got frustrated, tried again, failed again, and vowed to become the best crocheter ever! Nope, I didn’t follow my own advice. I gave up. The irony wasn’t lost on me. I guess I didn’t want to learn that strongly or I would have followed my own advice. But a good thing came of my failed attempt and that was a deeper love of crochet and a desire to keep honing that craft. Thanks failed knitting attempt!
Then I stumbled upon this video tutorial on how to finger knit. Finally, knitting I can do! It’s also something I can teach the kids. This is the kind of project I think they can all do. I might save it for the next school year but I definitely want to introduce it to them.
In the meantime, I did introduce it to one of my Kinder girls and she got so excited because she learned how to do it all by herself. When it was time to go home, she didn’t want to put it down. I didn’t have the heart to force her to stop so I let her take the ball of yarn home so she could keep working on it. She wanted to make a scarf. I can’t wait to see it and share in a future post highlighting student work.
But just because I think it would be great for kids doesn’t mean it wouldn’t also be great for adults. Have a go at it and see what you think.
Photo and video courtesy of the web.
I had gotten busy making yellow crochet emojis when one of my students asked me to make a heart emoji. I love hearts anyway so I said sure, why not. It had to be easy, though, and quick. I’ve made plenty of hearts over the years and was going through the catalogue in my mind, sorting through all the hearts in there, looking for the perfect one for an emoji. When that failed, I remembered an easy heart I saw on Instagram that would be perfect. It was so easy. So easy, I couldn’t remember how to do it! I couldn’t find it, either. Failing at that, I just went for the path of least resistance. I made a square with rows of single crochet, with double crochets on two sides to make the heart shape. It couldn’t get any easier than that. I made two, made a face on one, and then sewed it together. No stuffing needed because I used two strands of Caron one pound yarn. The kids loved it and it was done lickity split.
This is definitely a project the kids can make. Working in the round is hard for some of them, but for those who can single crochet, this one will be a piece of cake.
My Crochet-Heart Emoji Video