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What are YOU making this Craftober?


Fall is my favourite time of year to pick up hobbies, projects and ideas that I’ve set aside over the busy (and hot!) summer months. My first inclination is to reach for my knitting, but other media like wood and paper soon follow with holidays to celebrate and gifts to prepare. At the Main Branch we have craft books on display in the lobby right now. I’ve shared a booklist below that features some of our recent titles on crafting/making.

Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi: more than 40 itty-bitty minis to knit, wear and give by Anna Hrachovec

It wouldn’t be a craft display without a sample knit. I decided to try out one of the patterns from our title ‘Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi’: a tiny pear. The author provides clear directions, and with knowledge of some basic knitting techniques, this is a simple project to start with. The pattern recommends using fingering weight yarn and size 1 U.S. needles, but as the author mentions, when you’re making a tiny toy, gauge is not a big concern. I chose my yarn based on the colour tones I wanted for the pear, leaf and stem (Cascade Superwash Sport) and used size 2 U.S. needles. When finished it measured 3.5 cm. This book includes tutorials with photos in the first chapter to explain some of the particulars of knitting in miniature and how to attach things like tails and eyes. I enjoy that in each pattern the author included an approximate scale for how tiny the toy is when compared to its full scale inspiration. For example: “Tiny Gnome is about 1 ¼” tall, or 9 ½ times tinier than the average garden gnome.” These tiny creations can be used to make earrings, keychains, fridge magnets, or holiday ornaments. If you enjoy knitting toys, but prefer a larger scale, check out ‘Huge and Huggable Mochimochi’ by the same author.

Can’t wait for more crafting inspiration? Don’t forget you can access the OPL’s online magazines from home through Zinio. Articles frequently contain direct links to web resources (like templates to print) and once I’m on a website I can add the photo that caught my attention to a Pinterest board. Did you know that you can check out issues of Interweave Knits and Martha Stewart Living through Zinio?
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Upcoming local event: Maker Faire Ottawa
Nov 7 & 8, 2015 Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne
Ottawa is leveling up to host a full fledged Maker Faire® this year. Makers of all types will come together to share their creative endeavors and invent tomorrow.

The OPL hosts a public makerspace called the Imagine Space at the Nepean Centrepointe Branch. Get more information on making at the library on this page. Don’t forget to register for the certification session first if you’d like to use the Laser Cutter or 3D Printer.

Teen DIY Program at Main! Join us for crafty fun on Saturday December 12th at 2:00 pm, registration required, see full program description here.

2015 Crafting | Artisanatby Alison_OPL

Recent OPL titles on crafting & making.