Learn How to Crochet

Below I have attached my YouTube “tutorial” on how to crochet. In the video I show you how to make a slip knot, chain stitch, single stitch, a variation on a single stitch that I used for making dishcloths, and a UK treble stitch. These are all of the stitches that I have used in my project so far. I apologize if it is hard to follow, I tried to film it four times before and I kept confusing myself each time. I definitely tried my best!

Let’s get Fuzzy

This week I started to make my final project, which is a blanket. I figure that this is going to take a long time, so I want to start early enough so that I can finish my blanket by the end of this class. I think that I am going to still and try and make smaller projects, like my face scrubbies, but my blanket is now my main priority. I started out my project by going to Michael’s to find some blanket yarn. This project is a bit more expensive than my other projects, so I took my mom with me because I had a coupon for 40% one regular priced item, and we both payed for yarn so I could get it cheaper. I bought four balls of my blanket yarn, but now that I have started I realized that I might need more, because I want to make a really big blanket.

I then got started on my project. I first watched a couple of videos on how to crochet a blanket, and for the most part I found that they were using a Half Double crochet stitch. This was a completely new term and stitch for me, so I figured that I should practice the stitch first before I hop right in and try my blanket. I found a video that showed exactly how to do a Half Double Stitch, so I started with that. I do not have any pictures of my stitch because I took it apart because I knew I would need all of my yarn, and I forgot to take pictures.

The video I used for my Half Double stitch

Once I had practiced this stitch, I figured it was time to start my blanket. Since I knew the stitch pretty well, starting my project was pretty easy. This stitch is really nice for a blanket, because it is nice and tight so the blanket will be warm. The video that I used was only for a baby blanket, so I doubled the pattern size. The video said to chain 53 to start, and I chained 106 because I want it to be big and warm. I am slowly starting to make progress, however for some reason my rows keep getting wider and wider and I have no idea why. So, I have spent some time trying to figure out how I can shorten the rows to kind of even it out again. I have attached some pictures of my progress below.

The video I used to start my blanket
My first couple rows of my blanket
My progress so far
I closer look at my stitches

Cybersleuthing

This week I had the chance to cybersleuth my good friend Tori Peterson. I follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and I am friends with her on Facebook. So, I figured that finding out information about her would be pretty easy because I have access to all of her social media accounts. I started my sleuthing experience by looking at her Facebook, and Instagram. In the back of mind I was constantly thinking “what does her online identity look like? or is it professional looking?” With this in mind I jumped right in.

I started with her Facebook and Instagram account. One thing that I noticed is that she has posts from a long time ago, and sometimes older posts could be embarrassing or not appropriate. However, all of her older pictures were just her making memories, and none of it really stuck out as inappropriate to me. I also noticed that on her Facebook and Instagram page is where she shares a lot of her personal experiences. On her Facebook she also uses her middle name instead of her last name, and I am assuming this is so students cannot find her, but I am not totally sure. Overall, when I looked at these accounts I found nothing that was out of the ordinary, and it all looked quite professional.

I then took a look at her Twitter. This account was different because it was mainly professional and really only shared things related to teaching. This makes sense because we are obviously using Twitter in our class as a way to build our digital identity. Comparing her Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram account made me think about the article about having multiple online identities. One quote that stuck out to me was, “Different sites, different audiences, different purposes,” from the same article. I feel like this really related to Tori’s digital identity, because it is clear that her Twitter and Facebook/Instagram have different audiences and different purposes.

This activity was a great way for me to think about not only someone else’s digital identity, but mine as well. Like I said, as I was looking through Tori’s accounts I was constantly thinking “is this professional?” Once I looked at her accounts, I then looked at mine and thought “is there anything on my accounts that should not be there?” I personally did not find anything, but with our digital footprint being everywhere, it is always important that we are checking to make sure what we are posting is appropriate.

Face Scrubbies: 1 Sarah: 0

This week I attempted to make myself some face scrubbies, and let me tell you it did not go well. I figured that making face scrubbies would be a good way to learn how to crochet something that is round, and I personally thought that it would be really easy. However, I am so used to crocheting dishcloths, which is a square pattern and the round pattern just confused me. I think that one of my problems was that I practiced the stitches that I needed to complete for my other projects before I actually attempted the project. For my face scrubbies I just jumped right in and figured that I would learn the stitch as I go. So, if I attempt to try and complete one I think I will need to practice the stitches before I jump in.

While I was attempting to complete this project I used two different sources. The first was an article about how to make face scrubbies. I wanted to try out a new source, but I have not quite figured out how to follow a crochet pattern. You can see what a crochet pattern looks like here. I find them quite confusing, because I do not know all of the proper terminology or stitches yet, so to me they make no sense. So, instead I went back to my trusty YouTube channel. I find that I best learn the stitches visually, and I have a hard time finding other YouTube channels that are easy to follow. Even the YouTube video that I did use was difficult to follow because I never knew where I was supposed to insert my crochet hook, as it was not very clear. I spent around an hour trying to figure out how to make a face scrubbie, and after that I just gave up because I was getting frustrated.

|The Youtube video that I used
My first attempt at a face scrubbie

My plan for next week is to possibly try and attempt to make another face scrubbie. But I might also try to start a blanket. I want to make a blanket for two reasons. The first is that I just really want a new blanket. The second is that I think it will be good practice to try new stitches in a shape that I am comfortable with. Stay tuned next week to see what I decide to do.

The Benefits and Dangers of YouTube

This week Tori and I chose to do a text message conversation about the benefits and dangers of YouTube. Our rational behind it was that one of us was a concerned parent, and the other was a teacher. We made sure to include different types digital citizenship when explaining why YouTube can be a useful place in the classroom. The pictures of our conversation are below.

Crocheting: The Movie

This week I tried a movie editor tool called Movavi to track my progress so far. Since I was creating a video I wanted to pick a skill that I had mastered, so I filmed myself making a dishcloth. I was overall generally happy with how well the Movavi app worked. It was extremely user friendly. I started by first recording the video I wanted to use with my laptop web cam. I did this because I knew if I was making a time lapse video it would need to be pretty long and using my phone just would not work. Once I finished my video, all I did was speed my video up from 100% to 400% to make a time lapse. Overall I am happy with how it came out. The only problem that I have with the app is that you need to pay to use it, so I was using a seven day free trial. In my video below you will see that there is a watermark that shows up and goes away all throughout the video. Overall, I found it easy to use, and if I was going to use it a lot I would definitely pay for the full version.

My time lapse

I only did three rows of my dishcloth in the video because I normally make dishcloths in multiple sittings, so I did not want to film a two hour video. Secondly, the process is virtually the same after the first couple of rows, so doing the entire thing would be a little pointless.

Next week I am going to try making a face scrubbie, as my end goal is still to be able to make a toque. Stay tuned!

Everyone Gets a Dishcloth

This week, I continued to work on making dishcloths, and to be honest I not cannot stop making them. It has become such a hobby for me, and I am always working on them when I am watching TV, or have free time. This is exactly why I wanted to learn how to crochet, so that I could find a new hobby so I am not on my phone all the time. I have also started to offer my dishcloths to all my family members. My parents, grandma, Aunts, everyone gets a dishcloth! I keep making them so quickly, I know that there is no way that I need five or six dishcloths.

Since I learnt how to make dishcloths last week I did not use any new sources to learn. I just wanted to spend this week making sure that I mastered the skill before I moved on to my next project. Last week I was having problem with my tension, and my cloth started to go all lopsided. This week, this did not seem to be a problem. However, I found that some of my cloths were looser than others, and as I continue making them it is something that I want to work on. I also kept forgetting to count how many rows I did, so my cloths also ended up being different shapes. I think that I need to count my rows, and then stick to that pattern just so I can stay consistent. Below I have attached all of my different dishcloths.

My first successful dishcloth for my Mom
My second dishcloth for my Mom
My third dishcloth for myself
My fourth dishcloth for my friend
My final dishcloth for my Auntie

For next week, my plan is to start crocheting in a circular shape, so that I can start learning how to make a toque. Before I start my toque I am going to first make a circular face scrubbie. Stay tuned!

All About Twitter

Prior to this class I have never used Twitter as I honestly have no idea how it worked. Now that I have a spent a bit of time figuring out what it is all about, I believe that it can be a really useful tool both inside and outside of the classroom. One thing that I really like about Twitter is learning about different education resources. As long as you follow the right accounts, the amount of new things that someone can learn is endless. Being able to find different resources all in one place is a great benefit for all teachers.

Right now I am currently only using my Twitter account for this class. I like to spend time scrolling through what my classmates have posted, to see what their perspective on certain topics are. I also try and post different resources or articles that I think are cool or useful to other people and myself. I often go on Feedly to find different articles because I have all of my education articles all in one place. Since I did my internship in a Functionally Integrated Classroom, I am also always looking at the hashtag inclusion. I do this so I can different ways that I can make my classroom as inclusive as possible, and I find this topic so interesting.

In the future, I can definitely see myself using Twitter in the classroom. I think that having students do a Twitter chat would be a great way to engage students in a different form of class discussion. In my past experiences, students seem to be more engaged when they can use their phone or laptop as a tool to help with learning. As a social studies major Twitter could also be used as a way for students to look up and read about different articles and current events. Using different hashtags, or looking at what is trending would be a great way to engage students. Having so many different resources in one place could be a great thing for my future classrooms.

I also found the Twitter Chat that we did last week, to be really interesting, and a really cool experience. I really liked how to we could chat and connect with people across the country, because without Twitter we would not have been able to do that. I also enjoyed being able to read all different perspectives on a certain question or topic. However, I did find that the answers came in really fast so it was often hard to read all of them, while also writing my own answers to the questions. Overall, I think that Twitter chats are a great way to connect with people, in a way that just is not possible any other way. I hope to participate in more Twitter chats in the future.

Learning to Crochet: Third Time’s a Charm

Well I did it! This week I taught myself how to crochet a dishcloth, and I am pretty proud of my results. I managed to make one complete dishcloth, but it was far from perfect. I am going to keep working on my dishcloths next week as well. To start, I looked at different videos and articles about making dishcloths, and I picked the one that was easiest to follow. I found one article that had pictures, but I found that it was not very detailed, and the ruffled border at the end looked too difficult for where I am right now. I then found another article by bluprint, but again I found that there was not enough pictures or details for me to be able to successfully complete my project. So, I turned back to my trusty YouTube channel for this project. Since this was my first real project, instead of just practicing stitches I wanted to be ensure I would be successful. Since I am left-handed finding resources that apply to me can also be difficult. I have attached below the video that I used for my project.

This YouTube video and channel have quickly become the staple behind my projects just because they are so easy to follow. I also prefer using videos over articles because I get the chance to see how a stitch is actually being done, instead of just looking at the picture. I still enjoy looking at other resources to learn new things, but this YouTube channel just works for what I am doing!

Now to my dishcloth and what I actually accomplished this week! I had to restart my project a couple of times because I kept messing up, but eventually I started to get the hang of it. Once I finally got going on my dishcloth, I thought that I was doing really well until I stopped to look to see that some rows were way shorter than the other ones. I think this is because my tension got a little messed up, and I started to pull tighter once I got the hang of what I was actually doing. I still went ahead and finished it, because I thought that the border that I was going to put on at the end would straighten it out, but turns out it was too far gone. Although it was not perfect I am still proud of my dishcloth!

My first dishcloth

This week I also started my second dishcloth, but I did not finish it. I enjoy crocheting so much, it is starting to feel like a real hobby and it helps to keep me busy. My second dishcloth is coming along much better, because I now know that I need to make sure the length of each row is consistent. For next week my plan is to finish this current dishcloth, and start one more just to make sure I have mastered the pattern.

My second dishcloth

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