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Crafts to do when you're snowed in

Its still snowing outside, here in Akron, and a trip to the craft store of choice seems just a little bit foolhardy. It is the perfect time to go through the craft stashes and see what can be made with what is on hand.

Perhaps you have a project or two that are in progress that are waiting to be done? Now is the perfect time to curl up with a warm blanket and finish those projects waiting in your "to do" pile.

If you are that rare crafting enthusiast who is all caught up on their projects there are still plenty of new project ideas that you can access for free on the Internet.

If you knit or crochet, there are hundreds of one skein projects out there. Almost all knitters have an extra skein lying around, either left over from another project or waiting for a purpose. If you don't have any patterns available, the Internet is a great resource. The mother daughter team that writes Craftiblog has compiled a whole list of one skein crochet projects here. In 2007 and 2009 had contests for the best free one skein knitted patterns and projects and they are all listed on their site, where you can access and print whichever one tickles your fancy.

But what about all of the crafters who like to sew that dwell in the snowy wonderland that is Akron? Do not worry, there are plenty of resources for you as well. Remember, the goal is to stay off the streets and let the snow plows do their job, so it is time to open up the scrap stashes and donation bags and find a purpose for these wonderful leftovers. There are plenty of scrap projects out there. Over at tipnut there is a lovely list of 50 projects that are small and easy to do that will use up your scrap pile in no time.

If you don't have any scraps than you could always open up the closet. Are there any clothes that no longer fit or are out of date? There are plenty of tutorials on how to change these pieces into new and trendy clothing. Cut Out And Keep, Craftster, and Threadbanger, are all great sources for tutorials and inspiration. You could make something warm or start your new spring wardrobe.

If you are a crafting mom or dad and need something to occupy the kids, there is a great site of crafts for kids collected by Enchanted Learning. Most of the crafts use items that are generally found around the house so you won't have to venture out into the cold.

Think of your winter crafting as an early spring cleaning. Be creative and try to only use items you have around the house. Remember what Thomas Edison said, "To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." So get crafting and stay warm!


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