I just finished up a few finger puppet necklaces for a little friend who will be visiting this weekend. (Doesn't everyone need a finger puppet on their person?) These are a twist on some tube-knit and other no-knitting-needles-needed yarn crafts I made for Parents magazine a while ago. Instructions for the finger puppets, knit on an easy-to-make toilet paper tube loom, are on the Parents website. To make these necklaces just start with some extra yarn hanging down the tube at the start and leave another length when you take it off the loom. (This will make sense once you start! Alternatively, you can simply thread a necklace's length of yarn through the top of the finger puppet when you finish)
Here's a peek at the loom that I made from a toilet paper tube (yay, you know I love toilet paper tubes!) and some popsicle sticks. Again, instructions are over on Parents.
Here are some of the original creatures I made for the story. With a little stuffing, they can be turned into ornaments (like the bird, bunny, and squid).
The tube knitters are also great for making necklaces, a nice Valentine gift!
The story also included some simple weaving techniques, here used to make bookmarks....
....and to make some pretty wall hangings!
By the way, the wool felt and most of this gorgeous yarn is from Purl Soho. You don't need much felt or yarn for these little projects and using the good stuff makes a big difference. I hope you'll try these easy, fun (and surprisingly quick and satisfying) crafts!