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How to Make Yarn Hair Falls

Back in May I had the pleasure of dancing with these lovely ladies for ShimmyMob, a worldwide flash mob belly dance event whose goal was to raise awareness and funds for women & children's all over the globe. My local group danced to raise funds for ACTS of Prince William County.

How to Make Yarn Hair Falls
(That's me, first person in the front row.)

It was so much fun meeting new dancers, and I got a ton of complements on my hair, which was an experiment in DIY. I had made myself some hair falls out of yarn (what else?), and while they were super easy to make, they looked quite sophisticated. Here's a better picture of them being modeled on Little Lovely.

How to Make Yarn Hair Falls

Little Lovely has chin-length brown hair, so as you can see, these hair falls are a great way to add the illusion of length and color to any hairstyle.

A couple of my fellow Gypsies asked me to show them how to make them, and coincidentally Little Lovely has been begging me for a blonde hair fall, so we got together last weekend to make them. Here's the full tutorial.

Fidget Sensory Toy

Longtime readers have likely noticed that my publication schedule has slowed way down. A big part of this is because our Little Lovely has reached kindergarten age (can you believe it?). After a few years of researching her schooling options, The Animator and I have decided that homeschooling is the best option for our family (fun fact: The Animator himself was also homeschooled).

As I have been spending much of the last few months preparing for LL's first "official" year of homeschooling, Crochet Kitten has unfortunately been pushed to the back burner, but it is not my intention to give it up entirely. While I expect homeschooling to take up much of my previously free time, I do still plan to have Crochet Kitten be what it has been at times in the past in its early years: a place where I can post my patterns, tips, and thoughts when I happen to have something to say, and not something in which I plan a new post every week (which takes up more time than I think most people realize). In this way I can focus more on creating quality posts instead of quantity for quantity's sake. In addition, I have started a new blog to chronicle our homeschooling adventures--where I also plan to post casually when I have something I would like to share--and I would like to invite you all to read it at www.newstonemooracademy.blogspot.com.

All of this said, I have a new pattern to share with you all today! Last year we did a trial run in a local homeschool group that meets one hour a week. While we love this group and made many friends, I discovered that LL had trouble sitting still at her desk while her tutor was talking. Of course, this is a personality trait of hers that we had suspected would cause trouble for her in a traditional school setting (though it is not the only reason we chose to homeschool). That's when I came up with the idea to make a fidget toy for her.

Fidget toys are often used in the autistic and ADHD community for children who have trouble sitting still in class. The idea is to give their hands (or feet) something quiet to do in order to free up their brains to focus on their teacher. I figured if it worked for them, why not LL? Having myself been a child who doodled in class in order to stay focused on the teacher, it made perfect sense to me.

The fidget toy I designed for LL looks like a classic sock monkey, but I used ridged stitches to add physical texture, increasing stripe widths for visual interest, and a springy tail just for fun. And since it's a soft toy, it doesn't make any noise that would be distracting to other children in the class.

Fidget Sensory Toy