Crafting, when this is mentioned to many of you guys you might receive an roll your eyes or answer that, “my wife, girlfriend or mother does that.” What many of you men out there might not know is that there are very interesting crafts that you can make that can be very useful to you! I’m not suggesting you start making froufrou curtains or cross-stitching little sayings on pillows. I’m talking about things you can use in other hobbies you have or that can put to practical use around your home or office.
I also hear the lament from my fellow crafters that it is so very hard to make something for men, that there are plenty of crafts to make for their women friends or relatives but nothing that seems suitable for a man. This series is also for you.
The first project I’m going to introduce in this series is golf club covers. Yes you can buy these in the store but they’re machine made and pumped out by the thousands. They’re all alike or at least very similar. In this project you can choose your own colors, they may be team colors or they may be colors you just like. There are many different types of yarns that can be used for this, not just the regular stuff but yarn with shimmer in it, yarn that’s made with a different texture, even multicolored yarn.
Here is what you will need for this project:
- A circular loom, the most popular model around is the Knifty Knitter by Provo Craft. (These can be found online, in craft stores and even at the big box stores like Walmart.) There are multiple sizes the size you are going to need is blue. It’s the size recommended for hats for newborns in the instruction manual that comes with the loom.
- Yarn, I recommend a yarn that’s acrylic or at least mostly acrylic. 100% wool yarn can get pretty funky if it gets wet too many times.
The whole process is pretty simple. There are step by step instructions for winding the yarn around the loom that are included in the packaging. When making a golf club cover I recommend winding the yarn as tight as you can wind it. Not so tight that you can’t complete the stitches though. To make the club cover I would knit 25-30 rows, really it’s up to you how long your club cover will be. Have fun with it. The knitting can be relaxing once you get the hang of it. You can do it in front of your television, you can do it while in bed or when you just want some quiet time.
Have fun picking out colors or textures for yourself or for the man you are creating for. Team colors are always popular, a different cover for each different club, or an interesting mish-mash of random colors that you find pleasing to the eye. For the more advanced crafter you could try knitting the covers out of 100% wool and wet felting them to get a completely different look when they’re finished. Look for my tutorial on wet felting coming soon.