In-Depth Post #6 Hanson – Woodworking

Progress report

During the past two weeks, I worked with my mentor to wrap up the birdhouse we’ve been working on for the past few months. We have completely finished all the wood portions of the birdhouse, which includes the support beams that provide the main structure for the birdhouse. Our next step is to finalize the project by adding some detail, refining the wood parts, as well as creating a resin roof made of leaves and natural materials. We have also in the process of creating a concrete cavity for the bird to nest in, which would include natural straw in it to connect it to nature better. This concrete piece will connect to my science project as well where I researched concrete. After these components are completed, I am fully done with the birdhouse.

What was a highlight and why?

Now nearing the end of the project, I can confidently say the biggest highlight of this experience is having the opportunity to learn by experimenting hands-on. Working hands-on with a project and developing prototypes was far more intuitive than the previous design practices I’d relied on such as pen and paper. For example, I worked with my mentor to make prototypes that would bring many benefits to the table such as revealing design flaws, uncovering new solutions, and creating a platform for us to experiment with those solutions and adaptations. Being introduced to this skill of “designing as you make” workflow has greatly improved the quality of my individual projects. Furthermore, this hands-on experimental style of working can apply to subjects outside of design, and I expect the experiences in woodworking to influence many other parts of my life.

What was particularly challenging and why?

            Again, going back to the idea of “designing you make”, I found it very challenging to accurately plan a design on pen and paper that would work well when physically made. Many of my previous CAD designs have been greatly adjusted because they simply didn’t work in the real world. Previously at the start of the project, I noted how I wanted to save material by having a comprehensive paper plan so I could make the product without making a bunch of mistakes and adjustments. This idea proved to be less effective than one I later learned, which is to prototype at a smaller and lower quality scale. This is simply because pen and paper cannot capture all the complexities of physical manufacturing, and you will most likely realize you’ve messed up and ended up wasting valuable materials nevertheless. The better solution to this challenge is to create a prototype, where you can visualize the problems, and play with solutions, at a smaller scale, so when you make it at a larger scale, you can assure it works. This saves you valuable materials that would otherwise be wasted, and the prototype can also serve as a souvenir of your design process.

Where might this skill take me next?

Regarding woodworking, I believe this skill will benefit me by expanding my creative spectrum. Learning a new skill opens many doors to create, play, and design in the future. To further develop my woodworking skills, I can try to apply this skill to situations and problems in everyday life and take them into my own hands. For example, if we need a shoe rack, I could take that opportunity and make the shoe rack, while developing my skillset.

I also value many of the concepts and disciplines I gained throughout the experience. For example, the concept of experimenting with different mediums may translate into other professions in my such as art. Habits such as challenging new solutions and seeking alternative ways to solve problems can be applied to many other actions in daily life. The collection of non-skill-based values I gained from this experience will carry out beyond just woodworking.

About my In-Depth Night

During the in-depth night, I will be presenting my birdhouse in person as I believe it is the best representation of my journey through design/woodworking. This piece encapsulates many challenges, solutions, design decisions, concepts, and craftsmanship that I gained throughout this experience. Visitors could interact with the piece and handle the piece as well as look at the CAD models I had originally designed. The comparison of the final product and the CAD model will reveal many adaptations we created throughout prototyping. Visitors can also handle the piece and ask questions about the piece.

In addition to the birdhouse, I will also bring some of the tools that I used throughout the whole project. These tools include chisels, hand-drills, sanders, etc. all smaller handheld tools since transporting a big piece of machinery would be difficult. In addition to handheld tools, I would also have media that display the larger machinery I used and I could explain how they functioned. A particular unique piece is the vacuum used for bentwood lamination because it’s not commonly used in woodworking. Visitors have the opportunity to ask questions about all the equipment used.

Lastly, I will be displaying media of a chair I’ve made individually. This piece is created completely individually using the concepts, techniques, and knowledge of my mentor. This shows the application of my mentor’s lesson and my competency to develop my woodworking/design skills individually. I believe this piece bridges my work with my mentor and where I will take the values from this experience after the completion of the project. This chair will be presented using images because the size of the chair makes it very hard to transport. People can ask questions about the creation of this project, and I could answer them. I’ve also considered presenting the chair in the form of Augmented Reality, where I would use photogrammetry to scan the project and people could view the object in 3d.

 

All the best! and have an excellent day.

In Depth Post 6 – Backgrounds in Digital Art

In-Depth is finally coming to an end. I can hardly believe that the project is nearly complete, but I have found it extremely rewarding. I learned so much from my amazing mentor, Sarina, and I got to apply everything I learned directly into my own art. I feel very accomplished and satisfied with my learning, and I think my art improved a lot during this time. I took advantage of all learning opportunities I was presented with, and I have become more knowledgeable because of that. 

What was a highlight for you and why? 

A highlight for me was seeing how my art progressed as I learned new techniques. One very useful way I absorbed this new information is from my mentor drawing her own art during meetings, as I was able to see these techniques in action. I also became closer with my mentor during this process. Below are Sarina’s drawings of the rare horse pig. 

What was particularly challenging for you and why? 

Though In-Depth has been enjoyable, I still found it challenging at times. I sometimes had trouble getting art done before each meeting, especially towards the end of the project when I became busy with other responsibilities. These past two weeks were some of those challenging ones. I did not go to my dad’s house for a while because I was sick, though I had intended to work on the colour pallets for my Wilbur PMV there. This meant I was not able to progress on that project. However, I managed to finish a different one. The project below is a part for a Multiple Animator Project (MAP) that I have been working on for a few weeks. I showed a frame of it in my previous In-Depth post. 

 This was my first experience using blend modes, which are effects used to blend a layer with layers below it. Like I mentioned in my fifth post, I found that this technique makes my shading appear more professional and beautiful. I have started using it in almost all my new drawings. For example, last week I was inspired to draw someone’s art in my own style using blend modes. Below is the image created by me, and then that of the original artist, cassandraa (on YouTube). I used blend modes to make the shading fit the colours under it and replicate the text in the original image. 

What will you prepare for In-Depth Night? 

This event will be my first time presenting a major TALONS project in person, and I want it to be a success. I believe I have come up with an effective method to showcase my project. I plan to print out a few of my best works from this project onto glossy paper and place them around my table. I have printed my art on such papers before, and it looks amazing, so I think that is a better choice than simply showing the drawings on my iPad. Below is an example of my printed art. 

I will place the drawings on small stands borrowed from Ms. Mulder. People can look at the printed drawings and ask me questions about the process, techniques used, and anything else. I will also be drawing live at the table. This way, people can see what it looks like to draw a background from scratch. I will be present to discuss my project with anyone who comes by. 

2022 In-Depth Post #5

Hello, welcome to my final in-depth post this year!

I cannot believe how fast the past four months have gone by. I have learned so much from my mentor and I am excited for the in-depth night where I can share highlights of my learning with people.

Project Progress
Since my last blog post, I have been working on tying up loose ends. I knew my Squamish hiking trip was quickly approaching so I changed my fitness plans to help me prepare for that. I worked on training specific muscle groups that would be engaged a lot throughout the hikes. With the help of my mentor and physiotherapist, I was able to complete all of the hikes that we set out to do on the trip. I was also able to get out with my family to hike in preparation for the hiking trip. My favourite hike that we did was Admiralty Point. It was quite short, but it was a very beautiful hike, not too challenging and not too busy. As a part of my preparation for the hiking trip, I also did a lot of cardio because I knew we were going to go on some pretty long hikes. This ended up paying off. While on the hikes I was not out of breath as quickly, however, I was still not able to go as fast as I would have liked to with the amount of pain that I was in. Overall, it was a great trip and I learned from and enjoyed every moment.

Preparation for In-Depth Night 2022

Below is a summary of my thoughts on the following questions regarding the project:

What was a highlight for you and why?
A highlight for me during this project was the countless opportunities I had to share my learning with others. I got to talk to my friends and family who were interested in what I was learning about. There were many times throughout the project that fellow TALONS kids asked me what had been doing recently for my project. I used that as an opportunity to tell them all about the cool new health and fitness practices I tried as well as what I had recently learned. I also had opportunities to apply my knowledge to myself and share it with others through sports. I was able to motivate my teammates and teach them a bit about what I learned in-depth. Also, I just really enjoyed talking with others about the different mental health practices and facts that I learned. It was extremely interesting recognizing patterns in happy people and learning about what makes different people happy.

What was particularly challenging and why?
One part of this project that was particularly challenging at times was staying consistent. My meetings with my mentor were consistent for the most part. However, there were times throughout the project when we met less often than others. It was also challenging at times to stay consistent with my fitness plans. There were times the weather discouraged me from getting outside or I had a lot of homework to do on certain days and never got around to working on my project. I had to work on my prioritizing skills during this project. There were times I had to put my in-depth on the back burner, but I always made sure to get back on track as soon as possible.

Where might this skill take you next?
There will always be space in my life for practicing and prioritizing physical fitness as well as mental health. I can apply my in-depth skill in my day-to-day life and I can continue sharing my learning with others. Every piece of information that I have learned in-depth this year will help me be a better leader on my sports teams. I can help motivate others and educate them on the importance and personalization of health and fitness. My learning may also come in handy during my summer job this year at Pedalheads Bike Camp. Who knows, my passion for health and fitness may continue to grow. I may start thinking about a future career in the health and fitness industry.

Which of these elements will you capture? How will you present your learning?
I am going to capture the bulk of my skill through an interactive survey that people can take. I will have a QR code available for people to scan which will take them to a survey that they can take to personalize health and fitness plans. Creating this will put my skill of putting together personalized health and fitness plans to the test because there will be a wide range of people. Their fitness levels, interests, and desired areas of focus will all differ. Creating plans personalized as best as I can for each individual will be challenging but also a lot of fun.

During In-Depth Night this year, I am also planning on having a collection of health and fitness plans that I followed. People who stop by will be able to flip through the collection of plans I made for me and may draw a little inspiration through that. I will also work on finding a way to provide people with other significant resources I came across throughout my such as links to videos, articles, and websites.

How I will evaluate my learning and apply my learning to other situations, acknowledge my mentor and celebrate my learning during an in-depth night.

My evaluation of my learning this year will come through my reflection and the marks I give myself on the criteria sheet where I recently added a few pieces of criteria. I will also make sure I take some time to reflect on the entire process and appreciate how far I have come and how much I have learned throughout this project. Just because in-depth is coming to a close does not mean that I will stop pursuing my passion in the realm of health and fitness. I will continue to learn about the topic and look for ways to apply it in my life as mentioned above. After this project and all of the information and wisdom that my mentor passed on to me, I will continue to do my best to share what I have learned through conversations with people, research, and personal discoveries.

 

Since in-depth is coming to a close for the year I am planning on getting together with my mentor one last time and expressing my appreciation for all that he has done this year to support me throughout this project. I have learned so much from him and have been able to learn so much during my time with him. I truly do appreciate all of the time and effort he has put into helping me succeed throughout in-depth this year. Other than thanking my mentor and putting together my learning centre for In-Depth Night I do not have much else to do.

I have learned so much through my in-depth this year. Looking back to the beginning of this project as well as what I accomplished last year it almost seems unreal. I am thrilled that we get to celebrate our learning on In-Depth Night this year in person!

Thank you for reading my final in-depth post!

In-Depth 2022 #6

I’ve recently been trying to make ther recipes needed to make my recipe, and I decided to start with making pesto, specifically arugula pesto for the pan-fried mozzarella dish. I’ve also been slightly adjusting my menu to its final form with some help and tips from my mentor.

For the pesto, my mentor generously gave me his own recipe for the sauce. I first combined some garlic and coarse sea salt into a mortar and pestle before crushing it all into a smooth paste. I then added the basil and arugula together a bit at a time, crushing the leaves until they were pretty fine, with some small portions of leaf still present.

After I incorporated all of the basil, I added the pine nuts a third at a time and crushed them all into the pesto. Then, I added my pile of grated Parmagianno Regianno and incorporated it into the sauce. I found that the Parmigiano helped bind everything together, creating a denser mixture instead of having a super crumbly mixture that wasn’t coming together. Finally, I added the olive oil a bit at a time, incorporating it into the sauce and making it smooth. I then added the sauce to a glass container, to which I added some extra olive oil on top to prevent oxidization. So now if you’re wondering why the sauce looks super oily in the pictures below, you know why.

Upon tasting the fresh, homemade pesto for the first time, I was blown away by just how much stronger and brighter the flavours of the sauce are. The freshly crushed garlic in this sauce is much stronger than the refrigerated and store-bought sauce’s garlic because its flavour has been dulled. This stronger garlic taste helped add a punch to the sauce, as well as a subtle spice to the sauce’s flavour as well. The freshly crushed basil and arugula in this sauce were also much stronger in flavour too, in comparison to the sauce’s store-bought counterpart. This is the second time that I’ve been completed blown away by how much better the homemade version of a dish was in comparison to its store-bought version, with the other time being when I made homemade chicken stock.

For my menu, I was given the advice from my mentor to stop writing “plate talk” for my descriptions as the descriptions are just meant for you to just list the ingredients in the dish. Plate talk, which was what I had originally done with the sensory words such as “aromatic” and “crunchy,” was recently clarified to me as what I should be saying when I’m discussing the menu with customers at a restaurant, as I am trying to sell the items on the menu. I shouldn’t include plate-talk in my actual menu descriptions themselves as it clutters the menu and makes viewing it an unpleasant experience. I have switched the position of the antipasti so that the menu goes hot-cold-hot-cold for the first four meals instead of hot-hot-cold-cold like my last menu. This way, the menu synergizes better together and flows between one meal to the next more smoothly.

How will I present my project on In-Depth Night?

For In-Depth night, I will most likely be only able to make one dish and not my original plan of a full-course meal due to how little time we have for the event. For my full-course meal, I will be instead posting a blog post showcasing the dishes I made for the meal onto my blog. This way, I will still be able to fulfill my original goal of making a full-course Italian meal, while still having an achievable demonstration of my skills for In-Depth night.

For the dish I will be making on In-Depth night, I will be making gnocchi. The process of making gnocchi is quite long, but I think that making pasta on In-Depth night will allow me to show more of the technical elements of cooking I learned. Some of these elements include temperature control, kneading, shaping, and seasoning. To cut some time off the cooking process, I will have to bake and mash the potatoes ahead of time as that step alone takes about an hour and a half. The audience will be able to interact with my project during In-Depth night by asking me questions about what I’m making, watching me make the pasta by hand, getting to smell the dish, as well as getting to hear about some brief background on Italian cuisine and gnocchi.

Thank you for reading! Keep an eye out for my final blog post!

Dylan

In-Depth Post #6

In-depth post #6

 

For the last time with my mentor, I made macarons. Originally, I wanted to save this difficult dessert for my in-depth learning center, however, with in-depth being in-person, a change of plans was caused. Macarons are a classic and elegant dessert. It is considered one of the most difficult desserts to get right because of the meticulous process that it involves. It is also one of the most rewarding desserts in terms of taste.

There were two components to the macarons that I made. The shells, and the buttercream filling. First, the shells. The shells are made with fairly simple ingredients. The only ingredient that stands out is the almond flour, which is used to give the macaron its signature chewy texture and light taste. The rest of the ingredients include egg whites, cream of tartar, powdered sugar, sugar, and vanilla. There are two separate steps to the shell. Combining the dry ingredients, and the wet.

One of the important steps that are done to ensure a smooth-looking macaron was to blend the almond flour and powdered sugar. Since I did not have a food processor, I had to use a blender which a little more challenging, but still worked. I also sifted the mixture several times and set it aside.

 

Next was creating a meringue. I mixed the egg whites in a bowl and then added the cream of tartar. I used cream of tartar for my first recipe, which was used to hold the texture of the fully whipped egg whites. Next was the sugar. My mentor told me that I should add in the sugar very slowly and incorporate it well so that the sugar would dissolve as continued to whisk the egg whites. My mentor was able to help me by holding the hand mixer while I added in the sugar, as I wanted to be careful and avoid accidentally spilling a bunch of sugar into the whites. Normally, many people add gel food colouring, but since I did not have any, I just decided to emit the food colouring and create a white macaron.

The final step of the macaron was the most difficult. It was combining the meringue with the dry ingredients. The mixture is called a macaronage. My mentor told me that this was the easiest part to mess up and messing it up would completely ruin the macaron. The way to mess it up would be to overmix or undermix the batter. The trick was to mix just until the mixture could drip off of the spatula and form a full figure 8 shape. I tried to be very careful with this and my mentor was also watching carefully to make sure that I stopped when I needed to. Once the batter was a flowing and shiny texture, I stopped mixing and transferred it to a piping bag.

Piping the batter was a lot easier than the other foods that I made that needed piping, like the cream puffs. Since the batter was not very thick, it was easy to transfer to the piping bag and pipe. I did not use a guide for the circles, which I later realized that I should have so that I would have more consistent circle sizes, however, it was not that big of a problem. I had to let the batter sit until it dried out, which took about an hour.

In the meantime, I made the filling. I made a French buttercream to fit the theme of French desserts. This process what quite chaotic, especially with a hand mixer. Since I had to constantly hold the hand mixer, unlike a stand one, I needed some help. The ingredients were butter, sugar, water, and egg yolks. Making the buttercream required many of the techniques that I learned along the way, such as tempering. I created a sugar-water mixture and heated it up to 240 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the meantime beat the egg yolks together until they got thick. Once the sugar water was heated up, I slowly added in the mixture while my mentor was holding the hand mixer and continued to mix. This was to prevent the eggs from cooking and scrambling. This step took a lot of attention and was very quick, so I was not able to take a photo of this step. Lastly, I had to add a lot of butter and mix until emulsified. At first, the butter was not incorporating with the egg yolk mixture, however, I heated up the bowl a little with a double boiler, and that helped the butter combine. I then refrigerated this until it was ready to be used.

I put my dried macaron batter in the oven, and it rose very nicely and cooked very well. The inside was very full and not hollow, which meant that I did a good job mixing the batter to the right texture. Once cooled, I started to pipe the buttercream filling and create a fully assembled macaron. I tried using a fancier piping tip, however that ruined the appearance of the macaron which I later regretted. The best piping tip was just a round one because it could create a perfect layer of filling in-between the shells.

 

Overall, it was quite time-consuming but turned out very delicious and pretty successful. I am thankful to my mentor who stayed for the entire making of the macarons.

Finished product:

Macaron

Macarons are of Italian origins, which technically does not make this a French dish. However, it was very heavily popularized in France and is associated as a French dessert, so I still decided to make this dessert. It was introduced to France when Italian Queen, Catherine dé Medici married King Henry II of France. Throughout history, macarons have consistently been regarded as an exclusive dessert for royals and the rich.

During the French revolution, Marguerite and Marie-Elisabeth started selling macarons to commoners in 1792 and began to get attention. The filling has changed from many types of filling to a more modern buttercream, however, the recipe for the shells has not changed.

 

In-depth Prompt

 

From now until in-depth night, I will prepare to cook French onion soup by making it at home. Since I want to be fully prepared and ready to interact with other people as they pass by my station, I want to memorize the recipe so that I am not constantly looking down at a recipe sheet. I will also test several recipes and adjust portion sizes so that I can make it multiple times rather than just once. My reason for choosing French onion soup was that it was inexpensive to make multiple times and did not require an oven. It does require an oven to melt the cheese on top of the soup, however, I will just be torching it since I will not have access to an oven. With this recipe, I hope to show off some of the techniques that I learned and show my general skill and ability to cook a dish without trouble. I will hopefully be able to engage in conversations with bystanders and explain what I am doing and also talk about what else I have made for the past in-depth blogs.

In-Depth Blog Post #6

In-Depth Blog Post #6

“Make bold strokes” – My Grandma

Progress Report
These past few weeks I have been working on my final collection piece as well as finishing up the abstracted photo I showed in the last post. Here is the final product of the abstracted photo:

The final collection piece I have been working on for a bit now. So far, I have a black background with texture and horizons made with an off-white colour. On top of this, I taped off sections with masking tape and collaged and drew inside. After I did this, I took off the tape and collaged a few darker colours and lighter colours around the painting to bring the painting together more. The next step will be to draw a semi-realistic object over top using a posca pen or a carandas crayon.

 

PRO TIP: When using masking tape as a barrier, paint a coat of medium/gloss over the edges of the tape to seal it and create a finer line when taken off.

Reflection Questions for post #6:
What was a highlight for you and why?
I think a highlight for me was the ability to bond with my grandma over an interest we share. My grandma and I have always loved to do art, but I have never really gotten the chance to learn from her. This project was a great opportunity for me to learn a skill I have wanted to for a while and share something we both love with each other.

What was particularly challenging and why?
One challenge I faced throughout the whole project was having to be online. My grandma doesn’t live very close to me, so most of our meetings were online. This was difficult to get feedback on my work while working on it and it made communication take a lot longer. However, I was able to go over to my grandma’s house a few times during spring break and create my collection of six paintings. I found that I learned the most during this time and I really improved my skills.

Where might this skill take you next?
I think this skill will allow me to improve my art skills in many areas. I did photography for my in-depth last year, and I have found that I have learned skills from that In-depth that has helped me with this project and skills from an abstract painting that will help me in future photography. The biggest part of this project was learning how to “see the world differently”. This makes you look for shapes, patterns, values and how colours interact with each other in the real world and bring them into your paintings. I think this will be very important in helping my art in the future and growing my passion in that area.

What elements will you capture?
My station and gallery will show my comfort level in the various skills I have learned throughout this project. For example, colour theory, mark-making and bold strokes. The format of the learning centre best shows my improvement in what I wanted to improve the most, the use of colour and value. It will show the progress over time and how I have improved in those two areas and have found my style surrounding them. Overall, I hope that I can demonstrate my skills and capture the improvement I have made over the many months.

How will the audience interact with your learning Centre during in-depth night?
My learning centre is going to be in a gallery format. This will have all the pictures I have done, hung up on my table so people can see my progress over the five months. Having my pictures on display allows me to show people my process and show them what I have learned from each painting. At the same time, I will have a little station set up for myself where I will be painting and giving a live demonstration of my journey.

 

Thank you for following my journey of abstract painting!!

In-Depth 2022 – Final Blog Post #6!

In-Depth is almost over! It’s so crazy how fast it seems to have gone this year. 

 

For my final presentation this year on In-Depth Night, I’m going to be playing a song on the drums on the stage. After lots of discussion with my dad and thinking it over myself, I’ve decided to learn and play ‘Black Hole Sun’ by Soundgarden. Using a rock beat, the song allows for a lot of variation, experimentation with fills and cool rhythmic patterns and syncopation. (As well as its been song that I’ve loved for a while now). I plan to play along to a short 90 second clip of the song, this way I can also cut to parts that I enjoy playing or feel like showcase my skills better 

A big part of the presentation for me will be me being able to stay on beat with the song as well as performing in front of a larger audience. I’ve talked with my mentor about how it can be hard sometimes to stay on beat on stage when playing because of the loud music and the pressure of simply being on stage! One way that I’m trying to combat this is just practice. I’ve practiced along with the song on headphones, on speaker and played it through the drum amp as if to simulate what it might be like. I also am practice a lot more in front of my family so that I can get used to playing in front of an audience. I hope to work my way up so that I can play in front of neighbors and friends in preparation for the performance so that I at least feel confident in myself.    

 

Progress Report  

 

This week has been practice practice practice. I’ve been going over the song in my head, playing it on the car, and on the drums a lot more in my free time. Despite the repetition, I’ve had so much fun with the song and love figuring out rhythms with my dad or learning alongside with my brother. Who knew stage fright was such a big motivator! 

I’ve gotten a large portion of the song out of the way because most of it is this strange syncopated beat with the snare, crash and bass. I’ve learned how to do a beat with the snare by hitting it while open and then closing it for the next beat almost giving it a sst sound if that makes sense. I’ve worked with my brother (because now he’s just as excited as I am) to help figure out and learn some cool fills that he’s also learning. Together we’ve watched many covers of Black Hole Sun and pointed, paused and rewinded through some pretty sick covers on Youtube.  

To show my progress these past few weeks, I’ve included a video of my playing a short section of the beginning with a fill and open-closed crash cymbal.  

[due to the volume of my electric kit, inability to play in the evening, and the camping trip over the weekend that prevented me from filming over the weekend, I haven’t been able to film this portion yet, but I will be filming and posting the video Tuesday evening!] 

In-Depth Post #3

My mentor supports me in my ongoing projects, but also suggests many new things that I can try. I have access to many resources online where I can learn how to make specific things, and my mentor has recommended videos and websites for me to visit. During my mentoring sessions, after learning some new tips for crocheting, we spend a bit of time just working on projects together. I’m learning a bit about her work life, favourite hobbies and projects she’s made. I’ve also seen much more of her personality while crocheting; she enjoys discussing about things while she’s crocheting, like music or a TV show. So far, I’ve been working on a scarf, and am currently also crocheting petals for a white rose.

In-Depth Post #2

My mentor has been crocheting for many years, starting from when she was young. She was taught by her older relatives, and regularly crochets gifts for her loved ones. I’ve learned many small tips and tricks, like how to hold the yarn so that it’s more comfortable for a longer period of time, how to make sure your stitches are consistent and not too tight or loose. I’ve noticed how my mentor always takes it slowly when teaching me something new, making sure that I’m not too overloaded with information.

Introductory In-Depth Post

For my in-depth project this year, I chose to crochet. I have always liked to crochet and have always wanted to learn more about stitches, detailing and how to read crochet patterns. I was inspired by videos that I had seen online of people making their own clothing, blankets, crocheted stuffed animals, and more and wanted to be able to recreate them myself. I also participated in the knitting and crocheting leadership project last year and made a few scarves to donate to a homeless shelter.