Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Ornaments

I'm sure everyone knows by now that my favorite thing to crochet is Christmas ornaments. I make ornaments in both thread and yarn. This hot air balloon is one of my favorites. I have crocheted around a satin ball, added a basket, and there is even a little Santa in the basket. Here are some others: a clothespin angel, an angel, a rose, a butterfly, a ball and a bell. I make lots of snowflakes. I also make things out of yarn such as: a snowflake, a wreath, a snowman. These are just a few of the things I crochet.

I know a lot of people find crocheting with thread a bit overwhelming but as you can see you can also make ornaments with yarn. Click here for the pattern for Sweetie Snowflake pictured above. Maybe you would like to make a stocking. Click here for the pattern for the stocking pictured below. Or maybe you would like to try a wreath.

Click here for the pattern for the wreath pictured below. Or how about these darling snowman faces in a star. Click here for the pattern.

There are loads of free patterns out there on the internet. Check them out and make a Christmas ornament.

Friday, December 9, 2011

All Mitten Tree Contributions

by Kelly

Here are the rest of our contributions to The Mitten Tree.

Isn't that butterfly scarf and hat set awesome? Those are Donna's.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Craft Show

So my girls day care is having their first annual craft show. They're letting parents set up booths for free to show off or sell their items. I've signed up so that way I can show off some of the blankets that I've made. I'm thinking of making little cards with the stores web address and my contact info in case anyone is interested in buying/custom ordering items. I'm thinking too of printing off some of the pictures of everyone's items and letting the people know that they're available online.

I'm so excited about it!!!! Now I just need to figure out a way to make some nice business cards.

Etsy Shop Angels

by Kelly

New to our shop - gorgeous angels for the holiday season!

Christmas Angel Ornament

Visit our shop for more, plus a new selection of Christmas ornaments

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Ornaments with Scrap Yarn

by Kelly

Scrap yarn...we all have it. Tiny balls of yarn made from scraps just a little too long to toss out, but not long enough to actually be useful, except maybe as cat toys. But no longer! (pun intended). Now you can put that scrap yarn to good use and make yourself Christmas decorations at the same time!

You can take the quick gratification route and just cram the yarn ends into a clear glass ornament :

Design Sprout

or take a more sophisticated approach and glue them to a tiny (or large, I suppose, if you have lots of yarn bits) styrofoam wreath,

make a yarn wreath ornament
Yarn Wreath Ornaments from Crafts 'n Coffee

or do something crazy that requires breaking out the whole basket of crafting supplies.

Of course, if you really want to go over the top, there's another option...

1-tree yarn bomb

Has anyone out there seen a yarn bombed Christmas tree?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Peppermint Hat and Scarf Set

by Kelly

Here's a hat and scarf set that I made for this year.

The pattern for the hat was one I found on The Midnight Knitter, but the scarf design is my own. If you haven't been to The Midnight Knitter site yet, I really encourage you to pay a visit. Her knitting and crochet patterns are fun, contemporary, and sometimes free.

The scarf pattern is easy peasy. It's just stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for four rows, then purl one row. The final purl row makes a 'purl stripe' across the front of the fabric. There's no border because I wanted it to curl up naturally into a tube so that it looked more like a peppermint stick.

I used super bulky acrylic white yarn, some ancient variegated red, white and green yarn, and size 13 needles. I managed to get that neat 'peppermint stripe' look by purling the final row of the above pattern with both yarns held together. At the end of the 'purl stripe row', I dropped the variegated yarn and went back to knitting only with the super bulky white.

When I made the hat, however, I ran into a problem - I was knitting with different yarn and different needles, so the hat came out far too lacy (full of holes, in other words) to actually be useful as a hat. I mean, any poor kid who walked around in the winter with this hat on would just be asking for a terrible case of the flu.

So I did some online searching for a solution. Here's what I found: 


Thrumming is basically a way to add a felt backing layer while you're knitting. This would work equally well for crochet. There's a great tutorial showing this at hello yarn. However, thrumming requires loose wool or wool roving, and I didn't have any of that.


This would have been great if I had started from the beginning, but not so great to start in the middle of a project.

                                    Adding a layer

Buy fleece or some other warm material, or even a cheap off the shelf beanie, and sew it inside the knitted hat.

And then the best solution became pretty obvious. So I bought an off the shelf hat from Ebay and sewed it into my hat as a liner.

That's not cheating, is it????

All in all, though, I had some fun, learned a lot (most importantly, that a hat should not be full of holes) and sold the finished project. Not a bad outcome, really.
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