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Chandler box

To go with the Panda themed baby shower I made a collection of baby items for my friend’s baby Chandler.  I used a modern color palate of Cranberry, Light Pink, White, Gray and Lime.  I used a simple chevron pattern for the blanket.IMG_2874    The pattern is called Double Shell Ripple

I also made a few little toys and baubles for her.

The simply cute Panda bear I got from a pattern on Craftsy.

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I used this modified pattern from Ravelry for the Panda Rattle

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The super cute Panda lovey

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I finished my foray into Fair Isle with 3 Christmas stockings for a good friend and his beautiful daughters!  I love the idea of everyone having similar stockings for Christmas — makes it feel like family!

 

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Using the books I referenced in my previous post:

Fair Isle 1 Fair Isle 2

I used the following pattern found on Ravelry for free as an inspiration:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/class-christmas-sock

I modified the pattern slightly to fit my needs.

I used my size 8 circular needles from www.knitpicks.com

See pattern modifications below:

  •              CO 81
  •              10 Rows ST ST for Edge
  •              12 Rows KNIT
  •              Fair Isle Border
  •              4 Rows Knit
  •              Fair Isle Pattern
  •              8 Rows Knit
  •              Heel 30 using Wrap and Turn Down to 15
  •              22 Rows Knit
  •              25 Rows Knit for Toe
  •              Cinch up the toe

 

This was the first time I’ve ever actually knitted a stocking from the top down and the first foray into Fair Isle.  I think they turned out beautifully and that they use them for years to come.

I started with the Scarlet and the Gray for Mr. Phillips –

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Border = 38 from 200 Fair Isle Motifs

Pattern = 4th Norwegian Star from Fair Isle Knitting (page 64)

 

Next is the little peanuts stocking — in Grey and Pink

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Border = 46 from 200 Fair Isle Motifs

Pattern = 6th Norwegian Star from Fair Isle Knitting (page 64)

And finally, my FAVORITE, for the big sis in Purple and Grey:

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Border = 73 from 200 Fair Isle Motifs

Pattern = 8th Norwegian Star from Fair Isle Knitting (page 64)

Boots & Hat

This is the second commission I just finished.  It is the CUTEST baby cowboy hat and baby boots!  I used Caron Super Soft as recommended.  1 whole skein of the beige and a small amount of the teal.   in a light beige and teal.  My friend wanted gender neutral and I think this can definitely go either way.  My friend purchased the pattern from

http://www.lovelycrow.com/

She has lots of amazing patterns.  Check her out. They are also extremely reasonable.

Here are some more close ups:

Hat

HAT — easy to shape just follow the instructions provided with the pattern.

Boots

BOOT — so stinkin’ cute!!!

This is the 0 -3  month size,  but http://www.lovelycrow.com/ provides several sizes with her patterns.

I hope you enjoy.

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If you follow me on Pinterest or are friends with me on Facebook you can see another of my crafting obsessions is making wreaths.  I love to have pretty wreaths on my door and I love to have them match the seasons.  I have gotten so many inspirations and ideas from folks on Pinterest and Etsy.

BUT, do you know how much money people charge for some of these wreaths??? MADNESS, Pure MADNESS!!!

I guess I’m just cheap or maybe it’s just my “I can do that better” attitude that I started my foray into wreath making 2 years ago with the yarn wrapped wreaths.  They are so pretty and so easy.

Supplies:

  • Solid round foam or straw wreath — I prefer the solid round foam ones (not the floral green ones they shed, the white FOAM ones)
  • 1 – 2 skeins of yarn – for a single color wreath, 1 of each for multi-color wreaths
  • Embellishments

I have done several yarn covered wreaths.  My first was a fall wreath that I did in a chunky variegated orange.

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I used fall picks and made some felt flowers in off-white, red, purple, and blue to complement it.

The process is extremely simple:

1. Wrap the yarn around the foam form with the strands close together, but not overlapping.

2.  Continue wrapping  around and around until the wreath is fully covered, trying not to cross the yarn over itself.

3. Make sure that you push the yarn strands up tight against each other.

Try to cover the wreath as completely as possibly while wrapping.  It doesn’t have to be perfect as you can go back and adjust the yarn little bits at a time to cover gaps.  Also, if you have some minor gaps on the back of the wreath don’t fret, you can’t see them anyway.

4. Make or buy your embellishments and glue on with hot glue.

The second yarn wrapped wreath I did I made for my friend G (if you recall, she inspired this blog).  I used this beautiful chunky gray yarn I found. It has flecks of white and dark gray in it.

( As time goes on you’ll see a trend in my projects and which colors are my “go-to” — yes, Gray is one of them.)

I embellished hers with felt flowers as well, and used a really pretty purple satin ribbon to create the hanger.

I really love making the felt flowers.  They are so easy to make and there are so many styles and felt is SOOOO cheap!

Here is a fantastic blog that illustrates how to make 5 different types of felt flowers:

http://www.papernstitchblog.com/2011/12/14/diy-felt-flowers-five-ways/

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I added a lot of flowers on this one in plum, purple, off-white and gray.   Add as many or as few as you want.  Cover an entire side, make a small bouquet, put them randomly all the way around.  It’s completely to your taste.  You can add as many or as few as you want.

I love the way this one turned out. It’s definitely on of my faves!

My final wreath was this inspiration from Pinterest — it’s for the 4th of July

http://naptimecrafting.blogspot.com/2011/06/another-patriotic-wreath.html

For mine, I used Caron Super Soft in a deep Red, White and Navy Blue.  It’s really sleek and has a pretty shine to it. It takes quite a bit because the yarn is worsted weight instead of chunky and I really wanted the stripes to be as seamless as possible. I wrapped it so tightly it almost looks like satin ribbon instead of yarn.   Instead of using felt to cut out the stars, I found some applique stars at Hobby Lobby that I glued on with my cordless hot glue gun.  The stars are really fun, they almost look like they were created for a military uniform.  Again, use your discretion and add as many or as few as you like.  Obviously you are not going to get 50 stars on the wreath, but I think that is alright, this is a TRIBUTE to the flag, not a re-creation.   I picked up some pretty red, white and blue bells on clearance at Hobby Lobby to hang in the middle.

4th of July

I love the way it turned out.  It looks pretty on my front door with a big blue pillow with similar white stars on it in my Cracker Barrel rocking chair during the month of July.