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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Paper Snowflakes



Giant Paper Snowflakes

We make these every year and have for as long as I can remember. They are giant paper snowflakes and they look so very cool hanging from everywhere. I like them hung in numbers. It's dramatic and it's one piece of paper per snowflake, easy, fantastic.

Here's the pictorial play by play to make these:

1.  Take a square piece of paper (we use printer paper, any colored paper would work too)
2.  Fold it corner to corner
3. Hold the paper fold side down and fold it left point to right point
4.  Make 3 or 4 cuts from the bottom (up toward the folded side but do NOT cut through) Leave about 1/2 inch uncut.
5.  Unfold the paper.
6.  Roll the first set of points toward each other, form a tube and tape.
7.  Leave the next set of points flat and roll the third set, tape shut.  Flip the whole thing over and roll/tape the points you left flat.  You'll end up with two tubes on each side.
8.  Make 5 more, stack the long end points on top of each other and staple.
9. I staple the taped "X" together mid way to secure the star.

I have a play by play pictorial instruction here:

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Use colored paper, add glitter or designs to the paper, one side or both. The possibilities are ENDLESS. 
Show me the flakes you make!!

Happy Snowflaking!

Tracy

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Newborn Bearded Beanie (big ones too!)




The new rage is the bearded beanies. I thought they were ridiculous. I didn't think anyone actually WORE one. Ooops

My friend is having a baby and asked me to make one these for her, I said they were ridiculous but then said I'd make one for the baby! hahaha I sat here and made up a quickie beanie, in dc and made up a beard with bobbles. 

I WILL be putting the pattern here, I may charge a dollar or two, just to cover my time and the obvious therapy I will need. Maybe not, I'll decide when I get it done.

I don't have a doll of appropriate size so I am using my son's "Steve" doll from the early days of Blue's Clues, he's sitting here looking at me and I don't think I'll be able to wait for my friend to have her baby, I may have to sell this one or just start making and selling them so I can see these on real babies, I'm absolutely delighted with how it turned out. 

Give me a day to get this pattern written out and up. 

In the mean time, look at this silliness: 

If you're into just giving it a go without direction, I used:

G 4.25MM crochet hook
HAT: "I Love This Yarn" the hat is #201 Greybeard
BEARD: "I Love This Yarn" #150 Toasted Almond



 


 


Silliness.  Absolute.

/tracy

Yeah, I made big ones too...  hysterical 

 


  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Quick Crochet Newborn Hat Pattern

Ok, don't blink. This is fast, easy, straightforward and exactly the cutest thing ever to present to any new mom who is going to take those cutie pie pictures of their newborn babies in those beautiful cute hats.

QUICKIE Newborn Hat Pattern

With 100% Cotton yarn and an "F" hook,

1.  Chain enough stitches to equal the circumference of a baby head, newborn is about 12 inches. (that's 40 stitches the way I crochet.  I'm a bit of a loose hooker :)

2.  Join the chain in a round, careful not to twist, and join with a slst

3.  HDC in continuous rounds until it's about 4 tall.

4.  finish by sk 1 stitch at end of round and slst.

5.  sc around 1 round.

6.  IF you want ear flaps, they are 7 stitches wide, start with a ch2 then do 6 DC , 3 rows of DC and then sc around the whole hat.

Easy, peasy, adorable!

  

OK, so old Steve is the only doll we could find in the house, he has an unfortunate shaped head but hey, it gives you the idea. 

Increase the circumference of the hat by size of the child head, basically it's a square so keep your ruler handy and basically match width and height.  

The tassels are 22 turns around my hand, cut and tied by hand, these are newborn hats so I'm not exactly concerned about them being pulled out and eaten.  You can secure them more for older babies. 

I hope you make these, many of these.  I have orders for white, yellow and brown with a chicken face.  These are easy to embellish and quick and easy to whip up. 

Make some. 

/Tracy