Christmas Pudding Ornament

One of these days–I’d really like to make a true-live, authentic plum pudding…you know, to see what all the fuss is about.  I mean, seriously, it’s in all the old books at Christmas time and I’d really like to know if it’s amazingly scrumptious, or…nasty. Either way, at least I’ll know.

For now, however, I’m satisfied with this little ornament that looks like a pudding. It’ll just have to do.

If you’d like to make one yourself–go right  HERE to Planet June for the free pattern. It whipped up in an afternoon and–as you can see–is just adorable.

And it will bide the time until I find a real one to share with you–for better, or worse.

* Oh, and if you need help with crochet techniques–click on the Crafting Tutorials tab and scroll to the bottom where you’ll find some handy crochet How-To pages. That should help.
Good luck!

T-Shirt Yarn Pumpkins

Remember the fabuloso “yarn” we made a few weeks back out of old T-shirts? Well, I’m happy to report that all that old stuff was given new life. Seems only fitting that if something is going to come back from the “dead” as it were–they should do it close to Halloween…

and reappear as a couple of sweet pumpkins–don’t you think?

I used the pumpkin pattern found at Planet June from a couple of years back. Of course, to work with this stuff–you’ll need a bigger hook than is suggested in the yarn pattern. The H hook felt the most comfortable to me, but you’ll have to mess with it.

Seriously, I do hope you’ll try playing with this fun stuff, because there is just something cool and spooky about bringing something back to life.

Beats Frankenstein any day.

heh.

A Mum For Mom

Here’s a real quick and easy gift–we’re talking under an hour, start to finish–to make for the Moms in your world.

I saw it on the  Creative Jewish Mom blog. The pattern is there too, so that makes it even easier.

Just think how happy mom…or sister…or daughter…or Aunt Mabel will be when at last, at last they have a rational place to keep the safety pins.

They will thank you for making their life complete. What a gift!

Beat that.

Basket & Grass

Now, I know that Easter was last week, but I also know, that if you are like us–there are still some chocolate bunnies kicking around your place somewhere…and likely you are still picking basket grass off the carpet. It all just came too fast this year and I’m just not quite done with it all.

So in the spirit of the ongoing “celebration”…and nibble-fest, you’ll forgive me if I couldn’t resist the urge to show you the cute little pot holders we came up with—

calling them “Basket & Grass” for hopefully obvious reasons.

I’d like to make a couple in pinks and purples and yellows, you know…just to see how sweet it would look in the spring pastels. Kinda makes you want to run out and buy some baby chicks–doesn’t it?

If there are any brave souls out there who would like the pattern, let me know in the comment section. That just may be the very incentive I need to actually write the silly thing down. It will be good for me.

Happy spring!

Everybody’s Slippers

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Here it is—“the” pattern. The reason it is called “everybody’s slippers” is because you really can adjust the size to work for babies, children and grown-ups pretty simply.

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As you can see, I’ve made them for everything that walks on two legs at this place. My friend Lynnette has asked for the pattern since last year and I guess I’m about ready to try my hand at writing it all down. The pattern I’m sharing will be for a woman’s slipper. Be kind–I’m new in these parts.

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If something is unclear–please email me.

Here goes…

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I”m using Peaches and Cream 100% cotton–it isn’t as sturdy as wool, but I like the feel better. Choose the yarn you like most against your skin–that will be the best. I use an “I” or “J” hook.

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Womens’ Slippers

Chain 29.

Row 1: Single crochet (SC) in 4th chain from hook and in each stitch across. Chain 4 at the end of row and turn.

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Row 2-13: SC in back side of each stitch across. Chain 4 and turn (the chain 4 will make a small loop at the end of each of these rows).

Row 14-18: Double Crochet (DC) in each stitch across. Chain 3 and turn.

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Row 19: Decrease–Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop–four times. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook–for toe.

Row 20: Decrease this row by drawing up a loop through remaining stitches as one…

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Pull stitch through all remaining loops on hook.Fasten off.

With needle and yarn, sew the top part of slipper foot together leaving the ankle area open. Sew up the back of slipper as well. Turn slipper right side out.

Chain two 65 stitch “laces” and thread them through the loops at the top of the ankle area of slipper.

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Tie in a bow.

These slippers make wonderful Christmas presents and can be made to fit any foot just by increasing or decreasing the starting chain and making more or less rows to fit the individual foot.

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Good luck!.

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Oh, and in case you didn’t know–today is National Donut Day.

Take the appropriate precautions.

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Womens’ Slippers

Chain 29.

Row 1: Single crochet (SC) in 4th chain from hook and in each stitch across. Chain 4 at the end of row and turn.

Row 2-13: SC in back side of each stitch across. Chain 4 and turn (the chain 4 will make a small loop at the end of each of these rows).

Row 14-18: Double Crochet (DC) in each stitch across. Chain 3 and turn.

Row 19: Decrease–Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop–four times. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook–for toe.

Row 20: Decrease this row by drawing up a loop through remaining stitches as one…

Pull stitch through all remaining loops on hook.Fasten off.

With needle and yarn, sew the top part of slipper foot together leaving the ankle area open. Sew up the back of slipper as well. Turn slipper right side out.

Chain two 65 stitch “laces” and thread them through the loops at the top of the ankle area of slipper.

Tie in a bow.

These slippers make wonderful Christmas presents and can be made to fit any foot just by increasing or decreasing the starting chain and making more or less rows to fit the individual foot.