Christmas

Merry Christmas


MERRY CHRISTMAS

Wishing you and yours a

joyous holiday filled with love

and peace!

Kimara and Michelle

Wooden Christmas Stars

You would think, after 59 Christmases, I would run out of new things to make. HA! Not even close! Over the years my tastes have changed, and as they do, my house changes with me.

My tastes, although eclectic, now run on the "simple side". That is why when I saw a photo of simple wooden stars hanging from twine, I fell in love! Although I thought of cutting out my own stars, I quickly nixed that idea, and bought packaged 4" wooden Folk Art Stars from CraftParts.com.

Make a few or fill your whole house with stars. It is easy to do, and is "simply" beautiful!

(Added bonus: we have several bird feeders outside this window. We have trouble with birds running into the windows. When we hang things in the window, it helps the birds realize it isn't open space. You are welcome, birds :)

Materials:
Pre cut wooden stars - Mine are 4" wooden Folk Art Stars from CraftParts.com
Twine
Paint - I used white milk paint


Directions

Gather your supplies. (Include a cup of coffee or tea for your pleasure :)

Drill holes in starts slightly larger than the width of your twine. Holes should be 1/4" to 3/8" from the tip of a point. Note: Our folk stars are not symmetrical. We drilled holes in various points so the stars did not all hang the same. This was our preference.

Mix your milk paint and paint the front and back of the stars. I used 1 part milk paint to 2 parts water. Make sure to cover the edges. I only did 1 coat because I wanted the paint slightly translucent.

When dried, which is crazy quick with milk paint, you may need to use a yarn or knitting needle to open the hole if paint got inside.

Take a moment to sip your tea :)

Decide on how long you want your strings of stars, and how close together you want them to be. I started by cutting all the pieces of twine 60" long.  Knot one end.

Slide on your first star. Make sure it is resting on the bottom knot.

Measure 9" from the first star and knot the twine.

Slide the next star on the twine. Again, make sure it rests on the knot.

I have the stars hanging several places in my house. I wanted the length of the strings to vary. Each line has 2 to 6 stars. When you have as many stars as you want strung, leave 9" of twine and make a small loop at the top of the twine for hanging.

That's all there is to it. I hung them using thumbtacks and tape. I also made several single ones and made small loops with the twine like a Christmas ornament. I have hung many of them in the roping that I have around our light fixtures.

TIP: When working on crafts, I often place a piece of white or brown paper on the table. Not only does it protect the table, it is also a great place to write down notes while you are working :)

 

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Waldorf Meets the Muppets :: Knit Doll Pattern

Last week Meghan and I were talking about Christmas gifts for the wee ones. She said the Little Guy was always running off with the Little Lady's doll that I made, and she wasn't were happy about sharing her dolly. Meghan suggested I make a doll for LG. I was all over that. I had already created a pattern for a knit-in-the-round doll, which can be found HERE, so all I had to do was create a pattern for pants and a sweater. In 2 days time I had made the doll, including the clothes. Yippie! Love when everything comes together quickly.

Just a comment about his hair... I used some fun yarns for his hair (more about that later.) My intention was to give him a haircut when I was done. When I saw his floppy mop, I said... Hey, he looks like Jon Bon Jovi! A young Bon Jovi! Before I had a chance to cut his locks, my family convinced me to leave Bonjovi's hair long and perky! It is awesome hair! It is so super soft and floppy. It is also very light weight so it doesn't weigh down his neck. I can always trim up his hair later, but for now he's a cross between a Waldorf doll and a Muppet! I'm sure the Little Lady will want the Little Guy to share Bonjovi with her :) 

The pattern for the doll can be found HERE. Make sure to add the belly button!

The pattern for adding the hair and face can be found HERE. Note: For Bonjovi's hair I used equal amounts of Lion Brand's "Romance" yarn in Champagne and Sensations' "Angel Hair" color #4729, cut in 6" lengths. I trimmed up the stragglers, but mostly left his hair alone.

Yarn for Sweater:
Worsted weight yarn - I prefer to use wool because it stands up to play better than acrylics which tend to ball up over time.

Needles:
Size US 6 needles or needles that fit the gauge. You will need double-pointed needles for the pant legs. I used double-pointed needles for knitting the sweater, too.

Gauge:
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4" square in stockinette stitch

Abbreviations:
CO = Cast On
BO = Bind Off
St st = Stockinette stitch

NOTE: This pattern has not been tried by anyone else. We've made every effort to be clear and mistake free, but please be tolerant :) If you find a mistake, please let us know asap so we can fix it. Remember, you are our beta testers! We have no editors to help us ;)

SWEATER

The sweater body is knit flat beginning with the front. The front and back have a rib stitch at the bottom, the rest of the sweater is knit in the stockinette stitch. (Knit one row, Purl one row.)

Sweater Body
CO 34 stitches with gold yarn.

Rows 1 - 4
Odd rows K2, *P2, K2 repeat from * to end of row.
Even rows P2, *K2, P2 repeat from * to end of row.

Rows 5 - 10
Continuing with gold yarn, begin knitting in stockinette stitch (St st), knitting odd rows (right side) and purling even rows (wrong side).

Rows 11 - 14
Switch to blue yarn.

Rows 15 - 16
Switch to cream yarn.

Rows 17 - 22
Switch to blue yarn.

Rows 23 - 24
Switch to gold yarn.

Rows 25 - 26
Switch to blue yarn.

Rows 27 - 36
Switch to gold yarn.

Row 37
K15, BO6, K13. (There should be 14 stitches on either side of the center bind off stitches.

You will now be working the right shoulder (left side when looking at the sweater) Row numbers will indicate you are working on the right. i.e. Row 38R. Leave the 14 stitches from the left side on the needle but you will not be working them at this time.

Row 38R
Purl 14

Row 39R
BO6, K7. (8 stitches remain)

Row 40R - 42R
Continue in St st. Cut yarn leaving tail.

You will now be working the left shoulder (right side when looking at the sweater) Row numbers will indicate you are working on the left. i.e. Row 38L. Leave the 8 stitches from the right side on the needle but you will not be working them at this time.

Row 38L
BO6, P7. (8 stitches remain)

Row 39L - 42L
Continue in St st.

Row 43
You will now be working both sides again. K8 (left shoulder), CO(cast on)18, K8 (right shoulder). You are now back to your original number of stitches (34).

Rows 44 - 54
Continue in St st.

Rows 55 - 56
Switch to blue yarn.

Rows 57 - 58
Switch to gold yarn.

Rows 59 - 64
Switch to blue yarn.

Rows 65 - 66
Switch to cream yarn.

Rows 67 - 70
Switch to blue yarn.

Rows 71 - 76
Switch to gold yarn.

Rows 77 - 80
Odd rows K2, *P2, K2 repeat from * to end of row.
Even rows P2, *K2, P2 repeat from * to end of row.

Row 81
BO in rib pattern.

Sleeves:
Row 1
With gold yarn, from the right side of the sweater, Pick up 34 stitches along a shoulder. (Note: Pick up 1 stitch from each row, centered at the shoulder. i.e. 17 stitches from the front of the sweater and 17 stitches from the back.)

Rows 2 - 10
Work in St st.

Rows 11 - 16
Odd rows K2, *P2, K2 repeat from * to end of row.
Even rows P2, *K2, P2 repeat from * to end of row..

Row 17
CO in rib pattern.

Make other sleeve in the same manner.

Assembling sweater:
Fold in half at the shoulder. Sew side and sleeve seams. Tie off and work in any loose threads.

Neckline:
Using double pointed needles, from the front side, Pick Up 46 stitches around the neckline (basically, every other stitch), place marker. You will now be knitting in the round.

Rows 1 - 3
K1, P1 repeat to end of row.

Row 4
CO in rib pattern.

Tie off and work in any loose threads.

PANTS

The pants are knit in the round using size US6, douple-pointed needles.

CO 60 stitches. Divide on 3 or 4 needles, join, and place marker.

Seat:
Rows 1 - 6
K2, P2, repeat to end of row. (This forms the waistband.)

Rows 7 - 26

Place 30 stitches on holder. Divide the remaining 30 stitches on 3 double-pointed needles. (Each leg is worked independantly.)

Legs:
Rows 1 - 10
K row

Rows 11 - 15
K1, P1 repeat to end of row.

Row 16
BO in rib pattern.

Pick up the 30 stitches from the holder and knit the other leg.

Tie off and work in any loose ends. There will be a small hole between the legs that you will need to sew.


 

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Little Mouse Applique Block

Wishing You and Yours a Blessed and

Joyous Christmas from our family to

yours!

Fondly,

Kimara and Michelle

It is that time of year when Michelle and I tuck away Wee Folk Art for a few weeks to spend time with the family and enjoy a little rest and relaxation. Before "heading out" (actually, we are staying put and everyone else is coming to us :), we wanted to share a little Christmas Mouse with you. Thank you, Fairy, for providing the inspiration. Although I'll still be kicking around Facebook, we will see everyone back here in 2013 :)

This year, Fairy tried out for and won a roll in a local production of the Nutcracker. We were all so proud of her, and not just for landing a roll, but for being brave enough to enter a totally unknown situation and giving it her all! 

Fairy was a gray mouse. Perhaps I'm biased, but I thought she was the most talented and adorable little mousey out there :) She scurried across the stage with all the grace and agility of a real mouse! She oozed talent :)

Michelle asked if I'd make a Little Gray Mouse Applique Block to commemorate her accomplishment. Of course, I did... including the little pink ears and belly. As always, I made the mouse to fit on a 6" x 6" block, but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. And although I "Christmased" it up for the holidays, this is a mouse for all seasons!

The pattern for the Little Mouse Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.
 

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Gnome Christmas Stockings

The other day I saw the most adorable wee stockings at Little Cotton Rabbits. If you've never been to Little Cotton Rabbits, you are in for a real treat. Julie Williams is a gifted designer and knitter. She makes the most a.dor.able little creatures that she sells. The demand for her work far exceeds her ability to keep up, so periodically, she announces that she has a new gaggle of lovelies to sell, and you can place a comment, hoping that her random drawings will give you the privilege to purchase one of her creations. When you look around here blog, you will understand why her work is so highly sought after!  To learn more about Little Cotton Rabbits, visit her SHOP and her BLOG.

Now, onto my Gnome Christmas Stockings. I saw no reason to reinvent the wheel, and decide to use the pattern for Mini Christmas Stockings Julie graciously shared. The pattern is available HERE. These are the only changes I made:

I used a single ply yarn instead of a worsted yarn. I had some beautiful Mini Mochi Rainbow yarn (it is Crystal Palace - Mini Mochi, #101 - Intense Rainbow) that I had left over from a pair of Rainbow Mittens I knit last year.

Then, I used size 1US (2.25mm) dpn needles, instead of the size 2US (2.75mm) called for in the pattern.  Finally, instead of adding a pattern to the stockings (Fairisle, zig-zag or trees are available), I simple continued the stockinette stitch through the patterned section, and let Mini Mochi's natural striping do the work for me!

And, there you have it!

Although Mini Mochi is a washable wool, using warm water, dish soap, agitation, and a tumble through the dryer, I was able to felt the stockings to make them even smaller. The only thing left to do was to add a loop for hanging the stockings.

I really wish to thank Julie Williams for sharing this adorable pattern. Because she knits the stockings flat instead of in the round, even beginners should be able to work this pattern, although using the small needles can be a little more awkward.

You have a little over 1 week to until the gnomes will need stockings. Collect up some scrap yarn, and get knitting :)


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