Free Pattern :: (KAL) Knit along, Knit an afghan one square at a time.

 This stitch lays flat. It is reversible. Great for scarves and edges on garments, like a cuff or collar.  The trick to this stitch is  to knit the purl stitches of the previous row and purl the knit stitches of the previous row. This is a great one for learning to read your stitches.

This stitch lays flat. It is reversible. Great for scarves and edges on garments, like a cuff or collar.  The trick to this stitch is  to knit the purl stitches of the previous row and purl the knit stitches of the previous row. This is a great one for learning to read your stitches.

This is it!  Squee! I am so excited to share a Knit along project with you. I was at Vogue Knitting Live, Chicago 2018 and while listening to a speaker suggest that you buy an extra skein to make a larger swatch than the typical 4"x4". I thought brilliant! Yes, I should do that too, if only to get a better sense of the fabrics drape. So I am setting out to review the basic library of knit purl stitch combinations in a 7"x7" format.  Each square will be collected to make a blanket.  I wanted a project that could be created in small bits as dragging around giant knit projects to the local coffee shop is a tad annoying.  Smaller is also good for summer.  Start now and you could have a 49" x 63" blanket ready to go for next winter.  How cool is that!  

So the way this will work is each Sunday evening at 8pm I will be live streaming on Periscope as @lbostudio. Tune in to watch me.  I will be answering knit questions. Sharing with you what I've learned from 45(!) years of knitting  and working in the industry in various capacities. I've owned a yarn store, was on the board of the yarn trade association, and design for books and magazines.  

I am sorry that the video is cut off.  YouTube gives me  a time limit of 14 minutes of a 23 minute broadcast that I am allowed to upload. You may watch the full replay on Periscope. I will also upload what I can onto YouTube.

I am keeping my palette simple. I am working with just three colors, french blue, cream and camel.  I am using Cascade 220. A nice sturdy basic wool in a worsted weight. To do this for charity, Warm Up America is my charity target.  They ask the rectangles be 7" x 9" and knit in acrylic. So make it in wool for yourself or acrylic for charity, make it in pastels for a baby blanket or two. The project is truly flexible. You could also work with a washable wool.

This is challenging me to think about the basics in groups so that they make sense and you build skills.  Photography is my other challenge.  Not my strength. I prefer to photograph in natural light and there has been rain in my hometown for nearly two weeks solid.  So hopefully as time goes, my photos will improve.  

Let's Knit:

You will need approximately 2000 yards of worsted (#4) yarn. As I am working with Cascade 220  with 220 yards a skein.....  

Basic math:  3 colors 2000/220= approx 9.0909 skeins of yarn. As I am working with 3 colors, that is 3 skeins  of each color.  

Basically you want a worsted yarn that works up to 4 stitches to the inch on an 8 needle.  If you want to destash and mix up yarns, that's fine but stay on gauge.

Afghan / Blanket Size: 49" x 63".  So if you are knitting 7" x 7" squares that will be 63 squares.   Multiply by only 4 squares a week - 16 weeks to complete. Start now to be done by Fall 2018.

If you are knitting 7"x9" rectangles for Warm Up America. that will be 49 rectangles. 4 patterns a week, , 13 weeks to complete. Again Start now to be done by Fall 2018.

10 skeins of Cascade 220. 3 each of French Blue and Camel, 4 of cream
#8 knitting needles
tapestry needle
scissors
measuring tape
Blocking mat
t-pins
Spray bottle with water to block.

Start with the basic Seed Stitch.  When you see *K1,P1* that means work the K1,P1 across the row. 

Work the stitches in order as presented.  They build upon each other.

Have questions? Leave me a comment or reach out on Periscope or Facebook

 The texture is more subtle than seed with the addition of the knit row every other row.  Pin a safety pin to the wrong side of the fabric so you always know which side you are on at a glance.   l presonally love this stitch. It is quick and subtle. Great for jackets and vests. It is not fully reversible.

The texture is more subtle than seed with the addition of the knit row every other row.  Pin a safety pin to the wrong side of the fabric so you always know which side you are on at a glance.   l presonally love this stitch. It is quick and subtle. Great for jackets and vests. It is not fully reversible.

  It sort of looks like Sand.  It doesn't curl. The texture is more subtle.  A great one to work into a fisherman style  or  Guernsey  sweater. 

 It sort of looks like Sand.  It doesn't curl. The texture is more subtle.  A great one to work into a fisherman style  or Guernsey sweater. 

 This one is also called Double Seed stitch.  You can see why as it works up just like seed but everything is doubled.  Another sturdy one that lays flat and is reversible another good choice for a scarf.  I love it in cardigans along the lower 2 inches before I move into stockinette.

This one is also called Double Seed stitch.  You can see why as it works up just like seed but everything is doubled.  Another sturdy one that lays flat and is reversible another good choice for a scarf.  I love it in cardigans along the lower 2 inches before I move into stockinette.

Spring Inspired Scratchboard Card

   "Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain   an artist once we grow up."   -- Pablo Picasso


"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain
an artist once we grow up." -- Pablo Picasso

I love school supplies.  I still get a rush every August when school supply sales are announced.  New paper waiting to be filled with ideas. Pencils begging to be sharpened.  And the best -  a new box of crayons.  Nothing fancy, just a basic box of 24 with primary colors, secondary colors and a few tertiary thrown in for good measure.  Oh, yeah!

MATERIALS

  1. Card (folded) - I chose a light blue-grey card, 5" x 5"
  2. Glue Stick
  3. White card stock
  4. Green card stock
  5. Crayons
  6. Dull pencil
  7. Fiskars® Lever Punch - small butterfly
  8. Fiskars® Lever Punch - medium scalloped circle
  9. Scissors (I used my Wescott Titanium Bonded® pair.)

DIRECTIONS

Select a range of light colors.  Mine were on the warm side, so yellows, pinks, oranges, and reds. Color in a section of the white card stock.  I chose to color randomly, but you can do stripes if you wish.

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 Once you have colored a section of the paper, go over it with a darker tone. I chose a deep blue-violet.

Once you have colored a section of the paper, go over it with a darker tone. I chose a deep blue-violet.

 I liked letting a little color peak through the surface.

I liked letting a little color peak through the surface.

 Punch out a series of scalloped circles and butterflies from your new colorful paper.  I punched 5 circles, but only used 4, and 2 butterflies.

Punch out a series of scalloped circles and butterflies from your new colorful paper.  I punched 5 circles, but only used 4, and 2 butterflies.

 Using a dull pencil, scratch away the dark surface to let the colors below be seen.

Using a dull pencil, scratch away the dark surface to let the colors below be seen.

 With a yellow or light green, color a portion of the green card stock.  When finished, color over it with a dark green.  Cut out stems and leaves with your scissors.

With a yellow or light green, color a portion of the green card stock.  When finished, color over it with a dark green.  Cut out stems and leaves with your scissors.


Arrange the stems, leaves and flower heads on the paper.  Once you have settled on the placement, glue them into place using your gluestick.  

A charming card reminiscent of encaustic painting with nearly limitless color possibilites!

Free pattern :: Rainbow Crochet Collar

 “Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.” -- Amit Ray

“Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.” -- Amit Ray

Aren't you the gold at the end of the rainbow?   As swing into craft gear for St. Patrick's Day, I tend to think leprechauns and rainbows rather than a suit of green. With that in mind and dead tired of winter and in desperate need of a spring. I crocheted a warm rainbow collar. Not quite cowl.  Not quite jewelry, but something comfortably in the middle.

You will Need:

1 package of Lion Brand BonBon's the acrylic collection in the Crayon color way
1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in white
1 H Crochet hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
button
Sewing Thread
Sewing needle
 

Gauge:
4 DC to the inch

Let's Create:

  1. Using White, chain 65.
  2. Break yarn and switch to yellow Bonbon, 1 DC in each chain.
  3. Break Yarn and switch to green Bonbon, 1 DC in each stitch.
  4. Break yarn and switch to Turquoise Bonbon, 1 DC in each stitch.
  5. Break yarn and switch to Royal Blue Bonbon, 1 DC in each stitch.
  6. Break yarn and switch to Pink Bonbon, 1 DC in each stitch.
  7. Break yarn and switch to Red Bonbon, 1 DC in each stitch.
  8. Sew in all tails.
  9. With White, 9sc along edge of collar at corner 2sc and then 1sc in each stitch, at corner 2 sc and 9 sc along the edge.
  10. Turn and work a 7DC scallop along the white sc. When  get the end  chain 11 and make a ring by slip stitch to the collar.
  11. Sew in all tails.
  12. Sew on a button on the side opposite from the loop. 

An Irish Blessing!

May the road rise to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face. 
And rains fall soft upon your fields. 
And until we meet again, 
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Thank You Sachets

 "Praise the bridge that carried you over." --  George Colman

"Praise the bridge that carried you over." --  George Colman

These sachets are quick to make and a great way to say "Thank you!"  The size of a business card, one will sway nicely from a car's review mirror or tucked on a hanger in the coat closet.  The lavender scent is refreshing and better yet, a natural alternative to moth balls!

Materials (for one sachet):
12" x 12" patterned paper
business card enevelope die (2 3/16"w x 3 11/16"h - assembled) 
die cutter (I used my AccuCut GrandeMARK.) 
glue stick
1/2" round sticker
hole punch (1/16")
8" of 1/4"  double-faced satin ribbon
1 T dried lavender  

Directions:

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Center the paper on the die and run through your die cutter.  (Don't have a die cutter?  Use a store bought envelope of the same size and embellish with rubber stamps!) 

Fold the edges of the envelope.  Seal 3 of the 4 sides with glue stick.  

Fill the envelope with a tablespoon of dried lavender.

Use a 1/2" round sticker to seal the envelope.

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Punch a hole toward the top envelope with your hole puncher.  

Fold the ribbon in half.  Thread the folded edge through the hole and pull the two ends through the loop.

Knot the ends togehter.

That's it!  You've made a sachet.   For a lovely twist, mix dried rosemary, thyme and lemon balm. 

Present your gift with a handmade card or tie one to a bottle of wine.  

 

Declutter :: Desktop Caddy

 I'm at my best in a messy, middle-of-the-road muddle. -- Harold Wilson

I'm at my best in a messy, middle-of-the-road muddle. -- Harold Wilson

As anyone who knows me will attest, my desk looks like an archeological site. It’s time to get organized and this mail caddy is a perfect start.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 12″ x 12″ sheet
Smoothfoam 3/4″ balls (4)
Aleene’s Decoupage
Aleene’s Paper Glaze
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
DecoArt Americana acrylic paint – Antique Gold
23″ length of 1/2″ wide ribbon
Buttons
Newspaper (I used a vintage Farmer’s Almanac)
Sponge brush
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ruler
Craft knife
Scissors
toothpicks

1.  Measure and cut 5 pieces of Smoothfoam – 3 pieces at 4″ x 6″ (base and two sides of the caddy) and 2 pieces at 4″ x 5-1/4″ (two opposite sides)

2.  To assemble the caddy box, add a line of hot glue along the 6″ side of the base piece and press the 6″ inch side of another 4″ x 6″ piece at right angle to the base.  Do the same on the opposite side of the box.  Add a line of hot glue to all three sides of one open end and press one of the 4″ x 5-1/4″ pieces into place.  Do the same on the opposite side.  You should have an open box.

3.  Decoupage newspaper or book paper across the surface of the box, inside and out, using the decoupage glue and a sponge brush.  I poured a little of the glue into an old plastic container to make it easy to use.  My caddy was decoupaged with pages from a 150 year-old Farmer’s Almanac I had picked up at a flea market. Allow to dry.

4.  With a clean sponge brush, brush on a layer of the paper glaze across the entire surface of the box (except not the bottom). Allow to dry thoroughly.

5.  Stick a toothpick into each ball to use as a handle for painting the ball. Use a scrap of the Smoothfoam sheet to stick the toothpicks into, to allow the balls to dry.  Apply 2 coats of paint, allowing it to dry thoroughly between each coat.

6.  To add the balls to the bottom of the box as feet, measure 1/2″ in on each corner of the bottom and make a little mark.  Add a dot of hot glue at each X and adhere the feet into place.

7.  Cut the ends of your ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying.  Use Tacky Glue along the top rim of your caddy and adhere the ribbon into place. Allow to dry.

8.  Use hot glue to embellish the rim of the caddy with buttons.

Note: I received payment in cash and materials from Smoothfoam to create this post.

Free Pattern :: Kidney bean trivet

 I always had a fantasy of being a chef, because I like kitchen life.  -- Geoffrey Rush  

I always had a fantasy of being a chef, because I like kitchen life.  -- Geoffrey Rush
 

moothfoam is great for using as a trivet. The insulating properties of Smoothfoam will protect your kitchen counters from being marked by hot platters of delectables you’ve just fixed.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 8″ disc
Smoothfoam 1.5″ balls
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
Dry kidney beans
Foam brush
Dark brown acrylic paint
Golden yellow acrylic paint
Toothpicks
Scrap cardboard
Parchment paper
Hot glue gun

1.  Paint the Smoothfoam disc on all sides with 2 coats of dark brown – use the parchment as a palette. Allow first coat to dry before applying the second.

2.  After the paint is completely dry, glue the kidney beans on one side (the top) of the disc in concentric circles, working from the outer edge toward the center. For variety, I changed the direction of the beans every 3rd row from vertical to horizontal. Allow to dry thoroughly.

3.  Glue rows of beans around the edge of the disc, use the parchment paper as a non-stick work surface. Allow to dry thoroughly.

4.  To create the legs for your trivet, stick a toothpick into each of four Smoothfoam balls to use as a handle while painting them with 3 coats of yellow, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next. Poke the balls on toothpicks into a piece of cardboard to dry.

5.  Use hot glue to adhere the four balls onto the back of the disc about 1/2″ in from the edge, at equal distance from each other.

Note: I received payment from Smoothfoam for creating this post.

Finger Knit a Valentine's Day Wreath

 All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. -- Charles M. Schulz  

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. -- Charles M. Schulz
 

You've taken down the Christmas tree and the house is looking a bit sparse.  Well don't fret.  Make a Valentines Day wreath for your front door. This one is  simple.  It requires minimal tools or skills and is kid friendly.

This is essentially a wreath made from one very long strand of finger knit cord. Yes, finger knitting.  Remember doing it in camp or elementary school?  If not check out this video for a refresher.

The tools required are minimal. 

  • yarn - I used one entire skein of Red Heart yarn in a variegated color way. Though a solid hot pink or flame red would be cute too!
  • scissors
  • Smoothfoam 1O" culled wreath
  • ball-head pins
  • pipe cleaner

 

Let's craft.

  1. Begin finger knitting. Finger knit the entire skein into one long rope.
  2. HINT: Or wind off the yarn into smaller balls and have your children finger knit lengths.  Cast off each length. Tie them together.
  3. Tie knots at each end of the rope.  Clip the tail short. Wind the rope into a ball so it stays neat and tangle free.
  4. Pin the end of the tail onto the wreath form. Wind the rope around the wreath. Pinning it in place on the back.
  5. Cover the entire wreath. Pin the other end into place on the back.

 

 

 

    For the knit bow:

    #8 knitting needles
    White worsted acrylic. 
    scissors
    tapestry needle
    Smoothfoam 1O" culled wreath
    ball-head pins
    pipe cleaner

      Knit the Bow.

      Cast on 28 stitches. Proceed to knit in Seed Stitch for 3".


      Seed stitch
      Row 1: * K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.
      Row 2: * P1, k1; rep from * to end of row.
      Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

      Bind off all stitches.   Weave in tails using tapestry needle.

      Cut a 12" length of yarn and wrap it around the center of the knit rectangle to cinch it into a bow. Knot the ends on the back and clip the ends short.

      Pin the bow onto the wreath using matching ball-head pins.

      Slide a pipecleaner under the rope on the back. Pull through and twist ends to form a small loop hanger.

      HINT: If you don't want to knit a bow, just add a large satin ribbon one for a luxurious look. 

       

       

      Free Pattern :: Beginner Baby Beanie

       A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. -- Carl Sandburg

      A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. -- Carl Sandburg

      The American Heart Association has a call out for hand knit or crocheted Baby hats to  inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.  They are taking hats through February. Chapters around the country are participating. As someone who has had a stroke and various heart issues. You could say that this project strikes close to the heart. I am posting at least one new baby hat pattern per week. These are mostly basis patterns with the beginner in mind.  To learn more about this project watch the following video.

      This particular pattern is perfect for the knitter who claims "I only know how to knit a scarf."  Okay, if you can knit a scarf, you can knit a hat!

      You will need:

       I used a Red Heart Soft in  White and a Cherry Red
      Size 8 knitting needles
      Tapestry needle
      tape measure
      pins
      pompom maker (I use on from Clover).

      This one was designed for a newborn at 14" in diameter.

      Gauge: 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch.
      Always do a gauge check.

      Stitches: 2x2 rib:
      Row 1: *K2,P2* and repeat from * to * ending with a P2.
      Row 2 - 6: same as Row 1.

      Stockinette:
      Knit all the stitches and then purl all the stitches on the next row. Repeat. Knit a row, purl a row.
       

      Cast on 28 stitches using the long tail method. Leave a 12" tail.

      Row 1: *K2,P2* and repeat from * to * ending with a P2.  Work this repeat pattern known as a 2x2 rib for 1 inch.

      Once you have finished the rib, you are to continue in stockinette for the next 10 inches.  

      Complete the last inch in 2x2 rib.

      You should now have a "scarf" that is 12" long and 7" wide.
      Cast off all stitches. Leave a long tail.

      It will be easier to seam up the edges if you first block the fabric.

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      I do much of my blocking on my ironing table. I purchased a cover with a 1x1" grid specifically for this purpose.  Pin the fabric down, stretching it to its full width. Once all the edges are pinned. Mist with cool water.  Allow to thoroughly dry.  As you can see I left long  tails.

      Fold the fabric in half and pin the edges and sew it up using the Mattress stitch.

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      Once I have seamed up both edges using the tails. I sew in all ends. 

      Make 2 large white pompoms.  Attach them to the corners.  

      I would love to see your final creation. I started a charity knitting group.  Please join the fun and share your project in progress. Ask questions.  Add links to your favorite patterns.  

      Valentine’s Day Desk Cube

       Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine! -- Thomas Hood  

      Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine! -- Thomas Hood
       

      Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday of the year – all that pink, red and sparkly with liberal doses of chocolate. I mean what’s not to love about the holiday of love? My desk is a giant mess, so to keep certain papers in order (and also to honor the holiday), I made a desk paperweight. Smoothfoam is lightweight, but all the straight pins used to tack in the sequins gives the cube some heft. You can decorate the sides any way you want – try adding photos inside the hearts and flowers.

      You will need:

      3″ Smoothfoam cube
      Red acrylic paint
      100+ silver sequins
      75+ fuchsia/pink sequins
      1 tube red seed beads (size 11/0; silver-lined)
      1 tube pink seed beads (size 11/0 )
      Washi tapes – red and pink patterns
      Valentine-themed scrapbook paper
      Card stock – pink, yellow, fuchsia, hot pink
      4 pink head pins
      2 packs silk steel pins
      Scalloped circle punch
      Felt heart stickers
      Red craft felt
      Craft glue
      Sponge brush, scissors, pencil, ruler

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      1.  Paint the cube with two coats of red. Allow to dry in between coats.

      2.  Cut a 3″ square from the Valentine-themed paper. Fold it in half, draw half of a heart shape and cut it out.

      3.  Glue the paper heart to the top of the cube, let dry, then glue a felt heart to the center. With a pin, pick up a red bead and then a pink sequin (with the cup side facing up) and push it into place along the edge of the heart. With a pin, a pale pink bead and a silver sequin, edge the square with sequins.

      4.  Cut four 3″ pieces of washi tape. Pin a row of silver sequins with red bead on the edge of one side of the cube. Lay down one strip of wash tape. Pin 2 rows of silver sequins with red beads,  lay down another strip of washi tape. Continue in the same pattern until the side is covered. Add more silver sequins/red beads to the top and bottom edges of the cube face.

      5.  On the next side of the cube, glue another paper heart to the center. Pin an outline of silver sequins with cup side facing up.  Stick a felt heart to the center.

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      8.  Push pink ball head pins into each corner of the bottom of the cube for feet.

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      Christmas Card Photo Cube

       Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead. David Cameron

      Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.
      David Cameron

      The holidays have come and gone and now it is time to tidy up after the festivities. I never know what to do with all the Christmas cards, especially those with photos of family and friends. It just doesn’t seem right to toss or even recycle the photos. A Smoothfoam photo cube is the perfect solution. This way I can see the images year ’round on the bookshelves within my office.

      You will need:
      Christmas card photos of family and friends
      3″ Smoothfoam cube
      Washi tape
      Paper trimmer, ruler
      Scissors (look for non-stick blades)
      Tacky glue
      Sequins and sequin pins
      Ball head pins

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      Trim your stash of holiday photo cards to 2.75″ squares. Choose your favorite five (no photo for the bottom).

      Center and glue each photo to one side and the top of the cube; allow to dry.

      Frame the photos on each side with 3″ lengths of washi tape, folded over the edges of the cube.

      Pick up a sequin cup, face up, with a sequin pin and push one into each corner of the cube.

      On the bottom of the cube, push a ball-head pin into each corner, angled slightly toward the center of the cube, to act as feet for the photo cube.

      Handmade Holidays :: Mistletoe Ornament

        Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....   -- Dr. Suess from How the Grinch Stole Christmas

      Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....
      -- Dr. Suess from How the Grinch Stole Christmas

      A few years ago I began making the majority of my gifts.  I would make jam, knit socks, bead a necklace.  Making your gifts is fun as you think about that loved one during the entire process of making and then have the fun of giving away the fruit of your labor.

      This mistletoe ornament will look equally good suspended in the doorway as it does on a tree. It's a great way to make use of the spare white buttons you have rolling around in the bottom of your junk drawer.

      You will need:
      3" Smoothfoam ball
      1 sheet of emerald green craft felt
      Christmas green acrylic paint
      5-8 white buttons in assorted sizes
      scissors
      hot glue gun (with dual low and high setting)
      6 " 20 20 gauge wire
      sponge brush
      awl or knitting needle
      ruler
      1/4" double-faced white satin ribbon
      wire cutters

      Let's create!

      1.     Paint the ball.  Paint the ball green using your sponge brush.  HINT: You may want to stick a toothpick into the ball in order to hold it without getting your fingers covered in paint.  Allow to dry.  Paint a second coat if necessary.

      2.     Make leaves:  Cut the felt into 1.5" strips.  Cut pointed ovals.  Don't worry about perfection.  Have you ever seen the exact same leaf twice?  Make approximately 40.  

      3.     Punch hole in ball.  Use an awl or a metal knitting needle to punch a hole straight through the ball. Touch up entrance and exit holes with paint if necessary.

      4.    Glue leaves around the ball.  With the hot glue gun set to low temperature, glue 4 leaves at the top of the ball.  Continue glueing the leaves into place. Tucking the lower layer under the top layer so that leaves overlap each other. 

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      5.    Add the buttons.  Turn your hot glue gun to high temperature and add an assortment of white buttons to the top. 

      6.    Make the hanger.  Cut a 6" piece of wire.  Make a spiral at one end with the round nose pliers.  Push the wire through the bottom.  Make a larger spiral at the top.  Cut a 6" piece of ribbon.  Thread it through the large spiral.  Pull the ends even and make an overhand knot.  Trim edges even.

      Free Pattern :: The Quick Knit Cowl

       “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”  -- Elizabeth Zimmermann

      “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”  -- Elizabeth Zimmermann

      This is it.  The ultimate in cozy quick knit gifts.  I tend to measure time to knit required by my Netflix binging, so this took 2.5 episodes of Gilmore Girls to complete, so in real time about 2.5 hours.

      I rank this project as beginners. Super easy. Yes, you can do it. Get your yarn now and knit one for everyone on your gift list by the end of your Thanksgiving break! Seriously!

      You will need:

      2 skeins of Lion Brand Yarns Color Clouds Yarn (55yd /50m)
      10.5 knitting needles
      Tapestry needle
      Tape measure
      scissors
      3 large buttons
       

      Gauge: 1.5 sts to the inch. 

      Seed Stitch:
      Row 1: *K1, P1* repeat across the row.   
      Row 2: Repeat Row 1.
      Continue repeating Row 1 and 2

      Cast on 13 stitches.  Begin knitting in Seed Stitch pattern. Continue working in Seed stitch for 31 ". 
      Last 9 rows:
      Row 1: Knit
      Row 2: Purl
      Row 3: K3,YO1,K3YO1,K3,YO1,K4
      Row 4: Purl - remember to purl the YO1. (These make the button holes.)
      Row 5-9: Knit.

      Finished length will be 34".

      Sew in all tails.

      Sew buttons into place.  You get different looks based on where you place them. Mine are sewn along one edge, 2" up from the bottom. Be sure button holes line up with the buttons.

      Print this pattern

       

      Super quick DIY Gift :: Hand-Knit or Crochet a Bookmark

       "Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time." -- Douglas Coupland

      "Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time." -- Douglas Coupland

      Well, Christmas is in less than a month and you need a quick gift.  You like to personalize what you give.  A book is a great gift, but you can make it stellar with a hand-knit or crocheted bookmark. These are super simple, beginner basic and will take less than one hour each.

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      To make the knitted one with the button -

      You will need: 

      Patons Grace Cotton
      size 4 knitting needles
      tapestry needle
      scissors
      button
       

      Cast on 55 stitches. Work in Seed Stitch. Continue working in seed stitch until you've knitted an inch. Bind off all stitches. Sew in the ends with a knitting needle.  Stitch on a large button. This tagua nut one is from a friend's company - One World Button Supply Co.  Lucky me to have such a friend, she sent me a box of buttons for Christmas one year.  I love each of them.  You may want to block your bookmark or iron it lightly with a steam iron. This will make it look crisper.

      The crochet one is nearly as simple:

      Patons Grace Cotton
      Size B crochet hook.
      tapestry needle
      scissors

      Chain 50.  Turn and work a DC into each chain. *Chain 2 at end of row, Turn and work a DC into each stitch.*  Work from * to * for one more row.  Then turn and work a row of scalloped stitches. Make 1ch, 1sc into first st * Miss skip 1, 7DC into next stitch, skip 1, 1sc into next st ** repeat from * to **.  Cut thread, pull through last loop, sew in all tails.  Again, press or block. 

      Free Pattern :: Recycled Magazine Door Decoration for Earth Day

       When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. —John Muir

      When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
      —John Muir

      I love to celebrate Earth Day honoring mother nature. I designed this hydrangea-inspired recycled magazine door decoration  as both a tribute to spring and a means for recycling some old magazines. 

      You will need:

      8″ Smoothfoam disc
      Mod Podge
      Sponge brush
      Flower punch
      7/8″ wide Offray ribbon (5 yards)
      Straight pins, paper clip
      Scissors

      Punch out several dozen flowers. I worked with interior design magazines, so I chose pages that were primarily blue or rust. I glued the flowers into place with a little Mod Podge, working from the outside inward, overlapping the petals slightly as I worked. This gives both a visual and slight physical texture to your collage. Be sure to coat the surface with a layer or two of Mod Podge. Allow to dry thoroughly.

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      Cut twenty 3″ lengths of ribbon. Roll each ribbon into a circle and pin it to the edge of the disc with two pins. Repeat this process until the entire circumference of the disc has been covered. They end up looking like fluffy petals to a flower.

      Cut a 15″ length of ribbon and pin to the back of the disc, allowing the majority to show below the flower as a stem.

      Open a paper clip and push it into the back of the Styrofoam to make a hanger. Hang it on a wall as decoration or adorn your door with it.

      HINT:  If you have no ribbon, then cut 1″ wide strips of magazine pages and use them in same manner around the edge!

      For more fun and ideas with Smoothfoam, go to there website. 

      Free pattern :: Snowman Pompom Ornament

       "Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas." --  Stephen Graham Jones  

      "Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas." --  Stephen Graham Jones
       

      That is so me! Yep, Halloween just comes and goes.  The squirrels have already run off with my pumpkin, but that's okay, I can be snug as a bug in my home preparing for Christmas.  I am focusing on decorating a tree with homemade ornaments and as I prepare, I thought I'd share my projects with you.

      This fluffy snowmand is made from two pompoms and hat from a previous project, a ribbon scarf, and button eyes and nose.  "Oh that's really cute, Mom" High praise from my millenial-aged daugther who tends to think I am slightly nuts and is now the family Christmas Scrooge. 

      To make your own:

      You will need:

      White acrylic yarn
      pompom maker (I used this set from Clover.)
      2 small black buttons
      1 small orange button
      12" of ribbon (only 1/2" wide)
      scissors
      tapestry Needle
      hot glue gun
      tweezers
      Hat from previous project

      Make one small and one large pompom following the directions.  Leave the tails used to cinch the pompoms.  

      Cut a 12 inch piece of yarn. Thread your needle.  Pull it through and even. Run the needle up and throught the middle of the smaller pompom and up into and throught the hat's pompom. Knot the ends.

      Now, tie the two pompoms togehter.  Knot the tails.  Trim away the access.

      Trim your snowman. I clipped into the underside of the smaller (head) pompom to obtain more of a "neck."

      Cut a 12" inch piece of ribbon. Tie the ribbon around the "neck" as a scarf.  Trim the ends.

      Hot glue the buttons in place.  Use tweezers to place them or you may burn your fingers. If children are making this project, leave this part for the adults. Hot glue can cause nasty burns.

      A short video from my Periscope for you to follow. 

      Enjoy!  These are cute on the tree. Would be cute attached to a present.  


       

      Free Pattern :: Adorable, Easy, Yarn Hat Ornaments

       “The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There's a kind of glory to them when they're all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.” -- Andy Rooney

      “The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There's a kind of glory to them when they're all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.” -- Andy Rooney

      I freely admit. I am morphing into my mother.  She loved Christmas and to make sure she had time to enjoy it even when mad busy with her carering company during the holidays, she would get everything purchased, packed and wrapped by mid-October. No fooling! The Christmas tree went up on or the day after Thanksgiving. I've been thinking about her a lot as she passed away 8 years ago this month.  I'm reading novels set during Christmas. Making ornaments and watching Christmas movies on Netflix.  I'm not crazy, I'm just my mother's daughter. 

      This ornament is super easy and would make a great rainy afternoon craft with the kids to get them in the holiday spirit.  

      For the original introduction of this project on Periscope as part of the PeriGirls Scopetober challenge (I am posting  a new craft project or tip on a daily basis.  You can catch me live and join the converstation on Periscope at 8pm most evenings.  I post under @lbostudio).  

       

      You will Need:

      1 toilet paper roll

      Acrylic yarn (worsted weight, like Red Heart)

      Scissors

      ruler

      Pen

      tapestry needle

      Let's Create!

      Measure your toilet paper tube.  Make a mark at the 1/2 inch mark.  Cut 1/2 inch deep ring from the tube.

      Measure and cut 39 lengths of yarn.  

      Take one piece, fold it in half.  Stick the bent end into the tube and pull the tails through the bent ends loop. Tighten.

      Repeat step 2 until you have completely covered the entire tube.  

      Finger comb the fringe straight.  Cut 2 foot lon legth of yarn.  Wrap it aroun the the fringe 1/2 inch down from the top.  Tighten the wrap and knot it and trim the yarn..  You should now have a fluffy pompom at the top.  Trim your pompom round.  

      cut a 12" piece of yarn. Fold it in half and knot the ends.  Thread your needle with the loop end of the yarn.  Run your needle up inside the hat and throught the pompom, now you have a hanging loop for your ornament.  

      Make dozens of them to create a garland for the doorway or mantle. 

      Pebble Charm

         "In summer, the song sings itself."  --  William Carlos Williams


      "In summer, the song sings itself."  --  William Carlos Williams

      Summers mean long walks along the shores of Lake Michigan in search of perfect pebbles.  I love their smooth texture in a range of earth tones.  I introduced my niece to this lovely past time.  We collected dozens of pebbles for use in making  jewelry, paper weights and other fun reminders of vacation.

      To make your own pebble (or sea glass) charm you will need the following: 

      MATERIALS

      Pebble (My own is 1" x 1.25".)
      24 gauge non-tarnish silver wire (I used Artistic Wire from Beadalon.)
      Wire cutters
      Needle nose pliers
      Round nose pliers
      Ruler
      An 18" length of ribbon, chain or other necklace strand (I used a silver necklace my mother gave me years ago.)

      DIRECTIONS

       Cut a 12" length of wire.

       Fold the wire in half and place the pebble in its center.

      Fold the wire in half and place the pebble in its center.

       Bend the wire around the pebble, wrapping tightly as you go.

      Bend the wire around the pebble, wrapping tightly as you go.

       Proceed until you have completed three wraps.

      Proceed until you have completed three wraps.

      Firmy grasp the wire ends with your needle nose pliers. Hold the pebble steady and proceed to twist the wire with the hand holding the wire ends until you achieve the desired twist.

      Once you have achieved the desired amount of twist, use your round nose pliers to bend a loop approximately 1/4" from the top of the pebble.  Using your needle nose pliers (or your fingers) bend the tail along the shaft of the loop covering the entire 1/4" length.

      Split apart the remaining length of wire. Using your needle nose pliers, bend the wire into a flat spiral. Once you have completed both spirals, bend them flat against the front of the pebble charm.

      To further tighten the wire against your pebble (thus holding it securely in place) and to add a bit more texture, pinch the wire with the tip of your needle nose pliers.  Twist slightly to add several crimps.

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      A charming reminder of sunny summer days that you can wear year round!  This also works well with found beach glass.

      Day of the Dead Door Decoration

       Hay más tiempo que vida - Mexican saying. (There is more time than life.) 

      Hay más tiempo que vida - Mexican saying.
      (There is more time than life.) 

      Most of my adult life has been spent living within Latino communities.  I didn't really feel the influence until I moved to St. Louis. Over the years my cooking was transformed from traditional Southern to one filled with fresh and dried peppers, corn tortillas (not the kind with a shelf life of a month or longer) and the various fruits and vegetables I can no longer find with ease at my local grocery store.  What was once a staple is now a specialty item.  While Day of the Dead  (Dia de Meurtos) is Mexican in heritage, the holiday is one honored by many. In keeping with this upcoming holiday, I made a door decoration. It is colorful and sparkly, acknowledging that despite death, life goes on.

      You will need:

      Wood laser cut skull shape
      2 purple plastic cabochons

      1 red plastic cabochon

      Decoart's American Acrylic paint - Berry Red, Citron Green, Calypso Blue, Titanium White

      Decoart's Craft Twinkle Writer paint - Black

      Sharpie - black

      Size 1 round brush

      Sponge brush

      Sandpaper (fine grit)

      Silver paper trim (1/8" wide)

      Silver pipe cleaner

      Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue

      Paper plate - as a paint tray

      Parchment paper

       

      Let's create!

      1.     Lightly sand the entire surface of the wood shape.  Be sure all stickers are removed.

      2.     Paint the front and back of your wood form with white paint.  Allow to dry before flipping from one side to the other.  You will need two coats of paint on both sides.

      Hint:  I use parchment paper to cover my work surface as I find that the paint doesn't stick       to it.

      3.     Use the other colors to trace around the edges of the decorative cut outs.  I mixed paints to obtain pink and lavender.  

      4.     Use the writer paint to trace around the teeth and the citron of the eyes.  Allow to dry and then trace those edges with a black Sharpie for better definition.  

      5.     Glue the silver trim to the outer edge of the skull shape.

      6.    Use a pipe cleaner to form a handle / hook at the top.

      Day of the Dead is celebrated November 1st.  I find it a reassuring tradition, a day set aside to remember and honor our ancestors and others in our lives who have died.  

       

       

      Free Pattern :: Pompom Topiary

         "The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."    -- Hanna Rion


      "The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."  -- Hanna Rion

       

      Topiarys are living sculptures.  They bring delight with their whimsy.  As a child I imagined they were the homes for elves and fairies.  Here is a  delightful popom topiary I designed for that childlike spirit who still believes in magic.

      Let's Create!

      Materials:

      • 3/8" Clover pompom maker
      • 5/8" Clover pompom maker
      • 2 1/2" Clover pompom maker
      • Bamboo skewer
      • 2" x 1 5/8" miniature wood flower pot
      • 6" piece of 1/4" ribbon
      • Small bottle of dark green acrylic paint
      • Small bottle of brown acrylic paint
      • Skein of light green yarn
      • Skein of emerald green yarn
      • Paper punch in the shape of a butterfly
      • Sheet of gold paper
      • Bottle of Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue
      • 1"x 1" x 1" piece of Styrofoam
      • Piece of dark green craft felt
      • Scissors
      • Piece of white tailors chalk
         

      Instructions:

      1. Paint flower pot with green paint. Allow to dry. Paint another coat. Allow to dry.
         
      2. Paint skewer with brown paint. Allow to dry. Paint another coat. Allow to dry.
         
      3. Make 1 small, medium and large pompom. Use both green yarns held together. Trim any access or long bits.
         
      4. Turn the flower pot upside down onto the felt. Trace the circle with a piece of tailor's chalk onto the felt.
         
      5. Cut out the circle.
         
      6. Insert the foam into the flowerpot pushing it down firmly so it is secure.
         
      7. Glue the felt circle onto the top of the styrofoam.
         
      8. Glue the ribbon along the brim of the flower pot. Trim off access.
         
      9. Make a gold paper butterfly using your butterfly punch.
         
      10. Glue the butterfly onto the ribbon at the point where the ends meet, so that the ends of the ribbon are no longer visible.
         
      11. Stick the skewer into the center of the flowerpot through the felt and styrofoam. Remove. Squeeze some glue into the hole, carefully not spilling any onto the felt. Push the skewer back into the hole.
         
      12. Thread the pompoms onto the skewer, beginning with the large, then the medium and finally the small pompom. Spread them evenly across the pompom with the smallest at that top.  
         
      13. Once you like the positioning of the pompoms, add a little glue to secure them to the skewer.  
         
      14. Allow to dry before moving.
         
      15. This project is perfect for using with yarn leftover from other projects. Make them white for a winter scene or for use at a wedding table.

      Free Pattern :: DIY Flower Bracelet

       Color is the fruit of life.  --  Guillaume Apollinaire  

      Color is the fruit of life.  --  Guillaume Apollinaire  

      I'm a magpie.  I love shiny objects and rich saturated color.  When a sample packet of Rowlux® Illusion Film arrived in the mail,
      I instantly fell in love with the product.  These 12" x 12" sheets are perfect for a multitude of projects.  Inspired by the roses in
      my front garden, I made this bracelet.  The colors shift with the light, hot pink, light pink, magenta, deep red, fire engine red.  The
      illusion of depth and motion is the result of thousands of tiny parabolic lenses that are molded into the surface of both sides of
      of the material.  These lenses create a pattern of light reflection and refraction resulting in stunningly brilliant optical effects.  

       

       

      Rowlux® Illusion Film is incredibly easy to cut with scissors, as well as punches and die cutters.  You can also score, fold and
      emboss it!  

      To make this bracelet you will need:

      Rowlux® Illusion Film - Red Moire
      Rowlux® Illusion Film - Hot Pink Serpentine
      Cousin® small silver flat chain - 7" (or a size comfortable for you wrist)
      Fiskars® Lever Punch - Poppy Medium
      Fiskars® Hand Punch - 1/4" circle
      22 7mm silver jump rings
      toggle clasp
      2 needle nose pliers
      side cutter 

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      1.    Punch flower charms.  Punch 10 red and 10 pink flowers from the Rowlux® Illusion Film using the lever punch (image 1).

      2.    Punch holes.  Use the hand punch to punch a hole at the top of each flower charm (image 2).

      3.    Add charms to the chain.  Cut 7" of silver chain with the side cutter.  Using your needle nose pliers, open a jump ring,
             attach it to the chain and slide on a charm.  Close the ring.  Repeat until you have added all 20 charms.  Alternate colors.

      4.    Add the clasp.  Use the two final jump rings to attache the toggle clasp to the chain.

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