Felted Wool Ornaments

I am pleased to be on the Christmas at Home blog tour sponsored by Hometalk and Country Living! I am so glad you are here! I have been working on a couple of tiny Christmas projects. We are in the middle of moving and I don’t have much time or space for a lot of decorating this year. So, I decided to go tiny. You have probably seen the trendy HGTV show, Tiny Houses? Just watching that show makes me claustrophobic. I like tiny decorations, I do not like tiny houses. I started my project with some rather tiny balls of wool roving. The wool is thick, unprocessed yarn, perfect for felting. The first step was to make the balls by twisting the yarn around my hand, then shaping it into a ball. I used several colors of roving for some of the balls and used just one color of roving for some of the others. I used red, green, grey and winter white yarns. After I made the balls, I used a large sewing needle to secure the end of yarn inside each ball. The last step was to put the balls of yarn into a single sock and secure the open end with a rubber band or twist tie. The sock needs to be stretched tightly over the yarns ball in order to felt properly. The balls in their socks were then washed in hot water in the washing machine with a small amount of laundry detergent. The agitation of the machine helps in the felting process. When…
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Knitted Afghan

    I interrupt your nap time with a new project. This homemade Knit Afghan is a popular fixture at our house. Our cat Pixel has decided it’s the perfect spot to snooze the day away. It’s the perfect spot for me too. This blanket is so warm and cozy that I kept knitting and knitting, not just because it was fun, but because it was so nice to have on my lap. This blanket started out as a project for my son’s bed. However, I like it so much I want to keep it on the couch in the living room instead. I was inspired by a similar project in a vintage knitting book. I can’t imagine knitting a blanket big enough to cover an entire bed, but that was the general idea. I am not that ambitious. I do love how it turned out. The neutral color is great with any decor and this yarn was a dream to work with, so soft and easy to knit. The project, although large, went together quite fast, working with the larger yarn is very satisfying because you can really see the progress you are making.     The problem was, the kitty thought this blanket was pretty nice too. Have you ever tried to knit with a 10 lb. ball of fur on your lap? It’s easier said than done. Yarn makes for a very interesting plaything, especially when it is constantly moving about. I have the scratches on my thighs to prove it. This project is super easy, a…
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Pink Wash Towel

    I have been knitting for weeks. It’s part of my winter routine, each night I spend an hour or two working on projects. You would be amazed at how much you can produce in such a small amount of time. I made a number of small gifts for the holidays. My favorite gift combination was hand knit wash towels and home made soap. If you would like to make your own soap, check out my tutorial here. Now it’s time to get back to my own knitting projects, I have been dying to make a couple of Wash Towels for myself.  I love their soft cotton texture, it feels like a gentle exfoliant on the skin. They look as luxurious and beautiful as they feel. The towels hold up amazingly well with regular use. They do stretch a bit as they are wet, but put them in the laundry and they shrink back to their original state in the dryer. Who knew yarn was so resiliant? The biggest plus of this project is it’s compact size, it’s easy to stick the needles and all in your purse and take them on the road with you. This is Peaches and Cream 100% cotton yarn in Rose Stripes. I love how the variegated yarn makes stripes appear as you knit. It’s like the yarn has a story to tell you that is revealed as you work. Who doesn’t love a good story? For this project, you will need 1 skein Peaches and Cream yarn and a pair of size 8…
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Yarn Ball Wreath

    I am normally not one to follow trends. I like to be unique in almost everything I do. Sometimes though, the cuteness factor sways my opinion. Like when it comes to making a Yarn Ball Wreath. HUGE cuteness factors are involved. I just had to steal this idea. It called to me. Many talented bloggers have had their own versions, and I must say I was tempted, but not completely swayed by them. Until I saw the one over at Cherished Bliss. She used twine in with the balls of yarn. It was the magic combination for me. I was hooked! I also loved her idea of starting with a ball of newspaper and then wrapping the twine around it. Brilliant! It uses less yarn that way. It’s also lighter, and easier to glue them down. I used baking twine, regular twine, colored twine and scraps of yarn from my knitting projects. I used newspapers until I ran out of them, then I started in on the Christmas catalogue pages. I have millions of those, could have made balls FOREVER with them. I hot glued them to a wire wreath frame and hung it on the door. Easy peasy! Note to self: hot glue sticks to tables. Use plastic underneath to avoid the embarrassment of prying it off the table before dinner time in front of the family. I almost stuck a candle in the middle and made it a center piece. Good thing the glue wasn’t really dry yet. What do you have hanging on your front…
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Homemade Knitted Gifts

    I have been hard at work making homemade knitted gifts for the Holiday. Several people mentioned how they enjoyed receiving a handmade gift last year and I am planning on doing the same type of thing again this season. Lately, I have been cranking gifts out of my free time in the evenings while I watch TV. It’s become a favorite past time of mine. No matter what sort of day I have had, no matter how much or how little I have accomplished, I relish the thought of sitting down for some quite time with my projects in the evening. I am most productive later in the day it seems. I was recently captivated by this beautiful super bulky yarn by Bernat. It is so soft and cozy, you can just feel the warmth. I followed the directions on the pattern label to make this chunky scarf. It was very easy and involves only the purl and knit stitches. Love it! I don’t make anything that’s complicated, by the way. I am just not there yet with my knitting skills. Don’t know if I ever will be! I decided need to make one of these scarves in every color, but I especially love the white. White is soooo luxurious. Here’s the instructions: Supplies: 1 skein super bulky yarn by Bernat and a pair of straight needles size 17 US Cast on 12 stitches. Knit 3 rows. Pattern Row 1: Knit 2, yo purl 2 (repeat 4 times), Knit 2. Repeat pattern row until you have used up…
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Arm Knitted Scarf

  I admit defeat. I have given up on my 31 Days of Sewing Series from the month of October. If you want to read what I did accomplish during this series, click here. I will post more updates in the future. I was eager to finish another sewing project, but my sewing machine has broken and needs repairs. The last time I took it in for repair, it was a 3 month wait. Yup. Apparently, fixing sewing machines is a lost art. At least around here it is. Ridiculous. So, I admit that I have once again started something that I am not able to finish. Big surprise, right? I bet you have NEVER DONE THAT. My husband loves to remind me that I struggle in this area. In my defeat, I sat down in front of the TV to watch the Hallmark channel’s Christmas movie marathon and I conquered the Arm Knit Scarf that you see here. It’s super easy and only takes two balls of yarn. It is completely knit on your arms, no needles or hooks involved. If I can do it, so can you. It takes less than 30 minutes, even if you have never knitted in your life. I love how it turned out. Makes up for my lack of success in other areas.       I found this great video with step by step instructions. This gal has very clear pictures and it is easy to follow. I love that she calls it “Arm Knitting for the Clueless“. I definitely fit into that…
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DIY Knitted Dish Towels

    I am back to the creative projects. I have been painting by day, and knitting in the evenings when I am too tired to do much else. It’s been months since I was inspired to knit. I have several large unfinished projects. I am a bit frustrated with them right now, so I have decided to set them aside and focus on something simpler. Sometimes, the simplest things are the best. Like these little dish towels. A simple project, easy to make in a few hours time. I came across these beautiful Plymouth cotton yarns recently at the craft store. I thought they would be perfect for dish towels. I immediately was captivated by them. They are 100% mercerized cotton, very soft and smooth. I loved the feel of them. I am also loving these Susan Bates needles. They are easy to grip and their smooth texture works great with this yarn. These towels are super easy to make, even for the beginning knitter. Aren’t the colors yummy? Here’s what you will need: Size 8 (5mm) Susan Bates needles, or similar needles 3 Balls Plymouth Yarn, one each in Maui Rose, Margarita and Cleo Tones Slate Here’s what to do: Cast on 44 stitches. Knit one, purl one the length of the row. Repeat. Purl one, knit one the length of the row. Repeat. Repeat rows until you have reached a 10″ square. Cast off, weave in ends. I can’t wait to make more of these for holiday gifts! Enjoy!

DIY Woolly Sheep

It’s spring here this week. Yup, it is. Regardless of the temperatures and weather forecasts, to me it is SPRING. There are some woolly sheep that live down the road from us. They are absolutely adorable especially at the end of the winter when their coats get big and thick. Have you ever been to a spring sheep shearing? It’s so much fun to watch. I would highly recommend it. I found these adorable little sheep at an antique sale recently. They looked out of place and had to come home with me. I purchased the three sheep on the left, the one on the right I made to go with the others. Here’s how I did it: Supplies: White and Black Wool Roving (you can purchase this from craft stores in the knitting department) felting needle Cinnamon sticks or twigs for legs small piece of floral foam I began by winding the white wool roving tightly around the palm of my hand to make a ball. After I started this I realized I wasn’t going to have enough wool, so I ended up using a piece of floral foam in the middle of my sheep body and winding the wool around it to save on materials. You can do it either way. You could also use a cheaper wool yarn in the middle of the ball/body and put the white wool roving around the outside. After a time, I slipped my palm out of the wool, and began winding in the opposite direction. Continue winding as before changing directions…
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