Posts Tagged ‘Gift Ideas’

Passap Water Bottle Slings


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I made three more of the water bottle slings for my Etsy store. I decided to do the strap full needle rib instead of circular and it took way less rows to knit. I knitted 300 rows for the strap full needle rib. It lays flat and it is easier to attach to the ribbing. If the handles stretch out, you can always make a knot where the loop is to shorten them. After all, we are not all the same height. :)I do have another laugh for you. I have all of my diamonte yarn in a bin. I reached in, grabbed red and made that first. I took it off the passap and thought “Gee this feels thinner, sort of like a dishrag.” Hmmmm…… looked inside the cone and no writing. Went back to the bin and found that diamonte was written inside another red cone. Knitted that and it is okay. I must have put a red Tepeyac cone in with the diamonte. So I do not recommend a thinner yarn. ūüôā

Passap Baby Buggy Baby Afghan


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I was playing around scanning pictures again.¬† I came up with this design for a baby afghan based on the picture of the baby buggy from an afghan in a magazine years ago. The colors are light pink and aqua though it looks more blue in the picture. My passap was knitting beautifully while I knitted this I might add. ūüôā

I am sharing the pattern and the directions and you can do what you want to this. I think the buggy should be wider and I corrected it and there is a file in the drop box called wider baby buggy. Download both and you will see the difference in the pictures. I am not unhappy with this but the wider one will look better. Make this your own by changing the colors, borders , size or personalize it. You can also make the buggy a solid color . This is a good time to play around in win/crea or the other design programs if you are new at this.

I happen to really like the size of these for babies. They don’t take a whole pound of yarn and are not huge.¬† The finished size on this is 31 wide by 35 long and it weighs 12 ounces. If you want to make it a large one just add the columns to 189 stitches and more rows to make 250.

Here is the link for the pattern and directions.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/swvexg18ai7vo77/FaGq8CGwE0

Passap Mini Lovey Blankie by Lorraine Pistorio


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I bought the Mini Lovey Blankie Minagerie Pattern from Lorraine Pistorio and I am not disappointed! Another wonderful illustrated and well written pattern. For the price you would expect to only get one design but you get all six animal designs and the blankets also.

You can find it here.http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-lovey-blankie-menagerie

Well you know I am not one to hand knit a blanket since I have the passap so I went to work and made a blankie on the Passap E6000. It was so quick and I used the console to make the blankie and added borders.  My blankie is 17 inches by 17 inches and comes off the machine finished. To match the collar I used five strands of 2/24 that I used for the blanket and I hand knit that. It came out the right size. I used a four ply yarn that I had for the bear. I hand knit all of him because I was away from home at the time but you can do the arms on the machine very easily.(Bulky machine)

If you would like to make this little blankie, buy her pattern for the heads, all the information is at this drop box link for the blankie including how to program the console to knit borders. This can be done on the DM80 and I included the picture of the punchcard for the DM80. Don’t ask me how to do anything else on the DM 80 because I could not help you. ūüė¶

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jo9a1e30gaz6c72/6w3vuH0OMX

This little blankie is great for putting over the baby in a car seat without all the hassle of carrying a large one. Great for putting it over the baby while carrying it on your shoulder. Great for putting it over the baby in one of the carrying holders.

I can’t wait to do the bunny blankie.

Knitted Angel on a Cone knitted on the Passap


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think this is one of the cutest things that I have seen done on leftover machine knitting cones! I don’t remember how I found¬†Sandy Ewings ¬†site but here is the link for her site. And ¬†it was so nice of her to provide the free pattern!¬† If ¬†you scroll down you will see the directions or click on Christmas on the home page.¬†The picture below is her Santa and Angel.¬†They are so adorable and designed beautifully. I love the Santa and how you make the white trim and put it on so it looks like a coat! And the wings for the angel are absolutely graceful and look really nice . Also, very easy to knit.

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http://www.molalla.net/dallas&sandy/

Of course, I had to make it since I have the yarn for the wings. I think it is called Flash but not sure. It has a nice sparkle to it. If you click on the picture you can see the sparkle.¬†I also learned how to OPEN cast on tubular. Well, that is after I made the body!¬†¬† The bottom of the a cone is covered because I started out with a closed cast on. DUH! The good thing¬†about it is that the person can’t see the inside. I attached the head with a pipe cleaner for stability and also glued it on.

I tried needle felting a face and it came out horrible. So while I was at Marc’s shopping I saw this little doll head on a body . I won’t tell you what I paid!!

I love the way Sandy made her arms. You cast on open tubular for full needle rib so that the stitches can be gathered. You knit one circular piece and then take off on the end piece of yarn. You put the strings of the two ends together over the top of the cone . I love it!  I went off to the fabric store for the gold trim  but forgot to look for the greens and berries for her arms. So guess what I did? I used the CARPET STITCH  and the stitch ditcher to make the muff for her hands. (Please say your remember the hand muffs from years ago!)I used the same yarn as the wings. I also made a little collar with the same yarn using 15 stitches and knitted the same way as the start of the wings.

I also bought white hair and was going to change this but I think she looks cute. I am going to make another with the white hair and maybe some lace on the lower band. Stay tuned. The possibilities are endless on making her look different.

This is going to look precious on my fireplace mantle. I can’t wait to make the Santa.

Mini Stocking Using Carpet Stitch and Stitch Ditcher


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I had two reasons for making this, well actually three. First one was to try the stitch ditcher and it was really quick! I did not use a technique like the directions said. I just used setting FX on the back bed and CX on the front bed. This way the whole row is loops.

Second, I forgot how to wrap and use pushers for short rowing. My mistake was that I was starting with all pushers out of work instead of in work. I made a second witch on the passap and it was really quick but when I got to the little feet I could not remember how to wrap the stitches to avoid a hole. So I took them off the passap and put on the Brother to finish. I cheated. However, it made me get the book out to do it so that is a good thing.

Third, they will be for sale in my Etsy shop. ūüôā

Felted Clog Slippers with a Needle Felted Poppy


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My ADHD is taking me all over with my different crafts. I had these slippers made quite awhile ago but I needed a product called Very Velvet for the black stamens in the flower. It was priced at 3.25 to 3.75 for about five yards I think but the shipping was $7.00!!!!!!!

I don’t mind paying for some things but when the shipping is more than the product, that is ridiculous. You can mail items¬† under 13 ounces for pennies. So these sat and then I got an idea while in JoAnn Fabric store. You will see what I used in the picture below. Didn’t cost me anything since I had some left over in my house. Took less than a half yard! I wrapped it around the green middle and needle felted it in. Then I picked the little hairs to stand up and then trimmed short. Works for me!!!

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Felted 12 Hour Blue Eyed Santa


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I call this my 12 hour Santa because that is probably the amount of time I spent getting this pattern to work for me. This is my second one. I started the pattern by following Terri L. Burns Santa pattern in her book Timely Treasures. On my first one I knitted a garter stitch for the brim of hat and cuffs but after felting it disappeared. Also after felting, the cuffs, pom pom, hat brim and face turned PINK!! I was going to scrap this one but then I decided I could needle felt the white part except for the face and make it all white again. I used a silky roving that is a bear to work with. I swear his hair and beard were growing while I was attaching them. I also had knitted mittens but they were too big after felting and I removed them and did felted ones. That turned out to be faster and better. The following pictures show how I made it and sewed it together. I started with the sleeves (that I made up) and put them on garter bar. Then when I knitted to the neck, I took that off on a garter bar and hung the sleeves (folded in half with the seam towards the body) on four stitches where the sides of the body are  and then I rehung the body and finished the face and hat. I lightly stuffed the hat so I could fold it down. I gave him pinker cheeks, red lips and blue eyes. Who would not want this Santa to visit you?

He will probably be the only one I make! Do you think 50 dollars is too much to ask for in my Etsy store? lol  Just kidding

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Felted Christmas Bells


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I found a pattern for a bell in Kay Furfaro’s book called Knittin’ Misc. August of 1985 first printing. I knitted it in worsted weight (Bulky Machine)¬†and then decided to knit it in wool and felt it. I took the same stitches and everything else and just put the tension at tension 8 so the bell would come out bigger for felting. The pattern starts with a quick weaving cast on with 33 stitches. ¬†Knit 6 rows, do picots, knit 7 rows and hang a hem. Knit 20 rows , transfer every other stitch and put those empty needles out of work and knit two rows and take off on yarn end.¬† My idea is to do some felting designs and a bow at the top. When I finished sewing the bell up from the bottom up, I tied the sewing yarn to the yarn that gathers the top stitches. I then crocheted two strands together for 11 stitches for the hanger. I then brought the longer piece to the inside and crocheted until the strand ran out. that is for the little ball . I am going to roll up the ends and stitch to form the ball. Of course, some have to be cut shorter first. I used my table tob felter to do these. It is a beautiful sunny day and I hung them out to dry.

Passap Wine Bottle Cover


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This is my first attempt at a wine bottle cover that is not felted . I used the Passap E6000 machine. I used pattern 1263 and technique 183 which is double bed fair isle. I cast on 62 stitches using N/N-Td 2, CX rows -TD 3, and N/N row- TD4..

I used two strands of 224 for each color. I knitted two repeats of the pattern. On the beginning and ending four rows I put all the pushers out of work to cancel the pattern so that I had solid red to start and finish.¬† When I finished the pattern I transferred every other stich on both beds. Then I took the front bed stitches and transferred to the back bed. There are now 4 stitches on each needle. I took off on waste yarn and rehung on the back bed. ¬†I hand knit the first row and then did five more rows totaling six rows of stockinette stitch . I then transferred stitches to 2×1 ribbing and knit 60 rows. I knit the first 20 rows of rib at 5 , the second 20 rows at 5. and the last 20 rows at 5..¬† I then transferred all stitches to the back bed and bound off the stitches. There is no bottom on this but I did run a very thin layer of elastic to hold the edges to the bottle. I have tons of elastic that they used to sell for the bottom of sweater hems when knitting with cotton. It is thinner than dental floss.

At first I tried single bed fair isle and it had too many floats. I also had to do the neck twice since I was making it up as I knitted. The first attempt, I used a tighter tension thinking  that it would come out too big. Wrong. I ripped back and rehung and did tension 5, 5. and 5.. and it is good. It could be a little looser even.

So now that I have my pattern,  here is what I would do differently. I would either use 2 stitches less or tighten the tension by one dot. I would knit the rib the same but I would take it off circular and knit one stitch through the next for a little looser bind off. ( I did get a chance to use the Information about binding off on the passap with a latch tool. I was knitting on the back bed and I pulled the needles on the front bed up all the way and bound off using those like sinker posts like the Brother Machines.)  I would also add about 4 more rows and you would probably not need the elastic.  I lightly steamed this while it was on the bottle !

I did take two pictures of this because you will see more of the whole pattern. Now I have to get going in DAK and design some Christmas motifs since I did my tension swatch and pattern. Have fun if you try this. It adds a nice touch when giving wine as gifts during the holidays and you won’t have to buy the cozy if you make it. :).

Intarsia Squares Felted Purse


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I found this intarsia design in a magazine for hand knitters called Creative Knitting March 2005 issue. I just started the design with out planning what the purse would be like. Big mistake. I think it was more work for me that way. I started with the smaller block without black around it . I started on waste yarn and used 45 stitches. There are ten stitches for each color and one stitch of black between them.¬† I did four rows of blocks and each color block was 12 rows with two rows of black between them. I knitted ten rows of black at the top to fold over for a magnetic closure. I wanted a bottom on it so I rehung the stitches I started with on waste yarn . I knitted 18 rows for the bottom but I also cast on 12 stitches on each side for the sides. Mistake! Should have added those stitches when I started the back and not on the bottom. I have a triangular fold on the inside to make the bottom square. No big deal though since it came out okay. I did not want to do the back in intarsia but the stitch gauge would have been way off. I was up to the third row of blocks and I forgot to knit the two rows of black between the rows of blocks!!!!¬†¬†¬†¬†Rip out time ! It was good that I ripped out because that is when I was thinking of what to do for a handle. I knitted using fairisle technique and changed colors every twelve rows. I decreased from the sides up so that the handle would not be wide. Total number of stitches for the band at the thinnest part of it was 6¬†for the ¬†top colors and¬† 8 on the bottom¬†( two stitches for seaming) in the black.¬† I felted a cord and put it under the flap and through the purse to gather a little to pull the opening in. I then tied the two pieces into a bow that I will sew so it stays straight. I also am putting a magnetic closure in. On the bottom I have four little silver ball “feet”. Since I am using¬† plastic¬†canvas on the bottom to keep it square, I may line it also. It will be for sale in my Etsy store soon.

The colors in the Intarsia are light gray, dark gray, cream and natural.

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