Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tagging your hand stitched gifts

 (This is a gift I made here)

When I make a gift, I make sure to include a tag on it to let the recipient know a few things:

  1. That they are special and I took the time to make something especially for them.
  2. That the item is in fact handmade and not store bought.
  3. How to take care of their gift.
(Pattern for these trivets here)

Many times (but not always) when making something for someone, I will knit or crochet it in easy care yarn, because many people like easy care things, especially things that will get washed a lot (babies and kids!) 

(Pattern for this scarf here)

Here's all you need:
  • Some pretty paper (I used watercolor paper in all examples shown)
  • A stamp or pen (you can stamp your sentiment or write it)
  • The yarn label or band used for the project (always save these!)
  • A hole punch
  • Beautiful ribbon that matches or coordinates with the project
To make your tags:
  • Write or stamp your sentiment on paper and trip in to desired tag shape.
  • Neatly trim the care instructions from the yarn band.
  • Punch a hole in both.
  • Secure with a beautiful ribbon
Note: If you've lost the yarn band (been there!), just look up the yarn information online and hand write it on the back of the tag.

All done...easy and pretty!!

Slipper socks...

I use tags for charity projects too!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Some pretty little notecards...

Got these done yesterday to tuck in with some gifts...


Here's the tutorial in case you missed it:


This is a great way to use leftover paper and a special button or two...


...plus it's fun to tear paper...


all done!


I was having so much fun I decided to make some in red (like in the tutorial)...


more fun ensued...


...pretty!!!  These are so quick and EASY to make for a last minute gift!

New Grab Button!

Check it out! I have a new grab button! I put it here, but its permanent will be in the left hand column...






Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's getting festive here!

I'm attempting to inject even more Holiday cheer around here...here are a few things I'm working on furiously at the last minute:


The beginnings of a granny square stocking! I had one as a child and wanted to make another, just make four for one side and four for the other and sandwich them together, so cute!


The stocking's construction can be found here
The (awesomely illustrated and written) granny square tutorial can be found here


Here's another I made into an ornament for the tree, so cheerful!  Less rounds (just 3) for ornament size...


And here's a sneak peek for something I'm working on...more of this to come soon ;-)





Saturday, December 17, 2011

Another gift to check off my list...

Just got this one off the needles for a neighbor,  have knitted this one two other times...needless to say this is the perfect gifting pattern: easy to knit, fast to knit, and so pretty!  "Envy" is a neck warmer pattern secured with 3 buttons, and for a small project it packs a lot of punch with seed stitch, button holes and cabling.


Finished this one this week:


Also made this in green this year for a friend:


And this one last year for my aunt:


Here's the Ravelry link for the pattern:
PS It's free!
Envy By John Brinegar


John Brinegar is one of my most favorite knitting designers, his pieces are so lovely.


Happy Stitching!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Blooms!

Just made these for my coat with some scraps...I've been wearing both the green one and red one together and they look really festive!  Take a trip to your yarn stash and make a few for last minute gifts...


I used my Luggage Blossoms Pattern and secured a pin to the back...

For the red one, I used some leftover yarn (can't remember the brand offhand) in a beautiful shade of brick:

For the green one, I used some Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Lemongrass:
These make an easy and super cute gift!!!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ready for Gifting!

Made it for a little girl who is the youngest of 8 children!  She gets lots of "hand-me-downs" so I thought she would like this...


Knitted hat and scarf has crochet "gems" 


In case you didn't see the free patterns for these a few days ago, here they are:


Her Royal Highness Scarf


Her Royal Highness Hat


Happy Knitting Everyone!





Midori with loose ends

So I'm running out the door this morning and wanted to grab my Midori and I realized that I had forgotten to weave in the loose ends...sigh.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Crafty Tutorial: Deckled Paper Flower Notecards!


I wanted to make some beautiful notecards to give as handmade gifts this holiday season.  Notecards make a lovely gift for the person on your list who has everything and make a useful last minute gift .


These cards feature a flower on the front using torn paper arranged in layers to form a flower and finished with a button.

For this one I used a map from my travels to London and a vintage button to top it off.

One thing that can either hinder or help a crafter is choosing the best adhesive.  For this project I chose not to use traditional glue, which causes this:

Wrinkles and glue squirting out of the sides, no fun.

Instead, the nice folks at Aleene's sent me some really cool adhesives to try out...awesome!

The result was a mess free project that took only minutes to complete with no wrinkles and zero drying time.


Materials:
  • Blank Notecards with Envelopes
  • Aleene's Tacky Dot Roll, Size Small
  • Aleene's Tacky Tape Runner
*Both of these products can be found at www.ilovetocreate.com and at www.michaels.com
  • Scraps of paper (book pages, maps, scrapbooking paper, origami paper, etc.)
  • Button(s)
And here are the adhesives I used:

Aleene's Tacky Dot Roll:


Aleene's Tacky Tape Runner:



Make the Flowers:


Choose your color scheme and tear selected papers into circles, and stack largest to smallest and attach each one together using the tacky tape runner:


Just like this!  Irregular edges are a good thing in this project, they add lots of interest. 


Don't forget to add the button to finish...I used the tacky dot roll and it held it very strongly and cleanly in place.


Finish by using the tacky tape runner to secure it to the card.


All done!  So easy!  Bundle a few together with some gorgeous ribbon and give as a thoughtful and unique gift this holiday season!


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern...Her Royal Highness Scarf!



Her Royal Highness Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson

A simple ribbed scarf knitted in a deep royal purple, your little queen will enjoy wearing this scarf embellished with crochet “gems.” Be sure to check out the matching hat pattern so she can be dressed in full royal regalia!

Materials:
  • 2 Skeins Lion Brand Hometown 
  • Various yarn scraps in “gem-like” colors 
  • US 15 (10 mm) Straight Needles 
  • Crochet hook (size not so important, use whatever you like (for the bigger gem I used an “N” hook and for the smaller gems I used an “I” hook). 
  • Tapestry Needle 
Sizing:
  • 5 inches wide and desired length 
Instructions for Scarf:
CO 20 sts
Work in K2, P2 ribbing until desired length (some kids like to wrap the scarf twice around, some kids prefer to simply drape it around once)
BO and weave in ends.

Instructions for Gems (make as many as you like):
Chain 4, sl st to beginning ch to form a ring.
Work 12 dc into ring. Sl st into beginning dc to join.
Weave in ends and stitch to scarf.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.  In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages).  Thank you!
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Free Knitting Pattern! Her Royal Highness Hat...


Her Royal Highness Hat
By Jennifer Dickerson

Knitted in the round in a deep royal purple, your little queen will enjoy wearing this knitted hat embellished with crochet “gems.” Be sure to check out the matching scarf pattern so she can be dressed in full royal regalia!


Materials:
  • 1 Skein Lion Brand Hometown
  • Various yarn scraps in “gem-like” colors
  • US 11(8 mm) Circular Needles
  • US 11 (8mm) DPNs
  • Crochet hook (size not so important, use whatever you like (for the bigger gem I used an “N” hook and for the smaller gems I used an “I” hook).
  • Tapestry Needle

Sizing:
  • Child (6-12)

Instructions for Hat:
CO 48 sts, PM and join for working in the round.
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 2 inches.
Switch to stockinette and work until hat is 8 inches from CO edge.

Decrease for crown:
Row 1: K2tog, k2 around
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K2tog, k1 around
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2tog around
Cut yarn, leaving long tail and using tapestry needle run through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Weave in ends.

Instructions for Gems (make as many as you like):
Chain 4, sl st to beginning ch to form a ring.
Work 12 dc into ring. Sl st into beginning dc to join.
Weave in ends and stitch to hat.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.  In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages).  Thank you!

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