Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Easiest Egg Garland Ever!

I seem to have an abundance of plastic eggs laying around lately after making this eggy wreath, so I made a super simple glue, sewing, or anything else, just a piece of ribbon and plastic eggs, that is all!

To make an egg garland, cut a length of ribbon a little longer than you need,

Then just clip eggs to it!  I did kind of a rainbow pattern but you can do whatever you like.

I hung mine on the mantle, so all I did was tied a little knot on each end,

and tucked each one under a large picture frame like so:

All done!  If you want to hang yours in a different area, just make a loop at each end and hang from a hook, nail, or one of those command hooks.  It doesn't get any easier than this!

Here are some other eggy projects:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How to Make Yarny Grass

Here is some yarny grass to fill your basket this spring. This is a great project too for leftover St. Patrick's Day yarn. Try mixing up the greens too for a variegated effect. The grass "tuft" is totally removable, so you can use your basket for something else later.

All you need is some grassy colored yarn, a glue gun, a piece of card stock or cardboard, and a container of your choosing.

Start by cutting your card stock/cardboard to fit the bottom of the container,

We will make the grass in bundles...the bigger your container is, the more bundles you will be making. Wind some yarn around your hand or a piece of cardboard,

Carefully slide your hand/cardboard out,

Tie towards the bottom with a length of yarn,

Snip the loops from the longer/top side, and leave the bottom (shorter side) intact as shown:

Now squirt some glue onto the card and glue the intact/loopy side to the card. Note: it helps to let the hot glue set up for a few seconds to make a bit more tacky so it doesn't fall over.

Put some more glue down for the other bundles (for my container I made a total of four bundles)

Here it is with four bundles glued in place.

Place the card into the container...

Yikes! What a mess! If your container is deep, simply place some crumpled paper or tin foil to "lift" your bundles (I prefer tin foil it's nice, sturdy and stays in place)

Like so,

Much better! Now just give the grass a few snips and fluff it up...

All done! You could make each grass blade of equal length, but I kind of like it like this, it looks natural, like it grew that way.

Here are some cute eggs you can put in your yarny grass basket too!

One Round Baby Eggs-Free Crochet Pattern

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

An Eggcellent Wreath Indeed...

Hi Folks!  Just got done making egg wreath!  I've been seeing it all over Pinterest (are you all on this yet?) but this was my favorite wreath here.

It was super simple to make...mine turned out a little bigger (OK, it's gigantic) and my eggs look a little more scattered, but I LOVE it!

All you need is a wreath form (I used 14 inch stryofoam one), a scrap of ribbon, and plastic eggs...

lots of them.  I had 3 bags of 48 each and used all but 6. 

All I did was tie a little piece of cotton yarn for a hanger, then started gluing with my hot glue gun to cover the form,

there was really no rhyme or reason to how I glued them, and perhaps that's evident...but I kind of like the scattered look of them, like festive jelly beans in a bowl.

I put mine on an interior door in my house, but you could easily hang this on a front door.  So cute!

Monday, March 19, 2012

How to Knit with Double Pointed Needles (DPNs)

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When I was learning to knit, double pointed needles were something I didn't even bother with at first because I felt like they were only for professional knitters or those who have been knitting forever.  While they do take some practice, as they can be a bit fiddly, they're not so fact, by the time I was on my second or third project with them, I felt like a seasoned veteran!

To knit with double pointed needles, you need some yarn and a set of needles.  Like regular needles, they are available in a variety of different materials like metal, bamboo, plastic, and wood.  Try some antique shops too for more unique and harder to find materials.  They normally come in sets of five...for this tutorial we'll use four.  I prefer bamboo myself, because they are less slippery and the yarn hangs on a little better, but it's your preference of course.  

So, we'll use four needles, three to hold the work, and one needle to work the stitches.  Using one of the needles, cast on the number of stitches needed...we'll cast on 15 here.

Now for a little math (don't be scared).  Because we have 3 needles to hold the work and 15 stitches, we'll want to divide the work evenly (some patterns won't be perfectly divisible, it's OK to have an extra stitch on one of the needles in this case) onto three needles, so 15 divided by 3 equals 5 stitches per needle.  So begin by slipping two thirds of the stitches (10 stitches onto the second needle).  *Note: slip as shown below, so you don't twist your stitches)

There!  5 stitches remain on the first needle and 10 are now on the second needle.

Now, with the third needle, slip five stitches onto it, so you have 5 stitches on each needle.  It's very important too that the stitches are facing in on all three sides, be very careful not to twist as you work.

Now we need to join to begin knitting in the round...holding the needle with the tails in your right hand, go ahead and knit that first do that take the fourth needle that you haven't used yet and insert it into the first stitch that is in your left hand--knit the stitch, pulling snugly as you go so there is no "laddering" or loose stitches where each round begins.

Knit across the first needle as you would with straight needles, and take notice...the needle that just held the stitches is now empty of stitches and free to work the stitches on the next needle.

The first round is usually the most fiddly, once you get a round or two knit, things will straighten out and get easier as it begins to take shape.

Keep knitting each round until your seamless tube is desired length, taking care to pull snugly at the beginning of each round and in between each needle.  When you get to the desired length, simply bind off as you normally would.

There you have it!  Be sure to practice, some of you knitting wizards may do it perfectly from the get go, but if you're like me, you may have to practice a few times.  Another interesting thing about knitting in the round is that to create stockinette, you knit all of the rounds (no purling!)  Now you'll be able to seamlessly knit sleeves, tiny hats, mittens, and other narrow tubes in the round!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

How To Embroider A Lazy Daisy

Lazy Daisies (also known as the "detached chain stitch") look so cute on just about everything knit and crochet, adding a little bit of cheer and whimsy. They are easy and very fast to make too, giving you the ability to stitch a garden of them!

First you'll need a needle, you may already have one in your knitting/crocheting tool arsenal for weaving in ends.  If not, you'll want one with a large enough eye to fit yarn through...these can be found in a yarn shop, or the yarn section of a craft store.  If you are making your lazy daisy with embroidery floss on fabric, you'll want to use a tapestry needle in a size 24 or 26 (found near the embroidery floss in the craft store).

To begin, thread your needle with yarn and leave a short tail.  Then bring the needle up from the bottom,

then go back in with the needle (as close as you can from where you first brought it out) and come back up as shown, leaving the needle in place (don't pull through yet),

then wrap the yarn around the needle,

Now pull the needle through...this will form the petal, bring the needle up where the top of the petal is located,

and back down again to tack it down.

There you have it...your first petal!  This stitch also makes nice little leaves too.  Also, as you are working, be sure and not pull to tight, you don't want to distort the knit/crochet "fabric" in which you are working on.  Not too loose either, or it tends to look a little sloppy.

Keep going around in a circle, 

you can make a five petal flower like I'm making here, or make a flower with even more...get creative!

There you have it, the lazy daisy stitch!  These make really nice embellishments for all kinds of garments and household items, and really adds a little flair to you knitting and crochet projects.  Happy embroidering to you!
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