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21  Re: Baking for Christmas? in Winter Holidays by dansk on: December 21, 2005 10:30:17 AM
Here is part of a batch of sugar cookies I made last weekend (recipe made too many to fit in one pic!)



The sugar cookie recipe is from Martha Stewart's site and the fantastic icing recipe is here: http://cookie.allrecipes.com/az/SugarCookieIcing.asp (so delicious!)

I used white nonpareils with a batch of white icing to make the raised and textured designs.

It really took me a LONG time to make these and decorate them, but they went over so well it was worth it!
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22  Re: Homemade Holiday Cards--Let's See 'Em! in Winter Holidays by dansk on: December 16, 2005 11:11:12 AM
This year I made door hangers for our cards. I found a template online, and a photo I liked. Composited the image and type in photoshop, printed out on regular white paper, mounted each to a piece of cardstock, trimmed out, and then added clear glitter to the branches on the image with a gluestick.



closeup:

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23  Re: Christmas Party *help*!!! in Winter Holidays by dansk on: December 02, 2005 10:23:24 PM
Here is my idea on how to make a christmas tree very cheaply. This will use a plant or lighting fixture hook in the ceiling.

Cut out a big circle from cardboard or foamcore. Make it the size of the largest lower part of the tree.

Attach lengths of curling ribbon (spools of that are cheap and you can get it anywhere) evenly spaced around the outside of the circle. Pull all of the loose ends of the ribbon together and tie a knot, hang from the hook in the ceiling.

You can even put empty boxes wrapped as presents on top of the cardboard circle before you pull all of the ribbons together around it to weigh the bottom down. There may be better ways to do this, but this is what I came up with! Here is a little sketch:

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24  Celtic Knot Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by dansk on: December 02, 2005 05:32:31 PM
This is my first cable project ever! I wanted to make something manly but still interesting for my rugged father-in-law. He loves Celtic stuff, so I think this will be perfect. I just used Red Heart acrylic in Fleck, it's cheap yarn but I love the tweed look it gives.

It hasn't been blocked yet. Do you guys think I even need to block it? Do all knitted projects need to be blocked once they're done? I'm thinking I like the rough look it has right now.

Scarf:


Closeup of pattern:

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25  Madeira Cascade Lace Scarf w/pattern link in Knitting: Completed Projects by dansk on: November 28, 2005 09:40:22 PM
I bought two balls of Patons Lacette intending to crochet a scarf from one of their patterns. Didn't work out, it was impossible to see the stitches, so I looked online for a lace pattern to knit instead and found this one: http://www.straw.com/cpy/lacescrf.htm.

It worked up quickly and I think my mother-in-law is going to love it for Christmas!



Closeup of pattern
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26  Re: Dayflower Lace Scarf (with link to free pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by dansk on: November 28, 2005 09:32:00 PM
Here are the two dayflower scarves I finished for Christmas gifts. The light one is Red Heart yarn in Fleck, kinda tweed-like, I know, what a weird choice for a flower pattern!

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27  Re: Doknit (with pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by dansk on: November 05, 2005 07:09:43 PM
Here's my "doknit". This pattern is so fun to make! Thanks arrmatie!

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28  Snowy Candle Cozies in Knitting: Completed Projects by dansk on: October 25, 2005 12:01:48 PM
I found these three plain "sky" scented candles at Wal-Mart for a quarter each. What a deal!


To turn them into a cute holiday gift set, I knitted flat-bottomed drawstring pouches for each and then used fuzzy white yarn to embroider random snowflakes around the sides. To finish them off, I embellished the snowflakes with two sizes of fake pearls and made pompons for the ties to give them an extra wintery look! Hope you like!

Front:


Back:
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29  Anthropologie "Vines" Scarf Reproduction (pattern added) in Crochet: Completed Projects by dansk on: August 30, 2005 05:54:10 PM
Here is my reproduction of the Anthropologie Vines scarf! I wanted to make it in fall colors (rust colors, moss, brown), BUT for some reason the Michael's close to me didn't have those colors. So I ended up getting yarn close to the original colors.

I knitted the vine, but crocheted everything else. I also added clear beads in different sizes and some iridescent sequins.





Here is a link to the original on their website: http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=6869&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=351&iMainCat=335

For anyone who wants to make one too, here is the pattern I worked up:

VINE (KNITTED): 
Acrylic worsted weight yarn in green
Size 6 Double-pointed knitting needles
 
Cast on 8 stitches.
Divide stitches among 3 needles.
Knit in the round until tube measures 46 or desired length.
Cast off, weave in ends.

FOR LEAVES AND FLOWERS LEAVE LONG ENDS TO USE FOR SEWING TO VINE LATER

LEAVES (MAKE 3 LARGE, 2 SMALL): 
Acrylic worsted weight yarn in green

I used this pattern (scroll to bottom of page for leaves): http://hometown.aol.com/crochetalong/fallwreath.html

For larger leaves, I added a few more single crochets in the beginning and more doubles and triples along the sides.

CHRYSANTHEMUMS (MAKE 3): 
Acrylic worsted weight yarn in various colors
Size H/8 crochet hook (I think this is the size I used)
 
I used this pattern: http://www.crochetme.com/Aug_Sept_2005/patt_chrysanthemum.html

Dont worry about following this pattern perfectly, the chrysanthemums will be squished between other flowers on the scarf, so they dont have to be 100% perfect.

SMALL FLOWER (MAKE 1): 
Acrylic worsted weight yarn in various colors
Size H/8 crochet hook (I think this is the size I used)
 
Chain 3, slip stich into first chain.
Chain 2, 9 dcs into loop. Slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain 2.
Chain 2, 4 dcs into next stitch. Slip stitch into next stitch.
*5 dc into next stitch. Slip stitch into next stitch. Repeat from * all the way around.
**1 single crochet into top of first dc.
1 hdc,1 dc in next.
3 triple crochets in next.
1 dc,1 hdc in next.
Slip stitch into big hole below in previous round, repeat from ** all the way around.
Fasten off.

BIG FLOWER (MAKE 4): 
Acrylic worsted weight yarn in various colors
Size K/10.5 crochet hook
 
Chain 3, slip stich into first chain.
Chain 2, 9 dcs into loop. Slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain 2.
Chain 2, 5 dcs into next stitch. Slip stitch into next stitch.
*6 dc into next stitch. Slip stitch into next. Repeat from * all the way around.
**1 single crochet, 2 hdc  into top of first dc.
3 dc in next.
3 triple crochets in next.
3 dc in next.
2 hdcs, 1 sc in next.
Slip stitch into big hole below in previous round, repeat from ** all the way around.
Fasten off.

FINISHING:
Sew any sequins or beads onto the flowers as desired.

Lay vine on table. Using long ends on flowers, tie them onto the vine starting from the center out. The order I used from left to right is: chrysanthemum, big flower, big flower, chrysanthemum, big flower, chrysanthemum, big flower, small flower.

Once flowers are tied on, put the scarf around your neck and check placement in the mirror. You may have to slide the flowers along the vine to make sure not too much of the vine is showing between them. Once you have the flowers where you want them sew them onto the vine using the long ends. Sew them all to the same side of the vine so it lays flat to your neck.

Sew a large leaf to each end of the vine. Sew the rest of them on where you want them.

I hope you find these instructions to be accurate, I am not the best pattern writer. Enjoy!
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30  Fall '05 Anthropologie Cloche Knockoff! (pattern added) in Crochet: Completed Projects by dansk on: August 25, 2005 03:06:13 PM
Today I finished my version of Anthropologie's cloche hat as seen in the Fall '05 catalog.

I used buttons from my gran's button tin and other odds and ends.





The colors are much more muted and vintage-y looking in person. When I showed the picture in the catalog to my mom, she said "I hope you are going to make better flowers than theirs!"

Here is the pattern:

CLOCHE: 
Acrylic worsted weight yarn
Patons Divine yarn for trim, or some sort of fluffy mohair type yarn
Size L Crochet Hook
Work in both front and back loops
Mark each round as you work
Size issues: I have a big head so I needed to increase the size at Round 11. Try it on and see if you need the increase at that point, if not, just repeat Round 6 again.
 
Round 1: Chain 2, work 8 half-double crochet (hdc) in 2nd chain from hook

Round 2: Work 2 hdc in each stitch around

Round 3: 2 hdc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next stitch, repeat all the way around

Round 4: Hdc in next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch, repeat all the way around

Round 5: Repeat row 4, hdc in remaining stitches

Round 6 through 10: Hdc in each stitch all the way around

Round 11: Hdc in next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch, repeat all the way around

Round 12 through 17 (or to preferred length) : Hdc in each stitch all the way around

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Trim Round: Pull yarn through loop where you ended main color. Hdc all the way around, fasten off and weave in ends.

SMALL PURPLE FLOWER: 
Acrylic worsted weight yarn
Size E Crochet Hook
Needle and thread
Sequins for embellishment

Round 1: Chain 4, join with slip stitch to form ring

Round 2: Chain 3, 13 double crochet (dc) in ring, join with slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3.

Round 3: Chain 6, slip stitch in the top of the second dc from hook (so you are skipping a stitch), repeat all the way around making 7 petals, fasten off.

Embellish with sequins with needle and thread.

BEIGE FLOWER: 
Mercerized cotton, or 100% Egyptian cotton thread
Size E Crochet Hook
Needle and thread
Beads and button for embellishment

Pattern at http://www.spatulagraphics.com/krochet/patterns/picotcstr.html

SMALL GREEN FLOWER: 
Acrylic worsted weight yarn
Size E Crochet Hook
Button for embellishment

Round 1: Chain 4, join with slip stitch to form ring

Round 2: Chain 3, 9 double crochet (dc) in ring, join with slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3.

Round 3: Chain 2, *4 dc in next stitch, slip stitch in next stitch, repeat from * around making 5 petals, fasten off.

LARGE BROWN FLOWER: 
Acrylic worsted weight yarn, medium brown and dark brown
Size E Crochet Hook
Buttons for embellishment
(Rounds 1-4 are from the pattern at http://www.yarncat.com/flowercoasters.html)

Round 1: Starting with medium brown yarn, chain 4, join with slip stitch to form ring

Round 2: Chain 3, 11 double crochet (dc) in ring, join with slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3.

Round 3: Work in spaces between dcs,slip stitch in 1st space,chain 3,dc in same space. 2 dc in next space and in each space around, join with a slip stitch to 1st dc

Round 4: Work in spaces between dcs,slip stitch in 1st space,chain 2,dc in next space,chain 3,*(yo, insert hook in next space,yo and pull up a loop,yo and draw through 2 loops on hook)twice,yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook,chain 3, repeat from * around. Skip beg ch-2 and join with a slip stitch to 1st dc

Round 5: Switch to dark brown yarn, *1 single crochet (sc) in next chain 3 space, 3 dc in same space, 1 sc in same space, chain 1*, repeat from * around, join with slip stitch at end.

FINISHING: 
I left the ends long on all of the flowers so I could tie them onto the cloche before sewing them down permanently. Try your cloche on before you sew them down and make sure you like the position, it looks different when it's on because it stretches.

I sewed the beads, sequins, and the brown flower buttons on before I attached them to the cloche. For the beige and green flowers, I sewed the button down through the centers to the cloche.

Add any other buttons or embellishments and enjoy! I hope you love it and I especially hope I didnt make any weird mistakes when trying to write the pattern out.
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