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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2011 01:28:00 AM »

mandys_momma that is lovely.Such a simple idea but looks so pretty.
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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2011 01:33:58 PM »

Here is a source on-line for knitting and crochet, yarn and needles of all kinds: www.patternworks.com   Their phone in US is:
 1-800-438-5464
You can get a catalog mailed to you. They offer a very extensive collection of needles and tools of all kinds, and are decently priced.
A warning on the yarn and patterns... These are very pricey!
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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2011 04:25:55 PM »

I've seen that book and have always wanted to get it....nows here's my really good excuse!  Just have to wait until the holidays end and things quiet down for a week or so but it also looks like a bust some of the stash!

Will keep checking back!
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« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2011 07:11:35 PM »

 Hi PJ, Please join us! I'm excited to see this CAL get going, and really wish to encourage you.  I hope you have tons of colors to play with!
  I just decided to try my first knitted flower. I'm doing the Poinsettia in a Dark pink wool, with a #2 needle. It's a tight knit, but I think it will work. And uses regular single point needles!   The pink is a perfect match to my Mom's "Red" poinsettia cookies.
   
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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2011 09:17:55 PM »

tons is an understatement. When my yarn was all together, I fill two big trash cans.  I've been sorting it by type into sheet set bags and wow am I overwhelmed!

off to look at the book on amazon!

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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2011 08:39:05 PM »

hey pj!  I have always wanted to make flowers...I am working on a huge camelia now that is to be felted...these are smaller and would probably be really motivating...

I love the daffodils!  They are such happy colors!  Great way to use up bits of yarn and crochet threads...

I just ordered the book, so as soon as it gets here, I will be starting this...I would love to join a bunch of flowers together for a random scarf or some sort of garland...pins for bags and also winter coats would be wonderful!
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« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2011 07:22:41 AM »

OH, Joy!  alwaysinmyroom is joining us!  That camelia sounds really   interesting~ what are you going to do with it?
  I'm almost finished with my knitted poinsettia. It's about 5-1/2 inches across since I used worsted yarn. In crochet thread it would be about half that size, I think. I just have to make the center. My mom thinks I should give it more petals, the pattern shows 6. It turned out to be pretty easy, there are a few stitches that seem hard, but they aren't. They are just types of increases and decreases. The abbreviation KFB in the beginning gives you a pointed end to the petal. You are simply knitting all sides of a single stitch to end up with 3 stitches. Then you knit the 3 stitches , afterwards begin counting rows.   Later, in shaping the tops of the petals, the decrease stitches are intended to give a directional slant to the stitches, and you are loosing 2 at a time. It's really pretty easy.  I wove my yarn tails all the way down the back of the petals to the cast-on point before securing. The last petal, leave about 14 inches to sew them all together. I ended up sewing the petals a bit more securely than suggested, it seemed too un-stable sewing just the ends. I'll take some photos this afternoon.
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« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2011 07:48:05 AM »

I ordered the book last night!  So excited!

The camelia is a Noni pattern...it is knitted and HUGE!  Once it is felted, it is applied to a Noni felted carpet bag that I am making for batgirl...you should have seen how huge the bag was before it was felted! Cheesy 

I will post the flower after I am done, even though it is not from this book...

I would love to do the poinsettas!  They would be so lovely on packages or on a wreath!
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« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2011 03:03:43 PM »

   Grin   I'm Posting my first group of photos! There will be notes as I go. I have a tendency to change things a bit from the text, so you will find out! (By adding beads and stuff) Plus, there's one flower that doesn't belong here, but I included it just for fun!  Wink
Here's a group photo of what I have so far.

Next is a Ruffled Rose #94  The only changes were adding a bit of white and a few clear beads to make a center, and using a single main color. I used a #3 cotton yarn, and a 3.25 hook.(3" finished size) I thought this flower LOOKED easy~ it was in the advanced section!

Next is the white and lavender version of #94 in a slightly smaller gauge cotton. I put a beaded button in the center, and tacked in and beaded the flower. It is about 2.75 inches.

The next one I made is the Ivy Leaf,#79- crocheted. It is worsted wool yarn, and a 5mm/H hook. I used a gold on it for lack of light green. Then I started it in a #10 cotton, however have not finished it yet.

Saving the best for last: The knitted poinsettia! #2~ It was really easy, I used a size 2 single point needle, and wool yarn. Very tight knitting. I changed it up a bit by using hot pink, and adding beads to the center instead of the french knots. The center was actually knitted from 3-strand crewel wool, for lack of knitting yarn. I blocked it with the steam iron, it wanted to curl a lot. I'd like to see this done with a wider based petal, and a few smaller ones layered on top of the larger petals.

Finally, Here is a tray of yummy cookies my mom made, and the poinsettia flower to match.

Thanks Everyone for checking us out! I'm really looking forward to a wonderful Craftalong !
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« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2011 05:41:13 PM »

What a great start to this craftalong!  The poinsettia is gorgeous!  I like how you are making these your own by changing things up with the beads...they really do add a lot of dimension and texture...

I also love the little ivy...they would be so pretty trailing down a dark winter coat...
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