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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lemon Drop Baby Hat - picture and pattern on: July 02, 2004 08:40:55 AM
My ex-housemates just had their second child, so I improvised a hat for the little sweetie.


I made it using cotton yarn with a little polyester 'fur' for the bottom edge and the ball on top.
gauge = 5 sts per inch
size 6 dpns

Cast on 77 sts with both yarns, divide between 3 needles (22, 22, 33).
Join and knit in garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until it is 1" long.
Break fur yarn and switch to stockinette stitch (knit all rows) until it is 4" long total.
Place markers to divide sts into 7 groups (after every 11th st, and using the needle divisions as markers).

Decrease as follows:
Round 1: *knit until 2 sts before marker, k2tog* repeat around
Round 2: knit even
Round 3: repeat round 1
Round 4: repeat round 2
Round 5: repeat round 1
Round 6: repeat round 2
Repeat round 1 until 7 sts remain.

Knit even for 3 rounds, then join the fur yarn and make ball as follows:
Round 1: knit into front and back of each st (ending with 14 sts)
Round 2: *k1, knit into front and back of next st* repeat around (ending with 21 sts)
Rounds 3-5: knit even
Round 6: *k1, k2tog* repeat around (14 sts)
Round 7: k2tog all the way around (7 sts)
Break yarns, thread through 7 sts, pull tight and thread to inside.
Stuff ends of yarn into ball (plus some extra to make it firm), and tie off yarn under the ball so that the stuffing doesn't come out.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / felt appliqued merit badges on: June 20, 2004 12:31:18 AM
I always use felt applique and embroidery to make pictures for bags and the faces for my monsters, so I thought I would use the same technique to make little fabric badges.  And so, the merit badges were born!

The backs all look the same:

The blue ones are denim and the black ones are canvas.  I cut out 3.5" squares and then appliqued my designs in acrylic felt, embroidered the details and added beads for eyes (and sprinkles on the cupcake).  Then I sewed the backs to the fronts and added a pin back.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky-dinks charm bracelet on: June 17, 2004 11:14:35 AM

I made this charm bracelet using shrinky dinks, jump rings and a plain bracelet*.

How to do it:
Trace designs for charms onto shrinky dink paper using sharpie (I used some of my grunion designs for the faces) remember that they shrink a lot (they started out 1.25" x 1.75" and ended up 0.5" x 0.75").  Color the backs of the designs with colored pencil.  Cut out around the edge and punch a hole in the top using a regular hole punch (not too close to the edge, or they will break).  Cook shrinky dinks per instructions (325 degrees for 1 minute 45 seconds worked for me), allow to cool, and seal with a clear coat (I used spray matte varnish).  Attach charms to bracelet with jump rings, and voila!

*Alternatively, you could use chain and attach your own clasp; I just happened to have a bracelet lying around.
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