King of the Castle

king of the castleWhenever I get out crafting supplies one of my kids asks what I am making. When I told my oldest that I was making crowns to give as birthday presents for a couple of upcoming parties, he requested one. I had a crown pattern drawn with stars on it and when I showed him he requested more points and to change the stars to diamonds. So this project was designed by my oldest and sewn by me. He is my biggest critic, greatest source of inspiration and the king of the castle. At least one of the kings of the castle, my youngest is challenging him at every step. No one around here wants to be the dirty rascal.

My youngest is yelling to the neighbourhood “I’m the king of the castle you are the dirty rascal”. He is also sporting his superhero cape and his love shirt.

If you are interested in making a crown here is a pattern. If you are interested in buying one here is a link to my Etsy store.

Easter Bunnies

Knit or Crochet Easter Bunnies

If you are new to knitting or crochet these little bunnies are quick and easy. These are a great way to use swatch gauge’s, small balls of yarn or to try out new stitches.

Step 1. Crochet or knit a square 8″x 8″ square. Size really doesn’t matter in this case.  Neither does the yarn weight.

Step 2. Using an embroidery thread in a matching colour, sew a triangle.

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Step 3. Pull the threads to gather a square to form the bunnies head

Step 4. Stuff the head

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Step 5.  Sew up the head and down the back of the bunny

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Step 6. Stuff the bunnies body

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Step 7. Close the bunnies bum by running a stitch around the edge and pulling tight

Step 8.  Sew on a tail (pom pom), eyes, nose (buttons) and tie a ribbon around the bunnies neck. I used store bought pom poms but you could easily make one too.

This pattern is intended for personal use only. I offer this pattern for free but I request that you do not sell it or any product made from it.

On the eleventh day of Christmas…A scarf

If you are in need of a last-minute gift this is a quick handmade scarf perfect for a sister, mother, or wife.  I would be so impressed if my husband made me a scarf for Christmas.  All you need for this is a ball of yarn, and a skein of embroidery floss (that’s what a thing of embroidery floss is called which you can get from the dollar store) and about 20 minutes.

I used Patons Cobbles in Chargrey for the one pictured and black embroidery floss.

Thanks to Meaghan Patterson for this craft.

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Picture 1 – Wool and embroidery floss
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Picture 2 – start by looping the wool around your legs and tie the end
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Picture 3 – continue looping the wool, and occasionally wrap the wool around the scarf to hold it all together, tie the end once all of the wool has been looped around
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Picture 4 – Tie the embroidery floss around the section of scarf where the wool is tied
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Picture 5 – loop the embroidery floss until it’s all used and tie the ends together. That’s it.
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Picture 6 – me wearing the scarf
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Picture 7 – finished scarf

On the ninth day of Christmas…extra seating

In the spring I made some outdoor poofs to be used on the deck.   When they migrated indoors for the winter the colours didn’t jive with the indoor decor, so I knit one of them a winter coat.  I don’t need any extra seating for the holidays because I am a bit of a chair junkie.  But the kids like the knit poofs and they are slightly more sophisticated than bean bag chairs.  I made this one using Red Heart Grande in Oatmeal which might be my new favorite yarn.  I made up the pattern as I went, and knit 6 squares which I sewed together.  The pattern is a K4, P4 basket weave.

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