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Have Yourself Some Merry Little Christmas Crafting.

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…

EXCEPT for the crazy crocheter with visions of grandeur still frantically crocheting her Christmas mouse!

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I told myself NO CHRISTMAS PROJECTS this year, despite all the wonderful ideas and patterns there are to read about in the blogosphere and on Ravelry for Christmas crafters.

But, right around Thanksgiving the Christmas crafting bug bit me and I decided that just one little, teeny, tiny, project that could be easily completed before Christmas came and went would be ok to make.

This project needed to be something small and simple that could be made with minimal stress and time. As I looked at my patterns and some ideas on line, I found this pattern for some amigurumi Christmas light bulbs and picked it to be my one and only Christmas crafting project for this year.

The pattern for these Christmas light bulbs is very simple and it only took a couple of Christmas movies for me to have 10 bulbs, 2 of each color, crocheted up. It took a few more Christmas movies to stuff the 10 bulbs, and then I had to stop watching movies altogether so that I could concentrate on the details of these Christmas bulbs. The devil is always in the details isn’t it?

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It took just a few minutes to stitch the tops of the Christmas bulbs closed once they were stuffed. I decided to use googly eyes instead of safety eyes, so, with the husbands help, it only took a few more minutes to glue the eyes on to each bulb. But now the long process of giving each bulb a smile and a personality started.

I tried big smiles, small smiles, v-shaped smiles, rounded smiles, and crazy zig-zag smiles but nothing looked good to me. I finally decided on smaller v-shaped smiles. I was using black yarn to make the smiles but the black yarn was not showing up well on the darker color bulbs so I tried white yarn instead. That looked awful, so I switched to some silver color yarn. After much trial and error, I completed the 10 smiles on the Christmas bulbs.

Now, what should I do with 10 Christmas crocheted amigurumi light bulbs? I could chain them together into a string of lights to make one Christmas decoration. Or I could put a bulb on a long piece of string or yarn and make it a necklace for all my friends and coworkers, but who wants a silly Christmas light bulb necklace? At last, I decided to make them up as Christmas tree ornaments.

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I dug through the closet and found some silver and gold metallic cording to make loops to hang these Christmas light bulb ornaments. I carefully cut even lengths of the cording, and threaded the cording through the top of each bulb. I knotted the cording, planning to twist the cording around and then hide the knot in the top of the bulb but this did not work.

The knots in the cording were too big to pull into the stuffing at the top of the bulbs. In hind sight, if I had stuffed the tops of the bulbs less, this would have worked, but I stuffed the tops good and plenty so hiding the knots in the top was not an option. I tried using yarn instead of the cording but that did not look as good. The silver and gold cording added an elegant Christmas touch to the bulbs. So, after much debate, I decided to just leave the knot at the top of the cording so it was still visible.

This was a great idea and a simple solution except that the bare ends of the cording knots frayed like crazy. I wanted the ends of the knots trimmed close but then the cording would fray and the knot would come untied. Flustered, I turned to the husband who said one word.

GLUE!

So thank heavens for clear drying glue. So, after carefully knotting and trimming the cording ends, I doused the knots and ends in glue to seal the cording, stop the fraying and keep the knot tied. After much patience with the knotting, cutting and glueing, the glue dried clear and the Christmas light bulb ornaments were done.

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At first, I did not like what I had made and I thought seriously about tossing the bulbs into the garbage can. But after they sat on the cutting table for a little while, their silliness grew on me and I now think that they are very cute silly little Christmas light bulb ornaments that my friends and family will be more than willing to hang them on their Christmas trees this year.

Until next time, Crochet forth and Christmas craft on!

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The end of my career as a seamstress

Well I have some really bad news to tell everyone. I was just told by my doctor today that I have an incurable case of sewer’s elbow, and a very, very bad case of crocheter’s wrist (which might be cured but only after months of painful surgeries and physical therapy) so I am going to have to give up my sewing and crafting hobbies for the foreseeable future.

 

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I am not very happy about this turn of events! But my doctor is ecstatic!  He thinks that with several surgeries and lots and lots of doctors visits and physical therapy, I could be back to maybe fifty percent mobility by next Christmas. And he said he has had his eye on a new Yacht for sale down at the marina and that my current problems might just give him the money he needs to purchase it.

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So I will be selling all of my sewing equipment, and my crafting equipment, and my 4111 yards of fabric in my stash to try and come up with the money to afford all of these medical bills that I am anticipating.

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So if anyone is interested in some slightly used equipment or fabric please let me know as I need the money fast so I can begin my road to recovery!

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Well not really. Happy April Fools Day everyone! Hopefully you are not pranked as badly as I plan on pranking all of my co-workers at work today!

Happy Independence Day!

I would just like to wish everyone out there in the blogosphere a happy, safe and sane 4th of July! I will be spending my 4th with family and friends and I sincerely hope all of you will be able to do the same!

Have a slice of Apple or Cherry pie for me!

And no blowing off any body parts with illegal fireworks!

It’s a little hard to sew, crochet or craft when you are missing some fingers.

Made from England

Not in but from England. This teddy bear is constructed from the yarn and eyes that I transported half way around the world a year ago this last November.

I chose a pattern from the free patterns on the Lion Brand Yarn Company’s web site. The pattern’s picture was of a white Christmas teddy bear. I did not want a Christmas bear so I did not make him a scarf. This is the first time I have crocheted with suede yarn. I enjoyed working with the yarn. It crocheted very smoothly with no splitting of the yarn’s threads. I did have to be careful when making knots or undoing stitches not to pull the fuzzy part off the yarn, leaving me with a just a thread. The eyes and nose were simple to put on making the face no problem to put together. The pattern did not call for a mouth so I didn’t add one. I have not decided if that is the right decision or not.  He may get a mouth yet. Sewing this teddy bear’s parts together went smoothly as well, but is still not my favorite part of the construction. The black suede yarn was nice though. It hid a lot of the constructions stitches. All in all, this teddy bear stitched up rather quickly and easily.

I don’t know what to think about this teddy bear now that he is complete. He is not as soft as I expected him to be compared to the yarn. (He is certainly softer than any other amigurumi I have made.) Compared to the picture on the pattern, he did not turn out correctly at all. I don’t know if it is the difference between the yarns used or the black and white colors, or just me. I have sat him on my sewing table so I can stare at him and see if he will grow on me, like the snowman did, but he has not. This is the only thing that makes me like him because he is somewhat of a misfit in my opinion and who doesn’t love a misfit.

So, Mr Teddy is looking for a good home. Does anyone want to provide him with one?

A New Skill

Look at what I learned how to do. Many years ago I learned how to crochet but never did much with the skill mostly due to it aggravating my carpal tunnel problems in my right arm and hand. My mom and sister have been crocheting around blankets for years.  It was just something I said I did not do, but due to the nephew’s love of Star Wars and the new little one, I decided to give it a try.

I dug the fleece out of the stash and took it on our last trip to see Mom and Dad over the 4th of July, and with Mom’s help the creative process began. Mom first squared up the fabric and rounded the corners. Then, she blind hem stitched around the edge.  Next, she used a sharp pair of scissors to poke a holes in between the blind hem stitches. Last, she got me started on the crocheting. I did two single crochets per hole all the way around to cover the edge. I could have stopped there, but Mom had me chain 3 – skip a stitch to make the edge. It was a lot of fun to crochet and I loved the end result. I had to be careful though, if I crocheted for too long, my ct would act up, so I just took it easy and only stitched in small increments.

When we got home, I dug through the stash again and found another piece of fleece. What I learned quickly is the hardest part is poking the holes with the little scissors.  I only thought the crocheting bothered my ct. Poking the holes in the fabric aggravated it far worse. I only poked holes around half the blanket because I was anxious to start crocheting before my hand gave completely out. It is still very fun to crochet, but with hole poking, I have to crochet in even smaller increments. To solve this problem I did a search on the internet and came up with some ideas to combat the hole poking problem, so stay tuned and I will let you know how they go.

By the way, it was Mom’s great idea to put the rubber pencil holder on my crochet hook so it didn’t slip in my hand.  It makes it much easier for me to hold and I can crochet longer.