Category Archives: Handicrafts

Make: Chunky Bobble Garland

I do not know what possessed me to want to make bobble garland, but make it I did!  And it looks adorable on my “Advent” tree.  (An “Advent” tree is an artificial tree that you put up as soon as possible after Thanksgiving, even photo-nov-27-11-35-46-amthough your husband doesn’t care for “Advent” trees, and would prefer that you wait till the family goes out to find a real one closer to Christmas.  Husbands.)

So anyway, back to the Advent tree.  My vision has always actually been to use the Advent tree to hang our Jesse Tree ornaments, except that we’ve never had any Jesse Tree ornaments, nor have we ever been disciplined enough to make it through the whole Jesse Tree saga, anyway.  But, hope springs eternal!  I’m drawing some ornaments this year, because I can, and I like to, and they’ll be just exactly what I want them to be, more or less, as my skill or lack thereof dictates.

I thought the garland would look nice while we waited for the tree to fill up with the devotional ornaments, but the children hung up all of our New For 2016 ornaments right away.  And I still think the garland looks really cute.  It has potential as a year-round decoration, too; I see similar types of things adorning walls and mirrors and whatnot on fashionable home-dec blogs, so there’s that!

Would you like to make one?  It’s really easy.photo-nov-27-5-51-09-am

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease chunky yarn and a size P crochet hook.

Start with a chain of eight or nine stitches.  Triple (or treble) crochet into the fourth chain from the hook, but don’t finish the stitch.  Leave the last loop on the hook.  Make three more triple crochets into the same chain stitch.  You should have five loops on the hook now.  Yarn over and pull through all five loops at once to form the bobble.  (Photo instructions follow.)

Now slip stitch around your last triple crochet, and again into the chain stitch you’ve been working in.  Chain 6 and make another bobble in the fourth chain from hook.

For some of your bobbles, you want to push them inside out and then flip your work.  Your first slip stitch will be around the three chain stitches at the beginning of the bobble, and then into the chain you worked in.  This will give some variety to the garland, so keep them a bit irregular!  Finish up with a few chain stitches at the end.

One skein makes about 8 feet of garland.  If you want a little more distance between your bobbles, you can make a longer chain in between.  Just make your next bobble in the fourth chain from the hook.

Let me know if you make any garlands of your own!

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Socks For Sale

***SOLD!!!*** Thanks for looking! They won’t be done in time for Christmas, but if you’d like to place an order, just send us an email!

Meg's Socks for SaleOur Megan is a very talented knitter, and she very much enjoys knitting socks.  Alas, yarn is expensive, and in order to feed her yarn habit, she thought she’d open herself a little business, selling her knitted goods.  These socks are made of smooth, non-itchy wool and are completely washable.  The stripes are two different shades of pink on a charcoal gray ground.  She alternated which pink she started with, so they’re each slightly different, but make a very cute pair!  They’re sized for a women’s shoe size 8-10.  $50 for the pair, shipping included, and we can accept paypal or checks if you’re known to us.  :-)

If you’d like to have socks custom made in colors and sizes of your choosing, send us an email!

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Make: A Latch-Hooked Rag Rug

July ’15 Update: My latch-hooked pillow took a first place at the county fair! 

Our Homemakers Club was scheduled to have a lesson on rag rugs this month. Not a one of us has ever made a rag rug, but we were all game to try! I crocheted a rag rug recently, and very much enjoyed both the process and the finished product, but our hostess had a different style in mind.
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The one she chose for us is kind of a shag rag rug, with each bit of rag poked through the holes in the kind of canvas they use for latch-hooking, and then tied to keep it in place. I confess, I was looking at all those little holes and thinking, “That’s a heck of a lot of tying!”

blog 2 IMG_8097I didn’t think of it till the morning of the meeting. “I wonder if a latch-hook would work?” I haven’t used one since I was a kid, so I wasn’t sure, but I picked a few up on my way to the meeting. Lucky thing, because it worked great! At least, it worked on woven fabric. One of us was recycling t-shirts and they were a bit too stretchy to pull through with the hook.

blog IMG_8120First things first: How big should those little bits of fabric be?  I’m using pieces 5″ long and 3/4″ wide.  They are forming an extremely thick and dense mat.  I like it, but if it was a throw rug, people would trip on it.  I’m going to turn it into a very textured throw pillow instead.  I made some samples of other sizes, just to see how they’d turn out.  From left to right above, they are 4″ x 1/2″, 5″ x 3/4″, and 5″ x 1/2″.

blog IMG_8123It seems to me that 5″ x 1/2″ on the right is too long.  They’re too floppy to me.  But maybe it works better in a bigger swatch.  I like the look better when I cut them down to 4″, as seen on the left.  Less floppiness.  And the middle is the size I’m using, which is extremely plush.  I like that, too.

 

blog IMG_8125I’m just using a simple diagonal stripe pattern.  White muslin, and three different print fabrics I’ve had in my stash for years.  Time to use them up, yes?  My stripes are four squares wide, as you can see, but the top is so dense, it’s harder to see, what with them all being squished together.

Do you know how to use a latch-hook?  I’m going to insert a gallery here, in the interests of space.  Click if you’d like to see the images with instructions in the captions.

There now. That was easy, yes? And surpisingly fun. And addictive. I could sit here all day, hooking away.

So how about it? Ready to make a pretty little hooked rag rug?

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