Monthly Archives: March 2012

 
 

A Warm Cozy Hat

So, I made this warm beanie on a number 3 round loom using the stockinette stitch.  In case you dont know what that is, its just a regular ewrap.  I ewrap for about 10 rows and then take the loops from the first row and place them over the corresponding pegs. Knit over and continue on as usual.  That creates the brim so your edges dont curl up.  At the end I use the basic gathering method and sew back and forth across the top to make it secure and Whala!  you’re done!  If you like you can make a pom pom to put on top.  If you wish to purchase this beanie rather than make it yourself, go here:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/96021702/warm-soft-cozy-beanie

And as always May your handwork be blessed and your feltwork be fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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Pocket Scarf

Aren”t these cool?!?  I found this pattern at www.allfreecrochet.com .  Its great!  I love it! I helps keep me warm. But not too warm.  And the pockets can carry my kleenex or whatever else I might want to stick into them.  It was so easy to make too! Make one for yourself or someone you care about.  I made mine out of wool so its extra cozy. The lapel is done in my favorite rib stitch.

 

So As always may your handwork be blessed and your feltwork be fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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Knitted Felted Infant Beanie

Hi everyone!  Today we have a knitted felted beanie made just for an Infant.  Your babies will love this hat.  It is made of 100% wool and is snugly warm.  You can purchase it here:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/95713878/knitted-felted-infant-beanie

If you want to make this hat, you will need the following items:  Bernat Felting Natural Wool (Folklore),  number 2 or second smallest round knitting loom.

Ewrap the first 5 rows then purl the next 5 rows, pull your first stitches over the pegs and knit over. This will make your brim.  Finish ewrapping to make the hat as long as you wish.  Use the gathering method to finish off. For more detailed instructions see my other post entitled “Loom Knitted & Felted Infant Hat” and use these instructions for the brim.   Whala!  You are done!  It takes no time at all and you will have a blast.

As always may your hands be blessed and your feltwork be fulfilling!  Happy Creating!  Toni

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Light Brown Tam

This light brown Tam will go wonderfully with just about any outfit.  Check it out http://www.etsy.com/listing/95100308/light-brown-tam  I hope you think so too.

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Long Warm Soft Scarf

I just finished this loom knitted scarf.  If you wish to purchase it go to http://www.etsy.com/shop/onceuponafiber  and purchase it on etsy.  If you want to make one of your own, use the smallest long loom and do the double knit stitch until the peice measures almost 6 feet long.  I used the Baby Blanket Yarn byBernat. You will need 2 large skeins.

And as always may your hand work be blessed and your felting fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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bookmark and bag 004

bookmark and bag 004

Grocery bag that can be used over and over again. Made of 100% cotton.

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Socks and Purses and Flowers Oh My!

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Well I have just been a busy beaver and  these are just a few of the things that I have made.  The socks I loom knitted for my daughter using a pattern from the book “Loom Knitting Primer” by Isela Phelps.  The purse I loom knitted by using the stockinette stitch on 20 pegs until the piece measured approximately 18 inches. Then I crocheted the handle using a hdc (half double crochet).6 stitches and worked it until it was about 20 inches long.Since I used 100% wool yarn I felted it in the washer in hot water.  Then I layed it out to dry on a towel  The flowers I made using my very own Five Minute Flower Pattern, some acrylic yarn and a size G and H crochet hooks.  They are really easy.  Have fun!  I know I did! LOL

5 Minute Flower

Hook size G, worsted weight yarn.

Slip knot on hook and ch 2

Row 1:  10 sc in first ch, join with sl st.

Row 2:  ch 1 sc in same ch 1 space, 3 dc in next sc, *2 sc in next sc, 3 dc in next sc * repeat from * around.  Sl st to first ch, fasten off.  Leave a 10 inch tail to attach flower to whatever you fancy.

Find  contrasting button or other adornment to hot glue in the center.

So get out your looms and crochet needles and create some fun!  And as always May your hands work be blessed and your fiberwork fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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As always May your hands be blessed and your feltwork fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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Felting with Grandkids

Hello everyone!  I had the great opportunity to spend 5 days and nights with my Grandaughter at our house last month and we had a really good time making a felt square.  Its very easy and simple to do and the kids really get a kick out of being able to make something out of relatively nothing.

First you want to lay down some bubble wrap (bubbles up) or a bamboo roll then lay a kitchen towel down on top of that, then lay down a layer of netting or jersey material (the kind with holes in it). Next you take 4 layers of a white core wool and layer them criss cross on top of one another and then lay in your color wool roving in thin strips on top of that in whatever shapes that you want .  Next you want to make up some soapy water by shredding a bar of olive oil soap or I use laundry soap that you can buy at Wal-Mart for 1.99 and shred about 1/3 cup to make a gallon of soapy water.  Be sure to use soap and not detergent. Fill a 1 gallon milk jug a quarter full with hot water and add your shredded soap.  Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes then fill it to the top with hot water.  This is your soap base.  Use this for all of your projects since you cant stop at just one.lol  Now, take about 1/4 cup of soapy water base and put it in a squeeze bottle like and empty ketsup bottle and fill it the rest of the way with hot water.  Squeeze the soapy water onto the wool until it is saturated.Now lay down another layer of netting.  Now using your fingers on top of the netting pushing gently on the wool, make little circles.  Add more soapy water if you need to make it slick to where your hands glide smoothly over the netting.  Next we do what is called fulling.  Roll up your whole bundle to where its good and tight  and use a couple of cotton strings to tie it tightly with and using your arms roll it back and forth on the table about fiftly times. Some people use a dowel to wrap it around or you can use one of those swimming Noodles cut to size.Next do what I did and have your grandchildren roll it part of the time and you roll it part of the time.  When your finished rolling untie your bundle and gently peel back your layer of netting. Turn your new square one quarter turn, replace your netting, roll it up and roll back and forth again for fifty times.  Repeat this process two more times. Once your finished with all your turning and rolling, peel back the netting and gently pinch the new felt to make sure that the fibers have felted together, felting is done, and all the colored wool is felted to the white wool.  Whala! You have just made felt!  Isnt it fun?  You can even make one with your name on it.  I strongly encourage you to check out some books at the library on wet felting so you can see just what all can be made and the different ways to go about it .  Look online.  I will be making a video very soon on how to wet felt a square.  I am going to put all my felt squares together like a quilt and make a felt blanket.  Im sure I will post it when its done.  Your felt should be thin if you peeled the layers apart right from your batch of white core wool.  If not it will turn out like some of mine did and be really thick.lol

I hope you have fun felting and if you have any questions feel free to ask me.  Just use the comment box or check us out on facebook. Just look for Once Upon A Fiber.Com and message me there.

You can get your felting supplies at www.livingfelt.com for a really good price.  You get more bang for your buck there than anywhere else that I have found so far.  I strongly recommend purchasing supplies from them.  You wont regret it.  I would start off getting the white core wool for wet felting and then just buy a few colors of the wool roving if you dont plan on going into business and maybe you can find someone to go in on it with you cause you will get a lot of white core wool.  Enough for several maybe 30 or 40 squares.  They also have the bamboo or plastic to make your rolls with and the netting.  And I dont get anything for sending you to them.  I have just checked out all of the craft stores and was thankful that I purchased my stuff from livingfelt.com.  They have videos on their site to help you learn all about wet felting and other types of felting. They are a great Company.   Dont forget to keep those Granbabys busy! 

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Until Next time may your hands work be blessed and your fiber work fulfilling!  Happy Creating!

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Potholder

Well, I found a great stitch to use as a potholder.  Its called the rib stitch in crochet.  I just love it!  It has depth to it which makes it perfect for a potholder.  Heres the pattern:

you will need:  worsted weight 100% cotton yarn, size F crochet hook.

Stitches used:  ch,dc, fpdc,bpdc, hdc.

1 skein makes 2 potholders.

Make a slip knot and put it on your hook. Chain in multiples of 2.  I chained 20. DC in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch accross.

Row 2:** * FPDC around 2nd dc, BPDC around next DC * repeat from *to* across, hdc in last dc or ch 2 made, ch 2 turn** repeat from ** to **  for entire piece.

If there is a fpdc put a fpdc and if there is a bpdc put a bpdc. Follow what the pattern does.

Watch the video. Click here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4DBUUScYgY  This is super easy!  You will love making things with this stitch.  And as always may your hands be blessed and your fiber work fullfilling!                 HappyCreating !

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St. Pattys Day Video & Crochet Instructions

Today I made a new video on how to make a four leaf clover out of yarn.  Crocheting. The pattern was by Marlo D. Cairns copyright 2001. I found it on AllFreeCrochet.com .  It was super easy and only took about five minutes to make.  I took it one step further and made a smaller one and attached it to the top of the bigger one.  It looks really good. Check out the video!   http://youtu.be/uAhz022pYH4

As always, May your hands work be blessed and your fiber work be fulfilling!

Here’s the pattern.

Materials needed:  Small amount of worsted weight green yarn, size H hook, pin backing.

Ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring

*ch8, insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, yo, and pull through chain, leave loop on hook* repeat from * to * in next 6 chs (you will have 8 loops on hook), yo and pull through 4 loops on hook, yo and pull through 5 loops on hook, sl st in ring* repeat from * to * 3 times. { (I do the repeat 2 times for a 3 leaf clover and 3 times for a 4 leaf clover)tl.}

Stem: ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 5chs, sl st into ring and fasten off.

Have a Happy St. Pattys Day!!!

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