Little Stash Busting Gifts

Little Stash Busting Gifts

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I’m always trying to come up with little patterns to use up all the yarn stash of odd little balls of yarn left over from bigger projects.   I’m making little things but never seem to make a dent in the yarn stash.

For Christmas I made a few things – wine bottle hats, little doll blankets and a lego bag.The cork cozies were easy to create and made up quickly, in fact I made these ones up on Christmas Eve.

cork cozy from craftygardener.ca

Using red, green and white yarn and a 6 mm hook it took just 6 rounds of crochet to make these.  Chain 4 and join together, chain 3 (for 1st dc) and then add 11 dc into the ring.  The first one I did red first and the second one had green first.  Join at the end of the round and fasten off.  You can change colours as you like.  For the next round join the next colour, ch 3 and then dc in each dc in the previous round.  Join at the end and fasten off.  Repeat this 3 times more.  For the last row I first threaded some pony beard onto the yarn in a red and green pattern.  Join the last row, ch 3, slide a bead up, dc, slide a bead up.  Continue this way till you have completed the round and join together and fasten off.  I stitched a little jingle bell onto the top.  In just a few minutes you have finished the cork cozy.  You can make these in any colour you want for any time of the year.  It was a great festive way to fancy up a bottle of wine.  This is not my original pattern but one I discovered at this site,  from a crochet email that gets sent daily.  They are just little hats for your wine bottle, but could be used with any other bottle.  I think a little scarf out of some stash yarn would be cute too.

Little crochet doll blankets were fun to make.

little crochet doll bed blankets at craftygardener.ca

These blankets measure about 30 cm wide and 45 cm long.  I used a simple ripple stitch for one and a granny ripple for the other one.  Both of them used up some pink and white yarn from my stash.  I also used some flannelette and ribbon to stitch a couple more blankets.

A certain little furry girl who thinks most things are for her decided to curl up on the dolly bunk beds while we were out shopping one day.

Shadow sleeping in the doll bunk beds

Another stash busting project was making a lego bag.

lego bag at craftygardener.ca

I made 20 lego bricks in either red, green, blue, white or grey and stitched them together on 4 strips of 5 bricks.  Each strip got edged in black and then joined together with red.  Some red handles were added and also a lining of some white material.  This was to hold a gift of series 3 of Mixels.  It was a fun way to wrap up a gift.  Wrapping doesn’t have to be traditional paper and bows.

Did you come up with some stash busting projects for Christmas?

Snickerdoodle Recipe

Snickerdoodle recipe, source unknown, shared at craftygardener.ca

 Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon mixed together for the coating

Directions:

  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla.
  •  Mix dry ingredients and stir into butter mixture until well mixed.
  • Form dough into balls and roll in cinnamon sugar.
  • Flatten dough balls with a fork.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 375 F on greased cookie sheets.
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The Bling in Winter

The Bling in Winter

Every garden needs a little bling … even in winter.  Some of the garden danglers have been collecting snow from the recent snowfall and look so pretty.

I made these danglers a few years ago out of copper wire and marbles.  Over the years the patina on the copper has changed.

garden bling in winter at craftygardener.ca
marble & wire danglers
garden bling in winter at craftygardener.ca
snow on the danglers

The recent snowfall has given the marbles little white top hats.

garden bling in winter at craftygardener.ca
winter bling

These long danglers look great hanging on trees, shrubs or even hanging from the eaves trough.  I bought about 2 meters of copper wiring from the hardware store, stripped off the outer layer and had 7 lengths of copper wire inside. After unwinding the wiring I had 7 pieces of copper wire about 2.5 meters each in length.

You need to start at the bottom and coil the wire around the first marble, which will keep it in place. I then coiled the wire around a small piece of pipe to get the coils between the first and second marble. When I had attached the five marbles I made a hook at the top to fasten over a tree branch. This makes a great decoration to hang on a tree, from the edge of a pergola, or on the edge of an umbrella.

When I checked back in the photo archives I discovered I had made these in 2003 and the quality of photos taken back then was not as good as it is now.  But it does show the brightness of the copper wire.

window danglers

Others danglers I made from fishing line, flat gems, spacer beads, interesting buttons, or pieces from old jewelry and small mirrors. Decide how long you want the dangler to be and cut a piece of fishing line that length. Be sure to include extra for the top loop.  If you have an interesting item for the end, fasten that on first. In one of mine I use a piece of quartz rock wrapped in wire. The 2 flat gems are glued back to back over the fishing line.  First add the glue to one side of the gem, place the fishing line through the glue and place the other gem on top and press still stuck together.  

garden jewelry at craftygardener.ca

Do you leave any garden decorations outside for winter interest?

the gardener side at craftygardener.ca

Printable All Season Recipe Card

Here is the printable tag for the all season suet recipe.  It prints on 4×6 inch photo paper.  Be sure to set your printer settings to glossy photo paper and the correct t size.   It will also print on tag board and you will need to adjust your settings according to the size of paper you are using. Continue reading “Printable All Season Recipe Card”