I was a little bit bored one evening so I decided my large Yankee candle needed a sweater! It’s a really quick pattern so it shouldn’t take too long.
- 7mm crochet hook
- DK wool in any colour you like.
***I use American crochet terms in my patterns!***
- Make a foundation chain 38 sts long.
- DC into 3rd st from end of chain. Continue to end. (35)
- Ch 1. SC to end.
- Repeat 2 and 3 twice more.
- I added shell pattern stitching for the next few rows. I recommend this link for thorough instructions on how to crochet in this stitch.
- Repeat 5 twice more.
- Repeat 2 and 3 three more times.
- Fasten off and use the loose end to sew the sides together.
You can now pull the candle cosy over the top of the candle!
This fits on all large Yankee candles, but will also fit any glass jar or candle of a similar size.
It’d be a great personalised addition to any gift (birthdays, housewarming, Christmas, etc)
(Pattern can also be edited to exclude the shell stitching. Another 3 repeats of steps 2 and 3 would do instead).
I have to confess, I don’t know this pattern off-by-heart because I made it up as I went along, but I’ll give you a rough idea!
Note: I use US notation for my patterns.
I used a 4.5 mm crochet hook and double knit yarn. You’ll also need a button and a darning needle for weaving and sewing the button on.
- Measure the width of your camera and make the foundation chain that long plus two sts. (I think mine was around 20).
- 2 hdcs in first st (placing your hook through the third st on the chain) and 1 hdc to the second last st, 2 hdcs in the last, then start crocheting in the “bottom” or underside of your foundation chain. Start with 2 hdcs and then 1 hdc to second last st and 2 hdcs in last st. Sl st to join.
- Ch 2 and hdc into each st around. Sl st to join. Repeat this until you get to roughly the right size of your camera. (It would look like a bowl or basket-type thing at this stage.
- When you’ve gotten to this stage, begin rows of hdcs on one half of you bag only to make the flap. (So if you’ve got a bag 44 sts in the round, maybe make the flap 20 sts.) Repeat rows until you reach your desired length.
- To the end of the flap on my camera bag, I added triangle edging. Firstly, because it looked nice and secondly, because it saves on having to make a button hole and you can pop your button through the central triangle. The pattern for that can be found here.
- Weave in your ends once you fasten off.
- Sew button on. I used a contrasting yarn for this, but it’s not essential.
I collected bottle caps at barbecues and parties (considering I live in Bavaria, I had quite a few in short time.)
I used nine of them per coaster.
I simply cut thick hemp string into pieces that would span three caps. Stuffed the caps with self hardening clay (bought it on amazon) and made sure the rope/string was well in the clay. I let them dry and voila, finished. Handy if you need coasters for outside things (the edges are too rough to use on good furniture inside) garden parties or barbecues are a good place to show off you alcoholic coasters.
The caps will fall off the clay once it’s hard! They won’t last forever. I used a hot glue gun to glue the caps to the clay if they fell off. Worked like a charm.
To be honest you could probably just glue the string in without the clay but I think the clay is good to have to make it all a little heavier, easier to place with one hand and move them about.
A friend of mine got married last November and I made them a card/picture/gift that they could keep as a date reminder.
I found a cute image on the internet (original source unknown) and printed it the size I needed for my card/picture/gift.
I taped the image under the actual cardboard piece, placed it on glass (glass sheet belonging to another picture frame), placed this on my knees and placed a flashlight under it between my legs so that the light shone the image through the card so I could sketch it. I only sketched parts of it, not all the outlined. Anything I wanted to sew later on was not sketched.
Then I took the image and placed ontop of the cardboard and taped it in place. I used the flashlight to guide me so that I could place my sketched parts exactly ontop of the image.
Then I pinned it in place on a large cardboard box and started poking holes along the outlies that I didn’t sketch. These are the parts that I then sewed.
It looked like this after I was done pokng holes. Its not easy on your fingers. I used a small corkboard pin so that didn’t help at all. I would advise you to use a needle that is made for this kind of thing. They look like pencils but have a sharp pin at the end.
Next you’ll need to sew through all of the holes that you’ve made. I chose to add a heart and their initials as well as their wedding date to the card. Last bu not least (if you wish) add a fancy frame. Of course you can also leave it as a card that folds. Whatever you wish.
This card emroidering is a really simple, cute idea for any card you send or for the envelope. Mashine sewing is also possible.
A little lae again … I take too long to upload my stuff…. oh well.
I made myself an advent calendar out of cardboard, empty matchboxes, wrapping paper scraps and a battery operated christmas lights.
First I covered the matchboxes in wrapping paper and numbered them 1 to 24. I bought the boxes on ebay for 3euro. I filled them with a piece of chocolate and a little note with instructions.
Drew a Tree, made a shoot, coloured it in (badly… it was meant to be the prototype, it will end up staying this year.) stuck the light in from the back, filled the shoot with the matchboxes and lit it.
I made one for my hubby too. Its a crate of beer with 20 different types of beer and each of them wears a numbered tag. We only need twenty because we’ll be gone for teh last 4 days.
Almost a month late… or maybe just ridiculously early for next year??
Here are a couple pics from our halloween party.
A red light hidden behind a red ball wearing an old war gas mask and a glow in the dark fireman’s helmet…. yes these things are part of our “normal stuff”
Light chain and fog maschine in the hallway. Later that night the fog flowed along the floor because we sent the fog through ice before letting it out onto the floor.
avocado skull, chopped off fingers (with onion finger nails)
cthulu’s tentacle. (made a mould from nwespaper around my arm, cut it in half, lined it with tinfoil -cling film is better – and poured in grape jelly and stuck some halved grapes in as suckers.)
Again, the fingers…. and some “full of shit”eggs.
Bowl of mud with worms.
Yours truly and my other half.
I made a brain. (stuck a piece of cardboard to a headband, glue a crocheted pink rope to it.)
(camera phone pic) it looked pretty freaky in the dark cause you couldn’t identify my actual mouth. just looked like I dropped my jaw clean off. Also, manny te cat is on my shoulder. He kept a close eye on all the guests that night from his perch on the sofa.
A vegetarian large intestine (stuff spread on filo pastry and sat in a bed of tomato sauce and baked.) I was told my Bowels were great!
sangria type witch’s punch (with an ultrasonic fogger in it) .
I’m sure nobody needs to be told how to carve their own pumpkin, so I’m just going to post a few pictures of the pumpkins I did this year and last year.
This was the owl pumpkin I carved last year. I just looked it up on Google images and drew it by eye with a permanent marker.
The permanent marker is a great way of making sure the design goes on smoothly (if you have no template). You can wipe off what’s left of it when you’re done with nail varnish remover (or alcohol) and tissue.
I did two pumpkins this year. One is just a creepy pumpkin face (design also found on Google).
This one was pretty easy to do because there were no delicate bits to contend with. Including all the scooping and clean up it took less than 2 hours. The second pumpkin was a bit more tricky. It’s a banshee that was carved part of the way through with a lino print tool.
This one took about 2 and a half hours, because of the delicacy involved and the fact that you must be very careful when using a lino print tool as it will slice through your finger without a bit of trouble!!
The only tip I can offer you with regards to pumpkin carving and display is to find some battery-operated tealights to put into your pumpkin to reduce the risk of fire and so you can leave it on the windowsill unattended even with the curtains drawn! They should also last all night so you won’t have to replace real tealights. Also, dip your carved pumpkin in diluted bleach to prevent it from going mouldy. It should last about a week that way.
Have fun, be safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!