Yesterday’s Bake Fest 2010 was a looooonnnng day, but very productive. I made so many batches of cookies that I am still baking some today, and probably will have more to pop in the oven tomorrow. I hope to share a couple of new recipes with you in the coming days.
I have being doing more wrapping today than baking and I had to show you this.
I LOVE this gift for my sister-in-law! I was fortunate enough to see this Etsy seller at a local craft fair. She makes some of the coolest jewelry I have seen in a while. When I saw the flip side of the “sweet & sassy” charm, I knew this was THE gift for my husband’s twin sister.
I am sooooo wishing I would have gotten one for myself too!
Anyhoo, I have been putting up more Christmas decorations again this weekend, and I found this::
Low and behold…a long-lost WIP! I know from this view you are wondering, what the heck IS it???
Well, I’ll show you::
It is crocheted popcorn & cranberry garland…
I was in the process of making enough for the tree, and I must have packed it away last year instead of moving to the magical craft closet. Well, I guess it is time to finish this project.
It is not my own pattern, it is a torn out page from a Crafts magazine ~ December 1998, by Maureen Egan Emlet. It’s made with 12mm red wooden beads (about 48 for a 12 foot section), white acrylic yarn, and a G hook.
So, before my weekend completely slips away, I am off to make some more garland.
Happy holidays and safe travels! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
2-10-2011 Edited to add explanation of garland tips.
string all of your beads on first…
add your slipknot on the end and immediately start the pattern stitch…
it magically builds 5 chains at a time without a full foundation row…
once you have done the correct number of popcorn pieces, slide a bead towards your work…
it’s kind of a pain to keep pushing the beads along to get yarn, but it’s not tooooo bad…
then I pull up some extra yarn, remove my large hook and pull the loop through the bead with a smaller hook,
take time to straighten out the loop back on the large hook, then you can keep on going
According to the directions, you should be able to make a 12 foot length with 48 beads with 5 popcorns in between.
Mine have been a little longer, because I have used heavier weight yarn, and I have a tendency to have a slightly loose gauge on my stitches. I use 2 completed garlands on my 6 ft tree.
I hope this answers questions without infringing upon the rights of the pattern creator 🙂