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  • knitting1105 12:26 pm on December 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christmas, Christmas card, Gifts   

    Making of a Star 

    This star was made by me and the kids about 20+ years ago.  My mother taught us how to make these out of old Christmas cards when we were kids. It was really interesting to see how the graphics have changed from this star to the one we just made.  The more current cards have much more vibrant colors, graphics are more generic, less Christian.

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    Over this past weekend, Sofia and I made a new star for her.  I have been saving the front of Christmas cards for the past couple of years.  We don’t get as many as previously, not as many people send out cards in general, or they are letters or photos.

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    First I redrafted the pattern, this should print out to scale.  From top to bottom is 5″

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    Copy this pattern onto a stiff cardboard or plastic, such as quilting templates. Cut out evenly, I used an xacto knife and straight edge to get it perfect..

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    Then, with cards that I had been saving up, Sofia first transferred the large 6-sided  template onto a card, and then the diamond shape centered on that.  Using a ball point pen gives a crisp edge which comes in handy when bending back the tabs. You will need 60 cutouts.

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    Bend back the tabs on all of the 60 cutouts to give 60 diamonds with tabs.  Sometimes the cardstock is too heavy to bend back evenly, I then score them with an xacto knife and straight edge, just don’t cut deep, only a light surface score is necessary.

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    The first step is to glue 3 diamonds together, 20 sets of these.  Good old Elmer’s glue works the best, and dries clear at the edge if there is a little bit of overspill.  Let them lay flat to dry completely.  The card on the left is from a card my sister Jill sent one year, I can tell from the writing and portions of the note left.

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    Next fold them up into a point, glue the tabs together and allow to dry completely.  We used large paperclips to hold them together when needed, some of the cardstock is more porous than others.

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    I glue 5 sets of points together, 3 sections, leaving the last 5 points as singles.

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    Glue the 3 large sections together.

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    Add the last points in one at a time.  The very last is the hardest and most tedious.

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    And a finished star.  Just waiting for glitter glue on all the joints, to hide any mistakes, strengthen the star and add a touch of pizzazz.

     
  • knitting1105 11:28 am on December 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christmas, , Lyocell, SeaCell,   

    Almost, but not Quite 

    I had originally decided that this Christmas was to be hand-knitted gift-free.  No undue stress on me to finish a project just to have it under the tree.  My family would be the recipients of my knitting anyways, Holiday or not.  Then I started putting together the gifts, and as usual my husband’s list was extremely short.  So, I pulled out this sweater, the knitting had been finished for at least a year, maybe two.  Just goes to show how much I hate the sewing up process.  So, while he was picking Ethan up from school, and Sofia was here helping bake, I seamed the sweater together:

    Then all I had to do was the collar, which as usual took longer than planned.  This is the Chess sweater, a kit by Hanne Falkenberg, and a ton of knitting with size 2 needles.  This is as far as I got, it was put in a box with the needles still attached.  Hopefully this will get finished today.

    Since his stocking was also on the light side, I decided that I needed to put in a pair of socks.  I had been working on these from the CookieA sock club, the pattern is Hex Socks.  The first one I started 4 times, Medium, then Large, then Small, then back to Medium.  The yarn is from Fleece Artist and it is Sea Wool (70% Merino, and 30% Seacell), a bit thicker knitted up than I usually like for my socks.

    I was wondering what exactly Seacell was, so I looked it up, and here is the description of the fiber actually made with seaweed:

    The idea behind SeaCell® is really rather simple: a cellulose-based fiber is manufactured using the so-called Lyocell process. This Lyocell fiber then serves as the “functioning substrate” for the seaweed.  Seaweed is added as the active substance for a very good reason. The fact that this marine plant is rich in trace elements has been well known since the times of Chinese medicine, and seaweed has also been proved to protect the skin and have anti-inflammatory properties. It is seaweed which forms the basis of the SeaCell® fiber.

    So, I put one sock in the stocking, and kept working on the second.  Then, I burned my hand twice in the oven while cooking yesterday, so I had to soak my fingers on ice, knit a partial round on the sock, soak my fingers, knit a bit, etc.  Not the most productive.  Today I am better, and hope to get these done.

    I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  We did!

     
    • Tiara 2:51 pm on December 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love the socks. The color and pattern are both very attractive & I would think that the quality of the yarn will be great if your hubby is on his feet a lot or his feet get irritated easily.

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    • Diane Hamilton 1:38 am on December 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The sweater is gorgeous–I bet it will look great on Dan. Of course, I know he loves your socks!

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