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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to make Plastic Bag holders.


How to make Plastic Bag holders  By N.L. Bank
 This makes a fun and easy to do christmas gift.

What do you do with all the plastic bags you collect from the stores??  Toss them out, put trash in them, use them to line waste baskets like everyone else But where do you store them, like a lot of people you may use one bag and stuff all the others into it, then hang it in a closet. I have something for you. A Plastic bag holder.

You will need:
1 8 inch piece of elastic either ½ or ¼ wide
2 pieces of a matching material (a), flowers etc 6 inches by 14 inches
2 pieces of solid material (b) 6 inches by 14 inches.
1 piece of white or cream material (c) 5 inches by 14 inches
1 piece of iron on stabilizer 5 inches by 14 inches.
1 strip of material 3 inches by 12 to match a.
 
You will also need sewing thread to match a, a design to match your kitchen.
I used the cup and saucers set digitized by Laura at http://www.designsbysick.com/details/cupsandsaucers.
 
1.     Iron stabilizer to white or cream material, set aside.
 
          2.     Sew A to B, B to C, C to B, B to A.  See to left.








 
3. Do a stitch out of your chosen design first. Mark the center of the   fabric to center your design. Then lay your design sample on the white  or cream fabric (c), make sure the tablecloth part covers the solid fabric,  move your design by using your controls on your machine so that the table cloth part of the design hangs over the solid material. remove your sample, and stitch out the design.
 
   4.    With your machine's lettering, center Plastic Bags above the design you have stitched out. If you have a 4x4 like I do, you will have to un-hoop  your fabric, re-center and then stitch the letting in place. See sample.
  5.  Hem ends of plastic bag holder by folding up bottom of bag ¼ inch, sew in place, now fold up 1 inch and sew in place to make casing. Run the 8 inch piece
       of elastic thru and tac at each end.
   6.  Hem the top by folding the top down ¼ inch, sew in place and fold down again, sew.
    7. Sew back seam.
  
    8.  Sew hanger by laying the strip of 3 x 12 material flat, fold long eds to middle, iron, fold again,
    then sew. Fould up ends, sew in place.
 
   9.     Center handle at top to each side so that the design lays in middle,and sew in place. And you are done.
This pattern is copyrighted, and may not be used on any media, including websites, lists, newsletters, nor sold, recopied or reformatted. It is for your personal use only.
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Alaskan Sweethearts

Alaskan Sweethearts by Janet Tronstad

         This book starts out slow, but the pace picks up, love the characters, and the story line (from Montana to Alaska). 

       The hero Hunter, is a lone cowboy with two brothers that were raised by his grandfather after the death of their parents. Now Colin (the Grandfather) wants to play match maker for Hunter. Colin spend his early years in Alaska working a gold mine. With the money he made, he purchased 80 areas in Montana, leaving the woman he loved behind to another.
       With all the schemes Colin does, Hunter is trying to save the heroine (Scarlett) from being cheated. But Scarlett is in no mind to listen to Hunter, she just wants the land the Colin is giving her and Hunter is afraid that it’s just another of his granddads crazy schemes.

       Colin, Scarlett and Hunter travel to Alaska, where Colin meets once again the love of his life. The action really picks up here. The ending of this story is great, but I am not telling you, you’ll have to read it yourself.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21942752-alaskan-sweethearts?from_search=true





 

  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

December 2012 Stitch of the Month Crochet


December 2012 Stitch of the Month Crochet

This is an easy and fun stitch to try.
Multiples of 6 chain plus 2.

For sample chain 20 (3 x 6 + 2 = 20)

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, * ch 5, skip 5 ch, 1 sc in next ch, repeat form * across, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: 1 sc in first sc,* ch 5, 1 sc in next sc, repeat from *  across row,  ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until square or desired length.

These would make nice curtains if crocheted with a thinner yarn.  Or even place mats, and run ribbon thru the ladles.

 

 

 

Ski Hat #11 Cole's Hat


Ski Hat #11 Cole's Hat © N L Banks
 

Materials:
Main  dark blue
Color A    Lime green
Color B   Variegated
Color C  Yellow
Size 4 and 7 circular knitting needles
Size 7 double pointed needles
1 Row counter
9 stitch markers

With size 5 circular needles, and using main cast on  100 stitches, join, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: knit

Round 2 & 3: Knit 2, Purl 2, drop main, attach lime

Round 4: with lime, knit 2, purl 2, drop lime, attach yellow

Round 5: with yellow, knit 2, purl 2, drop yellow, attach variegated,

Round 6: with variegated knit 2, purl 2, fasten off variegated,

Round 7: with yellow, knit 2, purl 2, fasten off yellow.

Round 8: with lime, knit 2, purl 2, after rd 4, fasten off lime.

Round 9 & 10: with main, knit 2, purl 2, after round 10, change to size 7 circular needles.

Round 11: knit

 Start row one of chart.
 

Main = blank   Lime Green = LG   Variegated = V    Yellow = Y

LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
29
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
28
V
 
V
 
V
 
V
 
V
 
27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26
V
 
V
 
V
 
V
 
V
 
25
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
24
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
17
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
16
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
15
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
14
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
13
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
12
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
11
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
V
8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
5
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
4
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
3
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
LG
 
2
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
LG
1
      10
       9
      8      
     7
      6
     5
     4
      3 
     2
      1
 

Main = blank   Lime Green = LG   Variegated = V    Yellow = Y


Crown:
Fasten off all colors except main after round 29.
Round 1: With main, knit, placing markers after every 10th stitch.
Round 2: knit to 2 stitches before marker, knit 2 tog.
Round 3: knit
Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until 6 stitches between markers, then decease every row until 2 stitches remain. Change to the double pointed needles when needed.  Run needle thru remaining stitches, draw up tight, run needle thru again, fasten off, weave in the threads.
This pattern is copyrighted, and may not be used on any media, including websites, lists, newsletters, nor sold or recopied without permission.  It is for your personal use only.