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Thursday Sock-Along: The Finished Sock

28137175102_85d8ec2d74_cBehold…a finished sock! Over the weekend I managed to complete sock number one. Once I got past the gusset, things went quickly. With the help of the YouTube videos I’d been watching, I managed the toe shaping and the Kitchener stitch closure. I anticipated problems with the Kitchener stitch as I’ve heard other people in the past dreading that step of sock knitting, but I didn’t have a hard time at all with the process.

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It’s a little loosey goosey in the gusset area, but other than that it fit my foot. At first I was afraid that I’d started the toe shaping too soon and that the sock might end up being too small, but in the end it turned out all right. However, this yarn is awful for sock knitting. It’s way too stiff and scratchy, and not at all comfortable on the foot, so I’ve decided not to bother with the second sock.

Instead I’m going to try the Rose City Rollers pattern. I’m an anklet kinda girl and these look like the perfect pair of socks to work on.

I’m linking up with a few other fellow sock knitters, so be sure to check out their Thursday sock posts, too.

Paula at Spin A Yarn

Hannah at Unsophisticated + Jejune

Alex at Alexand Knits

Katherine at Fiber and Sustenance

 

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Craft Project: How To Make A Ribbon Christmas Tree

Tis the season…

Yes, I know this post is not about reading, writing or knitting, but bear with me for a moment.

I actually made this tree in 2011 and posted this project to my old blog. Unfortunately, that blog was hacked and I had to shut it down. About a year later, shortly after I started my Typepad version of A Creative Yarn, I found the original blog post in my documents. It was pretty popular the first time around , so I decided to re-post the project. It also transferred over to this blog when I switched from Typepad to WordPress.

As it was one my most popular posts, and it is the holiday season, I thought that I would post the project again.

If you’d like, you can read an edited version of the original post here, otherwise continue to scroll down for your crafting enjoyment.

Note: I do not recommend using a foam floral cone for this project. It was messy to use. The foam starts to crumble off and feels like sand, so you’re constantly wiping your hands. By the time I got to the top of the cone, the tip was weakened a bit from constant manhandling, so they are a bit fragile. A regular Styrofoam cone would be a much sturdier choice.

Materials needed

  • Foam cone 3-7/8 inch x 8-7/8 inch
  • 3/8-inch wide ribbon in 2 colors – The rolls I used each had 18 feet per spool. You will need 2 spools of each color. I used the full 18 feet of each color and just a small amount from the second rolls. If you are using only one color for your tree, 3 spools will be enough.
  • Felt
  • Pins
  • Something to use as a tree topper – bow, ribbon, ornament, etc.
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Cut a piece of felt large enough to cover the bottom of the cone. Glue the felt to the cone with craft glue.

Begin cutting 4-inch long strips of ribbon.

Starting at the bottom of the cone, fold the strips of ribbon in half to form loops, making sure not to crease the ribbon. You want nice soft loops.

Begin pinning the first row around the entire cone, making sure the bottom of the loop is flush with the bottom of the cone.

With the second color, start pinning the second row. You’ll want to place the ribbon about a 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch above the first row.

Continue pinning rows until you reach the top of the cone.

To hide the pins that are visible at the top row, cut a piece of ribbon long enough to fit around the tip of the cone. You can either glue this around the edge of that final row, or just wrap it around the edge, making sure to cover the pins, and pin in place using a pearl-tipped pin, which is the option I chose.

For the tree topper I recycled a used pre-made gift package bow. First, trim the bottom piece to about the same size as the cone tip. Then place a piece of double-stick tape on that bottom piece.

Next, cut about 6 or 7 long lengths of 1/8-inch wide, wire-edged ribbon and wrap each one around a pen to about halfway up the length of the ribbon to form curlicues. Place them on the double-stick tape to position them around all sides of the bow. Place a piece of regular tape on top of the ribbons to keep them in place.

Turn the bow over. Stick a couple of pins through the center of the bow, going through the tape and ribbons underneath, and then stick that into the top of the cone, and your Christmas tree is complete.

Happy crafting!