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Are you driving from date to date as well in the time before Christmas? There is so much to do at this time of year. I always tend to forget that. At the moment I’m at the Christmas Celebration of my company, we drove to the Harz Mountains. It’s quite nice here. Anyways, today I want to share the rest of Klara. She has arms now and hair and a nose already, but there’s something missing right? a face, and maybe some bra?

So today we want to add these final touches. As I’m on the road and posting this with my phone there won’t be a pattern update right now. I will simply write down some eye and bra pattern below. The good old way. I will post pictures tomorrow afternoon when I’m back home – the signal strength is very poor here, and uploading pictures is impossible. I’m glad I can write something, although I hope the WiFi will not break off. I don’t quite believe there are still places in Germany without proper Wi-Fi connection..

eyes:
Make two of each,
first part in a dark pupil color, a dark brown or maybe even black
1 – make a double magic ring with sc6, close ring and BO with a slst

Now use an eye color for the next part, I used a very pale blue
1 – make a double magic ring with: ch1, hdc3, dc3, hdc3
Close ring and BO with a slst

bra:
1 – into a magic double ring work the following sts: sc1, hdc2, dc3, hdc2, sc1
pull ring tight and close with a slst, BO
That’s it for the bra, make two of these little shapes.

I guess how to sew together the eyes is sort of self explaining. So go ahead and start sewing them together and secure them to the head. The bra needs a little more embroidery and maybe a picture. I will post these as soon as I get home tomorrow.

So long have a blissful day, Diana

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let’s talk about christmas trees today. Real ones and fake ones. There are a couple of really cool “unusual” trees out there on the interwebs. And I especially put my heart to this “Charlie Brown” one: 

 

Ans I’m sure you all know the ornament tree notmartha made a few years ago, it’s pretty famous. And one day I’m going to have something like this. I just loooove the idea of lying underneath the tree, looking up and seeing something like this – it must be magic! 

 

and me? well I don’t have enough space for a real tree or even a big fake one, so I went on and created something big in height and small in depth for my place. I always loved these sketched trees that are often on cards. so simple and yet so elegant. 

 

there would need to be a way to create something like this for myself, only bigger, and brighter! 

and so I made myself a Light Tree

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I needed: thick garden fence wire (3.8mm), for the stand: a wooden board (rest will do) and a leg originally supposed to fit under your sofa, you can buy these separately, I matched my broomstick to the hole of the “sofa leg” and vice versa.
some fishing line. To decorate: LED fairy lights, some glitter and baubles if you wish, I used my amigurumi ornaments

what I did: I started with making the stand by just screwing the sofa leg to the board I had (I put some cardboard underneath as my board was thinner than my screws were long – a little cheater here), then I glued some felt below to make it not scratch my floor.
To make the tree itself I curled the wire. I needed two tryings to find the right circumference, but the wire was bendable enough to do everything I wanted. I always checked on the final form and height by lifting the spiral. Once I knew how much wire I needed I cut it and bent the rest into shape.
Then I fixed the beginning of the spiral to the top of the broomstick and slowly started to bend the wire into a flatter form. I didn’t want a classic round shape for the simple reason that I didn’t have enough room. This took a little time but was a lot easier than bending it this way right from the start. To keep the shape I wanted I added the fishing line.
Now it was time to decorate: Starting from the bottom I wound the fairy lights around the wire. Also wound some glitter around and hung in some ornaments. And that was it. 

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I need to say that I really like this tree and I hope to just lay it flat once I start to put away the decoration early next year. I will keep you updated ^__^ 

coniferous hugs, Diana

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yabbadabbaduuuh, don’t know where this is coming from, but it needed to find its way out ^__^

it’s probably the joy of finishing the first of the knit/crochet alongs for this years calendar. Today we will add the finishing tough to our new hat. I call it Sylvi Pixi for a reason, and this reason is the flower that will be sewn on with a few stitches to on side. But before we continue with the pattern for the flower: the first part of Sylvie Pixi and the second part as well.

now hush onto your favorite place to sit and knit, grab your needles and yarn (same as for your hat) and go like this:

flower appliqué:
1 – cast on 5 sts using Judy’s magic cast on [5]
2 – hold both strands together, knit 5 sts and therefore create 10 loops [10]
3 – k1, (m1, k2) x4, m1, k1 [15]
4 – (k3, m1) x5 [20]
5 – k1, (m1, k4) x4, m1, k3 [25]
now start the leaves, I found it easiest to use magic loop technique because I could leave all sts I wouldn’t use for a leave on the needle. Of course DPNs will work perfectly fine as well. Just leave all sts you won’t knit on a spare needle
6 – k2, m1, k1, m1, k2
7 – turn / WS – p7
8 – RS – k3, m1, k1, m1, k3
9 – WS – p9
10 – RS – k4, m1, k1, m1, k4
11 – WS – p11
12 & 14 – RS – k11
13 & 15 – WS – p11
16 – RS – k2tog, k7, ssk
17 – WS – p9
18 – RS – k2tog, k5, ssk
19 – WS – p7
20 – RS – k2tog, k3, ssk
21 – WS – p5
22 – RS – k2tog, k1, ssk
23 – WS – p3
24 – RS – slip 2 sts together knitwise, k1, pull both slipped sts over the knitted st
25 – WS – p1
Bind off

now pick up the next five sts that you left on your needle and repeat rows 6-25.
Do this again for the next three leaves as well until you have made 5 leaves.
wash and wet block your hat and flower (just leave to dry on a towel and pull in place. Then go ahead and sew the flower onto your hat. You can use all the yarn ends of the flower, this way you sew the ends in and sew the flower to the hat at once.

my hat looks like this:

sylvipixi

yabbadabbaduuuh once more and a happy holiday hug, Diana

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Yesterday I bought some Christmas cards to send some friends and family. I love sending some season greetings and new year wishes at this time of year. To sit down and think about the friends who are not close enough to hug at this time of year and writing them some nice lines feels wonderful.
Now how more wonderful would it be to sit down and make the cards you’re about to write and send?
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So I’ve collected some easy and last minute tutorials for Christmas cards or even gift tags for todays calendar window. I’m thinking about making smaller versions of some these card ideas for tags. enjoy!
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fingerprints


source leapfrogandladybugs


source beneaththerowantree
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glitter and glue


source makeandtakes


source casestudychallenge – using the same method as the tree above
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buttons


source hopefulhoney


source unknown, the link was broken
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paper arts


source howaboutorange


source minieco


source fiskars
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sort of yarny


source amyalamode


I couldn’t find a how to link here, but I guess this self explains, right? a ribbon woven into a paper card like shoe laces
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have a wonderful Dec 16th, Diana

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last week we made syrup to make homemade Chai Tea and since a little change is always welcome,
today we will make Chocolate Syrup for hot chocolate milk or even spice up a coffee. And of course it’s perfect for a dash of vanilla ice cream and cake.

chocsyrup

what do you need?
1-1/2 cups sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 vanilla bean

how to make?
simply add sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder and salt in a sauce pan, start mixing it and add the water. Whisk it and bring it to a boil on medium heat. Once it started boiling let it simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. Take pan from the stove. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the seeds out, add the seeds to the syrup and stir it in. Let the syrup cool off a little bit before you pour it into a nice bottle.

That’s all?
yes that was it, quick and easy and yummy too ^__^

Now search the house for some milk and marshmallows, warm the milk in the microwave and add a tablespoon of the syrup (or more if you like the full dose of chocolate sweetness), top it off with a few marshmallows and enjoy!
Diana