Sunday, February 24, 2013

Paper Crafting

Since having a baby, I have had to write a lot of thank you cards.  I made a few dozen before the baby was born, but I had no idea the flood of gifts that were to follow.  It is so sweet of people to think of our baby and send us things.  I soon found myself running out of the cards I had prepared and had to make several cards for thank you cards. I can never bring myself to buy a card.  I love making them so.

I looked to my craft closet and found a package of solid card stock 12 inch by 12 inch and some beautiful paper with designs on it.  I have to admit, I have had these paper packs for a while and rarely if ever used them.  There is nothing like a large number of cards to write piling up to get a person motivated to use up all that paper.

I had some small envelopes that are the size of a half sheet of 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch (standard computer paper) left over from our wedding and I thought this would be a great size for the thank you cards.

Using a ruler, a self healing mat, an Xacto blade, and a glue stick, I created a lot of cards in an assembly line.

From the scraps left over from the larger cards, I was able to create some smaller cards that I can use for gifts.   The other bits of paper also allowed me to create some beautiful bookmarks.

My set of paper cards and bookmarks:

Hats, Hats, Hats...

I have been on a knitted hat kick, and it's sure nice to bring out the circular needles and make quick work of hats.

I've been using the pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson and Anna Williams.  I used a nice variegated wool yarn from a past failed project (a knitted purse that I was going to felt but never did) and I think the hat turned out great!  I was able to use my pom pom maker that I purchased from Ebay when I was on a Ebay shopping spree about 3 or 4 years ago.

The pattern is pretty easy if you've never done circular knitting before.  It is one by one rib on the bottom, knit in every stitch until the proper height and then decrease until the end.

Knitting hats are fun and fast with circular needles.  The trick is to make sure that you set up the hat in the first few rows and not to twist the stitches.  Once a few rows are done it gets much easier.

I made these hats for my little one. I think they turned out pretty good and I used up yarn from a failed project.  I had to undo all the work, which required a bit of effort, but I made a usable hat!