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by Julie Branstetter, Th.B. Painting, knitting, sewing, origami, soaps, handmade candles, perfumes, lotions, greetings, publishing, sketches, pottery, wood carving, homemade cleaning products and the list can go on and on....I enjoy being creative and making things. You will find articles on all these great DIY projects and more here. Guest posting is always welcomed.

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Candy Corn Baby Hat

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : Knitting 


Here is my latest knit!  I have made a candy corn baby toboggan for Jakob for this fall.  I am currently working on a winter toboggan with ear flaps.  I decided to do it in blue and white and I am using a bulky fuzzy type of yarn for the winter hat.  If you are interested in doing this candy corn hat, it is super simple.  All I did was e-wrap on the red round knitting loom with brown, orange and white.  I have made them with yellow instead of brown before and they look good too, but thi...
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Baby's Winter Toboggan

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : Knitting 

Here is the winter toboggan I wrote about in the last post entitled "Candy Corn Hat".  I knitted this one on a round red loom with bulky fuzzy yarn (blue and white) and I basically used the simple e-wrap.  I purled a line around the brim, if you look closely you can see a raised ridge near the edge of the brim that goes around - that's the purled row.  I made the flaps by starting with 8 pegs and knitting a garter style stitch (knit 1 row, purl one row) and I decreased the width of my ...
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Jakob's Baby Blanket

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Knitting 

Jake's new blanket. Very soft and cozy.
I used three skeins of baby yarn - bulky size 6.
I cast onto the green long loom all the way around minus 1 peg so not to create a circle but to flat knit all the way around.

I cast on all but one peg and then e-wrapped two full rows.
I purl stitched 2 full rows and then e-wrapped (stockinette type stitch) the rest of the length of the blanket, using almost all of 3 skeins of yarn.

When I felt I was getting close to using up the third skein (I di...

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PUMPKIN PATCH

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, In : Knitting 
Pumpkin Patch
Created By: Clelle Gustin
Time to Do: 1 hour - 8 hours
Level: Intermediate

You are sure to have a happy holiday with this huggable pumpkin patch.  This would make a great center piece for the upcoming fall, for mantle decor or even for gift giving. 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Any of the Knifty Knitter looms and hook (The size will dictate the amount of time required to create the pumpkin)
Use any orange yarn: samples use Lion Brand "Boucle" and Red Heart orange for the 2 large sizes and 3 st...
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Loom Knit Dog Sweater

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Knitting 
I had some left over pink and brown yarn so I made this cute little sweater for my pup. She's been naked so long though, I don't think she gets the concept of wearing clothing. We had several feet of snow and no sooner than she run out the door to play in the snow did I find it tangled up in the bushes with no doggie inside. She figured out how to get it off and ran through the snow buck naked, happy and free. Just as a doggie should be I suppose. ;)

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Summer Knitting?

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Knitting 
   

I am "getting my knit on."  I have my yarn pulled out, my looms, my refresher books and hooks and off I go!  I know you may be thinking, who knits toboggan's and scarves in the heat of summer?  Well, I like to be ready when the fall and winter strike and I always knit hats and scarves for friends too so if I start now I can have everyone warm by the time Old Man Winter begins to set in, however, I also want to see just how many I can knock out by the fall.  See, I have this little part ...
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SHRUG IN TIME FOR SPRING!

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : Knitting 
I am pleased to say I finished my shrug in time for Spring this year.  Here is a simple way to make a quick shrug. 

  • Knit a large rectangular panel in any pattern you like.  Iron it out flat.
  • Make it at least as long as the length of your arms from fingertip to fingertip with arms spread wide open and about 2-3 feet wide.  * The width of the panel will be the length of the garment from your neck to below your waist. 
  • Lay the rectangle out flat in front of you and fold the top long edge down be...

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QUICK TUBE SCARF

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Knitting 
I don't use needles when I knit.  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  Well you can do it.  In fact it is so easy, really anyone can do it.  My 9 year old knows how to do it, she just hasn't developed the skill of sticking with a project until it is finished yet.  I know some adults who have a hard time with that.  I have a couple of half done diddles laying around here somewhere.  Up until last October we have used looms to knit with.  I still use them on occasion but I bought a sweater kni...

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