Bearyann Crafts

22
Jul

You Will Survive

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourself.  Rom 12:10 NIV      

It is easy to proclaim your love for Christ when life is good.  But it is in the hard times that you find the strength of His love.

One of the hardest battles is cancer in any of its many forms. In my own life I lost a sister as a child to cancer that formed in the brain; a very dear friend battled breast cancer and won, then it returned 2 more times before she went to her home in heaven; and my father joined them after fighting lung cancer and its return in other parts of the body.

Maybe that is one reason I love and appreciate this free pattern I found online.  This shawl makes a wonderful gift for man, woman or child. It is a quiet expression of your love and concern for the recipient. The pattern is called the “Survivor’s Ribbon Shawl” and offers 2 options: with or without crosses.   SurvivorShawl-leukemia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The pattern also includes a list of the various colors and the diseases linked to each color, a prayer, and care instructions.

It is difficult to struggle through the cancer in your body. It is also difficult to  watch someone you love as they struggle through. I found this article from CancerCenter on talking with someone with cancer that might be helpful.

And above all else, pray.  Accept the strength and peace that is beyond all understanding. You are not alone.

13
May

Preparing for Etsy Craft Party 2014

Logo I am again hosting the annual Etsy Craft Party for the metro Kansas City area.  I have hosted for the past 2 years and enjoyed it so much. I am excited for this this year’s theme “Making Memories”.

We will look at different ways to preserve precious photos.

This year we will meet in the classroom of the Bass Pro HOBBY LOBBY on Friday, June 6, 6-7:30pm.

I am looking for craft items to use as giveaways.  If you have new items in your stash you would like to donate, please contact me.

The event is FREE but registration is required to ensure sufficient supplies for the participants. 

This is a fun and creative evening.  I look forward to seeing you there.  Please pass the word to your friends and reserve your place at the crafty table.

To sign up, CLICK HERE.

If you would like to see pictures from previous Etsy Craft Party events

CLICK HERE for Etsy Craft Party 2013 

CLICK HERE FOR Etsy Craft Party 2012

21
Apr

Exciting New Projects (?) coming

A couple of years ago I was at Michaels teaching a knit/crochet class when I looked across the aisle and saw 1 Cricut machine left over at the ‘Day After Thanksgiving’ price. 

I could not resist.  I picked it up, purchased it and took it home.

….where it sat in the closet.  Until today!

I had cleaned up my office/craft/guestroom space since family was coming over for Easter dinner yesterday. When I walked in to the clean room today I got inspired and pulled the Cricut out of the closet and set it up.

Now I am reading the instructions and practicing various designs to learn how to use this.

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I look forward to sharing new project with you using the Cricut. Stay tuned.

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19
Mar

More Bears in my Chair

I posted several items I made over the past couple of months. As I was picking up around the house I noticed a chair in the corner with more items I haven’t shared with you yet.

I started out with this pretty crochet braclelet by

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I tested a pattern for a baby blanket.  Designer Alicia Hill calls it the “Almost Reversible Blanket”  I like the way the colors work on either side. 

I tested some new teddy bear patterns.

First I tried Berroco’s Barrison teddy bear using Lion Brand Chenille:

   

Then Leisure Arts came though with a Winter White Bear I simply had to try:

 

 

I used Red Heart Super Saver white.  The eyes I did with a piece of black felt.  I think sometimes the eyes should be smaller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made a couple pair of fingerless for some friends of mine. 

You can find the free pattern for the hearts gloves here.  I am unsure which pattern I used for the camo gloves.

I made another ruffled scarf.  This one will be perfect to wear to a Kansas City Chiefs football game I think.

I may wear this appropriately color themed bracelet with it that I made some time ago.

 

As you can see, my hands have been busy. You would think my stash was getting smaller, but like the Tardis, it is bigger on the inside Smile

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04
Mar

Off the Hooks and Needles

I looked back and realized I hadn’t posted in a while.  I may not have been typing, but I have been crafting! Here are some of the items I have finished recently.

Over Christmas I had some custom orders. 

A friend sent me a couple of pictures and asked if I could make these scarves. One had a pattern link, the other was from  a department store. The design looked uncomplicated so I ordered the pattern for the other and got started. Here are the 2 scarves:

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The one on the left is called the Braided Inifinity Scarf but at the moment I cannot find the pattern to tell you who designed it. I will keep looking.

The one on the right is another inifinity scarf, this onw without a pattern. Just sc and dc rows alternating colors.

 

I made a couple of converse style slippers from a pattern by Sharon Elizabeth designs:

 

At the beginning of the year I decided I wanted to work with just my stash for a while and TRY not to purchase yarn.  I then saw a pattern for a pretty baby blanket I liked. I found a couple skeins in the drawers and got started.

The pattern can be found on Ravelry. It is called “Tiramisu Baby Blanket”.

I intended to use a pretty braided ribbon I found. The spool read 16’ but when I got home I found someone had cut it down to 2 1/2 Sad smile   BUMMER!!!   

So……. in the meantime I tested a pattern for a newborn dress.  It is on Ravelry by Kari Philpott and is called “Lacy Shell Dress”. 

 

I put the unusable ribbon around the bodice and added a small bow in the color of the blanket to the dress.  I then used the same color as the dress to make a ribbon and bow on the blanket.  I added a bear I had made several months ago in a similar color and my Liz Middleton looked happy.

I then checked my pattern stash and added a diaper cover using the 2 colors. The diaper cover is called “Double Crochet Diaper Cover” by Studio412 Boutique.  The Booties are from the bundlesoflove.org website and are called “Ruth’s Crochet Set: Booties”

Voile!  A complete newborn set ready for a baby shower.

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Right now I am working a on knit baby sweater and a crochet baby sweater to use in a stitch along.  Stay tuned for details on that.

Back to the yarn stash!

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14
Jan

Teddy Bear Knit Along–final

Sorry for the delay in this post. I honestly thought I had it posted.  We wiped out the website and reloaded it and I neglected to upload this one.  My apologies.  I hope it did not delay your completing your own bear.

All parts of the bear are now knitted. 

It is time to stitch and fill each part with fiberfill.  ***NOTE – If you wish to use plastic pieces for the nose and or eyes, be sure to anchor them before filling.***

 

Do not overstuff but do not understuff either.  Be sure to spread the fiberfill through the piece and do not ‘clot’ it as pieces.  Roll the pieces in your hands to evenly distribute the filler after each addition.

Now, stitch the head and body together.

Add the arms and legs.

You are almost finished!  Can you see the personality of your bear begin to shine through? 

I used black felt for the nose and eyes.  I glued mine on with Liquid Stitch.    You could also use embroidery floss and embroider the features. As noted above, if done before stuffing you could use plastic pieces.

You have now completed your teddy bear!!!  

I would love to hear about your bear and see pictures.   Please use the comment feature with this blog OR go to my face book page and post a picture there  facebook.com/BearyAnnCrafts

Until the next stitch,

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18
Nov

TeddyBear Knit Along–Week 5

This week we knit our last pieces – the arms.  The directions are similar as with other pieces WITH ONE EXCEPTION. This pattern has a stitch that reads K2tog tbl. This translates to Knit 2 Together Through Back Loop. 

When you knit 2 together you typically knit in the front of the stitch. This time you will you knit but stitch your needle into the back of the stitch instead of the front.

Now pay close attention because has you also do a K2tog, the usual way. Here is what you will end up with.

Now, IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCED, you can try to make both arms at one time.  You do this by working with 2 skeins OR as I did, from using both ends of the skein.   Cast on with one end then pick up the other end and cast one.  Work a row on one, change yarn, work the other.  Be careful that you do not carry your yarn over to the 2nd arm.

There is a big plus to working this way.  Sometimes you loose count and one piece could end up 1 or 2 row off. This way your rows are always the same.   Also, you don’t do one, then get frustrated or busy and not complete the other.

Work each end. Turn your skein so the threads don’t get tangled.  Hey, this is a learning project, try it. If  you like it, you will use it again. If you don’t  you don’t have to do it again. It’s always fun to learn new techniques.

Anyway, next week we will seam up this bear.   I do hope you enjoyed the project. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Until next week, bear hugs from

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11
Nov

Teddy Bear Knit Along–Week 4

We are into the 4th week and now have the head, body, snout and ears made. This week we will make 2 legs.

You will be using stitches similar to those used in the body for shaping. When you bind off it will look like this.

Later we will fold this over and stitch it together. Here is a bit of the direction we will be going when we put it together. You will see that tongue there is the sole of the foot and the next part will wrap around it to complete the foot then up the leg.

I hope you are enjoying this project.  Next week we will make the arms and then begin seaming this bear together. 

Until next week – keep on stitching,

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04
Nov

Teddy Bear Knit Along–Week 3

If you haven’t started your bear yet, DON’T WORRY!!   RELAX!!  These are blog posts. That means you can just scroll back to Week 1 and get started at your leisure.

Week 1 we made the body. It is 2 pieces.

Week 2 we made the head knitting flat in 1 piece.

 

The round shape is created with increases and decreases. You can do it!

This week we are going to make the muzzle and the ears. 

This shows the muzzle right side and wrong side.

Here are the ears.

These pieces will work up quickly so you can use this week to catch up if need to.

Follow along on the event on Facebook where you can post pictures and questions.  You are welcome to comment here as well.

Keep on stitching,

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28
Oct

Teddy Bear Knit Along–Week 2

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Did you get the body finished?  You should have 2 pieces completed that will look like this:

We will seam these together later, so set them aside and let’s move on the head.

This week we will the head. The head form is made in one piece. The cast on edge will be the neck opening.  You will work this piece flat, doing lots of increases and decreases to create the form. Later we will sew the seam to make it a round piece.

For now, look closely at the pattern.  You will need to do knit front/back increases.  This is accomplished by knitting into the stitch, then before you drop it off the left needle, knit into the back of the stitch, then slip off the left needle. You now have 2 stitches where there was one.

Pay attention to the decreases.  There are 2 decreases used: skpo and k2tog. 

SKPO – slip, knit, pass over.  You will slip the first stitch to the right needle. Then knit the next stitch. Now, take the 1st stitch that you slipped to the right needle and pull it over the knitted stitch and off the needle.

K2TOG – knit 2 together. Knit 2 stitches as if they are one.

Work on this piece and then next week we will move on the snout and ears.

Until next week, keep on knitting,

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UPDATE – added 10/28/13   If you are new to reading patterns let me help you.  After doing 2 rows of knit your instructions read:

[Kf/b, k6, Kfb] 4 times

This means that you do what is inside the [ ] brackets 4 times.  So for this row you will

Kf/b (this is you increase), then you will knit 6 stitches then you will Kf/b. You have now completed 1 set. Begin again, Kf/b, K6, Kfb, Kfb, K6, Kfb, Kfb, K6, Kfb.  This has you completing the work inside the brackets as described,4 times.

I hope this helps.  Check the facebook EVENTS tab on BearyAnnCrafts and post questions there OR on the comments here.

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