Christmas Garland…just the beginning

Christmas Garland
Christmas Garland

Christmas Garland…just beginning the adventure of making my own Crocheted Christmas garland.  It will be an ongoing project likely throughout the next year as I keep dreaming of ideas on how to enhance the garland into a lovely treasured decoration for my home.  To start with I chose some beautiful hand painted yarn by Malabrigo with different tones of greens.  I will be adding other yarns and tones of greens in the future with holly leaves and berries and other evergreens, pine cones and more wintery treasures nature provides.  This is just a quick picture of the beginnings of the project.  I will be using this crochet technique to make the cedar type texture for the base of my garland.  I added a few berries just to see how they would look with a splash of red jumping from the cedar bows.  The holly leaves will come later on as I work on designing leaves and finding yarns that work great for that lovely deep green holly omits from it’s unique and glossy leaves.

I love holly, when I lived in Vancouver years ago I was astonished how big the holly grew.  It was stunning and beautiful.  I tried on many occasions to grow some while living near Toronto for many years, but I really don’t have a very good green thumb and failed on each attempt.  It was worth trying to succeed with such an unique and beautiful plant.  Instead I will crochet or knit my own holly tree, of sorts.  I am sure I will have more success at that.

Have a wonderful week…off I go to crochet and knit my garland goals.

New Fall designs…Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf

Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf
Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf

I have been working on my Fall and Winter Designs over the past month and getting some of the ideas out of my head.  Here is another one of my new designs for Fall, the Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf.  These are done in Malabrigo Hand painted Rios Yarn.  A lovely worsted weight with amazing colours.

I wanted to design a nice light collar that could be left as is and showcase the hand painted yarns or be embellished in the future with wonderful inspirations.  Added the flowing ruffles to each piece so they would go with my Water Way theme this fall and I could tweak the design to suite a more eclectic feel for some of my other embellishments.  Crocheting is a great way to add sculptured waves, curves and texture to a design.  I will be embellishing these bases soon, but they are also available in their classic version as shown for a smaller price tag.

You can view more on my Etsy site at www.intricateknits.etsy.com… I am off to be inspired with the embellishing of these designs.  The colours are screaming out various directions I should take. http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/160134895/ruffle-lace-collar-scarf-in-hand-painted?ref=shop_home_active

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Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf
Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf

 

Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf
Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf
Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf
Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf

 

Free Baby Hat Pattern

baby hat free

Free Baby Hat Pattern:

http://www.vbaberdesigns.com/page28.html

Free Infant Baby Hat pattern on my website is available at this link above. I truly believe that helping others is always an important goal to achieve in life. I will be adding more free patterns in the future, check back soon.

This pattern was designed as a free pattern with the request that since it is free you pass it forward and knit one for a charity of your choice. You can make more than one for the many Charities local to you and abroad. Then make whatever you want for yourself. That is all I ask as I would like my free patterns to help support others. To bring happiness and warmth to each of them and you as you make something special for someone you don’t even know. It will warm your heart and theirs.

I hope by giving this free pattern to you the gift of giving yourself to others will be passed on and on and on. Enjoy and pass on the warmth.

Valerie Baber of Valerie Baber Designs, http://www.vbaberdesigns.com