Monday, December 10, 2007

Preparing for Christmas


Bev's Loomed Newborn FUN FUR Booties
Was mittens - changed mind!
Copyright 2007 Beverly A. Qualheim - All Rights Reserved

Loom used is from CinDWoods 15 peg Bootie Loom (scroll down Catalog to baby slipper $5)
1/2 oz each of Simply Soft Yarn or baby yarn AND a *GOOD QUALITY fun fur type yarn - You will be using 2 strands throughout! Note from a nurse:

*"Please remind the knitters who may not have much contact with babies to be sure that the fake fur yarn they select for this project is good quality and not the flimsy " lash" type that comes off in your hand.. if it does, it will come off in the babies mouth, and that can be disasterous.... we have had more than a few babies back to the ER choking on paper labels, bandaids that were put on toes, etc..."

First you are making what I call a 'fake brim'. It's really a chunky braid.
Holding one strand of each type of yarn together, e-wrap the pegs around the loom 4 times, and knit off 3 wraps over 1 wrap.
Continue e-wrapping and knitting off (1 wrap over 1 wrap/ single stitch) for about 16 rows or desired length for bootie sock.

Using CinDWoods newborn bootie loom, I actually knit and knit to what I think will be the right length, and then I measure from the bottom of the loom to the beginning 'brim' and quit when it measures 5-6" or desired bootie length.

REMOVE with the gathering method.


* If you are worried about choking, you can also make these with JUST the brim in the FAKE FUR... the rest of the sock would be made using 2 or 3 strands of Simply Soft or baby yarn!


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I will be posting this pattern on my website too, so you can look for it here in the pattern section:

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/how-to-loom-knit.html


It's time to start finishing up those family Christmas gifts too!
Here is a quick gift that will be loved!

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/fleece-blanket.html

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Qualheim's Holiday Fiesta Taco Dip
1 (16 oz - large) can refried beans
2 (8 oz) containers of avacado dip
1 (16 oz) container sour cream - mixed with 1 (1.25 oz) package taco seasoning mix
2 medium to large tomatoes, diced
1 can sliced black olives, drained
about 1 cup shredded lettuce
1 (16 ounce) package Cheddar cheese, shredded

Spread these layers, in order starting with the refried beans, on a cookie sheet or in a 9 x 13 pan. Use tortilla chips to scoop up the dip and ENJOY!


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TURTLES
2 pecan halves
1/2 caramel
1 square from a Hershey's cancy bar

*Multiply the above amount according to how many turtles you wish to make.
Preheat oven to 400F. Place 2 pecan halves side by side on cookie sheet and top with 1/2 caramel. Place in oven till caramels start to lose their shape (don't melt though!). remove from oven and top with square of candy bar. Swirl with knife.
Put in fridge till cool, then store in container.

Makes a lovely gift for neighbors and friends!


For more quick gift ideas go to Bev's Christmas Gift Pages

And I hope you will take the time today to read 'The True Meaning of Christmas' page.



HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE!
BevQ




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