"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

on centipedes and advent





This is my stash bustin' stroke of genius... If you've seen it elsewhere, don't tell me or I'll cry.  I admit to seeing something similar at the department store and wanting to copy it.  But the eyes... those are mine. Knit in garter stitch until you have a square, break yarn at about 4 ", change colors, knit until you have another square, break yarn at about 4 ", change colors...  Just leave the 'legs' dangling.  When it's as long as you like, cast off.  Now, cut 8" pieces and tie 'legs' on the other side to match.  Sew on button eyes and call it the Centipede Scarf!

The first picture shows what it looks like wearing it's face.  The second shows it using the 'eyes' buttoned through the scarf to hold a shape.  Simple.

Our Advent Book by Jack and Kathy Stockman is a tradition that we've had for about 7 years.  When I purchased this beautiful volume it was a real splurge, but I was in love.  Now I wish that I had splurged double because I know 2 girls who will fight over it when it's time to start the tradition with their own children.

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along
Blessings, Debbie

45 comments:

  1. I haven't seen it anywhere Debbie, so please no crying..you're wonderful!
    Your advent book is lovely, can you still purchase another copy? If not, I'll keep my eye out here for one for you ok?
    xx

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  2. That is such a cute creation..I know lots of people who would LOVE one like that! Sweet about the books too! :D

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  3. I love love love stash busters! And this is such a neat one. [o= You were very creative on this one. I am doing a lot of stash busting this winter and hope to post some soon.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  4. i love it! what a great idea. i think maybe i might try one for one of the kidlets. :)

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  5. clever! love that the button eyes are actually functional.

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  6. OOh- the book looks lovely :) and I love your centipede :) Very clever!

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  7. Why am I not at all surprised that my clever-and-creative friend Debbie has come up with a genius idea?! This is soooooo cute!

    Loved yesterday's post too, but am just getting over here to visit after a busy, busy day of cookie-baking with my daughters and grandchildren. (Lots of butter, lots of noise, lots of fun!) So glad you had a great time of fellowship with your beautiful friends (not to mention some yummy Mexican food)!

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  8. I love your scarf, so clever!!

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  9. Love the scarf..so fun!
    ~~Peace & Love & Healing & Blessings~~

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  10. I can see making a smaller version for my little girl. It is just SO adorable! Or maybe a green one for a little boy ...or two. hmmmm...

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  11. dear debbie,
    love the scarf,you are very clever.
    love your advent book.
    advents blessings,
    regina

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  12. Oh a scarf of many colors! Great idea and I think it looks very stylish :)

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  13. Cutest centipede ever!! Of course, he has an equally cute model! Great job, Debbie. You have me curious about your Advent Book... I'm going to have to check that out. blessings ~ tanna

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  14. Hi Debbie!
    I love it! The buttons remind me of raisins!
    That Advent book looks wonderful!
    I might have to make a centipede myself, so thank you for sharing.

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  15. Fun, functional, and simple - I LOVE it. I wish there was some way of making it so that I didn't have to weave in all of those darn ends on ALL striped knitting projects, but a centipede dress just doesn't seem as effective ;-)

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  16. That is very clever!

    I have lots of sewing to do...must get at it!

    Deanna

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  17. A centipede! Brilliant! I groan at sewing in the ends. The eyes are such a good idea. Is the yarn homespun?

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  18. Good idea! I have enough yarn in my stash to knit the worlds longest centipede!

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  19. That is such a great idea to use up leftover yarn. I've never seen one before, but think it's fantastic.

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  20. Neat idea. We visited 'the mall' recently (I think I'd rather visit the dentist!) and visited a few pricier stores just to browse. Love getting ideas and saying, "oh, I can make that for a lot less". For example, my daughter and I spotted a knitted hat (garter stitch, big yarn, easy easy pattern) - they wanted $79 for the hat. What?!

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  21. That scarf is adorable! I love the eyes, haha. :)

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  22. the scarf is so cute! I'll have to make something like this when I'm dome with my Christmas projects - I think there'll be a lot of left overs :)
    LOVE the eyes! great ides!

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  23. The scarf is totally fun.

    I try to splurge in doubles for that very reason...

    I love traditions our own and reading about the traditions of others.

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  24. Very cute scarf. You are so talented.

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  25. Love the creative scarf and the model. Traditions is that special touch at this time of year. Have a great week. JB

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  26. The scarf looks great! And the advent book, wow, I might have to search that out for next year!

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  27. Surely no one else thought of such a cute thing...the eyes actually working as buttons, too...that was the selling point for me. LOvE it.
    Can't you find the book on amazon or somewhere? A perfect wedding gift or baby gift, you know sometime a LONG time from now.

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  28. That scarf is so clever! I have never seen the centipede scarf before.....so it's an original by you!

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  29. The book is lovely... and that scarf? Ingenious! Great work!

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  30. That IS a cute scarf! You have alot of creativity and your girls are taking after you with their creations too. I always wish I would bought more of something too...oh well! that is life! love,andrea

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  31. What a fun scarf...and I love the eyes.

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  32. Brilliant!! I am going to have to do this with all my leftover yarn bits. I like that your colours all blend so nicely.

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  33. That is an awfully cute idea!

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  34. such a cute idea and just darling on your girl. i love that a special book is part of your traditions, we do the same.

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  35. So cute!!! And I never thought I would write that about an "insect" ;) LOL

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  36. Great scarf! I'll remember that I saw it here first!!!! Love the button eyes that can keep the scarf in place. You're a smartie.

    Happy Advent.

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  37. I love that scarf. The colors are great. i didn't even realize it was a centipede. I just thought it was a very cool and funky handknit scarf! :) Happy day to you, Tammy

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  38. Very cute! You are so talented!

    What a wonderful tradition you have for your children. The memories will last a lifetime for them.

    Have a blessed week!

    xoxo...Gloria

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  39. I really like that the "eyes" double as keeping it together.

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  40. Nice to have beautiful models just lying around to showcase your creativity!

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  41. That is the cutest scarf I have seen in some time...and a great way to use up all the scraps and pieces of leftover yarn!

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