Saturday, November 28, 2009

Free Snowman Coasters


I had a lovely Thanksgiving! I was a little worried because my turkey burned a little and was done way too early. It was still very moist and delicious. An electric roaster seems to be the best way to cook a turkey. It steams the turkey and keeps it moist. I turned the temperature down to 200 degrees and that helped to hold it for a couple of hours until the rest of the dinner was ready and our company arrived!


The best thing I made this year were mashed sweet potatoes. It was so easy. I washed 4 large sweet potatoes, pricked them with a fork, and baked them on a foil line cookie sheet for 2 hours. I let them cool for about 15 minutes, sliced them open, and scooped out the pulp. I mashed them with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. They were awesome!


I was too tired to hit the stores on Black Friday and didn't have enough patience to face the crowds. There were plenty of bargains to be found online at Amazon.com and JC Penny. I spent the morning resting up and helped put up the Christmas lights in the fternooon. They are beautiful! I'm decorating the rest of the house today and then will get back to crafting!


I am making some really cute snowman coasters. They are very easy to make and can be used for package decorations. Here is the pattern:


Snowman Coaster


Materials:
small amount of black and white acrylic yarn
Orange felt
G hook
F hook
White and orange thread
Needle and scissors

Head:


( Use g hook and white yarn)
Round 1: Chain 4; 11 dc in 4th ch from hook (first 3 chs skipped count as first dc); join with a sl st to 4th ch of beg ch 4. (12 dc. )
Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as first dc), dc in joining; * (2 dc) in next dc; rep from * around; join with a sl st to first dc: (24 dc.)
Round 3: Chain 3 (counts as first dc), dc in joining, dc in next dc; *(2dc in next dc, dc in next dc; rep from * around; join with a sl st to first dc. (36 dc.) Break off yarn and weave in ends.


Hat


(Use g hook and black yarn)
Row 1: Chain 14. Hdc in 3rd chain from hook and across.
Row 2: Slip stitch in first 3 Hdc. Chain 2 and hdc in same stitch and across leaving last two Hdc from row 1 unworked. Chain 2. Turn.
Row 3: Hdc across. Chain 2. Turn.
Row 4: Hdc across. Break off yarn and weave in ends. Sew to top of head using white thread.


Eyes:


(Use f hook and black yarn – make two.)
Chain 2. Make 6 sc in 1st chain. Break off yarn and weave in ends or pull to back, tie in a knot, and cut off ends. Arrange eyes on snowman’s head and sew with white thread.


Mouth:


(Use g hook and black yarn)
Chain 14. Arrange on snowman’s head and pull ends through to the back and weave in. Sew with white thread.


Nose:


Cut a long triangle from the orange felt, arrange on snowman’s head, and sew with orange thread.

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