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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Make a candy cane on a knitting spool loom

It’s Crafting Tuesday. Crafting is a big part of my life, so I’m taking Tuesday as the day for talking crafts. As much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts--yes, it tends to rain too much around here at times-- I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity.

Just in time for Christmas, I thought I'd show you how I made this cute little candy cane using a knitting spool loom--the knifty knitter--and some scrap yarn. It just kind of popped into my head to do it and within a few minutes it was done. No, really, not more than fifteen minutes from start to finish.

I had a tiny bit of white and red yarn and don't you know those colors are exactly what is needed for a candy cane, although, a bit of bright green would not go awry in this project.

The spool knitter is a nifty little thing for making cords and this works up quickly and super easily. I started with the white yarn first and after a few rows I switched to red. I suppose you may want to know how a tube made of yarn can take and retain the crooked candy cane shape. This is where we go high tech again--not really. I used a regular pipe cleaner and stuffed it inside. I made the tube to the length of the pipe cleaner.

I suppose you could use wire, but I think that would be more likely to poke out of the end. The pipe cleaner kind of gets 'caught' in the yarn and stays relatively in place after the ends are sealed. 

What can you do with these knifty knitter candy canes? Decorate wreaths, packages, Christmas trees, garland and you can even dress up a holiday sweater or hat by pinning one to it. They're kind of cute, I think.


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