Monday, December 22, 2008

Holiday Noggins

What spells holiday cheer better than disembodied heads?

For this year's Christmas tree, I crocheted these sans-corps ornaments featuring Santa, Rudolf, a gingerbread man and two snowmen (one snowman found an ice cream cone as a prosthetic). A yarn bell sits near the tree's peak:

For the snowmen, I learned how to make french knots for their mouths, a simple stitch that will be useful for future creations:



For the gingerbread man, I originally used french knots of white yarn for the eyes, but they looked eerie for some reason. So beady eyes won over:


For Santa's beard, I used a piece of velcro to distress the white yarn until it looked fluffier:


For Rudolf, I stuffed his muzzle with an L.E.D. keychain flashlight, which lights up when pressed:


For the bell, I stuffed a real jingle bell inside its clapper. Wrapped in yarn, the bell sounds more like a rattle:


All of the noggin ornaments are captured in the video below, including Rudolf's touch-activated nose and the bell's rattle action:


May your holiday season be full of eggnog and free from disembodiment!

4 comments:

  1. I love your knitting my New Year's resolution is to knit more.

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  2. Howie, your creations are superb! I had no idea you had gotten into yarncraft. Raymond mentioned it tonight at dinner. Keep up the awesome work! I'll be checking back regularly. Check out my blog at papercottage.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks peachy! I hope your 2009 overflows with your knit creations!

    Thanks Monica! It looks like there is love-of-crafting in the family line! Your paper work is adorable, especially your matchbook chocolate treats. MJ has been using her Cricut all year, and she will be also be a fan of your excellent papercottage blog!

    Happy Holidays!

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  4. how do i buy these crocheted creations? adorable. i need them immediately.

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