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Welcome to the third annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!  This is my first time participating and I'm thrilled. Some of the best craft designers in the country are participating.  I will have a new project today and tomorrow, so be sure to check back.  Don't forget to visit the many other blogs involved as there will be tons to inspire.


I love snow, snow, and all the forms of radiant frost. --  Percy Bysse Shelley

I love toys, especially when they are multi-purposed. This snowman pencil puppet could be used to draw a picture, write Santa or put on the latest version of Frosty the Snowman.  My 9 year old neighbor already has me making one for her too.

You will need:
1 2.5" Smoothfoam ball
1 pencil
2 5/8"  black buttons
3 3/8"  pink buttons
30 yds red worsted weight wool
10 yds green worsted weight wool
 4 #7 / 4.5mm double pointed knitting needles
1 stitch marker
1 Clover pom-pom maker (small) 
1 Clover needle felting matt
1 Clover needle felting needle
1 Clover needle felting claw
orange roving 
tapestry needle
fine grit sandpaper 
hot glue gun 

Let's create!

1.     Knit the hat.  Cast on 30 stitches.  Divide them evenly across three needles.  Join the circle and add a stitch marker.  Knit in the round for 2 inches, beginning and ending each round at the stitch marker.  Begin the decrease round - K1 and then K2tog.  Repeat this sequence until you finish the round.  Knit the next round.  On the final round, K2tog all the way around ending with a K1.  Cut the yarn leaving a 4" tail.  Thread the tapestry needle with the tail.  Run the tail through the final 7 stitches on your needles and remove the needles.  Pull the tail until the top cinches and closes.  Weave in the tail on the inside of the hat.  Weave all other ends.

2.     Make a pom-pom.  Make a pom-pom following the instructions for the pom-pom maker.  Sew or knot the pom-pom onto the top of the hat.

3.     Make a felted carrot nose.  Pull off a small bit of roving about the size of a quarter.  Roll it in your hands until a loose egg shape is formed.  Place it on the needle felting mat.  Felt the tip with the felting needle occasionally rotating the roving. Hold it in place as you work with the claw to avoid stabbing your fingers.  Work on felting the wider end of the carrot.  Your finished felted carrot will be approximately 3/4" in length and about 3/8" in diameter at the widest part.

4.     Make the face:  Sand away any ridges on the ball.  Take the pencil tip and push the pencil half way into the ball.  Remove the pencil and turn it around, pushing ito into the ball from the eraser end.  Use hot glue to attach the eyes, nose and mouth.   


Remember to check out the other participants!  And don't forget to enter the great giveaway filled  with gifts from all participating companies! We are talking serious crafting fun!

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Friday, November 1:
100 Proof Press    |    Graphic45    |    ICE Resin    |    Stampendous 

Saturday, November 2:
Graphic45    |    ICE Resin    |    Stampendous    |    Sizzix – Eileen Hull 

Sunday, November 3:
Clearsnap     |     Craft Attitude - Johnathan Fong      |     Smoothfoam 
Donna Salazar Designs      |     Walnut Hollow     |     100 Proof Press 
Graphic45     |     ICE Resin     |     Stampendous     |     Jen Goode 
Sizzix – Eileen Hull     |     Jamie Dougherty     |     Nathalie Kalbach 
Kathy Cano-Murillo     |     Tanner Bell     |     Jennifer Priest 
Jen Cushman     |     Adrienne Ford     |     Joanne Fink          
Vicki O'Dell     |     Denise Hahn     |     Courtney Chambers 
Tami Mayberry     |     Norma Rapko     |     Liz Hicks    |    Cheryl Waters


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Janis in ID

Adorable!! Better watch out....when word gets around about how cute these are, you'll have to make 100s of them!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Shari Czerwinski

How cute!

Linda R

What a great idea!


Cute snowman. He could be left out before and after Christmas - any time there is snow. thanks for the idea.

Wendy Jones

So cute - to bad my daughter thinks she is too old for a pencil topper!

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