Monochrome Knit Pillow by Kate Smalley -- to get the 'fading' effect for the pattern in black, this uses duplicate stitch, combining thinner strands at the base and reducing the strands along the way to the top.
DIY Christmas tree decoration Made with a paper cone and yarn. Dip the yarn in Elmer's glue and while it's wet wrap it around the cone. Let it dry completely and then remove it from the cone. Then decorate!