Over the past few months I’ve shared lots and lots of gnome pictures with you. I can make a needle-felted gnome in an hour or less, and that means I have a lot of them. I don’t think there’s a limit to how many gnomes a person can have, but they are starting to build up into a bit of an army, and I’m a little worried about an insurrection. In the interest of keeping the peace and the Christmas Spirit, I want to share my bounty with you. If you would like to have this adorable gnome ornament, leave a comment below telling me about your favourite Christmas ornament.
I will announce the winner on Christmas Day.
*Small Print: Due to postage costs, I will only be able to ship to US addresses.
This Christmas I decided to knit an advent bunting. The patterns are all by Frankie Brown, and my plans are all here.
Part 1 of the knitting is here, and part 2 is here.
It’s been almost a week since I knit an ornament, so I am very much behind. I’m trying to be ok with this, since my health is important and knitting isn’t fun when it hurts.
Day 7: I knit a tiny ship using US 2.5 DPNs. The brown is The Fiber Seed Sprout Seedlings in Ginger, and the cream is Ella Rae Lace Merino in Natural. Frankie instructs the knitter to make an i-cord mast, which you then stuff with a pipe cleaner. I elected to use a tooth pick, and hot glue it to the base of the boat. I also stuffed the boat with a little extra yarn to make it a nice shape.
Day 8: This “paper” chain was fun and easy to make. I cheated and used several weights of yarn for this ornament: the pink is a Wild Iris color from Miss Babs on her Madison (aran weight) base; the purple is Noro Silk Garden; the blue is a cotton/cashmere blend (oh, so lovely!); and the green is KnitPicks Stroll in Rainforest Heather. I love how the colours flow into each other.
Day 9: This tiny pine cone is adorable!!! It is knit in a long strip, then sewn into shape after a picot bind off. So quick. So easy! I might have to make a few dozen more.
How is your Christmas knitting going? Have you knit any Christmas decorations?
Day 4: Frankie’s original pattern has a snowflake with buttons for today, but I wasn’t really feeling it. So I switched out the snowflake for a gingerbread cookie. I used US 2.5 DPNs, and The Fiber Seed Sprout Seedlings in Fawn for the main colour, and the embroidery is done in Ella Rae Lace Merino in Natural. A little search through my button stash, and day 4 is done and dusted!
Day 5: Frankie has an angel for day 5, but I decided to knit a Christmas tree instead. I used Ella Rae Lace Merino DK in colour 201 (such an evocative name) for the tree, and The Fiber Seed Sprout Seedlings in Ginger for the trunk. Decorating this tiny tree was such a delight! I bent some gold wire into a star shape for the topper, then wrapped a bit of my yellow handspun around as a garland. Finally, I sewed on some coloured beads as ornaments. I think it’s pretty nifty.
Day 6: I’ve started to have some wrist pain over the last few days, and as I was knitting this tiny stocking I got to the point where I just couldn’t keep going. So I set the stocking aside for a few days. I’ve had wrist pain before, and it’s usually from overuse. I get this idea in my head that I can just keep going and going with no consequences instead of stopping when I start to have problems. So this time I set the project aside and rested. It made me think how fortunate I have been to be in such good health for so long. It gave me time to reflect and be thankful.
I finished the tiny stocking on December 10th. The yarn is Ella Rae Lace Merino in Natural for the top and Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in Marine Heather for the main portion of the sock.
Today is December 11th, and I am 5 days behind on my advent knitting. I don’t know if I will finish it before Christmas or not, but I’m not letting myself be stressed about that. I’m enjoying the making that I can do, when I can do it. And for now that is enough.
December is here, and I have begun my Advent Bunting (the plans are all here).
Day 1: Using Nuna by Mirasol Yarn and US 2.5 DPNs, I busted out the tiniest mitten ever.
No blood, no sweat, no tears. I can totally do this for 23 more days.
Day 2: It turns out that I have precisely 1 colour of yellow yarn in my stash, and it is not a warm flamey yellow. It’s a good thing I know how to make my own yarn.
The candle part is in Ella Rae Lace Merino in Natural, and I used US 2.5 DPNs again.
Done and dusted.
Day 3: This teensy weensy gingerbread house is darling!
I used a Sprout Seedling by The Fiber Seed in Fawn for the main house color. The door is in KnitPicks Stroll in Rainforest Heather, the windows are also Stroll in Dandelion, and the snow on the roof is Ella Rae Lace Merino in Natural. All the tiny bits were rather fiddly, but totally worth it.
Last time we spoke I told you all about my grand plans to knit a holiday bunting. But not everyone wants or needs a bunting. Sometimes you just want something a little smaller and less intense to celebrate the season. I’ve come up with 5 holiday decorations that you might just love to knit.