More Ornaments and Learning Patience

This Christmas I decided to knit an advent bunting. The patterns are all by Frankie Brown, and my plans are all here.

I wrote about the first few ornaments here.

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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!

knit star ornament

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.

knit christmas tree ornament

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.

knit stocking Christmas ornament

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.

knitted christmas ornaments

In Progress

Is anyone else struggling with Startitis right about now? I feel such a weight of “MAKE ALL THE THINGS NOW” that I hardly know what to do with myself. Do I give in to the madness and wake up next week with 25 projects, or struggle valiantly to finish at least a few of the things? Here’s what I’m currently working on.

  • Slippers for Grandma (Ssh, don’t tell). I’m using this pattern and 2 yarns held together: the white is my own handspun (it’s a singles yarn in Southdown wool) and the pink is the leftovers from my Watermelon Socks.

knitting with white and red wool

  • I’m in the middle of a crochet shawl using Miss Babs Yowza! in the colourway “Friday Afternoon.” Assuming I get it done in time, the pattern will be released in the March issue of Knotions Magazine.

crocheting broomstick lace

  • I’m a sucker for unusual patterns, and these socks have been on my list for a long time. Worked on US1 DPNs and using Knit Picks Felici in Mint Chip. I love KnitPicks sock yarns for their softness, thinness, and ability to be washed and dried(!) without harm or shrinkage to the sock. I try not to put them in the dryer, though, just to be on the safe side.

knitting a sock

  • I’ve had 6 balls of Burly Spun by the Brown Sheep Company since 2013 when I bought the yarn to make a jacket. I couldn’t get gauge, so the jacket never got made. This yarn has been weighing on me, so I decided to weave with it and make a long vest. This one is totally stash-busting. That makes it not count as a new project, right?
  • And, of course, I have the Advent Bunting (today is day 6)…

What are you working on? Are you knitting gifts?

The First Few Ornaments

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.

tiny mitten

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.

spinning

The candle part is in Ella Rae Lace Merino in Natural, and I used US 2.5 DPNs again.

tiny candle

Done and dusted.

Day 3: This teensy weensy gingerbread house is darling!

gingerbread house

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.

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How is your Christmas knitting going?

5 Decorations to Knit this Holiday Season

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.

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These cute and easy trees would be super fast to knit up. Bonus: read Phil’s blog. She is hilarious!

knitted christmas trees
© The Twisted Yarn

These super cute snowmen are great as soft figurines and for hanging on the Christmas Tree.

knitted snowman ornaments
© Wendy Phillips

If you don’t have a lot of space for a Christmas Tree, this one might do.

knitted charlie brown christmas tree
© beforesunrise

If you like traditional bauble ornaments, these will be a great option for you.

knitted bauble christmas ornaments
© Ranée Mueller

And, of course, what list of Christmas decorations would be complete without at least one nativity?

knitted nativity
© Angela Turner

What is your favourite part of decorating for Christmas?

Happy Christmas to All

It’s Christmas Eve and I am knitting for me. It’s glorious. No deadlines. No weeping softly as I try to weave in ends and block handknits before gifts are given tomorrow. I should do this every year.

I’m knitting Favorki by Agata Skektala out of my own handspun. This yarn is so round and soft and alive! I love it! It’s knitting up into the most touchable fabric. I’m learning to be a better cable knitter..slowly but surely. The last time I cabled was just after I learned to knit, and cables have scared me ever since. So this is the project that will (hopefully) teach me to love cables. Because I really want this hat.

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Also, I have a new project bag! Made by SewFlo.

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So Nerdy! Made of heavy-duty fabric. This bag will stand the test of time. I’m beginning a collection of nerdy project bags.

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Two Things

  • I have always wanted pretty stitch markers. I’ve been on the point of buying some several times. But every time I walk away thinking, “But are these the ones I REALLY want??” So finally I have made some. And I love them! I pulled the shells from a necklace a friend was getting rid of a few years ago, strung them on short lengths of nylon coated jewelry wire, decorated them with assorted seed beads I had laying around, and secured each one with a crimper bead.

stitchmarkers

  • I have finished my husband’s Christmas hat! I couldn’t wait, so I gave it to him last night. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough yarn, but after I finished the decreases I had just enough left to tie it up in a festive package.

He likes it immensely and feels that it makes him look cool, like a rugged Alaskan fisherman. I think I’ll keep him.

Shhh!

This is a hard time of year to write a blog post. Christmas is quickly approaching, and so many of us are making Christmas presents that are supposed to be a secret. How do you blog about something that is a secret??

So this is a super secret blog post about some of my handmade presents.

Just finished (as in today): Mom’s Christmas socks

Pattern: Rye by Tin Can Knits

Needles: US 4 / 3.5 mm

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, Colour 9489

So squishy. So quick to knit. I spent 8 days on these socks. You, too can finish these before Christmas! And sized from “baby to big” they will make a great gift for any member of the family. Plus the pattern is free. You can’t get better than that.

In Progress: Hubby’s Ribbed Hat

hat

No pattern

Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm

Yarn: Zauberball (unsure of the colorway) – held double

We bought this yarn together on our honeymoon. I started the hat on US 2 / 2.75 mm needles and quickly realized it was going to make me blind and angry. So I moved up to US 5 / 3.75 mm needles and am holding the yarn double. It’s still slow going, but I’m not going to stab someone with the needles halfway through the hat.

And that’s it. I am not knitting any other Christmas presents! It’s because of the huge sweater I finished just a few weeks ago. And my wedding. And honeymoon. You know, small things. I can’t remember the last time I made so few gifts. And I can’t wait to be knitting for me again!