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Christmas crochet

November 30, 2009

The first of many

Starter’s orders have been called — the race to Christmas has begun!

I may not have started my Christmas shopping yet, I don’t even know where we’ll be spending the holidays this year, but the Christmas Crochet is underway.

There’s a growing stack of these gorgeous stars on our coffee table — “grandma twinkle” tutorial available from the Royal Sisters’ blog — and they’ll soon be ready for hanging. They just need some kind of stiffening as the points have a habit of curling up when handled. I have no idea if you can still buy starch in this day and age (just the mention of starch makes me think of Mrs Tiggywinkle ironing shirt collars with an iron heated up over the coals!), but I know what I will be looking for in the shops during my lunch break tomorrow.

Stars and holly

As well as the stars, I’m making this super holly. The pattern is from the book 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet, by the very talented Lesley Stanfield. I’ve just made the one leaf so far, and actually it’s not quite perfect — I mis-counted my stitches up one side (you won’t tell anybody, right?) — but it’s so realistic (if you can call crocheted holly realistic?) and festive that I think there will be a lot more to come!

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