Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

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Christmas is coming

December 22, 2011

It’s starting to feel really Christmassy around here now.

We bought a six foot (artificial) tree at the start of December and it has been twinkling away in the corner of our living room ever since. We’ve never had a big tree before — I have a potted Christmas tree which comes in each year and that has had to suffice. It was a tiny table decoration when I bought it five-or-so years ago, but I’ve potted it up each year and now it’s grown to about eighteen inches tall. It’s starting to look a bit worse for wear; hot summers and too little TLC mean the lower branches have lost a lot of their needles and it no longer has a nice Christmas tree shape at the top. It still cheers the place up when it’s decorated though, so we’ve brought it in and put it on a side table next to the piano in the dining room anyway.

This year we figured a big new tree was a must though, seeing as it’s baby’s first Christmas. As the weeks go by he seems to be getting more and more interested by its colours and twinkly lights. I mostly bought new decorations for it — why would I have a lot of baubles if I’ve never had a big tree to put them on? — but I do have a few from years gone by when I saw pretty decorations that I couldn’t resist, despite no tree to put them on. Like this one — my favourite:

I wish I could remember where I got it from so I could get some more — you can see why it’s my favourite, can’t you? I’m so pleased to be able to have it on display this year!

I’ve also been knitting. Knitting quite slowly, since the quiet times I get for such things seem to be few and far between at the moment. Now Baby D is on stage 2 weaning I seem to spend most of his nap times cooking meals for him in batches so that I can freeze some. Today it was Salmon with Carrots & Tomato, a recipe from the Annabel Karmel baby & toddler meal planner book. He likes his food a bit lumpy now so I mashed it instead of pureeing and it went down a treat. It was quite a fiddly recipe what with peeling and de-seeding tomatoes, steaming carrots, microwaving fish, grating cheese, then combining everything in the right order — but he really does love his food so it’s got to be worth the effort and it won’t be long before he’ll be eating the same food as us, just mashed up a bit more.

But anyway — that knitting. I always wanted a proper knitted Christmas stocking when I was little so I thought I should have a go at making one for D. I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked so I figured I would wing it and make something up — I knit enough socks and a stocking is just a big sock — big yarn and big needles, right? Well, yes — it seems I wasn’t far wrong, and I’m very pleased with the result! There are one or two things I would do slightly differently if I were to make another, but for a first go I’m really pleased! Here it is:

I probably should have put something in the picture to give a better idea of scale — it’s about 60cm from top to toe.

Baby D seems rather confused by it, although he does like the bright, bold stripes. I’ve tried to explain about Father Christmas coming to fill it with presents for him and he seems rather confused by that too, but we’re not letting that spoil the fun.

I’ll have a go at writing up the pattern for my stocking if anybody is interested… in time for next Christmas, anyway!

Counting down the sleeps until D discovers what it’s for…

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Christmas wrist warmers

December 10, 2011

The start of the Christmas season is always marked for me by our village Christmas fayre, which usually happens on the first Friday in December. It really brings the community together — one of the main roads through the village is closed and stalls are set up, offering crafts, gifts and raffles — as well as hot dogs, mulled wine, mince pies and beer from a local brewery. The local schools and scout groups take part, and it was made all the more fun for me this year because I was playing with the band.

I’d been warned how cold it can be, standing on the street corner playing carols in December, so I decided to make myself some Christmassy fingerless mittens to wear while I was playing.

I used Lucy of Attic24’s pattern for wrist warmers again — I made some striped ones a couple of years ago and practically lived in them I liked them so much.

Here they are:

The details:

Pattern: Wrist warmers by Lucy of Attic24 (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool DK in red (and white, for the edging)
Hook: 4mm

They got lots of compliments and I’ve already been asked to make another pair by one of my fellow band-members for next time we’re out playing in the cold!

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Snowflake door hanging

December 5, 2009

Starching snowflakes

In my last post I was wondering if you could still buy starch in this day and age. The very next day I found that Lucy at Attic24 had posted about this exact thing. I found some spray starch at the supermarket and got busy, pinning and spraying. There was a little bit of hairdryer action too, since I’m a bit impatient like that.

I’ve since been told that sugar water works just as well as starch so I shall have to give that a go some time, though I imagine it might go sticky over time — maybe not an idea if something is for keeps.

I had a whole heap of crocheted stars to stiffen, made from various patterns. The one above is from Lucy’s Crochet Snowflake pattern.

The rest were variations on Deb Richey’s three Crochet Snowflakes, the pattern for which I tracked down through ravelry.

I changed hook size to get a nice variation in the stars – no two quite the same. The yarn is just cheap acrylic DK from the Craft shop.

So what did it all become?

Snowflake door hanging

It became a snowflake door hanging, to make our living room a little bit festive!

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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!