I’m taking a tiny break from knitting projects to show you an outside Christmas decor idea. These currently line my front porch stairs.
I assembled these from cedar boughs, tree branches, plastic ornaments, wood plant stakes and metal pails. The cedar boughs and tree branches came from my yard and the rest of the items are from the dollar store.
I participate in a yarn sharing event called Fibre Share. I have done it a few times this year. The theme this round is Christmas ornaments so in addition to sending yarn and other goodies to your partner/stranger there is the expectation to send a Christmas ornament. Keeping in the fibre share theme I knit her an ornament.
- sock yarn- super fine #1
- 2.75 mm double points
- 7cm Styrofoam ball
- ribbon – optional
- ROW1: CO8 (on three double points, 3,3,2. Three needles are easier to manage than 4 in the beginning.
- ROW 2: Join and K8
- ROW 3: Increase to 16 by KFB8 (knitting front and back of every stitch)
- ROW 4: Knit one round and divide stitches evenly to 4 needles (4 per needle)
- ROW 5: K1, KFB2, K1* repeat to end of round
- ROW 6: Knit one round
- ROW 7: K1, KFB1, Knit to second to last stitch on needle, KFB1, K1* repeat to end of round
- ROW 8: Knit one round
- ROW9-16 – repeat ROW7-8
- ROW17-28 – Knit all rounds (12 total)
- ROW 29 – K1, K2TOG, K10, K2TOG, K1* repeat to end of round
- ROW 30 – Knit one round
- ROW 31 – K1, K2TOG, K8, K2TOG, K1* repeat to end of round
- ROW 32 – Knit one round
- TEST THE BALL to make sure that you can get it in, if it’s a tight fit, knit the following rounds with the ball in place. It’s easier to knit without the ball, so test after every even row until you have to force it in. Then knit the remaining rounds.
- ROW 33 – K1, K2TOG, K6, K2TOG, K1* repeat to end of round
- ROW 34 – Knit one round
- ROW 35 – K1, K2TOG, K4, K2TOG, K1* repeat to end of round
- ROW 36 – Knit one round
- ROW 37 – K1, K2TOG, K2, K2TOG, K1* repeat to end of round
- ROW 38 – Knit one round
- ROW 39 – K1, K2TOG, K2TOG, K1* repeat to end of round
- ROW 40 – Knit one round
- ROW 41 – K2TOG, K2TOG* repeat to end of round
- Cut yarn leaving a long enough tail to close with a needle and or create a braided hanger with other yarn. Or you can tread in a ribbon.
This pattern is intended for personal use only. I offer this pattern for free but I request that you do not sell it or any product made from it.
It’s that holly jolly time of year again and you better believe I’ve been crafting up a storm again this year. I’ve been at this blog for many years and there are bound to be a few ideas that are similar if not identical because I’m becoming a bit of a creature of habit as I level up each year.
Day one brings a pile of knit hats. I have made 4 so far this season from this pattern called Tin Star by designer Kelly Vu. Yarn is Loops & Treads Cozy Wool.
August 7th was the fourth anniversary of my brain surgery to remove a meningioma tumour. To honour the occasion I try and do something that I couldn’t do 4 years ago.
It’s not really that challenging because the day of surgery I couldn’t do anything. Keeping my eyes open was a challenge. In the days leading up to surgery I wasn’t living as active a life as I would have liked. If my blood started pumping my tumour started to hurt.
I am happy to say 4 years later I celebrated by running 15 kilometres. I’ve been training for a half marathon and today’s run was set to be a 2 hour run. My quads are killing in the best possible way and I will be sore tomorrow but I don’t care.
As I ran I thought about my hospital stay and 3 days post surgery I was just walking again for the first time. I remember holding the IV pole in one hand and my husbands arm with the other. He was holding me and my catheter bag, so incredibly romantic. I was wearing sunglasses in the hospital because I was super sensitive to light. The sunglasses left a huge dent in my freshly stapled head but I didn’t even feel it because I had an endless supply of drugs.
It’s amazing to think of those days in the hospital and the life I am able to lead post tumour. With almost no side effects I am a pretty lucky duck.
On March 18th 2015, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and it was life changing. I believe that no one should hear the words “you have a brain tumour”, but it will continue to happen. Which is why it is so important for me to support organizations like the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada that help those of us unfortunate enough to have heard those words.
As a brain tumour survivor I feel that it’s my duty to raise money for those that never got the chance. Brain tumours and brain cancer are nasty beasts so please join me in supporting this cause near and dear to my brain. I will be running the 5K on May 26th and I will gladly accept your donations on behalf of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
This is why I’m fundraising for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Patients and families need information, support and education. We also need more research. There are too few treatments for this disease and survival needs to be improved.
Every dollar raised by the Brain Tumour Walk goes towards these goals.
Thank you for giving and, more importantly, for helping the 27 Canadians diagnosed daily with a brain tumour. You’re changing lives.
For those of you that have already sponsored me, thank you!
On May 26th my family will be running to raise money for the Brain Tumour Foundation to donate please follow this link. THANK YOU!!
On the Eleventh day of Christmas my true love made for me…
This is a very easy appetizer. It only requires three ingredients, Brie, a package of crescent rolls and jam.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Unroll 4 crescent rolls keeping them together and put them on the cookie sheet
- Place the Brie in the center of the crescent rolls, and put a few tablespoons of jam on top of the Brie
- Wrap the crescent rolls around the Brie, cover and wrap with the rest of the crescent rolls
Keep crafting & eating 😉
On the Tenth day of Christmas my true love made me….
Today was the first day of Christmas vacation for our family. We spent it watching Christmas movies and eating Christmas Popcorn. Tomorrow will be more of the same.
I made air popped popcorn with butter and salt, melted chocolate chips and butter in the microwave. I spread the popcorn on a cookie sheet, mixed in pretzels, plain and peanut M&M’s and drizzled on the melted chocolate.
On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love made for me….
Needle Felted Ornaments
I decided to try a new craft. I haven’t ever needle felted and saw the idea to make needle felted ornaments using cookie cutters as moulds. In theory it was a good idea but in reality I feel like I need a big more practice before I get the hang of it. I made three ornaments before I broke the needle and then it was game over.
On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love made for me…
We got hit with a nasty storm today. I walked to a restaurant for lunch today completely unprepared for the weather. It was raining sideways and the wind was whipping. I should have worn these to keep me warmer.
If you love them like I do, you can get the pattern here.
On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love made for me…
When I moved across the country 11 years ago, we were broke. We had just moved in October and I started a new job in the middle of November. We were living in a one bedroom furnished basement apartment. We didn’t have Christmas decorations, and couldn’t afford a Christmas tree. We bought a string of lights for the tree that came with our furnished apartment, and decorated it with paper cranes. It was simple festive and inexpensive.
These stars are in line with the cost of the paper cranes from our first Christmas. I bought a book with 100 sheets of patterned paper for $7.00 and the ribbon at the dollar store for $2.50 (2 spools with 5 colours each). You also need a glue stick which I borrowed from my son, and a glue gun which I had. With many hours of binge watching labour you can make 100 ornaments for $9.50.
For instructions there is a visual tutorial here.