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.
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.
On the Sixth day of Christmas my true loves made with me…
As you can see sometimes I rope the whole family into my crafting adventures. We have done clay workshops a few times together, and it’s always a little stressful, but a lot of fun. These clay trees were easier than the mugs we made in the last project. I think that they turned out pretty good, and the kids are super proud of their creations.
On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love made for me…
Quilted Fabric Ornaments
Many, many years ago my Nana used to make these quilted fabric ornaments. She made the red one pictured above. I love opening the boxes of ornaments each year and reminiscing about past Christmases.
I thought that I would try making a few quilted ornaments and put my own spin on them. My quilted ornaments are made mainly from my husband’s old dress shirts. I am up-cycling, and adding a little of his personality into our decor and Christmas.
Every year I make an ornament for each of my kids so that when they grow up they will have ornaments from their childhood for their trees. They both chose their own fabrics, the red one is for my oldest, and the black one is for my youngest.
I found an excellent video tutorial here.
- 3″ Styrofoam balls
- Fabric or old dress shirts
- Straight pins (about 150 per ornament)
On the Third day of Christmas my true love made for me….
When I go out Christmas shopping I always see things that I love too. Often I get one to gift and one for me. When I am making gifts the same thing happens, but I like to think it is a necessary part of the process. The one for me is a pattern tester ;).
I got this great pattern called Tin Star from Ravelry and made these with Loops and Threads Cozy Wool.
On the Second day of Christmas my true love made for me….
I took the day off of work today to spend the day in my oldest son’s class making yarn star crafts. It’s like heaven to me, an entire day making crafts and attempting to influence the young people to make things. It’s going to be chaotic with 25 grade 4-5’s and a number of craft stations. But it’s Friday, and it’s bound to be significantly less stressful than my day job.
My office/craft room is like a craft store. I had everything that I needed to try this out. If you don’t happen to live in a Michaels’s the list of supplies is below and I found a great tutorial here.
- Cardstock Paper
- Glue Stick
Have fun crafting
I started this blog many years ago at Christmas specifically for the 12 days of Christmas, and each year I have continued the tradition. Let’s kick off the 2018 holiday season with a little crafting.
On the First day of Christmas my true love made for me……
I enrolled in a soap making class at a local recreation center. This soap was made in the cold process method, it is vegan and smells so delicious. This was my first attempt at soap making and I loved it. It is so satisfying to turn a bunch of ingredients into a useful product. It’s a bit different than the typical crafting that I do, because chemistry is involved.
I really wish you could smell how amazing this soap smells. I scented it with lavender and tobacco. I know it sounds like a very strange mix but the scent is a bit masculine and a bit feminine which makes the perfect combination. The black is activated charcoal, with a pink swirl and a few gold flakes because who doesn’t love glittery soap.
I am wrapping up a couple of these bars for a few lucky recipients! We can all smell the same 🙂