I was crafting with the kids today. We made gingerbread houses. We usually make one together but I decided this year to get them each one.
I was super excited when we opened the kits and the houses were already assembled and just needed to be decorated. Score!
I’m impressed with my older sons creativity and steady hand. My younger son used his leadership skills to tell me how to decorate his house 🤣.
Who is gifting wine this Christmas. Send me a message I will send you my address. Let’s be friends.
These “wine sleeves” used to be part of my husbands sweater until it had an unfortunate adventure in the washing machine.
I measured the height of the bottle, sewed the sleeve closed, cut the sleeve off the sweater and tried the top closed with ribbon.
Eight years ago my youngest son was 4 months old I decided that I would learn to knit while on maternity leave because of these tiny trees. I didn’t know how to knit but I knew I had to make these.
They were the first pattern I pinned years before I knew about Ravelry. It has taken me eight years to make them so they are fitting for the eighth day of Christmas.
They tie together my 2 hobbies (wine drinking and knitting) using waste from both to make something new.
Here is the pattern in case you are inspired too.
I started running in January 2019. I’ve been at it for almost a year and have completed 2-5K races, 2-10K races and 1-1/2 marathon. I’ve run 570 kilometres this year and counting. I might try and slide in one more 5K race before the year is over.
Today I am crafting for myself because it’s cold outside. I ran this weekend wearing a toque but got too warm so I knit myself a headband to see if I can keep my ears warm but my head cool.
- Bulky yarn – Loops and Treads Cozy Wool
- 9 mm US 13 – circular 16″ needles
- 1 place marker
- ROW1: CO44
- ROW 2: Join place marker and K1,P1 to end
- ROW 3: K1,P1 to end
- ROW 4: Knit all stitches
- ROW 5: P1,K1 to end
- ROW 6: P1,K1 to end
- ROW 7: Knit all stitches
- ROW 8: K1,P1 to end
- ROW 9: K1,P1 to end
- ROW 10: Knit all stitches
- ROW 11: P1,K1 to end
- ROW 12: P1,K1 to end
- ROW 13: Knit all stitches
- ROW 14: K1,P1 to end
- ROW 15: K1,P1 to end
- ROW 17: Bind off and weave in ends
For the last few years we have done one family ceramic Christmas craft. Each year gets a little less chaotic as the kids get a little more independent working with clay.
This year we made gingerbread ornaments which were a piece of cake after making mugs and Christmas trees.
They are a little heavy to hang on a live Christmas tree. I might have to wire them on 😉.
I make my kids at least one ornament each year with the goal of creating a tree full of decorations by the time they have their own trees. This year I made them knit stars. If you want to make your own the pattern is here.
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.