Twelve days of Christmas – Day Seven

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

Twelve days of Christmas – Day Two

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.

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day One

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 Fifth day of Christmas

On the Fifth day of Christmas my true love made for me…

Cousin Hats

This project started with a trip to Michaels’s with my six year old shadow. He saw the yarn with the pom pom’s attached and it was too soft to walk away from. I bought three balls of yarn, one for him, and one for each of his young cousins. Then my older son wanted one, then I asked my other sister if her kids would like hats. The next thing you know I was making a range of hats to fit 6 months to 13 years old. I knit 8 hats in total in a variety of different colours for all of my nephews, my kids and my single niece.

I can’t wait to see the pictures of all of them in their new toques. But first I have to take a trip to the schools lost and found to see if I can’t find one of my kids hats. It’s been 8 days and it’s missing already!

Pattern to follow.

Happy Crafting


On the Second day of Christmas

On the Second day of Christmas my true love made for me….

Star Ornaments

Yarn Stars 1

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.


  • Yarn
  • Pins
  • Cardstock Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glue Stick
  • Tape

Have fun crafting

Until tomorrow.



Christmas Crafts – Day 5

Every once and a while I get the opportunity to use my crafting skills to help others. Crafting skills don’t really come in handy that often so I tend to jump when I can help someone by making something. I follow a local buy nothing group where members of our community trade goods and services instead of buying things. Wednesday is wishful Wednesday where members post something specific that they are wishing for, and others respond.

Two weeks ago I was reading through the Wednesday wishes and I saw a wish for two hats. The woman wishing is starting chemo in January and she was wanting soft hats to keep her head warm during treatment. I jumped at the chance to make her wish come true.

I contacted her through social media and asked what colours she would like. She had specific colour wishes, she asked for a sapphire blue hat to match her wedding ring, and a soft pink hat to match a baby blanket. I hit the craft shop got the yarn and got to work.

  • On the first day of Christmas my true loves made for me, an Ornament Wreath.
  • On the second day of Christmas my true loves made with me, Hot Chocolate Mugs.
  • On the third day of Christmas my true love made for me, Plum Wine.
  • On the fourth day of Christmas my mom made for me, A Nativity Scene.

On the fifth day of Christmas a random stranger made for me… Chemo caps.

The sapphire blue cap was knit with the following pattern by Purl Soho.

The Pink hat I made up as I went along. If you want to make the Cotton Candy Chemo Cap to fit 8 years old and up the instructions are as follows;


  • approx 80 yds Bulky yarn (I used Loops & Threads Charisma)
  • 9mm (US 13) circular needles and 4 double points


  1. Cast on 56 stitches onto circular needles
  2. Join for working in the round, place a stitch marker. Be careful not to twist the stitches.
  3. Round 1:*K2P2, repeat to the end of the round
  4. Round 2-6: Repeat Round 1, 6 times
  5. Round 7: K7, P1
  6. Round 8: The following rows the Purl stitch needs to shift by 1 stitch to the left. Round 8 begins P1, *K7, P1, repeat * to end of round
  7. Round 9: begins K1, P1, *K7, P1 repeat *to end of round
  8. Knit until the piece is 6″ from bottom of cuff to working row
  9. Decrease Round 1: following the same pattern knit to the next P1 stitch. Place the marker. *P1, K2TOG, K6 repeat * to end of round ending with a P1 stitch (you may need to shift your marker one stitch)
  10. Decrease Round 2: *K6, P1 repeat * to end of round
  11. Switch to double points
  12. Decrease Round 3: same pattern but P1, K2TOG, K5
  13. Decrease Round 4: *K5, P1 repeat * to end of round
  14. Decrease round 5: same pattern but P1, K2TOG, K4
  15. Decrease round 6: *K4, P1 repeat * to end of round
  16. Decrease round 7: same pattern but P1, K2TOG, K3
  17. Decrease round 8: *K3, P1 repeat to end of round
  18. Decrease round 9: same pattern but P1, K2TOG, K2
  19. Decrease round 10: *K2, P1 repeat to end of round
  20. Decrease round 11: same pattern but P1, K2TGO, K1
  21. Decrease round 12: *K1, P1 repeat to end of round
  22. Decrease round 13: *K2TOG repeat to end of round
  23. Cast off, weave in ends.