Monthly Archives: December 2010

Back

Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over, I’m back! For most of the time we were  in the country, sans internet, so there wasn’t much hope of a post from there, and when we were in town I was just so busy with the festivities, and yes, some last-minute wrapping (though I must say I did very well with the gift bags!) and knitting, that I had no time to post. But Christmas was lovely. There was good food, and family, and friends, and snow, and music, and time in front of the fire and even an invigorating power outage. Now that we are back I’m settling in to that relaxing post-Christmas feeling, and looking towards the New Year.

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Loving the Gift Bags

This time of year it is sometime hard to post what I’m working on as I don’t want to spoil the surprise for the recipients. But really, it’s been too long since I posted anything, so I thought I’d mention how I am loving the Christmas gift bags I have been making. Though admittedly they take time to make I’ve realized that once they are made I feel “one step ahead”. It’s easy to tuck a present in once I’ve bought/finished it, or if I come up with another little thing to add I just pop it in and it’s all ready. I’ve got a little pile of bags for the family on  a bookshelf which makes me smile. In fact, now I’m about to go sew some more . If you can’t, or don’t want to sew, you might consider looking at this tutorial by Selvedge on how to wrap with cloth, as another “green” alternative to paper wrapping.

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Simple Maile

Another little sweater for the baby. I love the leaf lace detailing. This is the Maile Sweater, by Nikki, with a few alterations. As everybody commented on how hard it was to knit after adding the arms, I put 4 stitches at underarms on holders, and used a double-pointed needle to help my on those first few rounds. Must admit that even this was very tight, but I managed it. I also left out the lace flower details around the bottom edge of the sweater. Personally, I like this simple look anyway, but it was also because I felt that this way it is a little more gender neutral. I’ve had this done for a few at least a week now, just waiting to blocked. I’m looking forward to knitting more for the bump, but am having to put that on hold as I focus on my Christmas knitting. The deadline for that is a little closer!

 

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Brown Paper Packages

I decorated this year’s Christmas Wreath with “brown paper packages tied up in string”. I used brown paper recycled from last year’s wrapping, and a few small boxes for the packages. Not as elaborate as lasts year’s but very quick and easy.

And to complete the theme, “a few of my favourite things”:

Brother Heinrich’s Christmas, by John Rutter. A beautiful story set to music that was a big part of our childhood.

The Story of Holly and Ivy. Some more Christmas nostalgia here. I loved how this book came out every Christmas, and reading it again was like entering back into the season.

Beautifully Illustrated Advent Calendars. It might be a bit silly, but in our household or two adults, we have an advent calendar and carefully take turns to open a door each evening.

Anne Sofie von Otter’s Home For Christmas. One of the best Christmas albums ever. I’m such a fan. One year I transcribed Dancing Day for tuba and violin for my sister to play along….

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Haycorns!

I love these little acorn ornaments. Of course because they are cute, and easy to make, but also because while other knitted Christmas ornaments seem to call out for red and green these little fellows work perfectly with my predominantly earthy yarn stash. The pattern is by Carmen Rigby and can be found free on her blog It’s a Wonderful Life…. I will be making more today at our knitting session.

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Little Christmas Gift Idea

Are you looking for a little (read “quick, easy”) Christmas gift that you can make? Consider a luxurious hand-knit face-cloth. Paired with some soap or other bath-time essentials it makes a nice little gift with a hand-made touch. Or you could make a little set.  I made one yesterday using this pattern. There are probably thousand of free face-cloth patterns online so the options are endless. Sometimes it’s nice to knit something that is on and off the needles in the same day!

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