On Saturday it came the time to take down the Christmas decorations and strip the tree of all of its garlands and festive glitter. As we were doing so we took extra care in packing away the handmade decorations that were added to our Christmas decor this year.
As well as the Christmas Star of geekery there were a few other handmade and very personal item on the tree. I knit the bauble above around a polystyrene ball form, which gave it a perfectly spherical shape and made it extremely light and durable. It has a simple repeated motif on the reverse, but across the front it reads R&M, Mr Awesome’s and my own initials.
As well as the large knitted bauble, we had a tiny little knitted bauble, a cotton tassel and the most beautiful snowflake, all in our winter decorating colours, to match perfectly with what we had hung on our tree, made by two wonderful and amazing Ravellers.
The snowflake is particularly amazing to me, because it looks so delicate yet is quite sturdy. The yarn has been stiffened to give a rigid, flat finish whilst blocking. I am not sure what method has been used here (though I have heard that PVA glue, a sugar solution and starching are all tried and tested methods for this kind of work) but it just looks wonderful and had pride of place on our tree this year.
The decorations have all been packed away for next year, but I know they will bring such joy when it comes to unpack them when winter comes back around.