This year’s Christmas gifts for Darwin’s teachers and nursery staff have been sanded, lacquered and finished with all the fine details needed. This year we have made each of the six keyworker staff a personalised pencil box and a matching tree decoration of wood. The …
In a burst of energy from the other day, I have very quickly put together a free pattern sheet for anyone who might want to make a very quick Christmas Crab of their own! Here is Baby Awesome’s Christmas Candy Cane Crab. Just download the pattern sheet …
Every year, in October, I find that sales of Christmas stocking patterns begin in earnest. For many places there is just the first hint of a nip in the air, and knitters allow themselves to think of the warm and lovely feelings that knitting brings to winter, and the joy of tradition and all things handmade.
For some people, one of the most traditional and comforting times for hand knits is at Christmas, when Christmas jumpers, both beautiful and novelty, scarves, hats and Christmas stockings are all in abundance.
So, as there will be a fair few Christmas stockings making their way onto the needles before December 25th, here’s a quick promotion for those early bird knitters and planners. Add both the Cool Stocking and the Star Stocking to your cart and you’ll automatically get both patterns for the usual price of one. That’s both stocking patterns for just $5.
The two stocking designs present the knitter with unchallenging colourwork: never are more than two colours used in a round in either pattern and there are no long stretches of stitches of any one colour, which ensures that floats are kept short and neat: all important when filling with presents so that your knitting remains neat and un-damaged: these stockings are designed to be practical as well as beautiful.
The two designs are worked in complimentary dimensions, so you can make a whole set of one design or mix and match. The traditional motifs of the Star Stocking evoke Christmases of the past, whereas the patterning of the Cool Stocking evokes the geometric play of frosted windows, with a playful lace top and snowy pompoms to compliment: this could be knit in any range of colours to suit the recipient, from a range of pinks to a monochrome scale of black through greys and white.
To take advantage of this offer simply add both the Star Stocking and Cool Stocking to your cart and purchase before midnight (GMT) on 31st October (no code necessary, discount will be automatically applied) , or click this link to add both items to your Ravelry Cart and have the offer automatically applied for you.
Happy (and warm) knitting to all, and hooray for the cooler weather meaning knitting and snuggling!
The winter season for many people heralds a time for family gathering, and thoughts of sharing and giving. Though many of us try our best to make or shop wisely, there are sometimes people that we want to buy or make something for, but due to particular …
A while ago now, when Stress had started to creep in but had not made his nest at my feet, I started on a few Christmas cards, ready for December. Because I knew how busy I was going to be once November got going and lead full pelt down to December I decided to make this year’s batch of cards simpler than previous years.
I chanced upon a magazine for sale that had with it a set of clear rubber stamps shaped like ornate baubles. I have never bought a papercraft magazine before, and though it was of limited interest to me, I really bought it for the numerous free gifts that it contained, the main one which drew my attention being the rubber stamps set.
These clear stamps cling to an acrylic block and allow for simple stamping and easily positioned stamp elements, fantastic when you can build up stamped images using the baubles, finials and ‘string’ elements from the stamp sets above, and great for using with these bauble stamps that have a number of interchangeable text elements.
I used the stamps with a plain black ink pad to stamp various bauble shapes on to some coloured and patterned papers and card stock, and cut around these shapes to mount on to backing paper to make extremely simple cards. As I have never used a rubber stamp before (really!) I can confirm that these cards are an absolute doodle, and you can achieve many different styles of card simply by switching the colour combinations and patterns of the papers that you are using.
Though you’re almost certainly more organised and on the ball than I am this year, just in case you need a quick idea for a few handmade cards, clear stamp sets are relatively inexpensive and easy to find in many craft stores, and should last for many years.
I still have a few more to make which I hope to get to next Monday when I have a day off work! I absolutely cannot wait for this day off – I have a few plans of things I want to achieve this day, including a chunk of time where I plan to relax with my knitting. I need this day off to lay in bed at a time when I can imagine that most people are getting up and going into work – to feel lucky at my time to relax. Even better than this, I also have next Friday off for my birthday, which I really hope to be back to feeling ‘myself’ for.
I want to say thank you to the few people who have sent me emails or messages through the ‘Contact Me’ link at the top of the page over the last couple of days, with messages of support and solidarity. I have appreciated and taken great comfort in your words, and this support has given me the spirit to try and make some time this evening to update this website. Though the words don’t yet flow easily, they are at least starting to trickle.