Twas the wreath before Christmas

 

Not long ago I wrote about how I had made my parents a scarf each for Christmas. Well, that wasn’t all, because I also collaborated with Shana to make them a Christmas wreath too. No point reinventing the wheel though (or in this case, the wreath) so Shana found an excellent set of instructions in a book called ‘Twas the Knits Before Christmas by Fiona Goble (Ivy Press, 2011). The link, by the way, is just a straightforward link. In other words, we earn nada, zip, and doodly-squat if you click on it, so boo-hoo for us but buy the book anyway ‘cos it’s good.

Anyway, I knitted all the various shades of green for the base colours on this ten-inch masterpiece. And Shana did the bird and the flowers and petals that adorn it. Finally, I hopped onto my trusty lucet and magicked up a goodly length of hanging cord so Ma and Pa can dhow it off to all and sundry, or just sit and wonder at it themselves.

Aren’t they the lucky ones? 🙂

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Only 150 days until . . .

Chris started it, I wasn’t even thinking about…erm…*whispers* Christmas,  he decided he’d like to knit a scarf, I nonchalantly suggested he might knit one for Mater & Pater, well two obviously, but I meant one each. Before I knew what was happening, Chris had chosen the yarn he’d like to use, I’d ordered it, the yarn arrived and he set forth with gusto!

In the meantime I wondered what delights I could make, and decided to crochet some bath puffs, well actually shower puffs as Mater & Pater don’t have a bath, weird I know, but like us, they are, weird I mean 🙂

So I turned to my favourite puff pattern, Bath Puff & Back Scrubber by Priscilla Hewitt, I’ve never bothered doing my own pattern as there are so many already available, in my opinion, this design in quick and easy, perfect. Now all I had to do was choose my yarn, in the end I couldn’t decided on a colour, so I made two puffs each for Mater & Pater in the wonderful Sugar n Cream Ombres.

And here are the finished puffs…

Many thanks to Chris for doing the lettering for the colourways of the yarn, and talking of Bloke, will he be sharing pics of his scarves? You’ll have to wait and see 🙂

Knitted Christmas Bell

There are a lot of patterns for bells on the interwebs, but I wasn’t happy with the way they gathered at the top, so using short rows, I created my own pattern.

The yarn I used is King Cole Glitz DK 1698 Christmas Acrylic Festive Knitting Wool, yes I know I’m allergic to acrylic, but it is premium acrylic, so my adverse reaction shouldn’t be so extreme! I used 3.5mm needles, the finished bell measures approximately 2.5″/6cm high, though it depends on the roll at the bottom. And so to the pattern…

Cast on 20 stitches.

Row 1: knit
Row 2: p5, k13, turn
Row 3: knit
Row 4: p5, k11, turn
Row 5: knit
Row 6: p5, k9, turn
Row 7: knit
Row 8: p5, k15, turn

Repeat rows 1 – 8 six more times, cast off leaving a long tail and sew up the side seam, then turn the bell inside out, run a few stitches around the top to gather together, turn right side out and make a chain to hang the bell. The purl section will roll itself, but give it an extra roll if you wish! Sew in any loose ends. It’s a quick and easy pattern, if you want the bell rounder, just work another repeat.

Remember that many other yarn options are available, I had a moment of weakness, saw glitzy yarn, had to buy it! Enjoy 🙂

© Shana Rae 2017