Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Handmade Christmas

Over the last month or so I have been busy making Christmas presents.

Crocheted cowls are definitely the theme this year!

Purple...
Black...
Buttoned... a shorter version of this
Blue...
... and using the same pattern as the blue cowl (alternating SC and DC) I crocheted a cushion cover (above).

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Every year I try to make some of my Christmas cards and this year I used a photograph I took back in February.
Using PicMonkey I faded the edges, spun him around and gave it a more frosted look
All set now to get writing the cards and wrapping the gifts *opens a bottle of wine and puts on a Christmas CD*

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Hands up!

Today I crocheted these fingerless gloves
I love this wool! I saw a lady buying it at my local wool shop and I just had to buy it too!
I have tried to make these before, but they came out way too large. This time I started out with a smaller chain, knowing that the wool would stretch.

They were simply made up by crocheting in the round - 1st row SC, then DC for 13 rows - leaving a chained gap for the thumb.
Simple, quick and effective. Plus each glove is unique thanks to the make up of the wool.
Plus they're ideal for cold days watching football

Saturday, 1 December 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like...

This week I started decorating the house, starting with the artificial tree. I used a set of LED lights around the trunk and another set around the tree - you can get a tan from it!
Hanging the tree decorations brought back lots of happy memories.

The first tree decoration I ever bought for my tree...
The ornament my husband used to propose to me Christmas 2009
My favourite tree decoration from my childhood, which I now have thanks to Mom!
Christmas in New York (I love New York)...
Of course I happily displayed my own creations too...

Rustic Candy Cane Decoration (tutorial here)
Felt Christmas Heart (tutorial here)
In the Dining Room I have a small fibre optic Christmas tree. The base is far from attractive, so with some left over wool I have given it a quick makeover. Double crochet stitches in the round and some ribbon did the trick.
All that's needed now is some snow!


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