It's Wednesday and that means Y-Y-Y-Yarn Along!
Can you tell I'm excited? It's just ten days until Yarndale and the unveiling of my yarny Christmas tree and I'm bouncing off the walls with nervous energy.
Today I have lots of things to show you that will be adorning the tree to accompany the baubles of my own design.
I know that most of you wont be thinking much about Christmas decorations, yet, however it's always useful to Pin or bookmark things for a later time and get organised, isn't it? So here goes...
(have a bit of this on in the background to set the scene if you like..)
These are from a pattern by Little Cotton Rabbits (Ravelry link here). They're knit on two needles and sewn together at the end. Uber cute and there is a choice of pattern charts to follow. The tutorial is photo-heavy which is useful.
And while we're doing mini things - I made more mini mittens!
Pattern from Lewis Knits (Ravelry link here).
I found these Puff Centred Stars via Pinterest and had to learn a few new crochet skills to make them but it was worth it. The one in the photo is a work in progress but they look great when finished.
The yarn I used is golden.
The pattern is free to download on Ravelry.
I was inspired by these crocheted Christmas lights on Pinterest but couldn't find a link to them (it's now been updated to an etsy error page so I think it was an item that was once for sale).
I improvised a similar design and they're so cheerful. I think they look a bit like chilli pepper lights in an abstract kind of way.
Simply a long chain with a row of single crochet and then some tear drop shapes in rainbow colours.
Similarly, I loved these on Pinterest but the Pin just says Scraponique which is a gorgeous Dutch blog but I couldn't find the direct pattern so I improvised again. I'm pretty impressed with the outcome of this one as I'm not a seasoned crocheter.
I've added some jingle bells to them.
I modified my own knitted bauble pattern to make some mini baubles with some gifted Noro yarn.
I love these little bouncy baubles - they're about an inch wide - and the alternating colour of the yarn meant that there wasn't much effort involved.
More improvisation occurred in the shape of some garlands with more gifted yarn - Louisa Harding this time. The yarn is a bit sparkly which you can't really see in the photo.
The garlands are long chains with a single row of crochet and then shell stitches/picot points.
The picot one naturally twisted to create a fantastic spiral which I adore!
The last thing to share with you today is awesome.
Knitted toadstool ornaments!
The knitted 'shrooms pattern (Ravelry link here) is actually for play food style brown mushrooms but I found my way to it via these gorgeous toadstool ornaments. Instead of gluing on the felt spots I added bullion/french knots in white which was really simple to do.
Aren't they cute? I think they're my favourites.
There's much more going on the tree - some of the baubles I made last year, along with some new ones, from 55 Christmas Balls to Knit (great book!) will be there along with a few surprises and, of course, all of the baubles made with my own pattern. I'll talk a bit more about those next week.
The only thing I've read this week is PomPom Quarterly Magazine - finally, a knitting magazine I like! Thank you to Deb for pointing me to it.
What are you crafting at the moment? Have you started on holiday/festive projects yet?