Christmas crafting fun :D

Some of the gifts I made for Christmas :)

This was from a pattern by the Knit Cafe, I got it while participating in the annual TTC Knitalong. I don’t usually knit with such fine yarn, so it took me quite a long time, but the result is well worth the effort!

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I like the contrast between the solid garter stitch and the lacy mesh stitch when it’s all wrapped around. Might make another one sometimes, with a different colour combination :)

Here’s a much quicker project I made for Mike, using Bernat Blanket. It’s quite a soft but sturdy yarn with very little stretch, I thought it’d be perfect for slippers. The pattern is from Rainbows and Sunshine. Fits him perfectly! :D

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This bonnet was finger knitted on the plane, on our way back from the east coast, with a skein of beautiful Sirdar Kiko. It’s a baby shower gift I made it for a friend who used to work as a flight attendant on the airline we flew with :)

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This is one of the stones from Mike’s grandpa’s collection, which I wrapped with wire and made into pendants. Mike’s grandpa passed away a few years ago. He was quite a semi-precious stone and fossil enthusiast when he was young!

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I’m not educated in stone identification at all, so if anyone knows what this stone is, please feel free to drop me a note! I made a total of 13 pendants for aunts and cousins, but I was too excited about wrapping them up and writing notes to go along with them, I neglected to take pictures of the finished necklaces. I followed this handy tutorial for the wire-wrapping.

While visiting Mike’s parents we looked through more of grandpa’s rock collection, including this piece of petrified wood, with transparent inclusions! How cool is that?

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Look at the light shining through. Maybe it can be made into a sun catcher.

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And here’s my young nephew wearing his present :D

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I followed the owl hat pattern by Kat Goldin. Also made these owl mitts from Down Cloverlaine for my other young nephew, this pineapple bag for my niece, a couple of knit neckwarmers/cowls that I made up with bulky weight yarn, this casserole carrier from Moogly for my mother-in-law, and a couple more projects that I can’t show you just yet because the recipients haven’t opened them :)

After making gifts I thought I’d spend the holidays making something for myself. I recently started on this sweater from the current issue of Interweave Crochet. Here I am drinking tea, eating Kinder eggs, and watching family play scrabble while I crochet — holiday at its finest :D

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We’ve also got some very unusual weather in our corner of the world this Christmas. It’s not unusual to not have snow, but it was warm enough to find these turkey tails (I think that’s what they are) in the backyard!

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Happy about the fungi sighting, at the same time a bit uneasy about the double-digit temperature :S

Then on the weekend it was very windy, with water splashing onto the lakeside road. Reminds me of the roaring sea in the east coast! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the lake with waves like that, but then I don’t see the lake very much from where I live.

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But all in all we had a fun time away from the city visiting family. And I’m grateful to have one more week of holidays until the new year, which means more time to write about crafting fun here on the blog! :D

Wishing you a wonderful week!

 

hot cocoa, on a stick! :D

Last year I helped a friend make these as wedding favours. I thought it’s the most brilliant thing! And very cute-looking with the marshmallow on top. So when Mike and I were thinking about small gifts that we can make a lot of at once for our coworkers, we decided to give this a try again.

We followed the recipe from Dessert Design Life. There are many hot cocoa on a stick recipes out there, but I chose this one because it’s got some pretty good tips about the ingredients and methods that seem to be helpful for people who don’t bake or make desserts much, like me.

It’s actually REALLY easy to make. It doesn’t even involve turning the stove on (we melted the chocolate in the microwave, but one could use a double boiler).

We crushed up some candy cane in the Magic Bullet (sifted out the fine powder), and sprinkled some in the bottom of the ice tray before piping in the chocolate.

After the chocolate was melted, we mixed in cocoa powder and icing sugar, and piped them into an ice tray with a cut-up zip-lock bag. We added a marshmallow on top and put in a stick (bamboo skewers from the dollar store).

Here they are, setting in the ice tray. (with our festive table cloth in the background :D)

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We put them in the fridge for about half an hour, and voilà! We were worried that they might be more difficult to de-mold with the candy cane bits in the bottom, but they popped out like ice.

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I brushed a very small amount water on top of the marshmallows and sprinkled more candy cane bits on top.

Mike made the stylish tags :D And we just put them in clear sandwich bags and tied them up with yarn :)

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We made about 50 sticks in a day, and it was a lot of fun :D

After giving them away last week we had just two sticks left over. Which means we can celebrate the beginning of winter with a cup of hot cocoa together :D Happy winter solstice!

 

this week’s awesome finds

What to make with just a few days before Christmas?

 

Make a snowy forest globe (or a village of globes!), with dollar store supplies! From Ruffles and Stuff.

Knit a couple of leafy washcloths! (also double as pot holders!) From Ravelry designer Megan Goodacre.

Knit a chunky slouchy cozy hipster hat! From Little Things Blogged.

Crochet a super cute festive mouse ornament! From Lucy Ravenscar.

Knit a super soft scarf with fluffy chunky yarn :) From Lion Brand Yarn.

Make some My Neighbour Totoro characters out of toilet paper rolls, to put on the tree! :D From Sandra Brundell. (Post is in Swedish, but the craft is pretty self-explanatory :D)

Knit a quick and easy cat hat! From Lion Brand Yarn blog.

Happy crafting! May the festivities fill your week with joy :)

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Santa’s favourite! :D

Made these for the shop as an ornament pack. Just one of the many things that I’m making. Making things is probably my favourite part of Christmas :)

I made the cookie with scraps of Bernat Blanket, which made it extra soft, like real soft-baked cookies, haha.

Wishing you a happy rest of the week!

 

this week’s awesome finds!

Featuring quick gifts to make! :D

This cute pretzel pillow! From Studio DIY.

Super fun pompom key rings, free how-to from Wool and the Gang! (email sign up required to download instructions)

Also from Wool and the Gang, an adorable penguin embroidery pattern to customize your Christmas sweater! One can probably use it as a chart to knit the sweater itself. Might even work for crochet!

These mittens from Purl Soho are just beautiful. They’re knitted flat too (for the most part), so they’re on my to-make list :)

Tiny amigurumi using corks! My favourite is the Christmas tree. The elves are also ridiculously cute. Visit Moji-Moji Design to see all of them! :D

I like the contrast of the lace pattern and the dense dc stitches. From Moogly.

Need a nice gift topper or table decorations? These chrysanthemum are gorgeous and pretty easy to make. From Oh Happy Day.

Need a bigger gift topper? These are made from paper plates! Aren’t they amazing? Can also double as wall-hanging! From Muslin & Merlot.

I think this is a brilliantly simple way to show off nice stones and agates, I would just be a slight bit nervous about the stones falling off the bail, as they’re just held by glue… But I’ve actually done the same with a small piece of amber, and it’s never fallen off, so I guess as long as one is using the right glue, this makes a nice quick gift! From Fall for DIY.

Can’t go wrong with a simple, cozy hat in neutral colours that will go with everything :) From Mama in a Stitch.

Can’t wait to show you all the things I’ve been making — in a few weeks, after I’ve given the gifts away :) Happy holiday crafting! :D