Monday, 17 November 2014

Christmas Crafting






I've been so busy on the crafting front lately that I haven't even stopped to take pictures until now, most unlike me!  I thought I'd share what I'd been up to at crochet class and at home - I'm loving being able to finally understand crochet, and it's even turning out to be simpler than knitting in terms of figuring out patterns.  Admittedly I've only made simple things so far but crocheting that crazy cute snowman was much easier than knitting the snowman motif onto that tiny jumper.  

So, from the top!  I'm taking my mum to the Country Living Christmas Fair on Friday for her birthday (which was a month ago...but I suck at actual presents so a day out seemed like a much better plan) and Tam's mum and aunt will be joining us.  I spotted these cute yarn basket tree ornaments on Ravely recently and had to make them as Fair gifts for everyone to get the festive spirit going!  The instructions were a bit unclear at points though so I just improvised - I extended the length of the handle and made it part of the bag sides since I just couldn't work out how it was meant to be sewn together.  The tiny balls and matchsticks (cut and sanded smooth) were superglued in and seem to be sticking so far...

The crochet ornaments I made in class and so have no copy of the pattern on here.  Our instructor makes up some patterns and gives us some existing ones to work out usually.  I'm dying over how cute the snowman is so he's staying with me for a change.  Plus my friend said he was a bit evil looking which I guess means no-one else would accept him anyway.  Ahem.

The Christmas lights were also found on Ravely - the crochet terms are American but it's easy enough to work out.  I made these for part of a Christmas window display at work.  We've each picked an office window to decorate and mine is going to be chock full of woolly awesomeness.

Also for the window...tiny jumpers!  The pattern came from the fab Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day campaign (which we'd be doing at work if our Christmas night out didn't start at lunch time that day...maybe I can use my powers of persuasion to convince folks to join in in the morning).  I've got a few more to do but couldn't resist sharing my progress so far.  I can't decide on a favourite yet but Tam's mum and aunt are also making them so there's been many squeals of delight every time we finish one.

Phew!  Is anyone else making Christmas goodies this year?  Pictures please!

:)

18 comments:

  1. All so cute! I'm torn between the tiny baskets and the jumpers, not sure which is the cutest :)
    I seem to be short of time for crafty stuff at the moment, which is a bit of a pain but I've totally stolen your crocheted Christmas bunting pattern and I've made a start on that!

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    1. Ooh yay you'll need to share a pic when you're done! There's so much cuteness I'm not sure which is best either ;)

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  2. I love the garland of lights and the wee snowman!

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    1. Thanks! I think I need a buddy snowman next :)

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  3. I'm in the middle of attempting to make 24 little Christmas stockings to hang across our fireplace and fill with sweets for advent calendar bunting. I'm on stocking number 5 and it's already 18th November, I have a feeling it might only be ready for Christmas 2015. :-) xx

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    1. Ooh that sounds really cute! I bet they work up quick once you get going :)

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  4. Oh WOW those crochet Xmas lights are just wonderful, so much better than the real thing!

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    1. Thanks, I think they'll look cool when I get them hung up :)

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  5. So glad you caught the crocheting bug! Xx

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  6. Those christmas sweaters are just frickin' adorable!!

    Cecilia (ceciliaintherain.wordpress.com)

    (Your blog wont let me comment with a wordpress ID for some reason)

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    1. Thanks! And that's odd, I'll try and fix it :)

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  7. What did you think of the fair? Love the snowmen!

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    1. The fair was fun but soooo busy! I liked all the edible samples on offer though ;)

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  8. THAT figgy pudding - oh my heart is melting at the sight of it! Everything you've been working on is so beautiful, I especially love your tiny jumpers! Your crochet is fantastic as well, you are clearly an excellent and fast learner!! every year I knit myself a figgy pudding ornament so I had best get that started, I'll be sure to tweet you a picture when I do ;) currently I am swamped with knitting presents and orders! jenny xx

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    1. Ooh I look forward to that pic, great tradition! Thanks for the confidence, hopefully I'll be an expert before long...

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  9. Love your christmas puddings! They are so cute!

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