My Christmas window is complete! What do you think? I'm so glad it's finally in place and all the pieces came together how I wanted. In fact it turned out even better than I was hoping for, and it makes me smile every time I look up and remember it's there.
In case someone's missed my rambling on the subject somehow, here's a quick explanation. Most of the offices in my work have these window into the corridor (not to the outside of course, sunlight and fresh air would never do!) and, while useful, they're a bit boring. So I came up with a plan to decorate them with some of my knitted and crocheted goodies for the festive season. As soon as I shared this idea in October, my office mates were all jumping on board, followed by another bunch of people around the building. And thus, the Archive Christmas Window Competition was brought to life! Everyone put their designs up at the start of the week, and we have a new member of staff who gets to pick the winner next week before our Christmas party. I'm responsible for buying the prize, which at the moment is mostly chocolate filled...
I'll put up some pictures of the other windows soon but for the moment here's the details of mine...
The hanging components I blogged about before - the jumper pattern can be found here and the Christmas lights here. The 'paper' chains I made by crocheting a chain of 20, slip stitching into the first chain and double crocheting round the chain (being sure to slip stitch it AFTER looping it round the previous paper chain.)
The minions were made from this excellent pattern I found on Ravelry, but I knitted them flat and sewed them up to save time. The googly eyes are sew-on ones I found in the local craft shop.
All the other knitted components - the balloons, hats, cracker - came from a very old Alan Dart pattern I had of a penguin party, pulled from Mother's Woman's Weekly magazine. Luckily, it's available to buy online right here! I've made so many of these guys over the years so I can assure you all it's worth it. The Santa jacket I made up and didn't write down...but Tam thought it was a wizard and my friend asked why it had fangs...so maybe it's just as well.
All the crafted bits were made using cheap double knitting wool (I use Robin Double Knit or Woolcraft New Fashion Double Knitting, both do the job splendidly.)
The reindeer I found on sale in Tesco - get them here. (There's also penguins and snowmen!) The bottles and glasses were bought on eBay from the dolls house section. I had to stop myself going mad on tiny accessories, but the excess bottles are being utilised in the Lego window.
The lights are a string of battery powered ones from Home Bargains, the shelf string is party popper filling and the hanging guys are held up with 'invisible' thread borrowed from Tam's aunt.
It's a bit hard to see the layout clearly in these pictures but I hope I've captured it well enough to show everything off properly! A few people are requesting their own minions now but I think that'll be a job for the Christmas holidays...I'm not sure I have more in me right now!