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Snowmen! Nutcrackers! Christmas Balls! Christmas in July Project Progress Report.
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 18:20
Just in case anyone happens to be curious - I have been taking Christmas in July seriously - finishing projects already started and embarking on new crafty adventures! All Christmas preparations!!
My Giant Woolly Snowbaby has been completed! The pattern for the knitted/felted snowbaby is from Marie Mayhew Designs and you can find more details about yarns etc here in my Ravelry project notebook! He is 12" tall and I love every inch!!
I wish you could see the scarf in person - it has been knit is a very sparkly Italian yarn and sparkles just like snowflakes in sunshine! The scarf, hat and embroidery floss - all from stash bits.
My friend Silvia - Madame Renard - inspired me to embroider little snowflakes all over his belly! I love her blue stars embroidered with a"snowflake" patterns. See them here! (Every time she puts these in her shop - they sell out almost immediately!)
Look what appeared in my mail early this summer! This beautiful ceramic star handmade by Dyhana over at the Dyhanaverse blog. She made several ceramic buttons for her shop but thought this one would be perfect for my St. Nicholas (who has been wanting a little touch of blue on his robes ever since I made him last year). And it IS perfect!
Two more 'shrooms completed for my winter holiday tree!! The small one is knit from a pattern design found in "75 Birds, butterflies and Beasts to knit and crochet" by Leslie Stanfield, and the larger one is crocheted from a pattern design found on Cult of Crochet - you can find it here.
So now I have four 'shrooms completed! If you know of a sweet toadstool pattern - knit, felt, crochet, or sewn - please won't you share the link in comments?
A test run knitted Christmas Ball with some stash yarn - using a pattern from "55 Christmas Balls to Knit" by Arnie and Carlos. I spotted one from the Merry Knitalong (#merrykal) on Instagram - posted by Imakeguernsey - fell completely in love - ordered the book - and now I am practicing!! You can join in too or just enjoy all the sweet little Christmas balls - read all about it here on Martine's IMake blog.
I just happen to have some beautiful red and white Dale of Norway yarn for making the "real balls"!
Beginning my first Alan Dart pattern!!! (I've ordered a bunch of them, and there are at least three I want to complete by Christmas - so I really need to get started knitting!!!)
I have completed the legs for a Nutcracker and happy to report that I am finding Alan's directions to be excellent and absolutely fun! I heart Alan Dart!
I am using Knit Picks Brava for this project and must say despite all the unkind things I have had to say about working with acrylic yarns, this one is a dream for knitting. Probably crochet too!
And finally my current "Pamela Brain Challenge" - you know - to keep my brain cells youthful and supple!
I introduced the gorgeous hands-spun yarn from Marie Nutt's Warm Valley Orchard Studio on Orcas Island earlier this summer. And I have been looking and looking for the perfect pattern for the yarn and the quantity I purchased ever since. And finally I found it! A pattern by Tiina Vaatainen on Ravelry here.
And wouldn't you know it - it is written in Finnish! And to make matters even more challenging, now that I have translated the pattern, I find out I need to learn to read a lace chart! Yikes! That is a whole new language!!
If you happen to know of a particularly good tutorial for reading a lace chart, please consider sharing the link in comments.
Once again, Happy Christmas in July! And keep in mind - there are only four "holiday making" months left so if you are planning to make your gifts - best get started!!!