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A Little Late Christmas in July: Beginning a Brand New Advent Calendar Tree!
Submitted by Pam on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 22:40
First five ornaments completed for my newest Advent Calendar Tree!
Last year's Advent tree , as some of you will remember, was created using the Advent ornament patterns and the Christmas Tree pattern from one of my four super heros - Alan Dart! (catch up on that here!).
This year, the Advent Calendar Tree will be created to honor my other three knitting super heros - Arne and Carlos AND Marie Mayhew.
The Snowman and two Matryoshka were knitted and then felted and finally embellished using patterns available on Marie's Etsy shop "Woolly Something". More projects and a complete guide to knitting and felting and embellishing your very own ornaments, gnomes, chicks and more can be found in her brand new book "Whinsical Woollies" which is available on Amazon here.
The beautiful Scandinavian Christmas Balls were knit using patterns available in "55 Christmas Balls to Knit" by Arne and Carlos! I am miniaturizing the pattern by using Marie's instructions for doing so in her book. And I will try felting one as well! Maybe even attempt a miniature Magnus Mouse from "Knit and Crochet Garden". Both books are available in several languages including English and are available on Amazon.
The tree on which I will be displaying the ornaments will be very unusual! This year a most beautiful Silver Dollar plant self seeded in a most advantageous spot in the garden for growing into a symmetrical perfect tree shape.
I adore Silver Dollar plants and have bunches of them all over the house, but they almost never grow nicely shaped like this one!!
Once the seed pods dry in late summer, it is easy to rub the pod between the thumb and fore-finger to release the dried pod coverings and reveal the seeds and the silky shimmering white silver dollar membrane hidden inside!
Perfect shimmering white tree for colorful knitted and felted ornaments, don't you think?