Tis’ the Season to be busy…

Time seems to be on fast forward at the moment and I would like to know where exactly this year has gone. It doesn’t seems five minutes since March. Kind of hard to believe that we’ve been across in Edinburgh for almost 9(!) months. How did that happen? Continue reading “Tis’ the Season to be busy…”

Christmas 2012

When being all organised and being good at updating the blog tonight, I realised that I still hadn’t mentioned anything about Christmas.

Well, it was awesome. We ate a lot, laughed a lot, opened an awful lot of presents and generally just had a really good time.

I got more yarn-related goodies, including a ball winder and swift from J to go with my new wheel, plus lots of goodies from the Herdy Company (including a D-I-Y felt your own sheep kit), some yarn (Yarn Yard Marchmont) and a Habu Kusha Kusha Scarf kit… I’m very lucky 🙂

December Celebrations

The blog has been relatively quiet for a reason. December is a big month for me, not only do I have Christmas to contend with I also have my birthday – a mere week before Christmas itself.

I’m exceedingly lucky in the sense that these days are kept separate and I get proper celebrations for each one.

This year was no exception (bar some minor irritations but we’ll gloss over them) and I had a wonderful birthday. I got some lovely gifts – although due to timing I didn’t get to open them until 9pm.  I did get an exceedingly nice lunch out, cocktails and dinner so I was kept busy during the day.

The biggest gift though….

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An Ashford Kiwi 2 spinning wheel from J. The level of conspiracy needed to acquire this though seems to have been somewhat excessive; given my extraordinary (and extremely irritating) ability of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like say when emails and text messages come in between the co-conspirators… or actually working in the shop when it is delivered. That kind of thing.

 

It was still a surprise though…. I thought the big box was Lego….

FO: Christmas Baubles

Using the entertainerly named Balls Up! pattern available for free on Ravelry. I had a couple of foam balls from my Grandma’s stash (no idea what they were for) which were a good size. So baubles they became. The second casing was a bit small for the foam ball so I just used stuffing to fill that one. They worked out better than hoped too. And they are currently adorning our Christmas tree.

And unlike the other baubles which we broke this year… I cannot damage them – at least I don’t think I can…

Christmas: Festive Wreath – Part Two

Final steps for the festive wreath. (Part one can be found here).

Step 7

Step 7Arrange and attach coordinating baubles around the wreath. You can use ones of varying sizes or keep them all the same. Pine cones or other decorations could also be used. Attach by sewing or use craft wire.

Step 8

Step 8Add a bow to the base of the wreath.

Step 9

Step 9

Add a hanging thread or loop from the top of the wreath.

Enjoy!

Christmas: Festive Wreath – Part One

a.k.a. finally a use for novelty yarn…

In this post we’ll cover the basic construction. Part two will deal with the decoration of the basic wreath.

Materials

1 ball of Stylecraft Ruffles, knitted up into a scarf (follow instructions on ballband).

Large sheet of sturdy cardboard

Assortment of baubles

Ribbon

Scissors

Needle and thread

Sellotape

Strong cord or thread for hanging the wreath

Approximate Dimensions 30cm / 12 inches in diameter

 

Step 1

Step 1Trace a circle using a plate or similar (choose something with an appropriate outer dimension) onto a piece of cardboard. Sketch (or trace) a second circle outside the first one – this will be the width of the wreath (allow about 1″-1.5″/2.5-2.5cm).

Step 2

Step 2

Cut out the cardboard following the outer circle. You should end up with a circular piece of cardboard with a smaller circle drawn within it.

Step 3

Step 3

Using a pair of scissors, cut wedges from the centre point to the inner line. These should be fairly narrow as these will be folded. Larger wedges will distort the circular shape.

Step 4

Step 4

Fold each wedge back and wrap around the main wreath base. Tape each wedge securely into place. This will add a little more rigidity to the wreath – although be aware it will still be fairly flexible.

 

Step 5

Step 5

Anchor the scarf to the yarn attached in step 4 – secure it using the free length of yarn either with a sewing needle (or a crochet hook). Begin wrapping the scarf around the wreath.

Step 6

Step 6

After wrapping the full scarf around the wreath, secure the free end at the start point using the same yarn which anchors the beginning of the scarf. Tie / secure the anchor yarn into a loop or strand from which to hang the wreath.

Once the scarf is anchored in placed at start and finish, it is possible to shuffle the wraps to ensure that the cardboard is fully covered. For larger wreaths, more than one scarf will be required. Dimensions of this version will be provided in the next post.