On My Needles
The yarn I am working with is 100% Spanish Angora goat yarn.
Super soft and dare I say it, hairy 🙂
There is some shedding going on as I knit.
The pattern is the Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland/Madeline Tosh
I have used this pattern before and it is very easy to knit.
Perhaps it is the color but I am reminded of a mermaid’s tail.
It was the first time I have started with a skein of wool.
I quite enjoyed the hand winding into a ball.
The second skein was hand wound with assistance from my kind husband.
A first for him too, he commented on the fact that he was now officially a “knitter’s husband” 🙂
I am soooo looking forward to wearing it.
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Top 10 In Craft
The Christmas Craft Inspiration shared this week include some lovely ideas to try…
“Keep Things Simple” this is my mantra for the upcoming holiday season.
It’s so easy to get flustered and bothered with preparations for Christmas and gift giving.
Simple crafts are very much appreciated by those who receive them.
As a maker taking the time to create those handmade Christmas gifts is something you love to do.
Doing craft allows you to just relax and enjoy the making.
For now, enjoy some Christmas Craft Inspiration…
I would never have thought of a Sloth being used as a Christmas ornament!
These gorgeous creatures are made from felt and will bring a smile to those who admire your tree 🙂
Follow American Felt and Craft’s tutorial to make them.
Crochet a Skirt For Your Christmas Tree
Show off your beautiful crochet skills by making a stunning skirt for your Christmas Tree.
Stitch In Progress has shared their free crochet pattern.
Using Lion Brand Hometown USA chunky yarn, it will take less time to make.
Vintage Paper Woven Star
I do love papercraft and this tutorial caught my eye.
The design is so lovely and yes, it will take patience and time to make but the results will be fab!
Turn Fabric Scraps Into Stunning Ornaments
Cintia has done it again and created a gorgeous upcycled Christmas Ornament.
Using Scrap Fabric Twine (follow her tutorial to make that first) then adding this to Christmas Baubles.
Stitched Dala Horse Christmas Ornaments
Hannah was inspired to create Swedish themed craft for these gorgeous Christmas ornaments.
Follow her tutorial on The Homesteady.
Christmas Stockings Using Sweaters
Another clever upcycled craft.
You could use sweaters that you no longer wear or as Jeanie from Create and Babble suggests, using ones you’ve bought from a Thrift Shop.
Follow the tutorial here.
Knit Up A Christmas Teddy Bear
Gregory’s knitting pattern for this adorable Ted is easy to do.
As he explains, it is simple to knit using double pointed needles.
Buy the Limited Edition Christmas Bear Pattern from his shop for $2USD
Paper Roll Christmas Wreath
There is some preparation required to make this wreath from Paper Rolls.
It is definitely worth the time because the result is lovely.
Follow the tutorial on Handimania.
Meet QuigleyCorgy Plushie
Keen to make someone special a handmade softie for Christmas?
Quigley is super cute.
The free sewing pattern and incredibly detailed tutorial has been shared by creator Fluffmonger on their site.
Christmas Circle Quilt
Here is some inspiration for a lovely Christmas themed quilt.
Mandy from Sugarbee Crafts has shared her tutorial on how to make one.
Editor’s note: Our readers have said, in their free time, they love going back over previous editions of our roundups.
– So we’ve kept the crafty goodness below from this time last year.
Miniature Socks – These Would Make an Adorable Festive Garland
Bogga at Knitting in France shares her Miniature Socks project and the pattern she used. How cute would a festive garland be made from these little socks?
Little Piggies Just Too Cute
Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits has these adorable Piggy Knitted Toy patterns. What a beautiful handmade gift they would make.
Knit Picks have this gorgeous Christmas inspired stocking pattern and yarn kit.
The Knit Show – The Homemade Holiday Episode
Lots of great ideas for stitchers with projects to give and decorate with, plus gift ideas for the crafty types in your life!
Ornament Surprise Ball Advent Calendar
Kids will love to open these during December and they simple and easy to make with only a few materials required. Kara from A Kailo Chic Life has a tutorial to step you through.
Origami Christmas Trees
Making Christmas Trees from paper is a simple decorative idea for the festive season. Use them for decorations at your Christmas table or hang them in a garland.
12 Days of DIY Gift Wrap Ideas
Plushwork Christmas Wreath
Feeling Stitchy have a tutorial on how to make this lovely Christmas themed plushwork wreath.
Festive Christmas Tree Card
Make your own simple Christmas cards by following Andreja’s tutorial from Easy Peasy and Fun.
Easy Fabric Ornament Gift Toppers
Follow Jamie’s tutorial at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom to make these simple fabric gift toppers.
Editor’s note: Our readers have said, in their free time, they love going back over previous editions of our roundups.
Knitting In France Christmas Themed Knitted Socks
Socks are addictive and have Christmas colors are fun for this time of year.
Bogga at Knitting in France shares her latest sock projects.
Turn A Plain Sweater Into A Novelty Christmas Sweater
Laura at Bugs and Fishes gives a plain sweater a makeover with a gorgeous Reindeer Novelty design.
Follow her tutorial for how to make one.
Origami Gift Boxes
I’ve made these with my children and they delight in making them.
We’ve used them for our Christmas table, each guest has a little gift box at their place setting, containing a little handmade gift.
Take a look at Emma’s tutorial on how to make them at Gathering Beauty.
Easy Christmas Slime Recipe
Children would delight in receiving this Christmas themed Slime as a gift.
Or even better, get them involved with making some to play with 🙂
So we’ve kept the crafty goodness below from this time last year.
Can you believe that there are only 4 more weeks until Christmas?! This week’s Crafty Like Granny includes some Christmas Craft inspiration and DIY gift ideas perfect for friends and family. Perhaps you also have plans to take on new projects or simply would love to take up sewing. There are some wonderful articles below that will be very useful.
Crocheted Christmas Wreath
Crocheted Christmas Wreath with Santa front and centre and little Christmas Lights. This crochet pattern by designer Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me is simply gorgeous.
Easy Felt Ornaments Project to do with Kids
A fun crafty Christmas themed project to do with kids – Easy Felt Ornaments made with things you no doubt have in your materials box. Buttons, beads, scraps of material, fabric trim and felt.
Felt Poinsettia Christmas Ornament
Poinsettias are very popular decorations. Create your own ornament with the help of Jessica’s tutorial from Cutesy Craft. A gorgeous addition for the holiday season.
How To Fold A Rosebud Napkin
Wow your guests with this stunning napkin fold. They would make a lovely addition to any table setting. Wendy at My French Twist makes it look so easy to do. I’ve tried folding one and I am excited to use them at my next special gathering.
Guinea Pig Cushion – Just Too Cute!
Even if you don’t have a guinea pig as a pet, this Guinea Pig cushion is adorable. Mollie from Wild Olive shows you how to create on in her tutorial.
Recycled Newspaper Gift Bags
Love this idea of using recycled newspaper and cereal boxes to make gift bags. Kim from Too Much Time On My Hands has an easy to follow tutorial on how to make them.
Tinsel Weave Wall Hanging
It seems textured wall hangings are a thing 🙂 What a fabulous way to use tinsel to create a fun and unique wall hanging. Victoria’s tutorial at A Subtle Revelry gives easy to follow instructions on how to make one. Create one for Christmas or New Year’s Eve 🙂
Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar
What a fabulous idea for an Advent Calendar. Instead of treats for kids it incorporates random acts of kindness. Chelsea from Lovely Indeed has the step by step instructions for you to follow.
Create a Succulents Advent Calendar
A twist on an Advent Calendar using 25 different succulents. This stunning idea is full of gorgeous pics taken by Cassidy at Succulents & Sunshine.
Fat Quarter Apron
Love to sew for friends and family? This would make a lovely handmade gift. Jaime at Pretty Prudent as a tutorial to follow
Woven Hopi Eve Yarn Christmas Ornaments
My children love to make these. They look so effective and make lovely handmade gifts for friends and family. Lisa at Cucicucicoo has a tutorial to follow. Great way to use up scraps of yarn.
Holiday Charm Set
Knit Susan B Anderson’s delightful Holiday Charm Set.
The knitting pattern of a tiny Tree, the wee sweater, the mini-mittens and the little sock ornaments are all in one.
Origami Christmas Tree ornaments
A fun way to use up origami paper to make sensational christmas tree ornaments.
Amy at DIY Candy shows you how here
Handmade Chocolate Stir Sticks
Over at Merriment Design, Kathy has a lovely handmade chocolate stir sticks recipe with beautiful pics showing the process.
One to make with the kids…
Holly Jolly-est Socks – Tis The Season
Love all the socks that people are inspired to knit. These are Knitting Sarah’s latest socks with a Holly Jolly theme.
Family Hats For An Early Christmas
Such a lovely thing to be able to do, knit every family member a hat! Cozy Made Things shares in her post about these hats and her early Christmas.
This would be a lovely sewing craft project to work on. Something that the little people in your life would love. A fruit inspired doll. Follow Lovely Indeed’s tutorial.
Melting Paper Snowman
A fun activity for the kids to do this winter. Minie.Co has an easy to follow tutorial for making a Melting Paper Snowman.
Epic Cheese Platter for Christmas Parties
Do you have parties with friends planned before Christmas? The stunning photos of Umami Girl’s Epic Cheese Platter that can be put together in 15 minutes will wow your guests.
The Free Christmas Quilt Tutorial by House on Hill Road is a simple and easy to make. Erin’s hand drawn instructions are delightful. This House on Hill Road quilt can be made in a few days. With only 4 weeks until Christmas this gorgeous design will be done in no time at all 🙂
Christmas Cross stitch inspiration right here with easy to follow patterns.
Do you have heaps of glass jars with lids stashed in your cupboard? Here are 10 gorgeous ideas for Gifts in a Jar that your friends will love.
French Cheese Puffs recipe by David Lebovitz for a quick and substantial snack. Perfect for when friends drop round to share a glass or two prior to the holiday season.
Check out these cool designs from a 49 year old Tokyo based graphic designer
“Working under the name Amimono Horinouchi (amimono is Japanese for “knitting”), he picked up the craft in 2012 and has already produced an impressive collection of knits that are selling like woolly hotcakes on Etsy for about $600 each” Read more on the creators project here
Learning to Sew for Beginners by Lisa at Cucicucicoo. Lisa has set up her Learn to Machine Sew Course with fabulous tutorials including the first and most important; The Anatomy of a Sewing Machine 🙂 Read more about Lisa at Cucicucicoo’s Learning to Sew for Beginners course here
A superb crocheted Cascade Cardigan tutorial with fabulous step by step pictorial instructions by Stephanie at ‘All about Ami Crochet’
Crafty End of Year Teacher Gift
With the end of the year fast approaching, you might be thinking what to give as gifts to your children’s teachers. The gorgeous Christmas Notebooks tutorial by crafty best friends; Chica and Jo, is something you and your children can create.
We hope you have lots of fun creating, in the lead up to Christmas. The people receiving your gifts will be so appreciative.
Hope you enjoy your crafting leading up to the holiday season.
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