Happy 4th Advent everyone! A week today and we will all be enjoying festive Christmas cheers with gifts, good food and drink and loved ones by our side. Earlier today the winner of last week’s give-away was drawn, warm congratulations go to Simone from The Netherlands who I had the pleasure meeting last summer when I was staying with my dear friend Marianne.
Today is the last part of the Advent give-away. A last minute gift or small treat for yourself, it takes no time at all and is also perfect for anyone new to stranded knitting.
I love Dala Horses, such a lovely festive Christmas ornament from Sweden. To celebrate my love for these beautifully decorated mostly wooden ornaments, I have come up with a small version of my own in the shape of a pin cushion.
What you need:
Small amount of yarn in two colours, preferably 4ply
3mm knitting needles
Small amount of toy stuffing
Using colour A cast on 24 sts and work 2 rows in stocking stitch. Work the complete chart once.
Fasten off colour B and continue in colour A only. Knit 26 rows in stocking stitch. Cast off all stitches. Weave in ends and block lightly to open up the pattern. Close all sides using backstitch, adding toy stuffing as you go.
I have made mine using traditional red and white, but this will look equally pretty in many other colour combinations. The choice is yours! If you prefer, you can also download the pattern as a printable PDF document by clicking here.
Happy third Advent everyone! Only two more weeks and Christmas is upon us. Is is just me, or are the days flying passed at some super-sonic speed? So many things still to do, and so little time left to do them in! Zillion’s of projects still to finish, and my mind is already racing ahead planning new ones…I really must slow down a bit and work on something purely for my own pleasure. But before I do that, let me tell you about this weeks give-away.
Remember the Spring Shawl? This is a design I did a little while ago as a free pattern during my time as a Scheepjes blogger. This week I am giving away the yarn to make one for yourself, because even though it is called the Spring Shawl, it’s really an all year round favourite.
The give-away consists of one ball Scheepjes Invicta Colour in shade 967 and one ball Scheepjes Invicta Extra in shade 1347, the only other thing you need is the pattern which you can download directly from here for free. The shawl is a quick and relaxing knit with a shape that is versatile enough to wear in many different ways.
To enter just subscribe to my blog and leave a comment telling me what it is you like about shawl knitting. This give-away is open to anyone anywhere in the world, providing your postal system is reliable enough to receive the package. The winner will be announced next Sunday.
Autumn has definitely arrived in Wales. There are still some small reminders of summer lurking, but they are now far and few. Blue skies, a few warming rays and a little bit of colour in the garden is all that remains.
However, October is my favourite month of the year, and I totally agree with Anne of Green Gables who said: “I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”.
The colours in nature are changing and the light outside becomes all mystical, with low mists and early morning frosts. This is the perfect time to rummage in my yarn stash and cosy up with my knitting or crochet in front of the fire. A time for making small and quick projects to fend off morning and evening chills in the air, or to start working on special hand made gifts for all those peeps close to our hearts.
To celebrate the golden month of October I want to share a little Frippery with you…
…this is ‘Meleri’, a cute little Neckerchief tie. So cute, it bears no resemblance to the utilitarian versions worn by scouts and sailors. This wee frippery is quickly knitted in no more than a couple of evenings and will jazz up any outfit and keep the chill off just as mornings and evenings turn a little colder.
Special good news, only about 100m of yarn is needed for this cutie, which I am sure we all have in our stash. Go on, what are you waiting for! Download the FREE Pattern right away by clicking here! Pour yourself a nice cup of tea (or something stronger if you fancy!), settle down with a good movie and get clicking away.
PS: Why not share your finished frippery on social media by using #melerifrippery