How to Knit a Fairytale Pumpkin

Blue pumpkin

Rarely will a knit pattern appear here as I do not consider myself a designer or pattern writer.  However, occasionally I can be persuaded to share how I made something, and since there have been requests, I am providing this guideline.

Making a Fiber Arts Advent Calender

2017/18 advent calender

Advent, also known as Count-down to Christmas, is only two months away and I am back working on my newest advent calender. It is all fiber arts, very big (30"x40"), and a work in progress! As you see it in the image above, it was at the point of being usable last holiday season (2017 season). But by no means completed.

How to Make a Gnome...EASY

process steps gnome/tomte

A Gnome, most especially a Scandinavian Gnome, is all about three things...the hair (and beard), the nose, and the hat. The rest - ie the body and head are really only structural and require nothing special. As a result, making one is very easy and can be done with almost anything you have on hand.

Primstav: About the Symbols - Second Half of Winter Side

Primstav Winter Side

Welcome! This is the final post describing the symbols used on my embroidered Primstav. And pretty much my least favorite part of the yearly cycle. The days are short, nights are long, it is cold, cloudy, and wet most of the time, Nothing is blooming. The time between Holiday merriment and the first signs of spring. I make a big deal out of anything I can celebrate!

Primstav: About the Symbols - First Half of Winter Side

Primstav Winter Side

October 21: The date our leaves begin to turn in Portland, and are at their peak in the mountains. I marked the day with an aspen tree even though on this side of the mountains, they are rare - too wet.

October 28: St. Simon's Day and the day the sleighs are removed from the sheds to make room for livestock in winter. The day is marked with a sleigh.

Primstav Has Been Completed!

complete primstav

 

My embroidered Primstav is completed and hanging - summer side up!

Thank you to all who have been so patient in waiting for me to complete this project.  I have no excuse except that I have become addicted to knitting. lol

Holy Toes and Soles

sock holes

Why is this happening?? I NEED INPUT PLEASE!!

These are hand knit socks made using pattern suggestions for needle size and yarn. Are hand knit socks known to have a short lifespan? Is that why people knit drawers full - so they don't wear them often? Are they meant to be worn for everyday or only for special occasions or when mostly sitting?

Or is there stuff I don't know yet? Mistakes I am making?

Cure for Holiday Frazzle

Woven gingerbread man ornament

Feeling a little frazzled and maybe your brain is fried? Take an UNSTRUCTURED Day. You will be amazed by its restorative powers. Trust me. I know stuff!

How to make Temari Holiday Trees

Temari Holiday Trees

Happy Holiday Making everyone! A very special post for you today, a project that Diane (Craftypod) and I began several years ago. She basically gave me permission to share it about three years ago, but my life has been pretty much upside down in that time. Finally, I am sharing, and just in time for you to make one for your own holidays.

Punched Tin Holiday Tree

Punched Tin Christmas Tree

Despite glaring imperfections, I am happy to have this punched tin tree finally joining all the others in my tree collection.

It was Muse's idea to use one of my punched tin light shields as the topper. I thought she was crazy, but ... it works! One must always trust Muses. They know stuff.

This is not really a proper tutorial, but more of a guide for anyone wanting to create a similar tree.

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