The Christmas making, crafting and gifting is in full swing here, and we are using all the lovely things from the Deck the Halls box in our creations. Our tassel decorations are on the tree and hanging in the hallway, and we have added festive baubles, pom poms and little hats to them. Most of the ideas I shared on Pinterest were quick ideas, and my boys have loved looking through the boards and choosing an activity which we can do before dinner. With so many little things in the box, it’s possible for everyone to join in. The smaller ones have really loved making yarn wrapped circles from recycled cardboard, and we have made a big stack to use as gift tags when we wrap presents next week. I love using handmade packaging on our handmade gifts and this blog post from Jen at Make do and Mend has given me some great ideas too.
The youngest has really enjoyed just threading the bells on to yarn – nothing complicated or sophisticated about this but he loves it,and the jingly garland is so easy to make and satisfying, and I really love them all round the house. We have also been getting creative with the glitter, we tend to go for the ‘more is more’ approach! I love that small hands are kept busy making these creations and I can get busy with a few stitches here, a few rows there on my christmas knitting (although I can’t show you that just yet!) .
The advantage of doing lots of small projects is that they don’t use much yarn, so we have lots left. I am also hoping there may be enough left over to make a little crochet tree, as i really want to sew the coloured mini jingly bells on to the tree! If you want to knit or crochet some decorations, these stars are some of my favourite and I love these little hats!
I love making,and part of the enjoyment for me is working with lovely materials, that feel nice to work with and give a beautiful finish. So when I am making something that uses yarn,I don’t mind using a pure wool and most often that means a handdyed yarn. I love knowing that after I have worked hard and spent time creating something handmade, it will have a great finish because I chose great materials. But I know that some people find that really hard. So I have also added a few suggestions of things you can make with your yarn to wear. The merino from the Deck the Halls box was a superwash merino, and is incredibly soft so it’s perfect for children too. There are lots of ideas on the Double Knit Pinterest board but here are two of my favourites that I think would look lovely with the festive yarn colours.
This Orbit Shawl would look amazing in stripes of each colour -and be a fantastic festive shawl for wrapping up warm over the holidays.
If you have some small feet that you need to keep warm I love these socks by Tin Can Knits, with contrast stripes and heels you could have some fun with colour on them too.
I would love to see what you are making for Christmas. You can share your makes in my facebook group or tag me (@devonsunyarns) on Instagram or leave me a link to your blog in the comments!