Christmas Tree time!

At last, this year’s Christmas ornaments, that somehow happened to be a Christmas trees :)

Inspired by Ilaria Caliri’s adorable Christmas tree pattern (avaliable for free) and crocheted inbetween everything else. I don’t have the time! I am reading one damn book for a month and a half now. Not that I don’t want to finish it. I just always have something more important to do.

These four are the only one that were created. I had plans for far more than that, yet this is what I have. Oh well. Next year it will be better.

Christmas Toadstools

Ah, I couldn’t wait to share with you this little project! Last year’s small gifts, my absolutely favourites. I think about breaking my rule (every Christmas something new, you know), and repeat toadstools, it was so cute and perfect :) I definitely need to make more for myself, I have only one left.

With the help of Orange Flower Yarn’s (free) pattern, shiny Glitter thread and adorable little bells, mushrooms were made. I remember being at work on New Years Eve and crocheting some at midnight. It was fun!

Crocheting one takes approximately an hour (time for adornment included), which makes it perfect for giveaways for family and friends. Just by spending an hour each week you’ll get 52 of them!

Pictures above were made a year ago, and I wanted to show you my last one that’s left. Those are photos taken with my phone, not fair quality, but it will have to do. I bought this stand specially for my toadstool and I intend to crochet four more so I can tie it to remaining arms.

It’s a week and a half to go! Are you getting excited? ;)

Next time I’ll show you this year ornaments, so stay tuned!

Crocodile Stitch Bauble

Let us follow the suit and pursue another Christmas decorations. Shall we?

baubleThis lovely crocodile stitch bauble emerged with little help of Rachael Fulcher, who published pattern for dragon’s egg. Inside there is a styrofoam ball to keep the shape.

Crocheting crocodile stitch baubles is fun and pretty easy, however yarn consuming. Each bauble took a whole 50-gram skein! Not that I’m complaining :)

I really adore the baubles and surely I will come back to it one day. I’d love to have hundreds of them to decorate whole house. Even more so baubles are dog and cat proof! They make a wonderful holiday gift together with hand written card.

Have you ever crocheted or knitted baubles like this?

Doppler Effect Bauble

Hullo!

Quick update today.

May I present the only one ball I knitted, in a form of a Chrstmas bauble! Yes! With a touch of gold gleaming thread. I call it the Doppler Effect bauble, as white stripes are supposed to immitate changing wave.

doppler effect bauble

I can knit quite well, or so you tell me, my stitches are supposed to be always even and perfect. However knitting a ball is something completely different. Beginning and finishing are so difficult!

I truly admire those who are able to knit amigurumi. You’re awesome!

Snowflake

It took me a while, but here’s new post!

I’ve met yesterday with a friend of mine and we were talking about many things, Christmas gifts being one of them. This year I don’t have much time to crochet, unfortunately. Time and motivation, I guess. I said to her that I won’t be doing anything this Christmas – every year since I crochet I prepare something small for my family and closest friends: turtles, Christmas trees, snowflakes, crocodile stitch baubles, mushrooms… This year I was to make another Christmas trees (although different from the ones I’ve already crocheted). You know, each year something new :) If you wish to see all of it, I will be posting past decorations till Christmas, and all will be avaliable here.

Anyway, today when I was browsing Ravelry for new patterns, I thought to myself: why wouldn’t I? (I know, I’m not smooth enough coming back to the topic like this, but hey, at least I can continue.) It’s not like I don’t want to crochet anymore. It will be hard to finish everything in time. It will require snatching every tiny bit of time and energy (that I am doing so I can read some books). Yet I can do this, especially with you backing me up :) So the yarn is already ordered (Big Merino from Drops, in beautiful forest green colour), as well as decorative buttons.

In the meantime I want to share with you one of my previous Christmas projects – snowflakes. I made about 30 of them and I still have like half of it. I used some old creamy cotton twist and 5 cm plastic rings.

snowflake

Original pattern is by Caitlin Sainio and you can purchase it on Ravelry. Caitlin offers many more medalion patterns, each cute and worth crocheting :)

I changed the pattern a bit to match my intentions. I find it very ornamental, with cute little details, so delicate and subtle, almost fine. That’s why I decided to crochet it in the first place, and I must say that I am proud of how it came out. I would make more any day, as it is one of my favourite patterns! And maybe one day I will, but for now my goal is to provide unique decorations, so I am always looking for another patterns :)

Pattern for Little Christmas Trees

Whoa, time sure goes quickly. I feel like just writing the last post, and yet a whole week has passed! I am so unprepared for writing new one, it’s almost painful. I haven’t even order a yarn for the squirrel! Too messy, too lazy, per late.

And yet you’re still with me. Statictics says around 60 of you visit me every day despite the blog had disappeared from the net for 10 months or so! It makes me feel happy and honoured, I don’t even know how to say proper thank you to you, guys.

Anyway, since I want to write something and winter is coming aaand some people link the pattern to me, I thought it would be a great deal to finally put it here. Without further announcements:

Little Christmas Tree Pattern

little christmas tree

Pattern is available in English, however – thanks to amazing work of my friends – you may access its translations under below locations:

Danish translation by Tullemomsemor

Dutch and French translations by Petronille

Russian translation by Diana

Little Christmas Trees are 5 cm tall. They are worked in spiral, no joining rounds, and also – no sewing! You make two pieces, tree and trunk.

Prepare for crocheting them:
* sport weight yarn – I used YarnArt Jeans, about 30 meters for each tree (you are welcome to use any yarn you like, but remember to use matching hook! Also, measurements will change)
* 3 mm hook
* thread, beads etc. to decorate tree
* soft stuffing
* yarn needle

Abbreviations – US terms
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain stitch
sl – slip stitch
sc – single crochet (UK double crochet)
dc – double crochet (UK treble crochet)
inc – increase, sc 2 stitches in indicated stitch
dec – decrease, sc next 2 stitches together
BLO – work through back loops only
FLO – work through front loops only
*…* – repeat instructions between asterisks

You are also welcome to see projects crocheted based on the pattern on Ravlery. My favourites are linked directly from pictures below, so be sure to check them out :)