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Up Goes the Christmas Tree




We spent Saturday morning dressing our tree with all our handmade decorations and a few shop bought ones and I do feel happy each time I catch a glimpse of it as I walk past.

Friday night was busy, when we came home from scouts, Sandy couldn’t stand up! At about 10:30pm we rushed off to a wonderful emergency vet, just down the road.  She was given a shot, her left side seemed paralysed. We brought her home and hoped for the best! On Saturday morning, I was very nervous to walk into the lounge, I was hoping she would be fine and her usual crazy, happy self. She was! We have no idea what could have caused it, the vet was also mystified but we are all so grateful!!!

We are off to braai with our lovely friends tonight and have a gratitude supper to begin our Christmas season…


Minature Knitted Mittens Pattern, a Christmas Tree Decoration

We have been making plenty of Christmas decorations for our tree and home from felt over the last few days. I had some oddments of red wool and I knitted up these tiny mittens that will hang on our tree. They could even look sweet on a garland. I am still working on the red and beige project and will share it here soon, but for now I have this mitten pattern to share with you:)
Oddments of red wool, mine is hand spun but DK is perfect too
5mm circular needles or DPNs
Wool needle for sewing up
Some red and beige wool to braid the strand holding the mittens
Cast on 14 stitches and join for knitting in the round
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: Purl
Round 4: Knit 6 stitches and then place the next 2 stitches on a piece of waste yarn, continue knitting to the end of the round.
Rounds 5-9: Knit
Round 10: (Knit 2 together, knit 1) across the round
Round 11: Knit
Round 12: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1
Bind off stitches.
Turn the mitten inside out and sew the top of the mitten closed neatly.
Pick up the two stitches that have been on the waste yarn with one needle and pick up another 3 stitches opposite these 2 stitches with the other circular needle, this will form the thumb, (you will be knitting in the round for the thumb).
Knit these stitches in the round for 3 rounds.
Then knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 2 together.
Break yarn, thread wool onto a wool needle and thread the needle through the stitches, pulling tight, finish off.
Sew in all the ends.

With 3 strands of wool, 2 red and 1 beige, braid a strand. Tie each end and sew them into the inside of each mitten.
Now they can hang on your tree as a cute ornament:)

Happy knitting:)
© Linda Dawkins, this pattern is for personal use only and may not be used for commercial purposes.

Knitted Christmas Tree Ornament Pattern

I feel very honoured and blessed to have been invited to contribute a submission to the Rhythm of the Home online Magazine. As most of you know the Winter edition went live today. I have shared a pattern for a knitted Christmas Tree Ornament, you can view it here. Enjoy browsing through all the wonderful creativity in this Winter edition, I am off to make a cup of hot tea and can’t wait to look through everyones’ wonderful inspiration:)


WIP Wednesday, Felt Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial, Handmade Holiday 2010

Today I have been working on another handmade Christmas ornament for our Christmas tree this year, a felt Christmas tree ornament.  It is an easy little sewing project and fun to do…  Thank you so much for all of your amazing suggestions of what to put in our Advent calendar bags, just wonderful!
Wool felt
Embroidery thread
Sewing needle
Colourful beads

Actual template size.

I used our Christmas tree biscuit cutter and drew around it to make my template. I cut out my two little trees in felt.
Sewed them together in blanket stitch and then decorated my tree with various colourful beads, by sewing them on.
Attach a ribbon to the top of your tree and you are finished!
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