|Cute Christmas Ornaments from Mary Maxim|
Teresa would be right. Every knitter I know is frantically trying to finish up holiday knitting projects, whether they be decorations or presents. I'm no different.
I'm pleased to have finally finished the Menorah Pillow for my friend, Sharon. I didn't do the knitted back that was called for in the pattern. Instead, I hand-sewed blue velvet as the back, which was a bit tricky. After some trial and error, I pinned the velvet into an 18-inch square, put the front side of the knitted piece and the front side of the velvet together, and then backstitched it on three sides. Then I inserted the pillow form and sewed up the bottom edge. I took my time and it turned out pretty well.
Here are some other considerations about the Menorah Pillow, available in Melanie Falick's Handknit Holidays (a great book, btw):
- Make sure you check the errata because there are a few problems.
- When you're knitting the flames, look at the chart very carefully. You'll think you're knitting up from 1 to 7, but you're not. I had to rip them out a few times before I got the flames right.
- I wish I'd knitted this whole thing at a tighter gauge either using US 6 needles or a yarn that's thicker than the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. I recently ordered some Knit Picks Capra DK and even though it's designated DK, it's thicker than the Cashmerino and would therefore work better for this project, I think. But one good thing about this project is that it fit an 18x18-inch pillow form perfectly.
Finally, I wonder how miniature knitter, Althea Crome, is going to top this Christmas sweater. A true genuis, Althea stitched the sweaters for the movie Coraline. I could die and go to heaven if I'd knitted this masterpiece in full size let alone this tiny thing. It is just beautiful.
Watch Althea in action. It's amazing to see her use sewing needles and thread to make tiny sweaters. She knits English, btw.
Only 34 days until Christmas! Do you know where your knitted gifts are? Wrapped and ready for the tree? Of stuffed in the bottom of your knitting basket? Better get moving, girl!