Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas knitting

For today's post, when I say Christmas knitting, I don't mean the presents I'm making for my loved ones. Instead, I'm going to share some of my favorite knitted holiday decorations, both present and past.

To begin, the project I want to make most for next Christmas is this adorable Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Designed by Morgen Dämmerung, the Good Grief pattern was published yesterday so it's definitely not going to debut this year. But I'm definitely making this adorable little tree to fondly remember one of my favorite television shows ever. Didn't Morgen do a wonderful job?

Next, check out a decoration that dons my Christmas tree as we speak. I've always loved popcorn and cranberry garland, but it makes a mess and takes longer than you'd think to string together these two foodstuffs. So last year, I whipped up this Crocheted and Bejeweled Popcorn and Cranberry Garland. My only regret is that I didn't make it 4000 feet long so it could wrap about my tree a gazillion times. But it's very cute and adds a bit of sparkle to the tree, too.

And of course, there's the menorah pillow I made recently. Read more about this project in this earlier blog post.

I've made dozens of little stocking ornaments for friends over the past few years. I've knitted these wee stockings with stripes, stars, fair isle designs, and even a Jewish star (for the same gal pal for whom I made the menorah pillow actually). This terrific free pattern, available from Little Cotton Rabbits, provides a great way to learn to knit socks, too.

Last year, I adapted this pattern to make my sister a little stocking in honor of her pug, Jett. He's an adorable black pug cousin to my beloved Moose. I should publish this little pattern and make one for Moose, too - maybe next year.

Speaking of Moose, here he is as a cute little puppy swathed in a cute little Christmas sweater. God, he hated this pullover! I improvised the design by marrying together a fair isle Christmas stocking and a dog sweater pattern. Moose wore this for two and a half seconds before shaking it off and promptly outgrowing it. At least I have this picture to remember them both by.

I've got a couple of more days of knitting to do and then I'll be finished with my Christmas presents. I hope your holiday knitting is winding down, too. I know we're all ready to settle down for a long winter's nap!