knit your library, vol. 20

I'm on an ornament roll! Snowflakes are something I've coveted and hoped to make for years now ... but it wasn't until this year that I finally believed my crochet skills were up to the task. This is my first snowflake ever, from the book 100 Snowflakes to Crochet. I like it, but I think it would look better in the recommended crochet thread (this is worsted weight acrylic yarn).

Christmas felt ornaments

In following with this year's theme of "follow through," I thought I'd make something I've been intending to make for years now: hand-sewn felt ornaments! I can't tell you how many of these projects I've pinned on Pinterest over the years. The peace sign and heart are my own free-hand designs, and the angel pattern is from the Bugs and Fishes blog. These were so much fun that I'm sure I'll be making more--which is good, since I have quite a bit of felt in my stash to burn through!

Christmas crochet

I'm counting down until I can break out the Christmas decorations (we wait until after Thanksgiving in this house), and this year I'm already ready for the Christmas season. I've been making these adorable crocheted Santa ornaments all year long in an international ornament swap (so fun!), and these are the last couple I'll be mailing out (and a few for myself!). I consider myself a newbie crocheter and found these really straightforward and fun to make.

Pattern: Santa by Debra Yorston (free pattern here!) Link to my Ravelry project page.
Hook: G (4.00 mm)
Yarn: Less than 5 yards of Caron Simply Soft in red and white, and Knit Picks Swish in Oyster
Mods: hdc instead of sc for hat, chain 6ish and hdc in each to finish hat.

sunday's stitches, vol. 3

sunday's stitches: a moment to slow down and savor 
whatever your stitching on
I finished stitching up the remainder of my stash of needlepoint ornaments! And of course, now I wish I had more to make ...

See my progress from week to week on past sunday's stitches.

2021 year in review

  Who would have thought that the second year of a pandemic would be worst than the first, in terms of crafting mojo? Not I. But this chart ...