Knit Freebie Just in Time for Christmas

Here it is, just a week shy of Christmas, and I’m adding a pattern!  Never fear, this uses worsted weight yarn and works up fast.  This year I’ve been really interested in stranding and I love snowmen, so I thought I’d make my own chart and my hat.  I downloaded a chart from Pinterest for the red hat.  I’m sorry – I don’t remember which!  Just enter knit snowflake chart in the search bar and you’ll get so many cool options.  I included the picture so you can see the versatility of the basic hat pattern.  So here it is, just in time for Santa’s visit!

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Seasonal Cash Idea for the Crocheters

shopping-card-of-moneyHey, everybody. It’s getting to be that time of year where some of us need a little extra cash. I discovered a decent consignment shop where I take my work and have someone else sell it.  The cut is a bit higher than I would like, but this shop really moves it because there’s a bunch of foot traffic. You pay for location no matter what, huh?

The finished product from my pattern

The finished product from my pattern

Anyway, I have found that my Foxy Hooded Cowl is a big seller.  As a crafter,  what makes this particular design so attractive is that it’s not tremendously expensive to make, is quick to work up (usually no more than three hours) and it’s just so darned cute it won’t sit on the shelves long.  You actually feel like you’re making some money, versus just paying for the materials!

Does anyone else do this on a regular?  What are your big sellers?  Do you mix up crafts?  Let me know!

A Rethinking

Over the last decade, or perhaps more, I have phased out Christmas cards; or at least, sending them.   I have always enjoyed sending out cards, and really enjoyed receiving them, but about 15 or 16 years back, we were in some really tight financial straits, and cards just seemed so superfluous.  It wasn’t a decision made lightly, either.  I wondered if feelings would be hurt, or if misunderstandings would abound.  The clincher was that it seemed to me everyone on my list was doing the same thing.  Each year we received less and less, and I thought, Ah.  Another tradition gone by the wayside.  That’s too bad.

But the years go by and the cards in my mailbox these last two or three Christmas seasons has made me rethink this.  Now I’m starting to feel like Ebeneezer Scrooge.  I have decided that next year I will once again start sending out those decorated bits of paper, maybe making my own or purchasing the boxes of pre-designed cheer.  And as ridiculous as this sounds (it does, I know), I’m excited.  I can’t wait to ask everyone for their mailing addresses, keep tabs of who returns the cards, and finding a spot for all the greetings received!images

What’s your take on Christmas/holiday cards?  Do you send out a ream or are yours designated for certain highly esteemed colleagues and family only?

Freebie Purse Pattern for Christmas

I had removed this pattern from circulation quite awhile ago because I wanted to make revisions.   During that time, I used this purse for months and was continually complimented on it.  One of the revisions in the pattern I made was to use plastic (which can be purchased at craft stores) instead of using cardboard.  You can do either, but I used cardboard and now I can’t wash my purse, which is in great repair after much abuse, because the bottom will be ruined, and that was a big focus for me while putting it together.  This sucker is made to carry a a lot, and without a decent base, it loses its charm for me.  In the meantime, the pattern was languishing in my portable hard drive for well over a year; I made the changes that had required my attention and felt this would be a nice gift for the hookers in the crowd for the 2015 season; so, for a limited time, go to my Ravelry Store and use the code Free2015 to download it for free until January 2, 2016.

Enjoy!

A Compilation of Freebie Christmas Knits and Crochet

While cruising through all the wonderful offerings of seasonal patterns online, I thought I would put together a list of my faves!

Amigurimi Crochet Elf elf2

The Bumble

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Holiday Dog Sweater

holiday dog sweater

 Christmas Tree Pattern

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Rudy, The Reindeer

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Long Stripey Hat

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Elf of the Shelf

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Seasonal Stocking Cap

 390T390There’s still time to whip out these holiday gems!  Get moving!

Finished – and with a little time to spare

I finally got all the gifts for the grand nieces and nephews finished that I’ve been working on for a bit.  I started in September, but I must admit, it wasn’t a totally concerted effort as I’ve actually completed some cowls, hats, mitts, a wrap, and several hoodies.  I get distracted so easily when it comes to my projects – !  Just for that reason, I chose all but one of these gifts to be crocheted.  For me, crochet is way faster and the concentration levels are lower.  The shark hat and my little pony hats and a basic ribbed cowl have no patterns…yet.   The blanket that they’re all resting on is a basic crochet hounds tooth pattern made with Bernat Baby Blanket yarn, (which is so ooey-gooey-licious that I want to make one just for myself) in little girl colors.  The links to all the rest are listed below.

The booty

The booty

Cheeseburger Hat

Boston Harbor Scarf

Hippo Hat

Aviator Beanie

Newsboy Hat

Now for my next big project – getting them in the mail – LOL!  I think this is why I’ve never done home made gift-giving before.

Bah humbug!

Bah, humbug!