Friday, October 5, 2012

Crafty Christmas Star(t)s.....

Well, It's October now and that means it's the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas in terms of hand made presents and decorations.  It's not too early and not too last minute, yep, the perfect time!
I do love Christmas time, it gives the crafty inclined a good excuse to make stuff. 
 It's so nice to have a purpose when crafting, don't you think?  I do enjoy pointless crafty action for it's own sake too, but I really like a reason to craft it up as well!

So with that in mind I found the knitted stars I made last year (way too last minute to make it onto the tree), and am determined to get them finished properly (sorry if you've seen them before on my blog) and make a heap more to give to my family as little Pre-Christmas pressies for their trees.  
I am still looking for the pattern I used, it's on the internet somewhere, I'll try and find it before I end this post. 
(here is the link to the Dutch Sisters pattern)

One of the things I liked about these stars is that they only take tiny amounts of wool, so I can use up all the scraps from my blankets and other makes.

I think some made from these lovely Christmassy colours would be great, I only have little bits left of this Pear Tree super soft merino yarn and I think some little stars would be a fittingly gorgeous way to use it up.

Then I have this lot to tackle!  I am thinking some mini ones using 4ply and smaller needles would be a nice contrast, and then I could thread them together and make a starry  garlandy thing.... so many possibilities !  Maybe a mobile, or a starry wall hanging........

So are you thinking about Christmas too?
Do you make things for presents? 
Or is it still too early for you?

I'd like to do a hand made Christmas this year, but I don't think I could come up with presents for my brothers in law ( or at least anything they would want!), so maybe I'll make things for the people I think would like it and leave the others with bought stuff.

So with good intentions I am going to start my Christmas crafting! Yay!
Let me know what you are making, I'd love to see!
Ok, that's it for now, have a great day!


  1. The box with your yarn left over is great. Good for those cute stars you made.

    Have a nice weekend

  2. Love your stars and the yarn you use!!!
    xxx Alessandra

  3. Your stars are so wonderful. This year I am not making a thing for presents, I went a little crazy last year so I am taking the year off. It is amazing how much calmer I am about it, no pressure.

  4. I still don't think about Christmas... I'd like to gift some hand made stuff so better begin thinking and planning now!i Loved the stars you made, thanks for creating Christmas mood:) Anna

  5. I have started to ... got a few ideas for Christmas presents, but I want to add a decoration to every present as a personal touch too!!

  6. those are cute! I've been making journal covers for composition books (graph paper ones for my sewing friends!) using up lots of scraps

  7. very beautiful the stars ... I like. Your blog is great, your work is beautiful!

  8. Gorgeous! This pattern is so cute, thank you for sharing! I already have a basket full of crochet and handmade felt ornaments in hopes of finally fulfilling my dream of a completely handmade Christmas tree :)

  9. I love your little stars, such pretty colours! In the spirit of a handmade Christmas I'm crocheting jar covers with my scraps of yarn and I'm going to make jam to give as gifts to one or two people.

  10. Christmas? Surely, not yet ... !!!

  11. So cute and a perfect little Christmas ornament. I so wish I could knit when I see things like this. maybe it is time to pick up two needles and give it another go.
    I have been hooking up Christmas presents all year. I love the feeling of making something for a real home made Christmas. Fingers crossed this year will be a home made Christmas. xx

  12. Oh yes, I am thinking about Christmas. Normally too early for me, but I have entered a crafty Advent Swap, and have to make/buy/thrift 24 little gifts to swap and send buy 20th November! I'm so excited, and am really looking forward to it.
    Lovely stars by the way, they will look lovely on your tree!
    Enjoy the weekend,
    Sarah xo

  13. I love your blog you are making very beautiful things!!!
    I am Sophie from Greece and i would be very happy to see you on my blog too!
    Kisses and hugs!!

  14. Wow getting started on Christmas pressies is impressive....I am waiting for a breaknin thf busyness.....hmm could be waiting a while. Love the stars. X

  15. sweet little stars ,christmas is certainly creeping up,have made a start on decorations allready x

  16. Sorry, just cathcing up on your older posts... No, I don't think it is too early for Christmas crafts. In fact, if I don't start now, I know I will not finish! I love the stars and will try some out - great idea for presents for overseas relatives. Thanks for the pattern link.


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