Monday 30 November 2020

Ginx Woolly Linx Party December


Welcome to the Ginx Woolly Linx Party for December. I have just put up my Christmas Tree. Never done this quite so early, but I feel like we all need a bit of extra cheer. There are so many things that we won't be able to do this year - no nativity shows or carol services at the school where I work, none of the Christmas get togethers, but one place where we can still get Christmassy is our decorations, and of course our crafting.

Sandra of Hakelfieber has made her Bobo into a toadstool.  To me he looks festive, and I just love the details - his hat, his ruffle and the grass around his feet. He is also photographed so beautifully.

Andrea of Ich- völlig ungeschmink created a magical Christmas forest in a cup.

Tonna of Sew Crafty Crochet has been using the wool in her stash to make some beautifully coloured bright Christmas Baubles.

And finally Linda of Linda's Crafty Corner has crocheted a Christmas cushion. The tree design looks great with this mix of colours.

I look forward to seeing what you have all been working on in the build up to Christmas.

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Christmas Arctic Hare

Meet the Christmas Arctic Hare, my second polar Christmas decoration. Once again I have had problems with my photographs, until I discovered the polar region of "the land of dressing gown". Taken with a zoom lens, I really think it looks like snow.

I have become a bit hooked on the Philip Pullman's Dark Materials, being shown on Sunday evening. Perhaps I should have called the Arctic Hare Hester, and the Polar Bear Decoration Iorek. I am thinking of making my polar bear a suit of armour out of felt. You can see Polar Bear by scrolling down or find the pattern on ravelry by clicking here - Polar Bear.

Arctic Hare is tiny. I tried to weigh the wool I had used, and at first it did not register on my scales. So I would say he takes 1-2g. So this is a pattern for people who like quick projects and working small.

Arctic Hare pattern is available on ravelry, Etsy and LoveKnitting later today. 

As I mentioned I am hoping there will be one more (not arctic but antarctic) Christmas animal pattern coming out soon. I wonder if you can guess.

Just a reminder that tomorrow you can join in my Ginx Woolly Linx party for December. I would love to see what you have been working on.

Saturday 21 November 2020

Christmas Polar Bear

I've been thinking hard about a design for a new Christmas decoration, and have been pestering my family and friends for ideas - something original, but not perhaps not too unusual.

After a lot of thought I remembered a pattern I started back in 2014. I had the idea to make a collection of polar animals, and after getting quite far with two of them, the final animal stumped me. The project was put to one side, and sort of forgotton. 

But now I have reworked my Christmas Polar Bear, and here he is. He is not large (about 7cm long). If you can find the right sort of wool, one with a bit of fluffiness it really helps make him look realistic.


Below are a few of my previous Christmas decorations with links to the patterns on ravelry if you click on the pattern name. The Christmas Tree decoration was quite conventional, but then I branched out with Christmas Birds, and a symbolic Scallop Shell.

One year I tried to start a new tradition - Christmas Elephants. The Christmas Sand Dollars were requested part someone who wanted a seaside themed Christmas, and even sent me some real sand dollars as a thank you. And my Christmas Sloth took so long last year, that I did not have him ready until January. Perhaps I was a bit like the sloth. The Tiny Christmas Elf Clogs are just a good place to hide chocolates.

So the Christmas Polar Bear pattern is available well before Christmas, and I will be publishing my second polar animal shortly, and possibly number three will follow ...

Below are the original bears I made back in 2014.  I'm not linking this photo to the pattern, as I have made a few alterations. I can not even find the instructions for the two little cubs, and am not even sure I wrote it down, but they are rather cute.

You can find the pattern on ravelry, Etsy and Love Knitting if you want to make your own little hanging polar bear.

Just a reminder that there is still plenty of time left to join in my Ginx Woolly Linx party for November. Click on the photo above or at the top of the page to find the party. I would love to see what you have been working on this month.