I hope that those who celebrate it had a happy Thanksgiving. We had a lovely meal at someone else's house, which made me extra thankful, as our dining room is currently decorated with random test patches of colour. We've since picked the colour that we want, just still haven't found the motivation to actually start painting yet...
I have been knitting, though. Now, some of my friends and family know that I have a blog, but I'm pretty sure that none of them actually follow it, so hopefully these posts won't be ruining any surprises. This one is for a lass who I always associate with this colour green, so I couldn't pass up this soft and cosy yarn. I used my pattern found here, casting on 300 stitches for this one (Ravely page here).
My kids had the week off school, so it seemed like the perfect time for our annual forced child labour event: Christmas decoration making. We've got enough homemade decorations to fill the tree now. I liked their button wreaths so much that I had them churn out a few more for me:
It turns out that I have rather a lot of buttons around here, as I had enough left over to make this wee garland:
Not a very Christmas-y staged photo, but the Scrooge of the house hadn't let me put up the Christmas decorations at that point...
If you're interested in making your own button garland, you'll need:
sequins (5mm or 8mm)
teeny rocaille (seed) 10/0 beads
fishing line or thread
26 gauge floral wire (optional) - I used the floral wire, so that I can shape the garland if needed.
1. Cut 3 strands of the floral wire slightly longer than the desired length for the garland, then braid them together loosely, tying off the ends.
2. Tie a length of the fishing line to the wire braid, then thread on each button / sequin combo tightly as follows: thread the fishing line through a space in the wire braid, then through a button hole, then through the sequin hole, then pass it through the bead and thread it back through the sequin, then thread it through the other button hole and down through the wire braid:
Hopefully this doodle is clear enough for you to work out what on earth I am talking about.
3. Repeat step 2 until your garland reaches the desired length.
The sequins really catch the light. nb. Those seed beads are very fiddly, so this probably isn't a project for young 'uns. I think that I'm going to be finding mislaid beads around the house for many months to come...
Translations of the Day:
UK English: parky = cool, cold, chilly in US English
UK English: nippy = cool, cold, chilly in US EnglishUK English: Baltic = cold, chilly in US English
I'm wearing my ski jacket indoors as Scrooge is also controlling the thermostat, so those are the first British words that came to mind...
As in, although it's pretty mild outside, it's a wee bit parky in here. It's rather nippy first thing and bloomin' Baltic by night....
(sorry about all the gloomy pictures - the weather has been rather murky this week).