It's December which means that the countdown to Christmas has officially commenced. Yesterday we had our Christmas party at Knitting Group and celebrated a very productive year with a nice morning tea and sharing lots of funny stories. We had a lot to celebrate because this year we donated so many items to Knit4Charities as well as raised funds for A21 and the Cancer Council through Pink Ribbon Day and The Biggest Morning Tea. We've been together as a group for over two years now and have become really good friends. I'm really proud to be a part of such a generous group of women.
Not only have I been partying but I've started some shopping as well. Today I went to the local mall and was astounded to see how many people had the same idea as me! I even went early and still had to drive around and around to find a parking spot. It's made me more motivated to get my shopping finished because I know it's only going to get worse.
I have discovered that shopping on-line is by far the easiest way to take care of my Christmas gifts as long as I know what I want to buy. Last week I bought two friends the same gift - a crochet scarf kit from Yummy Yarn and Co. Both ladies are interested in crochet but don't seem to find the time to get started so I thought I would give them a hand.
I was so impressed when the parcel arrived - it was beautifully wrapped and decorated with a crochet flower.
and inside were the two kits looking equally as inviting.
The calico bag doubles as a handy project bag and inside each bag was the makings of a scarf with four balls of yarn, and the pattern and some rock candy (always essential when crocheting).
Aren't the kits great? I know my friends will love them.
To celebrate the season, from now until Christmas, each week I will share something Christmassy on the blog. It might be something I've made, or something I've seen - just as long as it is Christmas related.
To start the ball rolling, today it's the pattern for a small scrappy Christmas quilt with three stitchery blocks based on Isaiah 9:6 - "To us a child is born, to us a son is given."
Each year, in the December Newsletter, I include a Christmas stitchery pattern and this quilt was included a few years ago.The finished size is 14.5" x 17.5" and makes a nice table centre or wallhanging. It's quick to make so you can still make it for Christmas as a gift for a friend or for yourself.
The pattern is available for free on my Craftsy Shop. I hope you enjoy making it.
Until next time