A Year of Christmas

Well, we’re here. The holiday season is upon us and I am happy to report that I did one of the things I set out to do this year. I pulled out my stash of handmade holiday items. My stash! Way back in January, I had the idea to dedicate some time over the year to making a little bit of a handmade Christmas so that I could enjoy handmade items around the house.

Looking back over 2020, I’m amazed I accomplished much of anything. I spent a solid month on a near complete crafting hiatus – I’m looking at you Animal Crossing. I knit more socks than anything else and I still have a sweater on the needles that I cast on in March. But! I set out to make 12 holiday makes – one each month. I fell off the month by month pace, but in the end I’m happy with the results.

I wound up putting much of my efforts into quilts and quilted things. I knew that I wanted to make a tree skirt and a Christmas tree quilt. I started both last January and finished them in the summer. Other than that, I just let the Christmas whims take me as they would. Let’s have a look back over the year.

January – Christmas Tree mug rugfree pattern by Threadbare Creations, various scraps (1)

February – Christmas SocksA Homespun House in Whobilation (2)

March – Granny Square mug rug – block pattern from Lori Holt’s Granny Squared book (3)

April – Christmas socksPlies & Hellhounds Yarn in Christams Like It’s 1882 (4)

Imagine a music montage here where I work on Christmas things but definitely don’t finish any until August.

August – Happy Christmas mini quilt – Pattern & scrappy kit from Maker Valley – (5)

September – Happy Christmas quilt – pattern and scrappy kit from Maker Valley, yeah I like her stuff (6)

September – Tree skirt – Joyful Jelly Roll pattern by Fat Quarter Shop, Little Tree fabric (7)

October – Christmas pillowcases – Kits from, you guessesd it, Maker Valley (8)

November – Joshua’s Christmas QuiltFat Quarter Pile Up pattern by Knot & Thread Design (9)

November – Astra’s Christmas QuiltFat Quarter Pile Up pattern by Knot & Thread Design (10)

November – Christmas Kitty mug rug – inner prim star unit from Prim & Proper book by Lori Holt (11)

November – Scrappy Stars table runner – Prim star blocks from Prim & Proper book by Lori Holt (12)

Well, there we go! I made it to 12 with that little mad dash in November. It’s been so nice to see these little pieces around the house. The cats are big fans of the tree skirt. I’m glad I made it a quilt, it’s been through the wash a bunch already thanks to all the sweet soft fur.

I’m going to tag in one more little holiday make, though. The kids decided they needed Christmas pijama pants to really set the scene. We are usually travelling to visit family over the holidays, so we’re really trying to brighten things up and make the holiday at home special. So of course, I relented and sewed them up some snuggly pjs.

December – Christmas plaid fleece pj bottoms – Walk the Plank PJ Pants by Patterns for Pirates (13)

Ok, now we’re done! I really enjoy setting a good arbitrary goal and getting there is just icing on the cake. I hope you are having a lovely wind down of this crazy year and if you celebrate one of the many beautiful holidays this season brings, I hope you are enjoying it. I’m getting ready to cozy up with my last day of advent knitting and dream up where my crafty heart might take me in the new year.


Happy {joyful} making!

One month later…

Well, I’d venture to say it’s been a fairly crazy March for us all. Four weeks ago today, I arrived in Denver for my organization’s annual meeting and it was canceled that evening. It’s been crazy with work ever since, and now I’m working from full time with the kids and Kevin all in the house. I know it’s a crazy, scary, uncertain time for many. I’ve been really finding joy and comfort in the simple motion of my hands creating things, so I thought we’d have a little photo montage of the last month.

My only finished object since we last spoke, and I don’t really have a picture of it! I need to attach the pompom and take some real photos, but the knitting on my Skiff is all finished up.

I’ve put a bit of work into these socks but not much. I still don’t have much drive to knit patterned socks, but these are sooo pretty that I really want to finish them. One day. The pattern is Rhinebeck Roomies by Crazy Sock Lady.

My first cast on of the month was the Calan Mai cowl. I completely misread the pattern and had to rip back about 3 inches, but now we’re moving on it.

I finally decided to frog my Prim socks, I spoke about my dislike of the yarn base last post. I dug some trusty 80/20 out of my stash in these fun stripes and they kind of zoomed for a while. This is Gynx Yarn (a retired yarn dyer) in the Magical Girl colorway.

Completely out of character for me, it seemed that two pairs of socks weren’t quite enough so some Christmas socks went on the needles! This is Once Upon A Corgie Handmade in the Marie Cutie base (a squishy corriedale nylon blend) in the Christmas like it’s 1882 colorway.

In this flurry of startitis, I also managed to cast on a sweater! I’m knitting the Rosemont Cardigan in Quince & Co. Lark in the Pea Coat colorway. I’m looking for a cozy go-with-everything cardigan and I think this fits the bill.

And then last weekend, I finally finally finally finished up my Happy Christmas quilt top. I’m so pleased with how it came out! This is a pattern from Maker Valley, and I got the scrappy kit from her as well. This cutie is out getting quilted and I can’t wait to get it finished up.

Once I was in the sewing room, I haven’t been able to leave much. I decided to throw together a cute little mug rug for my #yearofchristams plans and this one came together pretty quickly. It’s a single block from Lori Holt’s granny square inspired quilt pattern. I used random scraps of Lori Holt fabric and I think it’s just precious!

While I was at it in the sewing room yesterday, I finally, months and months later, attached the binding to my Arithmetic quilt. Now I’m ready for my favorite part of quilt making, hand sewing the binding!

Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been rather obsessed with my Granny Stripe blanket. I figured out a few weeks ago that is way wider than I intended. That discouraged me for a while with how long it might take. I had a really inspiring talk with Kevin the other night about the process of my making and now I just can’t stop. I’m really enjoying the rythm and the slow progession.

Well. that’s it in pictures. I’ve been kind of all over the place these days with making all sorts of things — I’ve even picked up my applique a few times! — but I’m letting it take me wherever my heart and hands need to go.


Wherever you are, be well and happy making!

(Mostly) Never before seen WIPS!

Well, now that it’s been three weeks I suppose we’re do for a bit of an update. I’ve been all over the place. Between the new sewing room, kicking off the year of Christmas, and a healthy audiobook obsession – I’m been doing quite a bit of making.

I am reasonably confident that the only active WIP that has even made a blog appearance is my Happy Christmas Quilt, so let’s do a montage. The current state of affairs of my crafting is as follows:

I cast these socks on over our holiday trip. My goal was a pair of utility socks, I love Patons Kroy yarn for hard wearing socks. I’m not in love with the color combination (Mexicali Stripes), but the socks will do their job.

I made Kevin a pair of pijama pants last year out of this flannel and he asked if I had enough left over to make him a pillow for the couch. I barely did, but I think it turned out cute.

I finally started these gorgeous socks this month. This is Gauge Dyeworks in the colorway All Together Now. I had some yarn management woes and a great deal of indecision with what color I wanted to start with, but they are kniting up quite nicely. This yarn is a plump dream to knit with, by the way.

I finished all the blocks for my Happy Christmas Quilt and here it is all laid out. I’ve since sewn all the rows up and just need to sew them together. For the beady eyed among you, yes, I fixed the mistake in the border before sewing. Thank goodness! I am in love with this one.

I made the top for a tree skirt, too. I’ve been talking about making a tree skirt for years and have, unsurprisingly, put off purchasing one because of that. So we have gone without a tree skirt for a long time. No more! This is a jelly roll pattern, which I thought would make it very easy, but the bias seams got me in the worst way. That was tough.

Since I started my year of Christmas with a quilt and a tree skirt that may as well be a full quilt, I thought it would be nice to get a bit of instant gratification. Enter the mug rug. I love making mug rugs and micro minis. They’re like snack sized quilts. This one included a paper pieced tree, which was a new skill to me. It was pretty easy and quite fun. I love the result! This is a free pattern from ThreadBare Creations and I used scraps from the Happy Christmas quilt and a bit of random stash.

The mug rug is my first project and the January entry in my year of Christmas. I think we’re off to a good start!

In the last few weeks, I’ve been obsessed with a couple of audiobook triologies. Nothing makes me quite so dedicated to a long knitting project as something compelling to listen to. Enter Marley. I cast it on in October, but hadn’t made much progress until about 10 days ago. Now I’m now only a few rows until the finish.

I’m still only halfway through the current amazing trilogy, so I decided to start another long project. This is not my first try at crochet, but it’s definitely the farthest I’ve ever come. I’m really enjoying the rhythym of it.

So that’s it. Quite a bit of variety these days. I’ve got some non-holiday ideas for the sewing room, we’ll see when I get to them. I’m also hoping I’ll be back very soon with a finished shawl and maybe even a finished quilt top.


Happy making!

The end of the line.

Welp, I’ve done it. We’ve finally come to the end of my storage space on the blog. Two and a half years of craft blogging really does a number on the old photo uploads. While I figure out what I’m going to do, let’s talk quilts.

I came to a bit of a frustration point with Lumen, so I decided to step back into the sewing room. I pulled out those sewing WIPs and that kitten dresden was calling my name. I finally bit the bullet and just quilted the thing. I finished the binding the same day and lo’ and behold, a mini quilt:

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It’s so precious! I did pretty simple quilting and I think it turned out very nice. It measures about 8″ x 8″ so it’s a generous mug rug size, but it’s just hanging on my wall for the moment.

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After that, I was in a bit of a binding mood, so I went ahead and tackled my last full size quilt WIP. It took me a couple of nights to get the hand stitching done, but now it’s finished and it’s my favorite by far.

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This is Layer Cake Pop – another free shortcut quilt pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. I used a 1930’s reproduction style layer cake from Lecien. I love the old fashioned looking prints in bright, fresh colors. I quilted it on a long arm at a local quilt shop.

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That’s two sewing projects off the list! It’s back to the drawing board on this blog thing, we’ll see where we come out. I’ll just be over here plugging away (hopefully) on Lumen.


Happy making!