Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Spirits

Christmas is around the corner and the holiday decor is pretty much done- we just need to put more presents under the Xmas tree!

I decided to knit a Xmas tree skirt this year and started over the Thanksgiving weekend- not a good idea to start a big project so late in the year! I do however love how it turned out.





The pattern is my own and based on EZ's 7 spoke shawl. The skirt is knitted flat with 7 spokes and each has a double yo increases every following 4th row. (This blog explains it in further details in the Nov 05 post.)  Knit in plain stockinette first, I then added the snowflakes lace pattern from Barbara Walker's 2nd edition of stitch dictionary (2 repeats). The border is knitted first in moss stitch followed by garter stitch. I didn't take a photo of the knitted side edge but it is also in moss stitch and I incorporated 4 button holes in the beginning but found that I didn't need to sew on buttons to secure the skirt around the tree. Bind off is on WS using K2TOG TBL - I love how it looks with garter stitch. It is much stretchier than regular bind off and easier to use on large projects than EZ's sewn bind off. I highly recommend this bind off to those who haven't tried it.

Cascade Eco Wool in natural for the body, Eco+ in red for the border, size 10 circular needles with lengths ranging from 24" to 60" (however 47" would suffice if you're not knitting a ginormous skirt.) I didn't measure my skirt but it is not huge- I'd say that the radius is about 30" blocked. The skirt easily grew 15%-20% post blocking. I used about 1.75 skein of yarn for the body and maybe half a skein for the border.

I've also decided to knit our stockings this year.  


Stocking pattern is from Purl Bee, and the yarns are Madelinetosh Tosh DK using size 6 needles. 


To personalize the stockings I ordered silver dog tags with our names engraved. I'm not completely happy with how this looks but it will have to do for now.

Here are a couple more decor photos- non-knitting related but purtty to look at.



Wishing you lots of merriness and laughter in this holiday season!