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Happy Holidays

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From all of us at Stash: Merry Christmas and happy holiday crafting to you!

We’ll see you in the new year.

xo

Kathryn, Liz, Sonia + Sydney

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A Holiday Knitting Tale

As told by Sonia, Kathryn, and Sydney

With less than a week until the Big Day, we are all in various states of frenzy.  There are inches more to knit, dozens of cookies to be baked, and presents to be bought, wrapped, or shipped. Or perhaps you’re waiting anxiously for that cabled sweater you blocked last week to dry already.  Whatever point you’re at, the fact remains: 3 days till Christmas. Breathe.

We understand how you feel.  We’ve been there, too. 

Let us share our 2012 Holiday Knitting Tales…

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I don’t mean to sound too smug, but my Christmas knitting is finished (shields eyes from pointy needles).  That is, if you don’t count the last-minute thought that maybe I could finish a pair of socks I started back in August.  I quickly abandoned that thought as soon as Wool People 4 was released.  At this point, I’m coveting lots of new projects and planning a selfish knitting binge in January.

~Sonia

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Fortunately, I kept myself to mostly small projects this Christmas. (I may have started a crocheted blanket for my mom, in a holiday burst of what-the-heck-am-I-thinking, but I talked myself out of that one real quick.) And my little pile of hats and cowls is … mostly … finished! The highlight project was definitely a Slouchy Hat Of Luck And Bravery in woodsy green for a friend who may be asking their significant other an important question during their holiday travels…

Like Sonia, I’ve got a nice long ‘selfish knitting’ stretch planned for January and February. Time to finally invest in a big cozy sweater project, I think. And then I’ll start Christmas 2013’s gift knitting in May or something, so you won’t see me scramble to finish this time next year!

~Kathryn

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Every year I tell myself I am going to cut down my list. That I will only knit for my close friends, and select members of my immediate family. But for some mystical reason, my list GROWS every year!

This year, I am knitting for 15 people. Yes, 15. How does that happen? After (and during) every project, every hat, mitten, leg warmer, and cowl, I find myself staring at my jumper yarns, my sweater’s worth skeins, nearly drooling at the idea of knitting a sweater. I am definitely a big project type of knitter. Instant gratification knitting does nothing for me. Curse you whoever decided that knitted headbands were “in” this year!! They’re lovely, but now I have six to make. Please, make it stop!

~Sydney

We hope that whatever stage of Holiday Making you are in, you are also taking care to daydream about your own projects for the New Year.  It’s a tradition of mine to cast on a new project on January 1st, something just for me.

Your turn to share!

How do you make for the holidays?  What are looking forward to doing for yourself in January?

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Crafty Times: Wee Holiday Trees

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We love festooning the shop with festive decor this time of year, and are always looking for fun ways to incorporate yarn into our decor.

My favorite new project has to be these wee yarn-wrapped trees. All it took was a quick trip to the craft store and a search through the leftovers bin for some green yarn.  In a few minutes we had these delightful trees. And because I love a bit of sparkle (and an excuse to get out the glue gun), we added sequins in Stash colors.

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DIY Wee Holiday Tree

Materials

  • 50 yards medium-weight yarn (quantity may be more or less depending on the size of your cone). We chose green but think a snowy white would be lovely.
  • Cardboard cone
  • Glue; we used a glue gun, but Tacky glue would work well too.
  • Beads, sparkles, sequins, Pom poms; anything goes when it comes to embellishing your tree.

Add a small dot of glue at the top of the cone to secure the end of your yarn. Begin wrapping the yarn around the cone, beginning at the top and working your way down while making a single layer of yarn. Continue until you get to the base of the cone. Add another small dot of glue at the bottom and wrap yarn over it. Carry the yarn to the inside of the cone and secure with more glue or a piece of tape. Cut.  Decorate your wee tree with glee!

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Now it’s your turn.

Have you made any holiday decor for your home or workspace?  Share a picture with us on Facebook!

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