Friday, December 22, 2006

That Looks Better

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Last night we decorated the tree. Our tradition has always been to do this as a family. Getting everyone together on a night that we didn't have other things to do was a challenge this year, but it was worth waiting for. Matt's girlfriend, Barbara, was even able to be here. We shared a nice supper, trimmed the tree, then sat around enjoying our time together. Matt played his guitar and John joined in on the mandolin.

Our tree is decorated with a hodgepodge of ornaments: a felt bag filled with balsam needles sewn together by John's mother, star burst ornaments made from the spiny fruit of a sweet gum tree, a bendy Santa toy that the kids creatively hang every year, ice skates crafted from felt and paperclips, dollar store finds that look like antique ornaments and peppermint candy canes that can be picked off and eaten at any time. The oldest thing on the tree though is the angel on top. It was given to me on my first Christmas forty-six years ago. It is worn and ragged now, but holds memories of Christmases when I was just a little girl and it topped our family tree then.

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And though I didn't plan on knitting gifts for Christmas, I ended up making a few. Here is one that is safe to show.

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The pattern for this set is in the book Felted Knits. The oven mitt is knitted from Jazz by Artful Yarns (50% alpaca, 50% wool). It's been in my stash for a couple of years. The dark blue yarn is White Buffalo. John has pronounced this oven mitt and trivet "the coolest thing you've ever made". A free pattern for a similar mitt can be found here (for the pdf file and picture, be sure to click the link at the top the pattern).

7 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lovely night with family and freinds. Enjoy your Christmas weekend!

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  2. Pink Dandelion5:37 PM

    That little angel is too sweet, and what a neat thing to have!!

    I love the colors of the hot mitt! How fun! :-)

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  3. Beautiful tree, Tracy. I love the history behind your topper as well.

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  4. I love your angel. How sweet.

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  5. What fun getting everyone together for decorating - complete with music, too! I do like the oven mitt and trivet...but they happen to be made in one of my favorite colors. Happy Holidays to you and your family, Tracy! :-)

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  6. Ahhh,the tree looks beautiful! and the tree topper is so cute - - what a story of its origin. Love the gifts you made!

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  7. Funny, I've never seen anyone else make this felted set, and yet I just finished mine last week. Haven't quite gotten around to blogging about them, but . . .

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~Tracy