Free Patterns · My Makes

Christmas tree is up! + new hat pattern

I’m checking in to share a photo of my Christmas tree, a mini time capsule that I put up on Thanksgiving, as I try to do each year. My Dad’s handmade ornaments cover about 80% of the tree, and the rest are gifts from friends and some travel mementos. The newest ornaments are a paper and bell wreath from Okinawa, and a reversible bird bauble from Victoria B.C. Both treasures were obtained during that glorious era of liberated travel known as the “Before Times.”

Dad is still making his yearly Christmas ornaments, but I haven’t received this year’s yet, since I plan to pick it up when I visit the States in January. It’s always a great surprise.

I’ve also begun another, different, beret than the one I made last week. This one is a sweet puff-stitch pattern by Ellej that I found on YouTube. YouTube is a treasure trove of free patterns and tutorials. I’m using a 5mm hook and 100% wool, worsted yarn by Cleckheaton that’s a variegated rose-pink hue. I got two skeins of this yarn when I was at Lincraft in Sydney, Aus. about three years ago, with no idea what it would grow up to be. I love digging into my yarn stash and finding just the right thing, and it’s nicer to reflect on the travel memory that goes with it.

That’s all I have for now! I’m almost finished with the Mont Blanc cardi pockets, and will share photos next time.

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