‘Tis the Season

Christmas Season is here! One trip to the mall will confirm that beyond a doubt, so it’s time to start infusing the Holidays into my knitting. (Aside of course from a few gifties that I’ve been working on, but sshhh). Enter, the Advent Calendar Scarf!

When I think of advent calendars I immediately think of this:

It’s a fabric advent calendar that used to hang in our house every Christmas. Each day a stuffed bear makes his way around the house looking for Christmas. I loved it! Even now I’m a little sad when another Christmas goes by without it adorning the walls at family Christmas *hint *hint..

However, since that era of adventing has passed, it’s time for something new. My very crafty mom introduced my to the Advent Calendar Knit-a-long (KAL) on Ravelry. Starting on the first of December, a pattern will be released each day for 24 days. At the end you’ll have an extremely huge scarf with 24 different patterns throughout.

At first I wasn’t all that excited, but now I can’t wait for December so I can get started! I’ve picked out my materials and I’m all set to go!

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Lace, 940m
Colourway: Azalea
Beads: 6/0 Glass Seed Beads
Colour: Pearl and Translucent Pearl

I’ll post updates periodically to show off the patterns and my progress. Only three more days!

For those of you not on Ravelry, you can check out the pattern here.

Add a Little Bling

On my way home this afternoon I pulled into the plaza with my LYS (out of habit), but was reluctant to go in;  I was just there yesterday and I was fairly certain they didn’t restock overnight so I figured nothing was going to catch my eye. Not wanting to make my stop in vain I ventured a little further down the plaza where I stumbled across this fabulous little shop, Beadapalooza.

If you are into beading I’m sure this would be your little spot of heaven. I, though, am not really the beading type. However….I have seen many fabulous beaded stitch markers. Enter my train of thought: “a little wire, some flashy beads, how hard can this be? I’ve got wire cutters at home. I’ll be set.” Ten dollars later I’ve left the store with 10m of silver wire and 8 well-chosen Swarovski beads. (No, sadly $10 will not get you the real thing).

Essential Materials

All set up with what I assume are the necessary materials for making stitch markers. The beads, wire, cutters, pliers and the largest size needle that I plan to use them on. (Portable internet just incase I feel myself going very astray).

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I’m fairly certain I’m the only person who’s ever left that store with only 8 beads.

Nice little set
Not bad for a first time I’d say!

Stitch Markers

Ta da!

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They were pretty quick to make, and once you have some wire it’s relatively inexpensive. I see a few more trips to the bead store in my future.