Glam Up Your Holidays

by guest blogger Karen Freeman

As I sat watching the leaves change colors each weekend this fall, I realized that Christmas would be here before I knew it. What would I do for my yearly craft? This year I decided to add a bit of Glam to the holidays with a tree made with Red Heart Boutique Swanky yarn. The sequins made for an already decorated look to a very simple project. This project does not take a lot of time but yields a beautiful and glamorous look to the holiday decorations.

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Donna’s Dozen Happy Holiday Ornaments

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house? I am not quite ready to put up Christmas decorations, but it’s never too late to start making some. I like to finish the Thanksgiving dishes before I put the tree up. To help with your decorations I have come up with a dozen ornaments that I really like. This list includes five knit, five crochet, and two crafty ornaments for you to choose from. These can be used on your tree, to embellish your wrapped packages or as hostess gifts. There are plenty more to check out on RedHeart.com.

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Dishcloths Make the Perfect Gifts

Do you have that certain person that has everything in your life? Everyone does! I have an idea for you that is perfect for any household. Below I have found some knit and crochet patterns that are easy enough to whip up for a last minute gift or for that person that has everything. If you want to make it a little more special you can combine with a nice bar of soap, pump soap or even dish soap. I know my mother would love this. Guess what mom?

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Cro-Shayley makes Reflective Workout Ear Warmers

Cro-Shayley makes Reflective Workout Ear Warmers

Blissful Ear WarmersHas the cool Fall weather arrived in your neck of the woods? Are you someone who likes to work out outdoors and likes to take evening runs, walks and bike rides? Keep those ears warm while doing so and make Red Heart’s Blissful Ear Warmers using Red Heart Reflective yarn (MY FAVORITE). Reflective thread is wrapped around the yarn making it reflect light, aiding in nighttime visibility and helping protect you at night.

This pattern is super quick and easy. I made this project in less than an hour for my friend who lives down the street. She’s an avid runner and was in need of something to keep her ears warm while she works out in the evenings.

 

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Share the Love! Free Hats for Charity eBook

Knitters and crocheters have a long tradition of using their needles and hooks to share with others and to let those going through a difficult time know that they care. One of the most popular type of project to give is a cozy hat. If you are a person looking to give to those in need you’ll want to view this eBook – Hats for Charity. It is a collection of 15 of the best and easiest Red Heart hat patterns presented in one easy to reference eBook along with their patterns.

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Share the Joy…One Stitch at a Time

I learned how to knit shortly after turning 50.

That was a time of confusion for me, as it is for many people, because I knew that life after 50 can be filled with all kinds of change—good and bad, planned and completely out of the blue.

Instead of pulling the proverbial blanket over my head, though, I took action and embarked on my “Journey to Joy.”

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