Christmas Musings with the 12 Gifts of Christmas by Mikey from The Crochet Crowd

Written by Mikey from The Crochet Crowd

Isn’t yarn spectacular? I mean… look at all those pretty colours that are available on the shelf. It’s like a huge colour wheel waiting to be unleashed and set free.

Over the years, I have seen traditional Christmas colours turn from just red, white and green and go into incredible colour combinations such as lime green, sea foam blue, pinks and so much more. Times have changed and I am kinda chuckling to myself when our tree used to have these lights on that were so hot that it would burn to the touch. Mom said never to touch the lights but the kid in me couldn’t resist. Even lighting and decoration ideas have evolved.

Changing a colour scheme at Christmas can be really expensive if you decide that everything you do has to be store bought and do it all at one time. This is where I become best friends with my yarn and start creating items that mean something to me. For me, it’s easier to throw out a store made ornament than it is to toss out something that has meaning of time from someone else. I add to my home decor year after year and I don’t always use the same decorations two years in a row. Like you, my tastes and home decor changes. I try not to make my home look the same year after year during the holidays.

Part of the trick of making Christmas home decor is trying not to get the project to look too ‘campy’. With my yarn crafts, sometimes it’s about adding a few extra decorations to spruce it up a bit. I have a tendency to over accessorize what I make. The voice of Coco Chanel comes alive in my head reminding me to remove one accessory after I think I am done. Hard to do at times but it’s true.

I’m currently working on the 12 Gifts of Christmas Series as seen on Red Heart. I’ve done this for three years and I have say this year was my most favourite series. This year, I went outside of my own box of what I thought could be taught on camera to attempt teaching ideas. I tend to get stuck in the same circle and just re-invent something I have done in the past. This year, with Diva Dan’s persistence, I ventured out and I am so happy I did. I contribute a portion of my success to the many new patterns that were released by Red Heart this year. Believe it or not, I actually learned new stitches and concepts with creating this Christmas Series. To me, that satisfies the creative side.

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This video series wraps up my year first year teaching for Red Heart Yarns. It has been my pleasure to be granted the opportunity to teach and inspire you. Thank you for thousands of kind ‘thank you’ emails and comments that you have shared with me on, Facebook and within our YouTube videos. It means more to me that you may ever realize.

I encourage feedback on our videos and Facebook pages to your thoughts and ideas. We love to see your photographs of your finished projects posted on our Facebook pages. You have the power to influence others with your colour schemes and added embellishments to your projects. Be sure to comment and ‘share a like’ here and there to make another crocheter/knitter’s day bright!

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Each one, teach two or three – with Sashay and Ribbons it’s super easy!

In photo L-R: Mary, Ann , Me, Susan

E782Over Christmas I had a chance to get together with family and teach my nieces, Mary & Ann, how to knit. I was thrilled that they were excited by the yarns and about learning how to make their very own scarf. Mary is 12 and Ann is 10 years old and as a rule they are pretty crafty so I was sure they would be successful at knitting too. I thought teaching them with Boutique Sashay and Ribbons would be a great first project since casting on is so easy, and you get to the fun part much quicker.

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Quick and Easy Faux Brie Perfect for Holiday Snacking

Normally we are all about yarn and fast holiday projects, but hey…a girl has to eat during the holidays too! So, I thought I would give you a quick recipe for those holiday get togethers where you forgot you had to bring something or you want to look like you slaved over a hot stove for hours and it only really took a few minutes – don’t you just love those kinds of things!

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Help for the Holiday Cables Throw By Bonnie Barker Guest Blogger/Designer

By Bonnie Barker, guest designer/blogger

I have a confession:  I love the look of knitted stitches, but I don’t enjoy the process of knitting. I guess I’m a crocheter—heart, body & soul—for better or worse! This is why I am so very excited about designing crochet patterns that mimic knitted stitches. The stitches I incorporate into my patterns are based upon the most fundamental crochet stitches: single, double, and treble crochet; slip stitch and chain. If you already know these basic stitches, you will be able to learn these new stitches, and I dare say learn them quickly and easily. I have personally taught these stitches to children as young as eight years old. One of my students who has significant learning disabilities recently won a blue ribbon at our county fair for a scarf she created using one of these Aran stitches.  Continue reading “Help for the Holiday Cables Throw By Bonnie Barker Guest Blogger/Designer”

Part 2 of 3 Getting past being a beginner scarf maker…and get into the holidays

In September I reflected on how beginners might take the next step in their knitting and crochet hobby. Now that the holidays will be here soon, there are many ways to use yarn to make the season bright. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy your craft, add loving touches to your home and give homey things to friends and family.

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Getting Past Being a Beginner Scarf Maker Part 1 of 3

So you’ve made a couple scarfs…or maybe you have made a lot of scarfs for all your friends and relatives and maybe even sold them at your local craft market or church sale. Everyone thinks you are a knitter or crocheter, but you secretly know that you have limited know-how. So today I’d like to make a couple suggestions for taking the next step in becoming an ace knitter or crocheter. Continue reading “Getting Past Being a Beginner Scarf Maker Part 1 of 3”

Over 150 YouTube Videos on Red Heart’s Channel

Did you know that Red Heart has a YouTube channel with over 150 videos with how-to’s for knitting and crochet techniques, pattern instructions, interviews with industry experts and much more! Subscribe to the Red Heart yarns YouTube channel and find out when we upload a new video to stay up to date with the latest free pattern how-to’s, and knit and crochet alongs.  Continue reading “Over 150 YouTube Videos on Red Heart’s Channel”