Scrap Happy Christmas – Santa Sacks

I hate to mention the C word so early, but when you’re crafting, I’m afraid it has to be done…

Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for quite a while might remember back in 2016 I challenged myself to design and knit one Santa sack a day from December 1st to the 24th and post each pattern daily.

Snowman Santa Sack

Not only did I (just about) keep up with the challenge, I tidied up my patterns after Christmas and published them as an ‘advent calendar’ pattern of 27 Santa sacks.

27 Knitted Santa Sacks

Every year since I’ve found myself knitting a few Santa sacks using scraps of yarn.

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These little Santa sack patterns have proved themselves extra usable, because  knitting with different plys of yarn gives different size Santa sacks with different uses.

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4ply

Approx 7g wool needed per sack

  • Advent calendar
  • Tree ornaments*
  • Christmas gift wrapping
  • Christmas bunting/garland*
  • Dolls house Santa sacks

Double knitting

Approx 10g wool needed per sack

  • Advent calendar
  • Hanging from mantel piece at Christmas*
  • Christmas gift wrapping
  • Christmas bunting/garland*
  • Filled with a few chocolate coins for school fund raising.

*If used decoratively, the Santa sacks will look best if they are stuffed lightly with toy stuffing. They can also be filled with herbs and spices to add a delightful Christmas scent to a room or popped inside a parcel.

Aran

Approx 20g wool needed per sack

  • Christmas gift wrapping
  • Hand warmer covers

Chunky and Super Chunky probably use more than you have in scrap amounts, but I confess I do have balls of yarn I’ve only used a small amount of, so maybe you do too. Plus most sacks use more than one colour and the amounts I’m quoting are total weight used for each sack.

Chunky

Approx 36g wool needed per sack

  • Christmas gift wrapping
  • Party favour bags

Super Chunky

Approx 65g wool needed per sack

  • Christmas gift wrapping
  • Christmas ‘stockings’
  • Small hot water bottle cover

Right now I’m setting off knitting nearly a whole set – challenging myself again to knit one a day. I’ll be posting them on Instagram. And while I’m thinking about Instagram if you don’t and you’d like to follow me on IG, you can find me @dartmooryarns.

Fair isle group

If you like the idea of using your scraps, click on Kate or Gun(first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Reindeer Sweater Ta Da!

Having started this in January 2016, knitted half way up the back then left it untouched until sometime this summer, I’m pleased to finally tell you, I finished LH’s Christmas Sweater just in time for our village Christmas meal.

Here he is, very excited to finally be wearing it…

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Continue reading “Reindeer Sweater Ta Da!”

Your Opinion Please

Having a bit of a dilemma over a hat I’m knitting as a Christmas gift. I started following a pattern that didn’t work, so ended up frogging and knitting by my own plan, but I did use the i-cord tassel finish on the top from the pattern.

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I was planning on trimming the blue tassely bit to half that length. I’d be happy with it like that, but I’m wondering about the recipient. Would they want their hat topped like this? I could remove the tassels and make the i-cord shorter, or longer and tie it in a knot. Or I could pull back the i-cord and do something completely different.

Totally confused, I though I’d ask you marvellous lot what you think. Even if you don’t knit, how would you finish the top of this hat?  And please don’t say with a fluffy pompom – I do NOT like fluffy pompoms!

Road Trip Knitting

Having been away visiting the Netherlands and a little bit of Belgium, has meant  lots of travel knitting. I did a little secret knitting that I can’t show you, but other than that my knitting turned out to be rather like Henry Ford’s, you can have any colour you like as long as it’s black – but in my case it was brown. Continue reading “Road Trip Knitting”

Finally an FO! (or two) – Anyone for Christmas Pudding?

A while ago I decided to knit a  Christmas pudding – as you do. I wasn’t happy with my first attempt, so the Christmas pudding got put down and forgotten until Tuesday this week, when I remembered, while doing my WIP round-up , that I wanted to knit one.

I was very happy with the second attempt…

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So I knitted it a friend, made a label and stuck it to a bag…

Christmas Pudding Knitting Kit

And, much as I hate Christmas spreading out far beyond December, us crafters need to get going  in good time. So I reinstated the small  Christmas section of my website too.

Christmas Gifts for Knitters - Knitting Kits

Yay! Finally feel like I’ve finished something 🙂

Hope you like my little puddings.

27 Knitted Santa Sacks Pattern

It’s funny how things grow. Just under a year ago on 1st December 2016, on a whim, I decided to knit a different Santa sack and publish the pattern free on my blog for the 24 days of advent.  It was a great fun and, although I ended up posting two sacks on a couple of days when I got behind, I otherwise achieved my goal.

After Christmas I took a look at the patterns again and realised what a mess they were. I took them down planning on tidying them up ready for this year. I pretty much forgot about them until August – or maybe it was even September – when I decided to sort them out, ditch a few awful ones, design some new ones and publish them as a collection at the beginning of October.

However life had other ideas. I didn’t make the beginning of October, but finally after working on them for what currently feels like forever, I’ve just uploaded the PDF to Ravelry!

You can find the pattern here.

I’m also making a printed booklet available in the Dartmoor Yarn Company shop. But don’t go looking for it yet, because I haven’t finished putting that together yet.

 

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WIP Update

Although it’s been a month since I last posted my work in progress, I’m afraid there hasn’t been a lot of progress – partly due to being busy and party due to three weeks of me falling asleep on the settee most evenings, because Mr Hicks was unwell and getting me up in the middle of the night. Although I’m pleased to say he’s now been sleeping through since last Saturday 🙂 Continue reading “WIP Update”