Here's a round-up of just a few seasonal ideas that caught my attention.
1. First up there is Vlogmas. Many crafty YouTubers are spreading Christmas cheer by podcasting everyday until December 25th. One of my favourites is Kristen from the YarnGasm podcast who is a very successful hand dyer (Voolenvine Yarns) and knitter, to name just a few of her talents. She always has fun and creative content in her videos. Another favourite of mine is Molly of A Homespun House. She lives in Berlin and is also a hand dyer and crafter. I also have been watching Eric from the Sticks and Twine podcast. He lives in Toronto and is one of the authors of the new Rib Magazine that is coming out soon. He is quite a character.
|Voolenvine Yarn Wolke Base in "Deck the Halls"|
Pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks
2. Have you heard about this one? The infamous Kate Davies has started the Islay Club, which starts on December 14th, so you still have plenty of time to join. Club members will receive a Kate Davies pattern each week for twelve weeks. Once all the patterns have been delivered to your Inbox her new Inspired by Islay book will be mailed out to members.
3. Another fun one is a KAL (knit-a-long) with designer Laura Aylor called Just for You 3. Starting on December 13, KAL members will receive small bits of a new pattern to knit for twelve days, using DK yarn. If you are too busy at this time of year to join in the fun, don't worry! There will be another KAL starting on Christmas Day for the same pattern, with a new chat thread on Ravelry. If you have bought a previous pattern from Laura Aylor, then this pattern is free. If not Laura will donate the $2 fee to a charity. So you can't lose!
4. Here's an original idea for this time of year. On Facebook Tin Can Knits is hosting a Hackathon. Select a Tin Can Knits pattern (some are free) to knit and then your are encouraged to add your own inspiration and create something unique. Post the result for all to see. It just started so there is plenty of time to join in. To top it off they are offering a new pattern called The World's Simplest Mittens which would be a perfect pattern to add your own twist to. The Hackathon goes until January 17th.
I love Tin Can Knits patterns. I just finished a pair of mitts called Paddle. Many of their patterns come in many sizes and ranges from mitts, hats, sweaters, shawls...something for everyone. Paddle is a very simple pattern knit in DK yarn, perfect for a last minute gift, and it comes in a variety of sizes.
Pattern: Paddle (Size medium)
Designer: Tin Can Knits
Black Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK
Blue Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label
Needles: 3.25 mm and 3.75mm
|Paddle Mitts by Tin Can Knits|
5. And finally, here's a reason to take a breather and put up your feet and relax, if only for a few minutes. For all you tea lovers, David's Tea has a wonderful kit called the 24 Days of Tea. Each day there is a new flavour of tea to try. If you don't have time to get it, here's another one that you don't open until December 25th. It looks fun too.
|A perfect end to a day|
|Each drawer has a different flavour of tea|
Well that's my list to get you started. Don't you just love the knitting community? There are so many generous, kind-hearted, and creative people out there with a passion for yarn. Have you heard of any Christmas/holiday fun? Let me know below so I can check it out. Thanks for stopping by...I appreciate it.