Christmas Cross Stitch Embroidery Finished Handmade Knitting Sewing

Snow Day

23/10/2013

It’s official.  I’m ready for Christmas.

Space for the Butterflies - Alicia Paulson - Posie Gets Cozy - Snow Day Ornament Kit

Christmas 2010 that is.

Because yes, with loud hurrahs and a general feeling of pleasant accomplishment I have finished the Snow Day set of Christmas ornaments.  A mere three years after the kit plopped through my letter box.

I think every year I say I’m going to make a mahoosive effort and catch up with myself, and so far I am slightly less behind than I was last year, and I’ve every intention to get started on the Sweet Home set before this Christmas.  But I’ve decided that it doesn’t really matter.

I really love making them.  I love cutting out little bits of felt, I love the embroidery, and I love that while I don’t really want them to be chewed on, and we have distinct rules about touching the Christmas tree (namely don’t) if a tiny hand strays in the direction of the lowest branches it’s owner won’t come to too much harm with one of these.

I think Snow Day might be my favourite set so far, and not just because it included my gateway craft, cross-stitch, the use of waste canvas, which I’d always wanted to try, and a touch of my faithful knitting in the little scarf keeping Mr Polar Bear snuggly warm.  They’re just such an evocative trio, warm mittens, a gorgeous red coat and a snowy polar bear, it’s what I want winter in England to be, well I’ll keep the snow and let the polar bear stay in the arctic; I think he’d feel a little out of place in Warwickshire.

Space for the Butterflies - Alicia Paulson - Posie Gets Cozy - Snow Day Ornament Kit

I can’t do much about the snow, but I’ve got fairisle mittens and if I see a red coat like that in the shops this year I think it might have to come and live at my house.

Dressing to match your Christmas tree ornaments; is it a step too far? and does it rank above or below dressing to match your daughters? (for the record, Kitty and I had matching pyjamas one year and I thought it was awesome!).

Alicia’s latest kit, Night Before Christmas sold out in a ridiculously short space of time (but not before I’d got my order in – phew!) but if you’re at all tempted, she sells PDF patterns of all of the kits, and kits for all five previous years are in stock at the moment.  Why yes, the word “Enabler” is flashing above my head in neon lights right now, however did you know?

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  • Jane Burns 23/10/2013 at 8:55 am

    They are gorgeous! Not much inspires me to sew, but today you have suceeded. This could be the start of something expensive 😉

    • Carie 24/10/2013 at 9:26 am

      They are very very worth it if you’re planning to get hooked on something new!

  • mandycharlie 24/10/2013 at 10:39 am

    I think the red coat and mittens is very you.

    • Carie 25/10/2013 at 8:25 am

      I think it might just be reinforcement of a longstanding need to knit the Sylvie coat from the first Twist Collective!!