Some of my fondest childhood memories are of making Christmas decorations with my mom and my brother. Glue, glitter, felt, paint and suttache cord somehow came together to make truly charming ornaments for our tree. A few (ok, four) decades later, Mom still uses the best of these gems.
These days, my craft of choice is knitting. I’m going to continue our family tradition and make a few knit ornaments this holiday season. I find designer Melba Clapp’s miniature knits irresistible. Each of these three ornament collections contains 12 adorable patterns: Minutia, Minutia ’08, Minutia ’09. A few of my favorite miniature knits are shown above and here:
I’ll hang mine on the tree with miniature hangers made of wire or crocheted loops. I haven’t decided which yet. These sweaters will make the perfect whimsical addition to my tree, but when it comes to gift knitting, I may go for something more substantial. A dodecahedron star (named Celestine) is fun on the tree and will serve double duty as a great children’s toy, not to mention being great for the science or math geeks among us (that’s most of my family). The beauty of this gift is that I can knit or crochet them, too!
Oh, and this little cutie designed by Marnie Ann Joyce looks like a perfect choice for my Mom. It’s name is Bluebird, but I can use a couple shades of grey and make it look like a Phoebe (my Mom’s name).