Whoever thought up the idea that a tree needs a skirt? Does that mean that Christmas trees are girly girls? No matter. Christmas is my favorite time of year, always has been. For one month out of the year I get to pretend that the world is a kind and gentle place. Or maybe it is during that month.
For the other eleven months, a girl can look forward to Yuletime and prepare for it, right? That’s not weird, is it? (Not when the girl knits with the pace of a snail, it isn’t.)
This is the first time I used blocking wires, and boy, I tell you, did they ever save me time and aggravation. I just measured the angles, pinned, and voilà – no fuss blocking. A day later, the pieces of this puzzle fit perfectly.
The pattern is Star Points Tree Skirt by Kristen Omdahl. I found it in the Knit 123 magazine. (You can find all of the particulars on my Ravelry page.)
Here’s the thing, friends. I don’t knit to escape (as some have claimed on occasion – I suppose because it is by-and-large a solitary, silent activity). I knit because creation brings me joy, and joy is such a fleeting emotion. Who could begrudge another a moment of joy – whether it’s knitting, or dreaming of Christmas, or – whatever?
I’m knitting again, now we are right smack in the middle of winter, and loving every minute of it too! Have you heard that many Australians in colder, snowy regions, celebrate Christmas in July? It’s a lovely idea, and just so we don’t miss all the joy of a white Christmas. 🙂
Somehow, Christmas in July below the equator makes sense to me, Joanne. Cold weather is more important than the month, I think. xo
My thoughts very often turn to Christmas in July, for some reason. Because my USA presents need to be sent surface mail by the beginning of October, I often start my shopping about now. But besides that, there seems to be part of me that just “Needs a Little Christmas” in the summertime. (Do you know that song from Mame?)
No, I’ve never heard that song, but I’ll look it up. I always need a little Christmas in the summertime, and I especially like Hallmark Channel’s run of Christmas movies in mid-July!! xo
Your Christmas tree skirt looks lovely!
Got a bit puzzled by the first picture as it shows a brown version but it must be from your catalog or pattern…
You now can look forward to the season that is racing towards us (or we to it…?).
It’s actually the same skirt, Mariette, only the lighting was different in each room so the second picture appears more grey. It’s actually ecru and a greyish brown – I decided to go with nature’s colors for the season this year.
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Ooh Stacy, your tree skirt is a work of art and a true treasure. It’s so wonderful that you’re getting a head start because Christmas will be here before you know it.
Thank you, Kitty. (Only six more months to go!) xo
It is wonderful that you find joy in your creating. Your (the tree’s) skirt is beautiful. I cannot think that far ahead, though I do have a Christmas gift ordered. Enjoy your life, and whatever you do. I am not a knitter, and so I really appreciate your talent.
Thank you, Bonnie. I’ve only been a knitter for a few years, but I do love it – so much different from crochet. xo
I would not begrudge anyone a moment of knitting joy. How interesting to contemplate what brings joy to a person. Many joyful knit-purl moments. P.S. Do you maintain your joy when ripping out mistakes? Inquiring minds want to know. 😉
Yes, even ripping out brings joy – makes the project last longer! xo