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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What is at the top of your tree?

I am feeling guilty about my blog. I worry I am lacking in crafting news these days as I am currently buried in my Hugs Kisses and Cables blanket - which will soon be finished - if I can just keep going. At times it feels a little bit like a knitting marathon ... only the serious athletes will survive! Here is a little sneaky peak at my progress.
I'm already pleased with this blanket as it is my very own pattern. I've actually written the pattern down - which I am trying to diligently check (and check again) for any mistakes. I also really love the yarn I am using - it is so soft, easy to work with and the hanks (478yds each!) are just enormous - so it goes a long long way.

With Thanksgiving behind us for another year - I can now fully concentrate on the glitter and excitement of Christmas ... and this Christmas is going to be extra special as my sister is coming to stay with us! (My lovely sister wins the prize for being the most excited about the impending bump!) And Christmas has really begun early for me as I won (yes I actually won something - woo hoo!) a beautiful package of trim from Anne at Bunny Hill Designs. Anne (a faithful bunny lover too) is a very lovely and very very talented lady - do not fail to check out her blog.

In the meantime - with my lack of crafting news - lets talk about decorating Christmas trees!! I faithfully put up our tree on December 1st ... (it is a fake tree - because in a small apartment - coping with constantly dropping needles and then the final fight to get the dead tree back out the door and down in the elevator without covering every inch of floor and stairs with needles ... well I just would prefer not be be cleaning up needles until spring arrives ... my husband would prefer the 'natural smell of pine' ... but he is not the one who cleans ... and it is a rather good fake tree ... Can I stop justifying the fake tree now?) ...

So as I began to say ... I faithfully put up our tree on December 1st and the poor thing looks a little bare in the decoration department - so I'm probably a bit too thrilled about being able to take my sister down to the Union Square Holiday Market (has to be done at night for the extra sparkle effect) ... and pick out some additional decorations. I might have to concentrate on more bunny decorations as we seem a bit short of those ...
... cute bunny, bucket and birdies ...
... slightly scary fir cone bunny (actually I think it might have been bred with a squirrel!) And what would you put on the top of the tree? An angel? A star? What about a beautiful Ballerina Bunny?


  1. That is the most delightful tree topper I have ever seen. She's beautiful! I hope you have a lovely time with your sister.

  2. Oh my goodness...I love that blanket. I can't wait to see it finished!!

  3. Cute ballerina bunny! Great idea for a tree topper. I love the blanket! The pattern is beautiful. Very nicely done. It looks complicated!

  4. That blanket isn't 'just' a blanket. It's a work of art. Truly.

    Loe the bunny at the top of the tree. Ours isn't up yet - we're doing it this weekend.


  5. Love your blanket -it's amazing. We have a fake tree too, in fact we have a couple but more about those later.. You should knit a couple of bunnies for your tree..
    Lisa x

  6. Congrats on your WONDERFUL baby news!!!! As if you're not excited enough, you're sis is coming!!!
    Craft news is boring here, too! I have a sale next weekend and I hardly have ANYTHING ready. My brain is just picked clean of new ideas---and frankly, the sales have been down, so it's hard to get excited!!
    Anyway, I love your bunny tree---we have two real ones ready to put up (they're on the back patio in water). I love their smell, but I wouldn't mind trading that for the ease of artificial!!! One of these days.
    Hope you're feeling well--congrats again! Dana

  7. this is such a pretty afghan! The white shows off all the cabling beautifully!

  8. I love the sneek peek at your wonderfull blanket, good luck! Your tree decorations are so lovely especially the bunny at the top. I enjoy going to buy our Christmas tree and hopefully this year we can have one were the needles don't fall off too quickly, I always seem to be clearing them up well nto August!

  9. That blanket is going to be gorgeous, you are a clever bunny creating the pattern! I bet you've got strong athletes hands now after all that knitting :) Thanks for your order of Christmas cards from my bears x
    I love your bunny decorations, especially dear Ballerina - too cute :) Enjoy your trip to the market with your sis. Big Hugs, Catherine xx

  10. Rachel, my new carols cd is fabulous.. All gorgeous traditional carols, played on traditional medieval instruments - such as lutes. Gorgeous.

    April xx

  11. What a wonderful blog...full of good news...first a wonderful baby, your sis is coming and then that gorgeous blanket! I have been working for days on a dishcloth for heavens' sake and you have done this work of art!!! I am truly awed. Blessings to you and yours...



  12. The angel bunny is the perfect topper for your artifical christmas tree - we too have an artifical tree - love the smell of real trees though like you dislike picking up the fallen pine needles... our usual tree fairy is looking a little beraggled, and I haven't found one I like in the shops, and have run out of time to make one - so I'm thinking of using a large butterfly as my tree topper this year. Will put out our decorations this weekend. Hope you are keeping well. Hugs Jx

  13. Rachael your blanket is a work of art! How beautiful it is, that would have taken me years to make.
    I love your little bunny tree topper, I would have expected nothing less than a bunny to get the place of honor on your tree!
    Have a lovely weekend.

  14. Wow! You're very talented with your knitting! I wish I could knit like that! Amazing work! Suzie

  15. What a beautiful blanket.

    All the little rabbit trims on the tree are adorable, too.

  16. oh wow...that is one serious blanket! I love cables, but they are a bit of a knitting achilles heel for me. I always screw them up a bit (and can never be bothered to frog anymore).

    I love that you have a bunny to top your tree.


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