My first christmassy post…..


There’s no denying it…. the shops have been full of Christmas supplies since the beginning of the month (I’m sorry, but I hate that!), the Santa Parade was in Wellington two weeks ago (because November 14th is nearly Christmas right?), aaaaaaaaaand I am seeing beautiful crochet christmassy inspired creations all over the blogisphere! (OK, handcrafted Christmassy things make me feel happy and festive…)  It’s coming!

It’s too early in the morning for me to start typing my thoughts on Christmas and how it has changed during my life, but no doubt I’ll share my views during the posts of the next five weeks….  Oops… I just deleted the beginning of a mini-rant there, I just can’t HELP myself!

Due to my compulsive need to get things organised, compartmentalised and sorted out, I’ve nearly finished my Christmas shopping (making) except for KB…. (what to get her!!!) and last week I whipped up another African Flower Mandala pot holder for a family member which is not my colour scheme at all, but KB adores it!  Typical!

Pattern HERE  (Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!  I rediscovered how to link!!!!!)  I’ve seen some gorgeous ones being made by others on Ravelry  which thrills me to no end!

OK then, my washing machine just beeped, the pumpkin is cooked and I have an assignment to start preparing for even though it’s only 8.13am…. Maybe I should flag all that and finish the baby sized Raglan jersey I’ve nearly, only one sleeve to go… I’ll show you all next time!

Sending you beautiful thoughts, may your day be happy and peaceful, and crafty of course too…


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I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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15 Responses to My first christmassy post…..

  1. Denise says:

    The stores have started putting out Christmas stuff here two weeks before Halloween. Gah! Us crafty people have to get an early start, but the stores is just greed on their part.

    Love this last pot holder.

  2. tejehannah says:

    Hello Alice! I adore this!!! I don’t either like to see Christmas too early – I don’t go much around so don’t need to see too much… But quite early in autumn I start to think what crafts to make for the Christmas season.
    Wishes Teje

  3. Casey says:

    I enjoy the greys! If I could find grey cotton around here, I’d have lots of potholders in those shades

  4. Ollie B says:

    Totally agree with you regarding early Christmas marketing. Have just discovered your blog through Crochet Central and was amazed to see that you are a fellow Kiwi….Great. Your blog is fantastic and I think it is the colour that attracts me most.
    Your patterns are beautiful and I can’t wait to make the Granny Tea cosy, being a tea cosy addict. Waiting to see your chrismassy blogs!!

  5. Clara says:

    Love the potholders. Alice you sound very busy just like the rest of us chickens running about!

  6. Terrie says:

    I hate that the shops have had Christmas stuff out since before Halloween. I also feel like scrooge when I see others putting up their decorations on the 1st of November! I feel like it takes the charm out of those weeks leading up to Christmas. But whatever makes you happy I geuss. I love the colours on this one – very wintery.

  7. stefanina says:

    Woaow Alice !
    Another great potholders. And love all your tea cosy🙂
    A very fantastic idea for X-mas gift, thank you for the tutorials.

  8. Hi Alice, Good rant….don’t get me started 🙂 It is so much harder when kids are involved! You would think that as most of us hate it we could get it changed???? Or is it just us crafty mob that hate it??

    I only have a few xmas pressies to go and I am making them all this year as well. I have almost finished the most adorable little girls dress with a crochet bodice, you will want to make one…..I’m trialling a pattern from JellyWares so don’t know if it is available yet but I can find out for you if you like…..perfect for your goddaughter 🙂

    Have a happy weekend xx

    PS It was lovely to see how many people joined in lighting a candle for the miners last night on FB…Rest In Peace.

  9. Raymond is sooooo sweeeeet curled up in that photo in your previous post! Doesn’t he look tiny! I love it when our dogs curl up, they look smaller than small, and very cuddleable. Lovely mandala for KB, I must admit, I like those colours too, but then I like anything with colour. I’m quite fond of lime green with grey, or orange with grey, grey is one of those colours that make things pop. I’m with you on the christmas thing. The reason it seems to come round so quickly each year must be that the shops start to promote it so early on. It passed through my mind today, as we were perusing the decorations in homebase this evening, that christmas would be much more fun if celebrated once every two years. The shops would have none of that would they?! Love Vanessa xxx

  10. Andrea says:

    Your deleted rant would probably reflect my feelings! I once spent Christmas in France and it was amazing…no tat, no Christamas songs blaring out from all the shops, no nasty spangly stuff all over. All very beautiful and tasteful….and it only lasts for two days then everyone gets back to normal!! (Don’t get me wrong…I love Christmas)

  11. KiwiPurler says:

    You must crochet like the wind, the amount of projects you churn out! You might not usually use them, but those colours in that pot holder are very Christmassy! I’m sure the recipient will love it!

  12. wendy says:

    gosh you sure do knock up some really awsome stuff, very pround old
    lady of lurking here in your blog lol
    If, i stopped reading here then i may actually get more hooky stuff done ☺
    thankyou for sharing such good and also some sad times.
    and always colourful times

  13. Penelope says:

    Hey Alice, I’m loving the pot holder colours, I think the grey really accentuates the gorgeous african flower. I try not to get involved in the commercialism of Christmas, just ignore as much as I can and keep it simple and as home made as possible xox I do like a nice Christmas tree though and ours has decorations collected from over the years with Alice made and vintage decorations. We do like to be all cosy inside with a drink or 2 when we put our tree up. Have a fabulous , no doubt hot and sunny weekend xox

  14. Wendy from SA says:

    Hi to all from a blistering, blustering East London, South Africa. I have only recently discovered your blog – WOW! Was internet searching for a tea cozy pattern like the one my Granny used and ‘there you popped up’. Thanks for the inspiration (and the pattern). Just wish we could get the selection of yarns here that you obviously have available there.
    Halloween is not at all a big thing is SA but Christmas is BIG business. The lights go on, the ho-ho-ho music is cranked up, the tinsel and glitz comes out and the shoppers, shop and shop and shop. Awful!
    Anyhow, have a great day and happy crafting to you all.

  15. lovestitch says:

    Adorable! I love the potholders you made and the colors you chose. I just wish I could be talented as you are!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    LoL, xxx

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