There is beauty in simplicity and this festive season is the perfect time to scale back on the gift wrapping and remember that less is more. What truly matters is the heartfelt message behind the gift and not the flashy bow or gleaming metallic paper that gets ripped off in an instant. Dig into your yarn stash and add a more personalized touch to your gifts with a few of these homemade ideas.
Wishing you joy and peace this festive season
from all of us at Diamond Yarn
Skip the shiny foil paper, and opt for a more natural look with a roll of kraft paper or this week’s newspaper. Topping off the gift with a fluffy pom pom takes only four fingers, a ball of worsted or chunky weight yarn and a few minutes to make. See video here.
You can brave the crowds and stand in line to buy a handful of holiday gift bags that will ultimately end up in the recycle box on Boxing Day or you can schedule in a craft session with the kids and encourage them to create imaginative hand-stitched ones with leftover yarn. Tip: A great Christmas card project for next year.
Make your gifts stand out under the tree with rainbow-hued remnants of yarn tied neatly in a row. With so many cleverly-tied knots, the flurry of unwrapping will slow to a more enjoyable pace and provide inspiration for the kids to craft colourful friendship bracelets after the main event. See video here.
A good guest never shows up at a party empty handed. Deck out a wine bottle with this delightful festive ensemble knit in the merriest of all merinos from Malabrigo. Free pattern available here on Ravelry.
Simple and elegant, wrap a gift in a crisp white dinner napkin or a linen tea towel. Tie a few yards of white yarn around the outside and tuck in a sprig of rosemary or fresh pine for a woodsy scent.
This is the ultimate gift for a knitter and one that will keep on giving well into the new year. A yarn wreath serves as a cheery welcome during the holidays, plus it will provide hours of knitting enjoyment for weeks to come. Choose yarns in similar weights; fingering for socks or shawls, worsted for hats and mitts, or bulky for cowls. Wind into palm-sized balls and tie onto a wreath form using a contrasting colour for easy removal. Print off a few patterns for inspiration and tuck inside the yarn balls. Finish it off with a pair of wooden needles.