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Happy New Year!

beautiful 2017 celebration greeting card design with fireworks

Designed by starline / Freepik

I hope 2017 brings you health, happiness and rewarding work.

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Thinking about Christmas in July

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I started my 2015 Christmas cards on December 11th after getting a brainstorm to see how many I could knit.  Really, really not enough time!  (Apologies to those reading this who received a plain old paper card from me last year!!)  I highly recommend allowing yourself a bit more time, therefore I’m sharing this suggestion in July.

My favorite resource for inspiration in all things knitting (besides my fiber friends and family) is Ravelry.com, so I went there to search for patterns and ideas and found many, many to choose from.

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I already had blank cards and stamping supplies on hand, so I started a knitting frenzy and whipped out quite a few cards in a relatively short time.  One lesson I learned and that I’m reminded of while looking at this picture, is that newsprint is not a good choice for a work surface.  The print can easily rub off onto the finished card.  Better to work directly on a table that can be cleaned off or use a blank sheet of newsprint or kraft paper.

Another consideration is the thickness of the finished card and envelop.  These squeaked in under the maximum thickness allowed for standard postage rates in the US, but if I had used a bulky yarn or had applied felted ornaments on my trees, etc. they might have been too thick and required extra postage to mail.  Check with your postal service for current rules and regs.

Each knitted tree, etc. doubles as an ornament.  I secured a single crocheted loop at the top of each one and threaded the loop through a small slit in the card using a yarn needle.  The recipient was able to either keep the ornament attached to the card or pull it free and hang it on their tree.

These were really fun to knit up and were well received.  If you decide to create some yourself, I would love to see the results of your creativity.

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Christmas Cookies – gluten free

I needed cookies for a craft show I participated in recently that had a holiday theme.  I decided the gluten free cookies I prefer for myself would also be welcome to some of the shoppers at the craft show.  A friend who is a big fan of cut out cookies is also beginning an exploration of a life without wheat flour, so we teamed up for an afternoon of baking.  And, how nice, our holiday cookies are already safely stowed in the freezer!

We used the Leo’s Classic Sugar Cookies recipe from my copy of Karen Morgan’s Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free.

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