Holiday decorating with wool

Dawn and I spent some time last week putting up the shop’s holiday decorations, and as we untangled strands of Christmas lights it got us thinking about ideas we can share with you. ballsWe love the idea of placing a full wooden bowl of these beautiful nesting balls from Ten Good Sheep on the Thanksgiving table.  This unusual centerpiece will highlight your love for fun fiber and give your guests something to talk about.  After the leftovers have been stored, and the dishes washed, these nesting balls can be hung in trees around your garden giving your neighborhood song birds materials to line their nests.  Each ornament has a tag identifying the specific sheep the roving comes from. wreathesWe also love Churchmouse’s Wooly Wreath & Garland.  The staff started stitching like mad last December when this pattern was first published, and now the shop has a half dozen of these beautiful wreaths.  We knit up the shop versions with Fleece Artist’s Slubby Blue yarn; and last week we received a new shipment of skeins in a deep red, a rich green, and the classic natural color that looks so beautiful against a red door.The pattern includes instructions for two sizes, and we have the wreath forms in the shop, so you can get everything you need with one quick stop!  You may decide to knit up one of each size and hang them together for a full large wreath that will be the envy of your neighbors.