Luckily I started this one in good time and even though I ran out of yarn on the home stretch (...don't you just hate it when that happens?) it wasn't a problem, it was still done in time to use this year.
A nice easy and pretty quick project to whip up this one. Not a lot of brain power required, which is good at this time of year I can't help but think. There's enough on our minds already without complicated crochet ideas clogging up our brains.
I did wing it a little with this as I couldn't seem to find the very simple circle skirt idea that I had in mind. But as it is really just a circle that isn't joined up I simply based it on the granny circle or 'mandala' idea and went from there, increasing sort of as and when it seemed necessary. Not perfect maybe, but my excitement of seeing the merry colours coming together more than made up for any slight concerns over the exact nature of it's circumference.
To my mind the border really couldn't be anything other than Christmas red, so that was an easy decision and the chance to use the bobble edging I've been coveting from this book was far too perfect to resist too. (You can see it on that gorgeous blanket on the front cover - yum!) Nice and easy choices, with no agonising and over-thinking, just how I like it.
I'd originally planned some nice matching red buttons, but as my collection of buttons is rather a mish mash of assorted bits and bobs collected over the years and some semi vintage buys on E-bay, matching is often quite hard to achieve. It's a good thing I quite like miss-matching buttons as that is often the only option I am left with. For this though, it works just fine.
Better yet, I discovered with some satisfaction, a tree shaped button that I'd forgotten about. Which just goes to show that the perfect opportunity to use anything and everything will come along if you just wait long enough. (And have enough space to store it all in the interim!)
I'm very happy with how it looks on my 'vintage brights' tree this year. (Tree pictures are coming soon by the way!) I have a habit of changing things up on the decorating front though, so I hope it's as appropriate for whatever I do next year. Still, that is a bridge to cross a long way from now, so for now, it's perfect!
Before you go, I wanted to let you know that if you pop over and see Sandra (yes, another one!) at Beautiful Boardwalk you could be in with a chance to win a lovely pair of my Cherry Basket Mitts.
Sandra's doing a giveaway to win either a cream or a red pair. They are beautifully plain (without cross stitch), ready for you to wear straight away, or to decorate as you choose!
Pop on over before the 20th to enter.