Thank you again, dear folk, for your lovely support and friendship. I am feeling so much better today. There has been quite a build up of “goodbye sadness” over the last few weeks and now, that much of it is over, there is almost a sense of relief.  We do have lovely memories, good friends to keep in touch with, and wonderful opportunities before us.  Thank goodness :-)

Having endured the recent removal of all our worldly goods to Melbourne, I’ve been mulling over the incredible accumulation of stuff we seem to have been indulging in for the last decade or so.  It seems we need ever more rooms, bigger houses and even storage facilities to accommodate our stuff.

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[ the perfect nook to sit and knit on a breezy Saturday morning ]

Recently reading an article titled “An Authentic Christmas” by Hannah Robinson of “A Handmade Childhood”, I’ve come to agree that not only is giving more stuff becoming increasingly stressful, extravagant and diffcult for the giver; it creates a dilemma for the recipient – where are they going to put this new stuff.  Eeeek!

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And the stress is passed down the chain further with our gluttony for stuff consuming more natural and “unnatural” resources, belching out more pollution in the manufacturing and transport of these unneccessary goods, and then so much of the stuff winds up as landfill.  I seriously know people who change their furniture every second year – double EEEEK!

I’m not immune from idiocy and thoughtlessness – especially at Christmas.  I’ve been guilty of wanting to give gifts for special celebrations that will “last forever” – goodness! What a responsibility for the poor person at the end of my over zealous gift-giving!  And does this really express more love and gratitude?  I don’t think so.  And I’ve been caught with a sharpie in hand, madly circling all the stuff I need from catalogues.

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With all this in mind, I am seeking the small, useful, handmade and lovely this Christmas.  And that is what all those special to me will be receiving.  For aunties, grandmothers, cousins and friends, I am knitting pretty Christmas face cloths with which to wrap a lovely bar of handmade soap.  Useful.  Beautiful.  And it won’t clutter up the house.  At the end of the day, when it is tired, it can be used as a rag, and I wonder if it could be put in the compost bin?  Hmm …

(note:  I did think about making the soap but having done some research, I’m not interested in the melt and remix variety.  I’m madly interested in the make from scratch variety but that will require a great deal of reading, an accumulation of ingredients and several serious practice sessions.  An opportunity for Melbourne I think :-)  So I shall buy some beautiful blocks from a local eco-shop)

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I am using Debbie Bliss’s Eco Cotton Yarns.  She writes:  “these beautiful yarns are manufactured from organic cotton within an ecological and socially conscious process through the bioRe textile chain, which integrates farmers, their families and the textile industry as equal partners. All production is based on the principle of fairness, with equal partnerships, involvement and participation, humane working hours and conditions. Eco cotton is grown without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers or defoliants and is harvested by hand. The yarn is dyed with non toxic or carcinogenic dyes and the water recycled and rendered drinkable.”

Cool huh!  So without further adieu, I bring you a PDF of the first of the hand knitted face cloths – Christmas Stars.  If it’s your cup of tea, I would love for you to knit it up and see what you think – shout to me about glaring errors, suggest improvements, etc.  I do so love a knitted face cloth – especially with a textured pattern.  I hope you don’t think me presumptuous for asking for your help – but just think – you’ll have a nice face cloth to give a special soul for Christmas.  Thanks so much in advance :-)

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Christmas Stars – a face cloth

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12 thoughts on “knitting christmas stars

  • December 6, 2009 at 1:02 pm
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    I do want to get to the point where I do all useful and handmade. But since I’m a teacher, I really need to be organized enough to begin it in the summer! Which, apparently, I am not.

  • December 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm
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    I agree with your concerns with the over-abundance of stuff! I read somewhere that my generation (mid-30s) are the least likely to have heirloom items to pass down – we just don’t keep anything long enough. Makes me feel really sad, until I take a strike back at consumerism by hand making toys for my friends’ babies :-)

  • December 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm
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    Oh, thank you, Lily! You are SOOOOOooooooo right! So right! There is a little soap and candlemaking shop around the corner from my house. I have meant to stop in (although I am usually passing while walking the dogs) and pick up some soaps for the holidays. I will DEFINITELY be making your Christmas Stars face cloth! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • December 6, 2009 at 2:20 pm
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    Fabulous point! I tried from scratch soap once, even after taking a class I messed it up and made soap that burned my poor husband’s skin (the lye!)
    In our extended family we only give gifts to the children, and the grown ups get cards and/ or donations to a charity in their name like Heifer International. I can say – a flock of chickens was given to a village in need by you! :)Now that lasts in the best kind of way.

  • December 6, 2009 at 2:33 pm
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    what great christmas gifts. Now I really wish I could knit. Maybe I should buy some instead? Wrap them up in some delicious soap?

  • December 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm
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    I’ve been off the grid since May, but in reading your post I see you are off on a new adventure. I so totally agree with your sentiments re:Christmas. I have been a homemade Christmas giver and decorator for many, many years. It is always fun to come up with new and imaginative gift items to share with love. I adore your facecloth gift giving idea and am anxious to reach my next destination (San Antonio, Texas tomorrow through 12/31)to give it a try. While I make most of my own creams, etc., I leave the soapmaking up to those that can! I just look at is as my way of supporting another crafter! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pattern. -karen

  • December 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm
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    This is a wonderful post, Lily. Conspicuous consumption is rampant here in the States, despite the doom and gloom of The Recession. It’s incongruous. We have scaled way back on our giving, choosing consumables rather than “keepables” for the most part. I’ve made some of my gifts this year and hope to increase this each year. Bravo to you!

  • December 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm
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    PS-I’m still knitting on a scarf you featured in one of your March, 2009 posts! I hadn’t bought enough yarn and when I went off to the island, couldn’t find anymore up there to finish it. But, last night I was fortunate to finally step into a store that still stocked just what I needed. The perfect project for a long airplane ride. Again, thanks.

  • December 8, 2009 at 5:05 am
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    awesome work on your knitting pattern. It looks beautiful

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  • December 10, 2009 at 10:32 am
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    Thank you for a great pattern :)

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