Being Crafty

Susannah/Sadie/Jane here, taking a break from last minute online shopping…

Hello, all. Hope your holidays, however, whatever, and whenever you celebrate, are bringing you much joy.

We talk a lot about the craft of writing here at the Wickeds. But today let’s talk craft of a different kind: handicrafts! As satisfying as it is for me to write stories, and to edit stories for other people, sometimes there’s just no substitute for making a physical object–something useful, beautiful, or just plain fun. So here’s a crafty pattern, with a variation, for you to try:

SADIE’S CANDLE COZIES

For the knitted version, which you can easily make in an hour, you will need:

-Size 13 knitting nesadie-hartwell-picture-1edles

-Bulky weight yarn, about 10 or 12 yards

-A pint-size mason jar, or any glass jar that’s about 5 inches high with a circumference of about 9 inches. Cozy will stretch.

-Small flameless candle

Gauge is not important. Cast on 26 stitches. Row 1: K1, P1 across. Row 2: P1, K1 across.sadie-hartwell-picture-2a

Repeat these two rows until piece measures 5”. Bind off, and sew shorter edges together into a tube. Place tube on jar. Decorate with ribbon, tiny Christmas ornaments, or bits of greenery. Place flameless candle inside and enjoy.

 

For you non-knitters (Gasp!), here’s another version, using a doily. It will take about 60 seconds to make. You will need:

sadie-hartwell-picture-3          -A doily (if you don’t have one of Grandma’s, check thrift stores. Use one with a loose pattern around the outer edge)

-A glass jar that’s shorter than ½ the diameter of the doily. I used a 9” doily and a 4” high jar.

-Paper or cloth ribbon

 

sadie-hartwell-picture-4aThread ribbon through the pattern around the outside of the doily. Place jar in center of doily, and pull the ribbon tight (like a drawstring), creating a ruffle around the top of the jar. Tie off the ribbon. Use some double-sided tape to hold the doily in place if necessary. Fill with a flameless candle, or use as a cute vase as I’ve done here.

What’s your holiday craft of choice? Bonus points if it includes glitter, felt, pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, yarn, or hot glue!

20 Thoughts

  1. I have a lot of doilies from my grandmother — what a cute way to get them out and use them! I used to do lots of cross-stitch and have various still unfinished projects down in the basement. Hmmmm, that might be a good Wicked Wednesday! Happy Holidays, Jane!

  2. I may actually be able to do the knitted candle cozy! I’m not much of a knitter, but the instructions sound clear cut enough, and the result is beautiful. My Christmas craft is making bows to put on presents and the Christmas tree, and if I feel really crafty, I’ll wrap my presents in fabric ~

  3. Those look nice. Thanks for sharing?

    Me? I’ll try to make the presents I wrap look like they weren’t done by a 5-year-old (no offence to 5-year-olds). That’s about as crafty as I get with my hands.

    1. My daughter-in-law just posted a video to Facebook about a Japanese present-wrapping technique that only requires 3 pieces of tape. I definitely felt it was aimed at me–the family over-taper.

      1. When I tape something I will be giving to the person face to face, I use a good amount, but not too much. However, if I’m mailing something all bets are off and I tape everything I think might possibly at some point need it.

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