We are weeks away from the Fall season here in Los Angeles, but I just had to make something seasonal for our home. (I am so jealous of all you Fall-ers, with your flannel shirts and warm drinks!) Something I’m constantly reminded of is how often I need to be creating (and reading, can’t forget about reading).
Creating is an instant mood-lifter for me, especially when it’s something I can easily work on with Max & Nat around. I begin with just 20 minutes, my secret trick to accomplishing anything, and just like always, a little extra time is usually gifted to me. And look what I created the other day:
…a new fall garland for our home in the most earthy, delicious green color! I used a heavy weight wool-blend yarn (see it here), and it knitted up super well. I wrote a full tutorial with lots of photos here, if you’re wanting to make one for your home :) But warning, they are a little addictive.
QUICK TIP: as I am knitting, I keep the my fingers spaced out a bit, keep the yarn at my middle knuckle, and then give the yarn “tail” a gentle but firm pull every couple of minutes. This helps form the garland’s shape, and makes it easy to remove each loom from your fingers.
A few Christmases ago I made two really long garlands for our tree, one in a gold shimmer and one in red. I’ve used thin yarns, regular weighted yarns, and bulky yarns (above), and I definitely prefer using a bulky yarn.
I think I’ll hang my newest garland above our TV, which has a bit of mustard yellow in the art pieces we have hanging on the wall. And maybe hanging this up will make the temperature cool down a bit? That would be amazing.
Do you know how to finger knit? Have you ever tried? I think for our next book club meet-up (early October) I’ll teach the girls how to finger knit ;)
PS. check out my past craft projects!
I absolutely adore that color! Beautiful choice!
Yes, such a great craft! I made some last year for our Christmas tree. I love the green!
I love the simplicity of this project. I am not a big decorator when it comes to the changing of the seasons, and this is perfect. Glad to hear you are a reader and making time for reading!
We used to finger knit yards and yards on car rides when I was little! Wonder where all that ended up? I think I’ll teach my kids and decorate the whole neighborhood in what they make. :)
[…] Instead of fighting against the flow, I work in small bits of time. I keep my supplies nearby. I focus on working on things that bring me joy. And, I look for ways to create so the final product can then be enjoyed over and over again — similar to painted lyrics hung on the wall or finger knitting garland for a bookshelf or mantle. […]