Pretty Poinsettias Plus {{30 Days of Christmas Crochet Cuteness}}

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I know. Christmas, for many of us, is over. My husband said the other day he was soooo ready for the radio station to return to the non-holiday playlist. I had to bite my tongue, and just nod sympathetically…I could happily listen to Christmas music year round. Yes, I know this is odd…I think that might be the best part of turning forty and aging gracefully…I don’t worry so much anymore.., about the shoulds! Much more interested in what is, or might be…

So, a last hurrah, before tucking away the garlands and glitz of the season. Lots of fun winter designs coming up: hats galore, mittens, boot cuffs, pretty scarves…and it’s never too early to start those sweet spring designs, either. Pinterest has already started trickling them onto my feed. But for now, one of my favorites

1) Poinsettia, the Christmas flower.

Ooo, love this one over at Ravelry. It reminds me of rabbit ears:

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Thank you to June Gilblank for the free pattern.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/poinsettia-3

2. I looked longingly at pretty Christmas afghans throughout the holiday season as I bustled with my business orders…here is my favorite. It can also be done in non-Christmas colors for a stunning motif in any season. School or sport colors wound be neat as well.

Homecoming Queen of Bullions Square

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/homecoming-queen-of-bullions

3. A holly leaf over at Pinterest I have been dying to try…I might try my hand at a Christmas wreath for next year…

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4. And dear Lucy’s pattern over at Attic 24, one of my favorite places to visit…

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/holly-leaves.html

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/holly-leaves.html

4. A lovely tree skirt from Red Heart…

Crochet Tree Skirt

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-tree-skirt

5. And a marvelous lacey scarf from Ravelry in Caron Simply Soft. I would make this with plain white squares in between, I think, as an afghan, I do notice the flower blankets can be a bit overpowering when every square is a bursting bloom! Placed in a checkerboard pattern with simpler squares in between the effect is more balanced and– stunning.

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/poinsettia-scarf-2

6. Now something a bit simpler: granny squares! The same pretty flora look, without the complication of shaping petals.

http://www.familyholiday.net/sparkly-christmas-granny-afghan

Phew, that will be enough flowers for a while! Onto something yummier later in the week: Gingerbread hooking!

And then we will break out the winter designs, dreaming of spring…have a lovely day! We will be trying to stay warm, here, with temperatures well below zero the next few days.

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