The Norwegian yarn company Drops is always putting out great free knitting & crochet designs. Over the years I have knit many of them (and have many more in my mental queue.) Every winter they organize a little set of holiday themed designs, and this is one that I've been wanting to make since they first published it a few years ago.
The original design is in cotton yarn, but I think that's a bit crazy. Cotton yarn is a fantastic conductor of heat when wet, which translates into burned hands from gripping hot pans (I've learned that lesson the hard way.) Wool, on the other hand, is insulating when wet or dry, so you won't burn yourself even if these get damp. I had intended to add a layer of quilt batting in the middle, to add some extra insulation, but it turns out that two layers of stranded DK weight wool are pretty thick already. I washed and blocked them to tidy up the stitches a bit, and just like that, my holiday decorating has begun.
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