|Get ready to use up all your scraps of wool|
I fell in love with a 'Minties' wreath. Our iconic white and green lolly was glued around a wire which ends up looking inviting, festive and delicious. It looked great and I hung it up, stepped back to admire it and went to work. The Australian sun was not too kind to it and I came home to find a sticky, gooey mess running down my front door and making an even gooier mess on the step. This was a strictly indoors type of wreath.
Then I stumbled upon an idea for a woollen one - was there ever a better wreath for a knitter? In fact, it isn't even knitted.
- Old pair of knitting needles that you feel you can part with.
I started by winding the scraps of wool into different sized balls. Once you have finished winding, take a wool needle and thread the end of the wool back into the ball. It is best to do this once you have finished each ball. I stood up at one stage and 4 neatly wound balls fell to the floor, undoing about half and hours worth of winding.
I then arranged them loosely around the wire to get a festive looking arrangement and one-by-one, threaded them. I only hooked a small portion of the ball and did not try to go through the middle as they are too tightly wound plus I didn't want them in a neat little row. Once they are all in place it is just a simple matter of sewing a few of the loose balls into position to keep everything tight. I then sewed on the small glitter balls to give it a bit of sparkle, added a few knitted christmas stockings, popped in the old knitting needles (and I mean old) and it is ready to go.
This wreath fills the gap where my Grandmothers used to be and, I can't be too sure, but I think the set of knitting needles used to be hers. This one should stand the test of time - unless we have a plague of silverfish.
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