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 needles
-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.
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:
-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
Thread 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!