2020 calendar request – B&W leafy circles

Note: If you came here from one of the round-up blog posts, check out the other leafy wreath options in the post here and here. You might prefer one of the other choices better!

I got a comment from Melissa, asking for an update for 2020 to my leafy circles.  But she also appended a photo of her lovely project from last year, using those printables.


How adorable is that?  I love it.

I do try my best to update those calendars that people like to use again and again.  I may not get to them in a day, but I WILL try my best to get to them in a timely fashion.

So here they are   – and here is a sample:


I have another request for a one-sheet that I will try to add tomorrow or Friday!


Small knitted hat pattern – cute place cards for the holidays


I have been very busy recently, making things for a local craft fair, in aid of DDs disability group.  Hipp!!Bones  is a local youth club for young people with learning difficulties, disabilities, Autism and/or additional needs living in North Dorset and neighbouring counties. We joined the fundraising committee a year or so ago and have done what we can to help.

I came up with these cute, and actually quite quick to make, place cards for the holiday table.  As they are so easy, I thought I would share!

I used some scraps of chunky yarn, a few different kinds, including Party Time Chunky by James C. Brett, Carnival Chunky by Stylecraft and Imagination by Sirdar.  The blue hats here are Imagination.

Other than that you only need a few things:

  • Some corks.  I bought mine from Amazon but you could use clean ones from your white wine, I suppose.  We don’t drink much white wine so buying them made more sense!
  • Some sort of decorative stamps, like these small snowflake ones from Tiger here in the UK, and the very old FaLaLa one from I have no idea where. Ink to match.
  • A tag of some sort, punched or cut.
  • A jump ring.
  • The tiny little Lindor truffles are a nice addition, as a little treat.
  • Tiny little pompoms for a nose, if you like.

Using 2.75 (I am a loose knitter – you might prefer 3mm) circular needles, cast on 15 stitches and carefully join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches. Arrange the stitches with eight stitches on the front needle and seven on the back

Purl three rounds

Knit 10 rounds

K1, K2tog, K2tog, K2tog, K1 across the front needle, then K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1 across the back needle (now five stitches on each needle)

Knit 5 rounds

(K1, K2tog, K2) twice (now four stitches on each needle)

Knit 10 rounds

(K1, K2tog, K1) twice (now three stitches on each needle)

Knit three rounds

K2tog three times.  (now three stitches total)

Knit three rounds

Cut yarn and draw the end thru the live stitches to finish and hide the tail.  Make a pompom to add to the top.

You can fiddle with the number of rounds, to make the hat shorter, just try to make the decreases smooth. Thinner yarn might not keep the hat firm enough to stand upright, but you can give it a go.

To finish:

  • Stick the nose to the cork, low.  Let it dry.
  • Put the truffle into the hat, not too far.
  • Cut or punch the tag, ink the edges, stamp a motif and add the name.  Attach to the hat with a jump ring (or a stitch, if you prefer)
  • Pop the hat onto the cork

I think they look super cute! Hopefully they will add a few pennies to the group coffers.