December 1: Deck the Halls

The 24 Days of SWAK begins today! This is such a manic time of the year with parties, gift shopping, holiday baking…and it doesn’t help if you have a neighbor with a neon sign counting down the days until Christmas. I swear, one year I may just lose it and plow that sign down with my car. And I don’t know about you, but if I get one more Black Friday/Cyber Monday email or ad popping up on my screen I may just scream. I had no idea that Fridays and Mondays lasted so long!
When we started this holiday tradition 10 years ago, our goal was to provide a little cheer and happiness to your day. So tune in daily, sit down and relax, and see what we have in store for you each day. No pressure!

It was nice having an early Thanksgiving this year. It gave us a wee bit more time to drag out all of the Christmas garb and decorate the shop.
The best holiday decor is handmade. Today I have a free pattern to knit these adorable Tiny Trees to share with you. Quick to knit, using scrap yarn and wine corks, Tiny Trees make great package toppers, ornaments, decorations, and more!

Tiny Trees Pattern Download

But wait…there’s more! We’re giving away Tiny Tree kits that include yarn, beads, cork and pattern to THREE lucky winners, along with a $10 SWAK gift card.
To get your name in the hat, simply leave a comment on this post and tell us what is YOUR FAVORITE HANDMADE HOLIDAY DECORATION. You have until midnight tonight! Sorry, drawing is over!
If you are a prize winner, please note that all prizes must be picked up in person at our shop no later than January 31, 2019. We do not mail or ship prizes, however if you live afar and order merchandise online we are happy to include your prize with your shipment.


  • Betty Schlotthauer

    01.12.2018 at 03:09 Reply

    My children & I made snowflakes using white pipe cleaners and a combination of larger transparent blue and clear faceted beads of different shapes. Then we used transparent thread for the loops to hang on tree. We made enough for all three to share with their classmates & teachers. We also had extra to pass out to all of our extended family members after our annual Christmas party. We had plenty for our own tree too. It’s nice each year to “Remember when we made this ornament?” as we decorate the tree!
    We quickly learned that we needed to package each snowflake individually in sandwich bags, as the transparent thread would snag too easily on the beads if one or more was stacked together!

  • Cheryl

    01.12.2018 at 07:17 Reply

    Love the little trees! A great start to December.

  • Jennifer Walker

    01.12.2018 at 07:19 Reply

    I love handmade stockings! Whether they are knitted, crocheted, or felt! It just makes Christmas special to me.

  • Lauradsw

    01.12.2018 at 07:27 Reply

    My favorite is hand made stockings whatever the medium may be! But this year I have been makings stars for Christmas trees out of sticks from my yard!

  • Stevie

    01.12.2018 at 07:29 Reply

    My favorite are Christmas wreaths! !

  • Kathy Plummer

    01.12.2018 at 07:37 Reply

    I have an Advent calendar that my mother gave me early in my marriage. It has pockets for tiny ornaments that you hang on the tree each day leading up to Christmas. Also my boys handmade ornaments have been very special.

  • Pattye McAbee

    01.12.2018 at 07:41 Reply

    I LOVE handmade stockings! Especially if they’re made like socks, not knitted flat and seamed. It’s a good way to practice sock making, new knitting details, and you only have to do ONE!! And, by the by, my address has changed, I keep meaning to pop in and update, but I’ve been lazy. Love SWAK!!

  • Ellen

    01.12.2018 at 07:43 Reply

    Your 24 Days of SWAK is the bright spot in my otherwise bah-humbug attitude about the commercialization of the holiday! Thank you for bringing joy to my world. Heaven knows we have an excess of scrap yarn and wine corks!!! Cheers

  • Mary B.

    01.12.2018 at 07:52 Reply

    Felt Santas made from the cores of paper rolls.

    • knorthup

      02.12.2018 at 16:04 Reply

      Congratulations! You’ve won a Tiny Tree kit and a $10 SWAK gift card. Please pick up your prize before 1/31/19 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Carol Powers

    01.12.2018 at 07:53 Reply

    The handmade stockings that my entire extended family has with the fuzzy angora Santa beard. Receiving your stocking is how you know you are really part of the family! At least four generations have them now.

  • Courtney Wilson

    01.12.2018 at 08:06 Reply

    I am going to fess up! I don’t believe I have any handmade Christmas decorations! I need to remedy that! It looks like I’m going to buy a big girl bottle of wine with a cork! If beer had corks….Keely I’m so excited for your 24 days of pure happiness you give us! I’m so behind on emails. I swear they reload after I delete them. I got up this morning & first thing had to see if you were doing your 24 days! I almost spilled my coffee with joy! I’ve been putting up my tree for a week. I seem to start another project in between. Blond days of Christmas! Maybe that could be something.

  • Jenny E.

    01.12.2018 at 08:14 Reply

    Oh, I made some I-cord and pompom garland one year. I love it but I think I may remake it in different yarn.

  • Jennifer D

    01.12.2018 at 08:19 Reply

    My kids have made the pipe cleaners and pony bead ornaments before but my favorite was one made from polymer clay in the shape of a tree with Christmas balls on it. Still my favorite to this day.

  • Patricia Riden

    01.12.2018 at 08:26 Reply

    I love small projects like this! Something about them is relaxing in the midst of the crazy stress! Mostly I just love waking up every morning in December to these posts. They are so much fun!

  • Bernadette

    01.12.2018 at 08:33 Reply

    My favorite handmade Christmas decorations are my hand painted ornaments.

  • Machelle

    01.12.2018 at 08:34 Reply

    When I was in my painting phase, I handprinted wooden tree ornaments for the tree. I still love to unwrap them every year when we decorate the Christmas tree. I love these little knitted trees!

  • Anita

    01.12.2018 at 08:36 Reply

    My crocheted Christmas Angels are my favorite ornaments.
    (Also, my email address is new)

  • Jessica Harlow

    01.12.2018 at 09:08 Reply

    I don’t have one, but I’ve always wanted a pompom garland to hang on the Christmas tree. My favorite hand made decoration that I DID make was a French beaded Christmas tree. It’s about 12 inches tal and sits on my mantel.

  • Emily Schnabl

    01.12.2018 at 09:16 Reply

    I have a paper origami dove ornament that is very special to me for reasons that are too long to go into. Love 24 days of SWAK!

  • Judy

    01.12.2018 at 09:31 Reply

    My favorites are the ones my grandchildren make me.

  • Melissa

    01.12.2018 at 09:42 Reply

    Such cute little decorations – I’m thinking of a row of them across the mantle or strategically placed here and there in the house.
    Personal favorite decorations are those made by my children when they were young. A macaroni angel, a creche made from popsicle sticks with corks dressed up as the holy family. Just so sweet! Say! A couple of those trees would look great surrounding that Nativity scene!

  • Tammy Adamson

    01.12.2018 at 10:14 Reply

    The stockings that are hung by the chimney with care, I made them all! My favorite two are ones I made out of material I used for my 25 and 23 year old boys pjs when they were toddlers.

    • knorthup

      02.12.2018 at 16:05 Reply

      Congratulations! You’ve won a Tiny Tree kit and a $10 SWAK gift card. Please pick up your prize before 1/31/19 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Susan Phillips

    01.12.2018 at 12:39 Reply

    We have a little wooden tree, cut with a scroll saw from our son’s Cub Scout days. Always makes me smile when I set it on our fireplace mantle.

  • Vicky Marshall

    01.12.2018 at 12:52 Reply

    My favorite handmade Christmas ornament is one my daughter made as a small child. It holds a special place in my heart and on my tree!

  • Renee

    01.12.2018 at 13:18 Reply

    My favorite handmade ornaments are crocheted snowflakes!

    • knorthup

      02.12.2018 at 16:04 Reply

      Congratulations! You’ve won a Tiny Tree kit and a $10 SWAK gift card. Please pick up your prize before 1/31/19 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Carolyn Munholland

    01.12.2018 at 13:31 Reply

    My favorite knitted Christmas decorations is a polar bear. He makes me happy.

  • Cari Deen

    01.12.2018 at 13:34 Reply

    My favorite are the ornaments that my kids have made for me with their photos from that year.

  • Sarah Bailey

    01.12.2018 at 17:53 Reply

    I love to make Christmas stockings but my favorite handmade Christmas decoration are wreaths. Made with real tree bits, pine cones, ribbon and whatever else one’s heart desires. They make the house smell better than any candle and really put me in the holiday mood 🙂

  • Diann Riter

    01.12.2018 at 18:13 Reply

    My favorite are the ones my kids made. Still have one from 1994 kids made in Iceland.

  • Karyn

    01.12.2018 at 22:50 Reply

    I have so many that I love but one I would like to make is a knitted tree skirt. I might need to talk to you about that.

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