A little trip to Tunbridge Wells for a bit of shopping. It was a little rainy but near The Pantiles was a particularly festive jewellery shop (complete with bouncer and high prices, lovely to peep through the windows!). Can you see The Nutcracker?
And I have finally finished knitting those Christmas gifts I was working on. I can’t show and tell yet though!
The rainbow crochet blanket in my last post has been on temporary hold but it still takes pride of place in my cosy crafting nook and has a ‘turn’ once a day, albeit only a row (all 250 loops). I am determined it won’t be long before it’s finished.
Instead of my usual admission (or despair) that a new project ‘accidently’ jumped into my hands (it’s the lure of new yarn or the rediscovery of yarn or fabric in my stash that tempts me…), I am surprisingly pleased more than one did and I have finished these new projects quickly. So quickly I am having a little show and tell here.
With the festive season on it’s way I crocheted a Christmas lap blanket for the MIL. I haven’t crocheted much before but after a couple of wobbles I had the pace of shell stitch in the bag. Using James C Brett Marble Chunky yarn made it fast hooking and it self patterns no changes of colour nor ends to sew in (unlike the rainbow blanket, there are lots!).
Then onto a little playing with fabric.
Ready for part of a charity Christmas tree decoration project I sewed some mini bunting and pumpkin pincushions.
In the run up to Christmas our local churches will have decorated trees donated by local businesses and groups and anyone can go along and admire them (hopefully they will anyway). My Thursday morning crafting group (we all take various ‘talents’ to the table) will be decorating a non traditional tree in an alternative crafting style – not necessarily with a Christmas theme as you might be able to tell. I loved making these and an added bonus was that the fabric came from my stash and one of my promises to myself for 2018 was to reduce the stash it helped a little (a very little but still a little!)
So, that’s been my mischief for a couple of weeks. What’s been yours?
Just a little snippet of my woollen week – I am making a Christmas snowball garland. I can’t resist sharing a recent wool hiccup – I had no idea if you tried to make pompoms from yarn previously knitted you ended up with balls that look rather like this! Did anyone else?
Will post a pic of the finished garland later!
Sharing a few snapshots of works in progress by some lovely friends at my craft group – as I can’t share what I’ve been working on until after 25th (current project just finished as a Chrissy gift).
In the Loop meets five times a month. Some of us knit, some sew, some crochet, some sketch. At times we chat and consume refreshments much more than we craft during the two hours! I try and take something simple as I’ve been known to knit a few pattern rows incorrectly and have to rip them back later and start all over again. (Just fondly (?) remembering the time I decided to cast on a new project and counted and recounted stitches so many times I gave up and decided the cake in front of me needed more attention than the wool!)
So, here goes, Krissy’s hexi patchwork bag. She has made several of these, all hand stitched. Patience of a saint!
Jane’s teal shawl, halfway there. The cone is 4 strands worked together, can’t wait to see it finished. One of the other ladies, Susan has a matching cone, so it’s a bit of a competition over who finishes their’s first!
Liz is making a cream alpaca sweater – to us it’s a mystery as there is no photo on the pattern. Liz is one of the fastest knitters I know.
Marianne has been busy crocheting sparkly tree decorations.
As I said a peep into last week’s get together. This week will be our last one before Christmas. To celebrate In the Loop style we aim to all have made one Christmas card in any style of our choosing. They all go onto the table and we all take a card from the same pile (but not our own obviously!). I can’t wait to see what card I am dealt.
Does anyone else out there do ‘Secret Santa’ Christmas card giving ?
Have a good day. Hope your own Christmas preparations are going well. x
A very mini project completed, a tiny Christmas hanging decoration. Quick and fun to make! Hurrah, one less project on my list of WIPs and for Christmas 2017.
We’ve had a light smattering of snow and the Christmas tree is up courtesy of hubby and son. But it’s happened again – Christmas is almost upon us and I am starting to panic about not being organised enough!
Hubby is always difficult to buy for and handknits for him are a no-no, he just doesn’t appreciate them so I can’t do an emergency knit for him. I can usually get away usually with gifting a hat and that’s about it (but I did that last year!)
A stinker of a cold arrived at the end of last week and it’s really knocked me for six. Having not left the sofa for days, fuelled only on hot honey and lemon drinks I haven’t got a lot done.
It’s imperative I finish knitting two items before the 25th and I hope I will get those done, but I sit looking longingly at a little pile of fabric on the dresser and I think amongst other things ‘thank goodness it’s Christmas next year, the table runner I’d planned will be lovely next year..’. Practically every year it comes to December and I haven’t quite got my Christmas ‘act’ together. I like to be spontaneous, perhaps that’s why I can’t bring myself to start planning too far ahead. I am not one of those people who start creating in January ready for December.
This teal ball is turning into something I can’t share here yet. Let’s just say it involves 2 sticks and a little counting here and there.
So in my five minutes of lucidity this afternoon, I’ve knitted two rows, ripped back one, knitted two more, squinted at the last wondering if the pattern sits right, then I’ve blogged here.
Later on I need to plan food for 24th, 25th and 26th December. I at least need to think about what we’ll eat and how long it all takes to get it together and what allergies and preferences guests have. This year so far there are no vats of soup or yummy cakes in the freezer. What have I been doing I ask myself?
Oh well, back to the couch for a bit.
MY WIP is growing …
I am so enjoying my latest new project, a sparkly wrap for a good friend. I posted a blog entitled Lunchtime in Dubai/knitting at home last week and showed a photo of this project. I would like to share my progress here and challenge others to do what I have just done ** see below
I was reading somewhere about whether a knitter ever considers how much time she/he spends on each item they make. I do not usually add up time spent creating, unless I am working to a deadline and consider how many days or weeks (not broken down into hours or minutes) it has taken me to complete something. I do not often have an actual deadline unless I am working towards finishing a Christmas gift or a similar kind of date/event. This is actually a retrospective Christmas gift for 25th December 2012!! Luckily my dear, dear friend is completely understanding as I made all 5 of her children presents which were delivered on time. In fact, her gift was going to be something totally different but I hated it when I was half way through, gave up and have only just started this new one this June.
So, it’s a sparkly wrap. I am using 6mm needles, it’s a RICO design pattern. Last week it was approximately 45cm long. Today it measures 89 cm. There are 73 stitches per row. I estimate 178 rows have been knitted so far. ** therefore possibly I have wealded my knitting needles through 12,994 stitches. Wow! I think I could be 60-70% finished. As well as a little note of love, I shall also add the number of stitches worked into the wrap onto the note when I present the gift. I have never considered just how much work goes into such an item. It’s a good job it’s a delight to knit!
Who’s ever estimated how many stitches they have knitted in a garment before? Have you?