Friday, 21 December 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

And a good job it is too! Just home from the school's carols around the Christmas tree. Patch gave boxes of brownies to his teachers along with some cinnamon biscuits. Rather yum

I have been busy with makes but of the Christmas present sort so won't mention as don't want to spoil any surprises! These cowls are safe though...

More of the oh so simple Chunky Cowl from Jenny Lord's Purls of Wisdom, using Rowan big wool. Still feels like comedy knitting sitting with those large needles. The white one for my Mum and the teal as a happy birthday for lovely Jude.

And then this as a happy birthday for Lou... whose birthday was in August. Oops

Another favourite make, this time the purl bee's long pom pom cowl. I love the colours on this cowl so, my favourite so far. Maybe that can be my excuse for not gifting it earlier... you almost didn't get it at all Lou! The Swiss dot fabric is the dobby gauze periwinkle with rose pom pom trim, both from the eternal maker. Happy belated birthday, Lou!

Off to knit a little more of Patch's Christmas present. Oh my...
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Monday, 3 December 2012

Is it time yet, Mummy?

... Patch wondered at four in the morning on Saturday. And every half an hour after until I agreed to get up because at least then there was a six on the clock. And this was just to open the first door on the advent calendar. Oh Lordy, what will he be like on Christmas morn? I suppose it is rather exciting when you have a Lego advent calendar and this so sweet Olive the Other Reindeer one from your Goodmums

I thought it was time to maybe update some of the Christmas books used for Patch's advent book calendar, and have had a merry time finding them and wrapping all twenty-four. Still a mix of ones given to Patch, some charity finds, some from teaching, a few old ones of mine, and a couple of recent purchases.

Oh my, I am feeling festive! A bit of wrapping, making some presents, writing Christmas cards and a few carols already sung when we went to listen to Dad in the local choral society on Saturday. It will soon be time to make some festive pies...

And before all the festivities began I knitted a little top for Baby Alban

The pattern is the sleeveless top from Lois Daykin's baby knits. I love the look of this little top with buttons at the side and shoulder, and it was the only reason I bought the book to use for P when he was little. I had forgotten though about all those oh so many ends to sew in... each of the button bands is worked separately and then joined. Next time I hope to remember to change the pattern, and also knit it as one flat piece rather than the front and back pieces as the pattern states, which also have to be joined. And have ends to sew in.

Good job I like the finished little top!

I used Debbie Bliss cashmerino dk and some black buttons from Great Gran's tin, sewn on with orange thread which may be a little matchy but I like it!

Hope they keep you snug, Baby Alban...

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