Sunday 21 December 2014

My Final Christmas Knitting Of The Year...

Hello my friends, it's been a while but it's been very busy here with Christmas preparations. I'm on the home run, finishing my Christmas gift knitting with only two things to complete. This post will be mostly photos but I will put links in, if you want more details on the patterns and the yarn I've used.

First I would like to tell you about the Little Bobbins Knits Christmas Eve Socks, if you haven't already heard about it. Every year, the lovely Dani, casts on a new pair of socks every Christmas Eve, I think everyone in the group loved this idea and lots of us have decided to join in with her.

I've decided to cast on the Evergreen Socks as I wanted something Christmassy. I bought some Christmas fabric with fir trees and deer to make a project bag to keep them in. I'm undecided on the yarn it will either be the blue tweed or should I stick with the theme and go with the Christmas green? I'll let you know what I decide in a few days. There is still plenty time to join the Ravelry group and cast on with us.

This is Tutti Frutti, I've knit him for my grandson, who seems to love giraffes, the pattern is Miss Gelato Giraffe by Kay Jones.
Instead of knitting the cardigan, which you get with the pattern, I chose to knit Mr Bakery Bear's jumper, I just added a couple more cable rows.
This is Mrs Bakery Bear and she's for my niece, I've knit Mr Bakery Bear for her baby brother, so they have brother and sister teddy bears.

I've had my shipment from The Golden Skein, three gorgeous skeins of yumminess. I can't wait to chose the perfect pattern for them.

I also ordered some beautiful tweed sock yarn from Old Town Yarns in Edinburgh, I've wanted to knit myself some tweed socks for a while now.

I've had lots of presents to wrap.........

We've been on days out with this little angel........

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all had a great weekend.




Thursday 4 December 2014

Knitvent 2014........ Adorn Gift Bags.

Hello my friends, how is everyone? It's week 4 of Knitvent 2014 and behind this week's window were some adorable, knitted Adorn Gift Bags. There are two different styles, Style A has two sizes and Style B has a beaded snowflake which is just beautiful.

The beauty of this pattern is it only uses leftover sock/4ply yarn and are super quick to knit. I've knit my gift bag in Style A in the small size, this size is perfect for little beauty gifts such as nail polishes, handmade soaps and hand cream or maybe some chocolate truffles.

It has an eyelet detail at the top to add some decorative ribbon, you could leave the front plain or add some decoration as I did, I attached a little metal snowflake that I had in my stash. They are knit in the round so there is no seaming, the pattern is written for Magic Loop but I used DPN's as that is my preferred method for working in the round. I put the stitches on three needles but as you need to know where the round starts and the centre of the stitches, I added a couple of stitch markers.

Every Christmas I treat myself to a Christmas Classic book to read, this year I've bought A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas. It's a cloth bound edition and is beautifully illustrated by Peter Bailey. I'll enjoy reading this over the festive period.

I'm linking this post to Ginny's Yarn Along and Nicole's KCCO, I love looking through the links to see what others have on their needles.

I've been knitting so many gifts for people, I decided to cast on something for myself so I've cast on a pair of socks, just because. My husband and I went to a local vineyard where they have lots of little independent shops selling gifts, jewelry and glass. There is also a papercraft shop there and they've started selling a small selection of yarn. I was drawn to this Rico Superba Mexico self patterning sock yarn, I couldn't believe how inexpensive it was too, at only £6 for a 100g ball, more than enough to knit myself a pair of socks.

I'm knitting a plain Vanilla sock which I never normally do but I'm really enjoying it. I love how the pattern is emerging and it's so easy to pick up and down without worrying where you are in the pattern. I can see myself knitting more vanilla socks in the future.


Thank for stopping by, have a good week.



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