Home for the holidays

Above is the fireplace display in the dining room at my mum’s home. I’ll be destroying it later as there are pomegranetes in it and I realy love them. The lounge fireplace is full of a fire, and I’ve spent the last couple of days sitting in the rocking chair next to it, frantically trying to finish squares for a blanket for my grandma’s christmas present. (6 1/2 of 9 done so far).

Christmas was great, and I am now the very proud owner of a sewing machine, so before we flew to England I finished off this crazy patchwork bag, started by hand at a class at the knitting and stitching show.

Now, on to the gifts I gave:

A hat knit in secret for D – it used about 1 1/2 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (sooooo soft) and 5mm needles in a 4×2 rib – I made it up as I went along really.

Not strictly knitted this, but crafted. This was a kit from the The Calico Basket – it came with a large length of wool felt and some Collinette Point 5, which gets sewn through the felt. It’s a really simple idea and looked lovely when it was finished.

And finally…

A clapotis for my mum’s birthday. It’s taken me months. It’s knit in some random coloured 4 ply yarn that I bought loads of in Birmingham. I can’t remember the needle size but it’s one that worked with the yarn. I really loved the Clapotis pattern – it was so easy to adapt size wise.
I kept to the pattern for most of it, as I was happy with the width, but I did 19 repeats of the main part of the pattern to get the length that I needed.

Just the blanket for Nanny and a manly scarf to finish (the scarf was gifted half finished) and I’m done. Phew.

5 thoughts on “Home for the holidays

  1. Love the clapotis – and all the other presents you knit. You got a sewing maching – wahoo! Lucky you – will have to wait till I return from my travels to get one but I’m itching to get going sewing wise. Look forward to seeing all your sewing craftiness in 2007.

  2. Sorry, the Clapotis is the name of the wrap pattern that I made for mum – I’ve put the link in there now. Any knitter on the internet would know it, so I forgot that it wasn’t an actual real word. :-)

  3. The clapotis is wonderful – the colours are nicer than the picture. It falls so beautifully however you choose to wear it. An absolutely wonderful gift and it will be well used and talked about. (I have never heard of clapotis before! but I like it!)

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