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.

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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.