Merry Christmas!

A couple of days late I know, but I had no intention of turning on my computer on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with family and friends around you.

We had a quiet and relaxing Christmas here. Just my parents, brother and I at home. We went to Midnight Communion which is completely candlelit and very special. And I went to church on Christmas morning too – I know – extra holy! Normally we get together with family friends on Christmas night, but that didn’t happen this year due to some of them having flu. So we watched TV and films and chilled out with lots of good food. Yesterday was much the same and I got to do some knitting too. Today, Dad and my brother have gone to the sales but I can’t face the crowds, so thought I’d take a few minutes to show you all the lovely knitting related gifts I received.

christmas presents 2008

A knitting desk calendar (with a new pattern for every day of the year!), a novel called Needles and Pearls (the sequel to Divas Don’t Knit), Holiday Knits (a selection of knitting projects for the festive season, a bag to hold my knitting when I go to Knit and Natter, and some yummy yarn: enough balls of Rowan Silk Wool DK in a burgundy colour, to make a cardigan that I want to do, and some hanks of possum yarn from New Zealand.

Possum is so warm and soft. Several years ago when I went to New Zealand I bought Mum and possum wool scarf and she loves it. She then bought me a possum scarf one Christmas and I got a friend to pick us up some gloves when they went to NZ a couple of years ago. We love possum wool!

I think I might make a hat with this yarn. I know, another hat, but I do love hats!

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Christmas knitting

Presents

I’m not going to do much in the way of knitted gifts this year, but I am going to be knitting something for my brother again.  Last year I knitted him the Starsky and Hutch cardigan, but this year it will something much smaller.  I can’t say what, in case he reads my blog (unlikely, but he might if he was bored one afternoon at work!), but I cast on for it last night and virtually finished it in one evening.  It’s made with Rowan Cocoon, which is lovely and and soft and warm.  It has mohair in it, so sheds a bit, but I think that’s only to be expected.

I’ve also been knitting some scarves and a hat for a friend who puts together Christmas boxes for children in Eastern Europe.  I did some scarves for this last year.  My friend (who is a beginner knitter herself) did a scarf from some brown acrylic yarn and then gave me what was left and asked if I’d make a matching hat.  I didn’t have a pattern for a child’s beanie, so sort of made it up.  Knowing what size to make was the hardest part and I asked around on Ravelry for suggestions.

The finished hat has a moss stitch band and then stocking stitch for the rest of it.  The crown shaping isn’t great.  I decreased in 8 places around the hat, but I think that might have been a bit too much.  6 might have been better and perhaps not on every row.  I think that maybe I should have done some plain rows between.

The yarn was awful to knit with though.  The first ball I tried to use, actually kept breaking as I unwound it.

Decorations

I’m planning to knit some small Christmas tree decorations too.  Simply Knitting recently had a supplement featuring an Advent tree designed by Alan Dart.

New Yarn

A friend of mine from church recently went on holiday to the US.  She’s a knitter too and brought back a suitcase of yarn and knitting books.  (You can see her new stash on her blog castoncallout.blogspot.com)  She generously brought back a yarn of Peaches and Cream yarn for each of her knitting friends and I got to pick a ball in a lovely shade of white, pink and purple.  It’s a really soft cotton too.  It was so thoughtful of her!

What does a knitter get for her birthday?

‘Twas my birthday yesterday and apart from a gorgeous Radley handbag, Mum and Dad gave me a couple of knitting books:

Nursery Knits by Zoe Mellor

And Easy Knits by Debbie Bliss

The best of the knitting gifts though was a sign from one of my non-knitting friends.

I knit to forget but I never forget to knit

I don’t know where he saw it but it’s perfect!