It feels like an age since I properly took part in Yarn Along. I'm looking forward to living vicariously through people's festive projects this year as - in a shocking move - I have decided not to make everything for the first time in possibly a decade! I haven't fallen out of love with the idea of handmade gifts (actually, I have a separate post brewing about that very subject) - I think they're the best - but I'm giving myself a break this year after all of the busyness!
Some festive things have slipped under the radar, though. I made this gorgeous granny stocking from Hooked By Design which I absolutely adore.
I made mittens with a fur trim on the spur of the moment because I was sent a sample box of Erika Knight yarns and had never worked with those furry yarns before. The mittens were knit on 10mm dpns and the pair, in total, took just 45 minutes! When the first one was finished, I instantly knew who to gift them to and I don't think she reads here so I think I'm ok to show them.
Do you have an opinion on Erika Knight yarns? I'd love to hear your views.
After I had made the decision not to work on gifts through advent, I decided to treat myself to some festive yarn and knit myself a pair of advent socks. I purchased some sock yarn in colourway Jolly Holly from The Knitting Goddess at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate and it's so cheerful!
I cast my Jolly Holly Advent Socks on on December first and have progressed down the first leg where the colours are swirling around like an abstract candy cane - just what I wanted! Although if I keep going at this rate then they'll be done in a week.
That's not all though, oh no! I have been crocheting snowflakes for an idea I had to turn them into a little window display. I made Lucy's snowflakes, and some of these snowflakes and the big ones are from this book (which I highly recommend). I blocked the cotton snowflakes overnight and arranged them before tying them together with pieces of white thread, although if you planned ahead you could join as you go.
I absolutely adore how they turned out and now there's a little bit of yarn incorporated into the dullest job of the day: washing the dishes.
So, errr, there's no Christmas crafting happening here at all...
There isn't much concentrated reading going on here at the moment. I'm dipping in and out of books - mainly Christmas ones (see the sidebar to the right of the page for a list) for inspiration - and some short stories which I'll tell you a bit more about on Friday. I'm massively enjoying working my way through this vintage copy of the Vogue Dictionary of Knitting Stitches that Becky sent me in a gorgeous and generous birthday parcel (thank you again, Becky!). There are so many new things to try, I love that most about knitting!
What projects are you working on at the moment? Have you read anything good lately?