Wednesday, 4 December 2013

A rather ridiculous post where I state that I'm not doing any Christmas crafting...

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.

Hooked By Design Stocking

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.

Erika Knight 45 minute mittens


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! 

Jolly Holly Skein


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.

Jolly Holly Yarn


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. 

crocheted snowflakes blocking


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.

crochet snowflake window display


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!

Vintage book from Becky


What projects are you working on at the moment? Have you read anything good lately?

32 comments:

  1. oh that Christmas yarn is lovely! Ho ho ho. Can't wait to see it worked up! Hurry up next Wednesday, please!!

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  2. Love your snowflake curtain, so pretty!! :o)xxxxxxxx

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  3. That sock yarn looks fab.
    Last evening I completed my first ever pair of socks, followed a Youtube to see how to do the Kitchener Stitch. Got the hang of it by the second sock. I now am crazy about knitting socks.
    Can't wait to see how yours turn out.
    Hugs x
    p.s. Love the curtain

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    1. Thank you, Cally.
      Well done on the socks! It feels so good, doesn't it? I use youtube for kitchener, I can never remember the beginning part.

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  4. I think you're right not to wear yourself out making everything, you can still have a great Christmas and gift small, bought pressies if you wish. I've made my husband a scarf, Secret Santa knitting at work during lunch breaks, but that's all I'm making in the hand made dept. I have just cast on some socks for him in this pattern, I want to make this hat for me soon and himself also wants a cowl too. He choose MadelineTosh expensive wool for himself for that! Love the Snowflake window decoration, very pretty. DROPS yarn have a yarn online advent calendar with a free pattern every day for small projects. Today is a beautiful crocheted snowflake table runner/tray runner, depending how big you make it. Love the Jolly Holly yarn, I want to see what it looks like knitted now!

    Hugs
    Brenda

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    1. Ooh, he's a keeper if he appreciates good yarn, Brenda!!
      Your projects all look wonderful - thanks for giving me a peek.
      I will look up the advent calendar, thanks!

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  5. nope, no christmas crafting going at your house. LOL what you are making looks fabulous!

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  6. You've been busy! The sock yarn looks gorgeous. The granny square stocking is a brilliant idea and the snowflakes are so pretty :)

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  7. What a busy little bee you have been! This holiday crafting is addicting, isn't it?

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    1. It is! I think it's the fact that it's small projects so lots of instant gratification :o)

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  8. Ha. Ha. Funny you say you aren't crafting for the holiday! I love the snowflakes. If I wasn't up to my eyeballs in knitting for others (and not in a holiday way) I'd make some for this year. Perhaps if I start in time next year.

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    1. The joy of crochet is that they work up extremely fast - I did that curtain in the evenings of a weekend :o)

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  9. Your snowflake curtain is wonderful, I love it! I am also looking forward to seeing how your christmas yarn socks turn out.
    I'm working on a special quilt for friends and knitting my cushion cover.

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    1. Thanks, Jilly. A special quilt will be a wonderful gift - what a lucky friend :o)

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  10. That window treatment is the BEST!!! Hope you are planning to leave it up all through the winter months!

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  11. Strangely enough I've been crocheting snowflakes too, intermittently around the small stinky one marauding. I like the snowflake curtain - very pretty :)

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    1. Thanks, Nikki. I can't wait to find out what you do with yours.

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  12. You are very busy for someone who is not crafting!
    Love the stocking and the sock yarn is so festive!

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  13. No Christmas knitting?! What is all that I see in today's post? Oh, I know it's not for gifting (except those adorable mittens), but it's all still for Christmas! Thanks for visiting my post today...Advent is simply the coziest of holidays! Hope yours is filled with all things joyful! ~Lisa :)

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    1. I hope it is for you and your family too, Lisa :o)

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  14. Ha, ha no Christmas knitting? Looks like lots! Lovely projects, look forward to seeing your Christmas socks the yarn is gorgeous.

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  15. Hehe, I see lots of Christmas knitting. I love all your festive projects. I'm still waiting for my Christmas sock yarn. Deb x

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  16. Oooh snowflakes! I've been making some for gran's present...how did you block them again? Like you did at yarndale?

    Looks amazing >:o)

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  17. I like all the "not crafting" you have done.;) The stocking is lovely, and the snowflakes look so nice connected together like that, and the mittens look very comfy! Will be interesting to see how the wool colors turn out for your socks, variegated wool can be nice to work with.

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  18. I love all of you non-crafting. I wish I was doing that much. I adore those mittens and the snowflakes. I have to make some of the latter someday.

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