Firstly, a huge thank you to the lovely blog readers who have bought my book. It makes me so happy to know that people are going to be knitting these itty bitty socks and hopefully getting excited about sock knitting.
Remember you can get 20% off the cover price until the end of the month with the code “Blog1”. This means you get 9 patterns for £7.20!
I also have another fab knitting offer for you. My pattern Toasty Talus is FREE until the 24th December with the code “happy”. These legwarmers are a super quick knit, perfect for last minute gifts or cold little legs.
This brings me perfectly to the subject of this blog post. Christmas knitting – or what shall be known in this house as the knitting of doom…. (sad face)
I have never really knitted for Christmas before, but seeing as this is my first Christmas in a cold climate for a while I thought I would jump on the Christmas knitting band wagon. I am sorry to say, I would like to get off now please!
I was very organised, I chose patterns, purchased yarn and thought about how the projects were going to work out.
Well … arm …, that is as far as I got in the organised stakes. Life got in the way and this morning we have a situation in our little Edinburgh flat. Tomorrow I go to see my family for our early Christmas. Want to see what I am giving them as gifts?
In case you can’t tell from the photograph (because admittedly it may be a little tricky to see any finished objects on the table). I will be presenting two “hats” and a knitted chicken to my loved ones tomorrow. (Ha, ha, ha ….. )
My priority is to get the chicken finished. My three year old nephew is chicken obsessed and I don’t think he will understand the half finished WIP wrapped in gift wrap… the other projects, well, they are going to be January gifts. I was going to go all out and knit like a beast possessed until tomorrow but that is not healthy, and I don’t want to knit with my grump on. Mom and sister will get IOU’s, and if they are lucky I might let them squish the gorgeous yarn!
The round up
The knitted chicken is being crafted with odds and ends of chicken type wool (frankly I was amazed at the array of chicken coloured stash I had, though I will admit to buying the yellow). I am using the Rowan pattern Ester, Ernie and Enid, I think my chicken will be an Ernie. I had hoped to knit all three, but that is just not going to happen.
The two WIPs (technically just balls of yarn) are gorgeous hand dyed yarn from Ginger Twist Studio, my LYS.
The heather pink / lavender aran weight BFL is going to be lovingly crafted into a Marina hat, the pattern is by Woolly Wormhead and has a very interesting construction.
The blue / grey skein of DK in a goregous BFL and silk blend is going to become an Everglade hat, also by Woolly Wormhead.
I think I am going to take my time over these hats. After all I want them to be crafted with love and passion, not knitted at 3am, filled with worry and stress.
Next year I am going to buy presents, shopped for locally, maybe even hand crafted. This year, I have learnt my lesson, Christmas knitting on a deadline is not for me.
How is your knitting going? What do you have on the needles?