Winter Project ~ December

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It is that time of year, when cosying up on the sofa with yarn and needles is the perfect activity for increasingly frosty days. The cream-coloured socks were a request from Emily, and will be added to her Christmas stocking in a few weeks. I can’t believe that time is creeping up already! I thought I would still be knitting them at the last minute, but because they’re made of a thicker wool they were a lot quicker to knit up than I anticipated.

I do enjoy knitting socks. I like using the double-pointed needles. I like that you can watch them forming completely before your eyes as you knit, with no fussy making-up to do afterwards. I’ve already started on this bright multi-coloured self-striping pair… this time for myself.

I am linking this post with Jenny from Thistlebear, who is hosting a Winter Project Link Party. Do pop along to her blog to see her beautiful rainbow  of crochet butterflies, and maybe join in too.

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Thistlebear

Knitting in the Garden

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A few hours spent knitting in the garden. Is there any better way to while away an afternoon? I’ve been making a pair of grey wrist-warmers. I used the exact same pattern last year in a pair for Emily which I gave to her for Christmas. I knew I’d have to make a pair for myself eventually.

The pattern is based on the Wrist Warmers with Picot Edge by Drops Design although I made them slightly longer and left a gap in the side for the thumb. I used Annell Rapido acrylic yarn, which is lovely and soft and doesn’t have that slightly plastic feel of some acrylics.

So, I’m all set for the chillier days, or maybe I could do with a scarf as well? I have just got started on some knee-length socks – a request from Emily. But I would also like to crochet a blanket this winter. Decisions decisions – but the nicest possible kind.

Easter Baking Day and a finished Scarf

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So just as the weather is getting warmer, I have finally finished the lace patterned scarf I started before Christmas. No matter, it will be most welcome when next winter comes.

What are you all up to for Easter, anything exciting? It will be quite quiet here, just the children and me and some good food. For me it is more a celebration of the beginning of spring and a chance to spend more time with my children. We are having a baking day today – Easter nest cakes – we follow this recipe but substitute the cornflakes for shredded  wheat and the golden syrup for maple syrup. (They’ll all be gone by monday no doubt 🙂 ) and I’ll probably make some simple Easter biscuits too.

Saturday, Emily and I are going to see Cinderella at the local cinema. I haven’t been to the cinema for years so I’m looking forward to that. And at the weekend I’m hoping I will be able to get outside and do some serious gardening. I mean serious. I have a tonne of jobs to catch up on out there.

I hope your Easter weekend is peaceful and productive, or not, maybe just put your feet up and relax.

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Needlecase

A little something I made for a Christmas gift last year was this needlework case from Debbie Bliss’s book The Knitter’s Year. I knitted the outer layer in Araucania Ulmo (unfortunately discontinued) hand dyed cotton yarn which created a lovely effect of subtle graduating colour. The inside was a cotton patterned fabric with two layers of coordinating felt to hold the needles.
I took these pictures before it was pressed so it looks a little out of shape, but it was a fairly easy project and a nice handmade gift if you know someone who likes to sew.