Friday, December 29, 2006


Two pairs of Fetching for nieces.

One pair of gloves for sister, which matches the scarf I made for her
last year.
pair of gloves

The yellow/orange gloves were based on a pattern which my Mum gave to me: the pattern is for plain gloves. I modified the pattern by knitting the ribbing in the orange, and added the fair-isle stripe. I ran out of the yellow and had to do one finger with a completely different yarn, that matches incredibly well, even though it is an unknown age and composition.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Shepherd Boy

Shepherd and stable scene

Kiddo was very pleased that the shepherd boy finger puppet she made at school wasn't sold at the Christmas Fair.

The background is my advent calender, from Phoenix Trading last year.

For post-Christmas Knitting

All the Christmas crafting is now done, and unfortunately, it is all top secret, so I can't show you yet.

The post-Christmas crafting is being prepared. With my ILs around, I can't make anything that involves more then 2 seconds of concentration. Theirs is a non-knitting household, so they don't know not to interrupt a knitter who is counting stitches or following the intricate part of a chart. Hence the decision to make Kiddo the Funky Fur scarf she's been asking for: she has a Funky Fur hat which she loves.

I was doing last minute shopping yesterday, and stopped in John Lewis to buy the yarn. In their sale bin was a single ball in a colour to match her hat. I got a blue ball that goes well enough: all that is required now is a pair of knitting needles.
funky fur
Because I am on a sort-of yarn diet, I admired the Kureyon they now sell, but didn't actually buy any. I also didn't buy any 4-ply to knit myself some gloves.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Too busy to write

Necessary family matters have been taking up much of my time recently. By the time I've spent up to seven hours driving in a day, I don't rather want to do anything that involves thought. I also haven't made much preparations towards Christmas, such as writing any Christmas cards, or buying much in the way of presents.

I did manage to do some knitting for two presents, and I am working on my third. They are all fast knits, not at all complicated, but on the off-chance any of the potential recipients are reading this, I won't show you them.

two balls of yarn and two strands of blueInstead, here are the leftovers from one project - the grey and the red - plus two strands to show the colour of the other project. This does count as partly stashbusting, I've decided that I have used by two balls of wool while making them. They were Debbie Bliss Merino Aran - the gray, which although a nice enough wool seemed very splitty. The red is a 4-ply Yorkshire Tweed from Rowan (used double) and it was much nicer to work with.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Some things that please me

  1. Lighting the advent candle at teatime. This is a tradition that started when Kiddo was three, and was given one at playgroup. We've had one every since (this year's came from Oxfam).

  2. Finding another person has added me to their sidebar - Kate.

I feel I've mostly posted about knitting recently: but that reflects what I've been doing. They're mainly Christmas presents. I nearly put some pictures up, and then I realised that one of the presents is for a Real-Life person who knows my link address.

Finally, Dave has been posting a lot on the true meaning of advent recently
cartoon from

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