Monday, 19 December 2011

It's Christmas!

There's a lot of Christmas madness going on around here, and this is the first chance I've had to get caught up with my blog!. I had intended to work to 6pm tonight, but then I caught myself on and came home at my normal time.  I finish on Friday, and I'm off until 2nd Jan.  Hurray! :)

I have finished my sister's hat, but obviously I can't post a photo just yet.  It turned out to be the right size, so I didn't have to frog it.  Phew!

The Christmas tree has been put up. We got a real one again since the real one we got last year was so lovely.  A certain member of the Blackbeard household doesn't seem to be able to keep his paws off it though!

I didn't make that mitten, by the way, I bought it in B&Q.  He only seems to be interested in the decorations that I've made.  I'm not sure whether to be pleased with this or not!  There has been some damage: I give you Exhibit A -

I made three of these little stocking last year (here's the pattern), and he broke the hanging plait on this one.  Then this year I made three of these little cork men.  The pattern is called Korknisse.  The one in the photo has lost his hat - I still can't find it - I had to make another one!  There is also a little bear that I made last year who has now parted company with his hanging ribbon, so I'll have to fix him later.  Grrr...

I have also been making myself a Gap-tastic Cowl.  I had seen Tasia's version on Sewaholic, and thought it was lovely; but it wasn't until I saw Chrissy's version on Stitched Together, that I thought, "That's fabulous!  I need one of those - now!".

I am awarding myself extra bonus knitting points because I am using stashed yarn. :)  I'm using Adriafil Mistero chunky yarn.  I have three skeins of it, one had been made into a neckwarmer for a Christmas present, but I wasn't feeling the love for it, so it got frogged.  Here's how it looks now:

I'm just about to start the last skein.  I don't have as much yarn as is on the pattern, so I cast-on 101sts instead of (I think) 131.  I also don't think it will be as deep as on the pattern, but I don't think it will matter.

I've also been making some more Smoothie Hats.

I hope everybody has a lovely Christmas, and I shall look forward to seeing all the knitting pressies on everybody's blogs.

Merry Christmas!!



  1. Our tree isn't up yet, so I'm not too sure how Florence is going to get on. I'm picturing mayhem! Have a lovely Christmas and I hope Santa brings you a squishy parcel or two!

  2. Hello there! Just stopped by to wish you a lovely Christmas. Have fun! Ros

  3. Your tree admirer is adorable.
    I so love the knitted socks and the Cowl and the smoothie hats.

    Your yarn stash neck warmer would make a fabulous bag. Happy Christmas!

  4. Hello! Just thought I'd leave a comment as I've just found your blog through a comment you left on Dolly Clackett's (Roisin's) blog and saw you were in Belfast. I don't knit (I've tried...I am awful!), but I do sew a bit. And your two cats are lovely, I have two tortishell kittens.
    So from one crafty cat owning Belfast lady to another - Happy Christmas!


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