In the run up to Christmas there are always so many last minute gifts to make and stock to replenish for all those festive craft stalls. My last remaining Christmassy characters, courtesy of Jean Greenhowe’s traditional patterns, now resemble nothing more than a group of drunken carol singers as they lean against our mini tree.
You have to love a good jigsaw at Christmas and this one really got me feeling Christmassy right from the very first piece. All your favourite Christmas stories all in one place, leaving you dreaming of snowy white Christmasses past, whilst the knitting, cooking, present wrapping and tree decorating wait quietly in the wings.
Apart from knitting, I really love a good Christmassy read at this time of the year. Since it’s arrival at the beginning of December one book has been my constant companion in every spare moment throughout the busy day: The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater. This is the ultimate feel good Christmas book, full of nostalgia for festivals past, joy for the moment and firm hopes for holidays to come. I will be reading this still well into the New Year and hope to catch up with Nigel, chronologically, as January looms. For today, I am still on 11 December, ‘decorating the tree’.
Here we are in the mid winter gap between Christmas and New Year, the prime time for some cosy knitting, and I’m still trying to finish my Christmas jumper.
There have been so many distractions leading up to the festive season. I guess that once again knitting for myself took a bit of a back seat.
The back and two fronts are finished (it’s actually a cardigan!). So now it’s just the sleeves to go. Phew! So nearly there. Maybe it will be finished by New Year’s Eve?
Tomorrow, Saturday 25 November, handmadebysoo and ladies from the Fenton Knitting Group will be joining stall holders at St Helen’s Church for the Thorney Christmas Fair. Please come along and say hello and grab yourself a lovely handmade gift from 2pm to 4pm.
Just what the world needs – well, my small corner of Lincolnshire, anyway.
Having completed my original, appropriately stone-coloured version of the Lincoln Imp some time ago, thanks to the amazing pattern from The Old Toy Knitting Shop, I’ve now made a fluffy pink version, which sits on top of the hall cupboard.
You can read the story of my first attempt here.
Following my holiday in Suffolk (more about my holiday knitting soon!) the Fenton Knitting Group will be knitting tonight at the barn as usual. Courtesy of the lovely Mary Berry we will be enjoying a ‘weekend fruit cake’ and this on a Tuesday! Shocking!