OK, so this is actually a big cheat, but I’m so pleased that I have finally finished knitting my 2017 Christmas cardigan.
I used Sparklz yarn, doubled, and adapted the Mirasol Tuhu Cardigan pattern by Jane Ellison, making my button, button hole band and neck wider. As this is self striping yarn, I didn’t follow the stripe part of the pattern, but I really wanted my ‘random’ stripes to match up and I think I almost achieved that, with a bit of swapping around of skeins.
Doubling the Sparklz yarn, which is supposed to be DK weight, for what is after all a DK pattern, was a bit of a risk, but the first trial, with only single yarn, was disappointingly thin, so had to be frogged and restarted. Luckily, I had enough yarn to finish it and I really like the ‘chunky’ look of the finished cardigan.
So, although it isn’t Christmas any more, I might be wearing my cosy new cardi with its cheery sparkles just once or twice more this winter.
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.
This Tuesday will be the Fenton Knitting Group‘s Christmas gathering. There will be tasty nibbles and mulled apple juice and some last minute Christmas crafting. And for those who don’t need to drive there will a chance to sample something very festive and a little stronger from the handmadebysoo cellar.
There will even be some Christmas decorations up at The Barn in time.
handmadebysoo will be attending the Handmade Christmas Fair in Manchester in November. We are also going to be treated again to some Handmade Christmas TV. So what better time to think about taking part in one of Kirsty’s Christmas competitions?
Since our big move northwards to Lincolnshire from Kent we’ve been gradually adjusting to a new way of life. The house needs lots of work, but is beginning to feel like home, particularly as we had lots of space for the children and their partners to come home for Christmas. I always dread the post-Christmas blues and that awful empty-nest feeling when everyone has left and the decorations have to come down. But this year is different. On 30 November we brought home Ailbe, our rescue Irish red and white Setter. He was skinny and shy, with a poorly leg, but how he has blossomed already.
On twelfth night, with a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye I was busy unwinding the fairy lights from the stairs, thinking back on all the laughs we had over the Christmas holidays and wondering when next we would all be together again, when I looked down into the hall and saw this gorgeous face ‘smiling’ up at me.
With Ailbe, every day is a happy day. I just need to teach him to respect my knitting!
It’s the same every year. I spend my whole time knitting this and that and then suddenly it’s December and all those lovely things I’ve thought of knitting for people as Christmas gifts suddenly come to mind. Then it’s one mad knitting dash till Christmas eve. I have been known to be sitting up late on Christmas eve, still finishing off a knitted jumper or scarf. The sensible thing would be to START EARLIER! But who wants to be sensible? And who wants to be knitting Christmas jumpers in February?!
This year my Christmas knitting has consisted mainly of lovely soft chunky beanie hats. They were quick and easy to do and made great use of some amazing wool remnants I had in my stash. Just about everyone I know will be finding one in their Christmas stocking. Let’s hope we get some nice frosty weather so the hats get a good road testing.
Here’s one I made for myself! Great for dog walking. Happy Christmas x