Sometimes all that glitters is not gold but chocolates wrapped in foil. Despite wanting to make the Hot Chocolate spoons I simply didn’t have the time. As it was I was still gluing felt to beads and pom poms this morning before breakfast – today is the last day of school. So the elves came right down to the wire and I simply ran out of time for anything else. Mr HKWT suggested just giving out the elves with a Hershey Kiss (these are not readily available in Australia, I just happened to find a lolly store that seems to specialise in American sweets and I bought a big bag) but of course that wasn’t good enough or even just enough for me to be comfortable with. I managed to pick up a box of Ferrero Rocher’s and a box of Lindor Balls both on special when I did the grocery shopping.
The cellophane bags are biodegradable. I bought them from SideStreetVintage on Craftumi. I had originally intended them for the chocolate spoons but considering I didn’t make those, they make sweet little gift bags too and they’re biodegradable which makes them even sweeter.
I was a little concerned about the gifts, I mean they’re nothing spectacular and not everyone appreciates handmade. Up until I spoke to one of the teachers at #1 Son’s preschool. She was telling me that after 20 years in early childhood work she can still remember which Christmas tree ornament came from which child she taught. It was nice to know that she would always remember my boy, just from a little elf.
I am so happy that they are all finished and off to their new homes! By the time I finished the final one my fingers were sore from working with the wire and my eyes were tired from all the stitching in bad lighting. Next year I think I’ll have to start Christmas gifts in July (I’m sure I say that every year ).
It felt weird picking up my knitting again after so much time spent sewing and twisting wire. I can honestly say that I missed it and it’s nice to be able to sit and knit without having to think much.
The weekend before last I cast on Mud Puddles by Kelly Brooker. Kelly is the designer behind Beyond Puerperium, the cardigan that I knit for my Sunny Girl to bring her home from hospital in. I’m knitting Mud Puddles in the Utiku yarn from The Wool Company that I wrote about in my last blog. I would describe the yarn as a work horse yarn, it feels nice and dense as it runs through my fingers and the fabric it’s creating feels durable. I guess the best way I can describe it is that I won’t be afraid to let my toddler run around in it. There is so much yarn and I love the pattern so much that I’ve already decided to knit another one for my cousin’s little baby who was welcomed into the world a few short weeks ago. The pattern itself is pretty straight forward, it has a top down seamless construction and (other than a little bit of fiddling with the sleeve caps) it is pretty basic. In many ways it’s very similar to Beyond Puerperium, so if you’ve knit from that pattern and enjoyed it then I would highly recommend Mud Puddles. Because I’m knitting such a small size it’s working up really quickly which is nice, it always feels so good to have something off the needles and ready to wear quickly (not that it’s the weather for it), especially with so many bigger projects on the go. The sizing is also a bonus, the pattern goes up to a size 10 (72.5cm chest), so I already have plans to knit one for J.J and M.I.A….. I’m wondering how I can put a different twist on each one just to make them a little individual for my other 2 girls.
The Sunlight Shawl for Sad People continues to grow. I only have a golf ball sized amount of yarn left so I think in another few rows I’ll be ready to cast off. I would love to have that finished before the weekend, just so I can have it washed and blocked before Christmas. But we’ll see, I’m not sure how much I can achieve in the next few days what with all the Christmas craziness that abounds at the moment.
Well, that’s it from me until sometime after Christmas. I figure that I won’t have time again before the weekend between having all the kids home, packing, washing and family gatherings, so it’s better to not plan to blog then promise something that I may not be able to achieve.
So, on that note. I hope all of you readers out there have an awesome Christmas, however you celebrate it (or whatever you celebrate). I’m hoping ours isn’t too hot.
‘Til next time