Tied in knots

***My last post about Christmas 2017 crafting! Thanks for bearing with me… ***

I got into macrame in a big way this year for Christmas gifts, thanks to Fanny Zedenius’s inspiring new book, which I happened across at Liberty.

Here are some plant hangers I made:

I got the 4mm cotton rope on etsy, here.

I also caved and got 2.5mm rope from Zedenius’s own shop. It’s basically just really nice string. Here’s what I made with the smaller rope:

And one more plant hanger…

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Petal power 

I’ve spent a few years looking for a craft magazine which I actually enjoy. I stumbled across Making last year, and I’m in love! I even bought the back issues so I’ll have a complete collection.

Here are some “petal pouches”, from issue 1: “Flora”. I made these as part of Operation Christmas 2017 in a bit of a production line, but they’ve turned out pretty well. 

The first set is made from Nani Iro linen (blue floral – which you may recognise from this favourite dress) and double gauze (white floral). 

The second set is from my remaining Martha Negley feathers fabric (you can actually see some matching cushions in the photos, but I mostly made this skirt which I never wear) and Liberty poplin with little pencils. The poplin is great – really crisp and rigid and great to sew, but also thin.

Needless to say I’ve subscribed to Making for another year and can’t wait to see what’s in store! And meanwhile, I hope these petal pouches are loved by their recipients (because if not, I definitely want them back!). 

Replacement hat

My mum lost a hat I’d made a few years ago (you can see it here) on a train in Italy at some point, so I made her a replacement for Christmas. Luckily I had some yarn left over! It’s long-discontinued Noro Kogarashi yarn. The old hat was a bit greener and greyer and reminded me of the trolls in Frozen. This one is a bit more like a kingfisher, which I think is an improvement. 

Elf bonnet

For Christmas this year I made my wee cousin this sweet little elf hat.

The pattern is Pixielue by Paelas Knits. The instructions, which come translated into English from Norwegian, were a bit befuddling at times but it worked out fine. Paelas does so many more adorable knitting patterns for small people… 

The yarn is Rowan “alpaca colour” (made from baby alpaca!) that I picked up half price from The Wool Croft in Abergavenny (and the persimmon skein for the edging and pompom is the same stuff, but was a gift from someone many moons ago). 

Mr Badger

Just look at these socks:

Why are they so weird? Very badgery, very spirally, very unexpected. The yarn is Rowan Fine Art, which is a sock wool, so presumably other people have had this problem too.

Anyway, I made them for my dad for Christmas, to have a little something under the tree since my main present was experiential (we saw the musical of The Lorax in Toronto!), and he seems to like them just fine. 

Winter warmer

This year my mum asked me to knit her a hat for Christmas, to replace one she’d lost, so I sewed her a dress. I also knit her the hat, but wanted to make her something she wouldn’t leave on the train!

The fabric is Liberty “Poppytot” fluffy sweatshirt in which I hot as a remnant about two years ago (half price! What a steal). I already made myself this sweatshirt from it last year and there was thankfully still enough left for a dress.

For the pattern, I used the Grainline Studio Lark Tee as a base, but added darts and length, and altered the neckline largely in line with New Look K6145. I sized up one because of the thickness of the fabric, and also added patch pockets.

Let them eat brioche

This is the only Christmas gift I’ve made which I can post early as it’s for my 94-year-old Grannie, who even if she did read this post would forget it in a few hours. I’ve been quietly beavering away for months on all sorts of other things (to be revealed soon!). 

This is the first time I’ve knitted brioche stitch, and I really like it! So squishy and warm. I like how it turned out a bit like a candy cane, although I’m sure my Grannie would prefer purple! 

I vaguely followed this pattern from Purl Soho, but only cast on 120 stitches. Yarn is various leftover bits and bobs – some from this sweater, and some from one my mum made a few years ago.