Christmas 2016 (part 2)

Too many photos for one post! Here are the rest. 

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Indian Summer

I started knitting up this lovely autumnal yarn from The Wool Croft in Abergavenny a month ago, so I’d be prepared when cold October came. But it’s been hot all month, and now in November it’s still not cold enough to wear this. Outside my window the lilac tree is budding, so maybe there will be no winter at all.

The yarn is Debbie Bliss Riva, and the pattern is free on Ravelry here. At some point I’ll need to block this, but not today 🙂

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Tassel-tastic penance

I said a mean thing to someone (on their birthday! I am really that horrible!) so I made up for it (at least in part, I hope) with a lovely warm scarf. I wanted to keep it for myself, but that would have been extra mean. So I just settled for wearing it for a few raining miserable days instead, before I handed it over.

noro stripe scarf

I added tassels during a long train ride, which was fun. When I got off the train, I left a nest of thread and yarn clippings in my wake. I also unpicked the stitching on a skirt, so it was quite pile of debris.

noro stripe scarf tassels

The yarn is Noro Kureyon (2 balls) and Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran (2 balls, plus another  for the tassels). I referred to Jared Flood’s inspiring post on his Noro stripe scarf, which is far better than mine but LACKS TASSELS.

All in all, it was an excellent way of using up some leftover yarn whilst spreading warmth and hopefully goodwill in icky winter weather.

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The Grand Reveal: Christmas 2013

This year I only bought one Christmas present – and it was a bit of an afterthought anyway. The one bought present was a pack of 6 Le Corbusier notecards, for my dad to send me letters with, purchased from an awesome little shop in Abergavenny called FortySix. Incidentally, they also had a big book of treehouses from Phaidon, but I resisted the temptation and turned my energies towards my own gingerbread treehouse instead.

Here’s what I made for people:

  • A dress
  • Several ties
  • Two bobble hats (the pompom was added later to one…)
  • Change purses
  • A reversible bow-tie
  • A pair of socks
  • A shawl/collar thing
  • A skirt
  • A long scarf
  • Coffee cup sleeves

And here are some photos of the above:

I’m looking forward to being able to make some stuff for myself, finally! And get a move on turning some of the stacks of Liberty fabric I’ve accumulated this year into clothes, especially now that the Spring/Summer 2014 collection of prints has now launched. Luckily, I don’t truly covet any of the ones I’ve seen – so far!