3. December Goes Too Fast

Oh. My. Goodness. Where did this month go? I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling like a frazzled chip. I had plans to blog every week but sadly, I am one of these people who thinks I can get a lot more done in the day than is humanly possible. You’d think I’d have learned by now.

There are some finished objects to share and some that I can’t show just yet as they are gifts. First on the finished list is my Bide Shawl! I’m absolutely in love with it. I’ve been wearing it everyday since I managed to get a photo.

The pattern is by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade as part of this year’s Knitvent and the yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Retreat in the colourway ‘562 Escape’. I knitted the large size and used 3 balls but I didn’t add tassels as the pattern suggested.

I’ve also finished Rob’s cowl. I didn’t manage to get a very good photo yet and it is now wrapped up ready for Christmas but I will try to get a photo of him wearing it ready for the next blog post (if he’ll let me!).

I have also finished a project that I haven’t discussed at all in the previous posts. I cast on some shorty socks on the launch show of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing with the plan to join in with Ali from Little Drops of Wonderful’s Strictly Sockalong. However, I soon discovered that I couldn’t actually knit and watch the dancing at the same time so the cuff sat languishing in my project bag for months until late November when I realised that if I wanted to take part in the Christmas Eve Cast On this year, well, I would need those needles!

I suppose I could have frogged it but I wanted the finished socks.

I’ve been baking too, although they’re aren’t many photos as life has been hectic over the last few weeks and the lighting is awful for taking pictures at this time of year. I really struggle to get good photos with accurate colours.

I’ve baked chocolate brownies, mince pies and Christmas cupcakes.

Tomorrow, we’re off to Cornwall for our first Christmas away from home. We’re all really looking forward to it!

2. Knitvent and Gingerbread

Homebody Socks

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Ta dah! My first ever DK socks made for my Faye for her Christmas Eve box. This was a lovely pattern by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade for this year’s third pattern of Knitvent.

I used Coop Knits Socks Yeah DK yarn in the colourway Pigeon, two 50g skeins. I have knit the small size even though Faye has size 5 feet because her legs and feet are very slim. She has tried one on and it fits perfectly!

It was another fairly quick knit for me as it took me about ten days.

Rob’s Cowl

I’ve made a bit more progress on Rob’s cowl this week. I think I’m about halfway. It’s a project I can pick up whenever I have a few spare minutes because it’s quite mindless round and round knitting and purling. I’ve been keeping it in my bag everywhere I go!

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Habitation Throw

Strictly speaking, this isn’t actually a WIP yet as I haven’t cast it on, but I have prepared the yarn and needles. I’m using a lot of the leftovers from last year’s Dust of Snow wrap…

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…along with other 4-ply leftovers from socks. I don’t think I’ll have enough for the throw, so I’m treating myself to a set of mini skeins. I’ve never bought any before, so I’m excited about that!

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Cross Stitch Santa

This is a long-standing WIP that I have dug out of the cupboard this week. It’s one of those projects that I can only work on around Christmas time and once the tree comes down, I can’t abide working on it. It just doesn’t feel right to work on something so overtly Christmas outside of December. Therefore, I doubt I’ll get it finished this year either!

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Bide Shawl

This was nearly a finished project this week as I have now cast off, but I haven’t had time to block, sew in ends and photograph, so it will have to wait until next time. I have enjoyed working on this so much and look forward to wearing it!

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I am also knitting some Christmas gifts, but I shall share these at the end of December.

Gingerbread Traybake

There are a few similar recipes in the Mary Berry Baking Bible for ginger cake. I hadn’t tried this one before. It is lovely, but I think the other recipe I made last year was gooier so I’d probably go back to that one next time.

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Garden

Obviously at this time of year, there is not much going on in the garden. However, I did plant my tulip bulbs in pots at the weekend. I really wished I’d picked up some more bulbs though. Tulips are one of my absolute favourites and the sight of them every Spring brings me so much happiness.

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It was long overdue and not finished yet, but I have been re-organising my craft room. I’ve moved around some furniture and sorted through my wool so far. I have been through some of my fabric but there are still plenty of things to do. Whilst it’s been a great job to get done, it’s also thrown up lots of new projects that I want to do – partly through the things I’ve found but also things I can work on to make my craft room even prettier! My to do list is always getting longer!

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Thanks again for reading. See you again soon xx