4. Christmas in Cornwall

What a delightful holiday week we’ve had in Cornwall! I was desperate for a break having not had a holiday from work since August. It’s been a lovely family-filled week involving lots of film-watching, eating yummy food, knitting, UNO-playing and some breezy coastal walks to clear the cobwebs.

Before we left for Cornwall, I had already cast on a hat for Faye. She had chosen the yarn and pattern herself and knew I was making them for her but I still wanted to finish them before Christmas day. The yarn was from Truly Hooked on Sparkle DK base in the colourway ‘Show Yourself’ – a Frozen II inspired colour that neither of us could resist! I bought the same yarn for socks (more on that later).

I used the Curious Handmade patterns from last year’s Knitvent – How Quiet Hat and Mitts.

The hat turned out beautifully but looking at the yarn I had left, I was a bit concerned about having enough for the matching mitts. I decided to modify the pattern a little bit to make the cuffs shorter (as I was making the adult size for an 11-year-old, I didn’t think this would be a problem). I also decided not to knit the thumbs until I’d completed both mitts.

On Christmas Eve, I was knitting away playing yarn chicken and just knowing that I was going to lose! I had 8 stitches left to cast off and no thumbs and my yarn had run out!

I had a cunning plan though. As mentioned, I had purchased the 4-ply sparkle sock base for my Christmas Eve Cast On so I balled up the skein, held two strands double and completed the mitts. If you look really closely, you can see that those parts are slightly darker but it didn’t matter. They have already been well worn!

Moving on to my Christmas Eve Cast On… I think this was originally started by Dani of Little Bobbins. I don’t use the pattern though, as I’m still at the stage where I’m comfortable knitting plain socks to show off the beautiful yarns.

I haven’t got too far with them this year (last year I managed to complete both socks before going back to work!) but I’m really enjoying knitting on them.

I also managed to squeeze in a bit of knitting on my Habitation Throw (another one of the Knitvent patterns from this year’s collection) which I cast on sometime in December. I’m using leftover minis (and a few treat minis) and have absolutely no intention of finishing this quickly. It’s just one of those lovely projects to pick up and put down whenever I have the yarn or the inclination. My favourite kind of project!

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On Christmas Day in Bude, there is always a swim that loads of people take part in. Wetsuits aren’t permitted and festive attire is encouraged. It was such a great atmosphere and I was blown away by the number of people taking part – my husband being one of them! I couldn’t because I obviously had to video and take photos…

Luckily for him, it was the most perfect of conditions that you could expect from 25th December – sunny and windless. 

I did knit some gifts this year for my mum and her husband, Roy – these again were Knitvent patterns from Curious Handmade.

For the matching set, I used Stranded Dyeworks BFL DK in the colourway: ‘Naïve watercolour’. The other hat for Roy was knit in Stylecraft Bellissima DK in the colourway ‘Double Denim’ using the ‘Homebody Hat’ pattern from this year’s Knitvent.

We really enjoyed our week of relaxing and being looked after by my Mum and Roy…

img_5118Now we’re home, we are reminiscing over the last decade and looking forward to the start of a shiny new year!

H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R !

 

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