Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Woolly Madness

Did I mention that I get struck with a madness at this time of year... I knit and crochet all year long but suddenly in the last week of November I am deluded into believing I can knit everyone Christmas presents. To be fair my output does somehow seem to increase but it remains a delusion. However, that said I have finished a couple of things that have made me happy...


This very cute bunny was made from a kit using a ball of Erica Knight fur wool that came from a shop in Saffron Walden, Craft Days. The instructions were a little sparse as in "sew up and add optional fabric trim". Luckily I've done a bit of sewing now and then, so I worked it out, but despite that it did knit up very quickly and was finished in just two evenings. If only everyone would like a fur bunny for Christmas I might stand a chance of getting them all done but I'm not so sure my boys would be all that thrilled! But at least the newest little boy will have a present when he arrives.


The second thing I finished were these mitts in an attempt to use up random skeins of yarn I seem to have accumulated. The pattern is "Camp Out Fingerless Mitts" which is free on Ravelry and the yarn is Collinette bamboo and wool DK. I added the roses because I could. Between you and me I'd like to keep them but that wouldn't help my Christmas present situation so they are destined for one of the girlfriends.


And on the needles now are socks because him indoors always gets socks. They may get finished, they may not but long time readers will know we have a history of me giving him one sock and a promise, so I would hate to disappoint! I have plans for more mitts, a little hat or two and some tea cosies but we know it's not going to happen don't we.

Plus I have other plans... In previous years I've done a sort of advent count down on the blog in December... quite a few years actually... 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. I didn't manage last year but thought it would be fun to do it again... Yes, well you already know I'm bonkers. Just a single photo, maybe two... A few words, nothing lengthy or meaningful... because even if no one else reads it I quite like to look back on these countdowns to Christmas as a gentle reminder to keep calm, because it comes and goes whatever we do. Fancy joining me?

16 comments:

  1. I will join you insomuch as I will be following your posts :) Meanwhile I shall be writing papers, preparing another felting course for next year and going on a study trip. Writing a daily blog on the run up to Christmas I don't think is going to happen :D Making presents is definitely not, such a shame, I would love to. I think I might have to start in January and do that :D

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  2. I quite fancy joining you but I doubt I'll get my act together... I am still in denial on the handmade present front but I have acknowledged the need for advent calendars. One step at the time. The bunny is the cutest ever bunny. x

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    1. That would be fun. Glad I'm not the only one mad enough to contemplate it!

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  4. You are in good company. I am on the 5 th sock out of eight I have to make before Xmas. I love that teddy bear. He's gorgeous:) B x

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    1. I thought it was a bear when I bought it. It was only when I started knitting I realised it was a rabbit!

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  5. Love the woolly rabbit, mitts and socks. Lucky recipients. I think I'll pass on the countdown to Christmas but will enjoy reading yours.

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  6. Your bunny fellow is adorable!!! I would love to join in your advent countdown, but as you know I am a bit hit and miss these days. I will though enjoy reading your posts a lot! Happy advent!

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  7. Gina, how do you do it? Mind you...I think I may be a bit daft too. I made one embroidered monogram for oldest son. His name is Caton. His wife is Coralee. Their two offspring are Cassandra and Cameron; within our family, we call them the 4C's...so guess how many monograms I have (almost) completed? Somehow I just HAVE to find time to finish and mount them in time for Christmas, as well as make a Scwhalm doily for someone and finish a piece of textile art for another recipient. That's in between all the other things I do. Why do we do it?

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    1. we do it because we enjoy it Erica... at least that's what I tell myself!

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  8. Lovely Bunny, Fran. Haven't been to Saffron Walden in years -used to live near there as a child. I'm aiming to knit a child's chunky jumper and some dolly clothes, and finish several sewing projects for Christmas but life may get in the way! Looking forward to your advent posts.

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  9. Well I would join in if I knew how to post while I am away from tomorrow to Sunday, I might manage Sunday. Love the bunny,I am making small gifts.

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  10. Love that rabbit. Well done on all the crafting and plans to craft even more. Looking forward to your Advent calendar. I've managed to knit a scarf. In garter stitch. For a very small person. But it does have pompoms.

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  11. Haha -- I feel your pain Gina -- I have the same problem with knitting every year -- I always start projects too late. I even have some little hoods started for the girls in the family that are STILL unfinished -- maybe this year LOL! Cute, cute little bunny!!!

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