Good morning (or afternoon/evening/night depending where in the world you are).
Today I want to share with you my Christmas to-make list progress. I’m not too worried if the intended giftees see these, as they won’t know who they are for until the big day … plus I’m not sure they all read this blog so I reckon I’m pretty safe. If however, you do know that I’m making something for you/your children … e.g. a cowl or a bag (not looking at anyone in particular) then stop reading now 😛
I haven’t made my to-make list that long this year. Last year I decided to make EVERYONE something … which just ended up stressing me out and rushing to desperately trying to finish sewing in ends late on Christmas Eve. So, this year, as I’m back at work I decided that extra stress would not be productive at all, I’m only making a handful of gifts, well, seven to be precise, maybe eight depending on who I pull out of the family Secret Santa.
I also may yet decide to make a bunch more hand/wrist warmers depending on how long the main list takes me. My list is forever changing, but the most important part is there are only seven definite presents on there and the rest are just extras IF I have time.
I have already completed three and have started on a fourth, so progress is going well.
1) First up, as you may remember, I have finished the Corner to Corner blanket that I shared with you a few weeks ago (Look here to see the C2C blanket in all it’s glory).
2) Next I completed a Peppa and George pig …
The pattern for Peppa Pig was FREE too and is available here. I made George the same way and just changed the colour of his top.
I love these guys and they were such fun to make. They even have little curly tails.
This was a paid for pattern by Muki Crafts (available on Ravelry here), and although it is vague, once you get your head round what “knit over knit, purl over purl” means then it’s really easy. As a newbie this definitely helped me practice distinguishing between the stitches – and look how pretty the stitch pattern is. This photo is even featured on the designers project page – EXCITING!
The pattern lists sizes from 1 year to adult so I may just have to make myself one of these one day 🙂
I’m part way through my fourth gift now, which you may have seen recently in my Sunday Sevens, or on my Facebook page if you’re a fan over there. It is the Butterfly Prayer Shawl by njSharon and DebiAdams and it’s available for free on Ravelry here.
I am loving this pattern and it’s actually really easy with just a few rows repeating. I’m using Katia Jaipur ply yarn in colourway 210.
Pretty much halfway through my main list with six weeks to go (SIX WEEKS!).
I’ve been planning the other three projects, which only loosely follow a pattern … and one doesn’t have a pattern at all.
- A Blaze monster truck based on this pattern: CV062 Monster Trucks Afghan and Toy by Donna Harelik (Blaze is a kids TV show on Nickelodeon)
- A scarf, probably using the monster truck applique from the pattern above, and based on this pattern: Kids Car Scarf by Loopy Freak
- A bag, similar to the Circle to Square Bag Cover I spoke about in a post back in July, but based around Chelsea Football Club. I’m planning to make a chart for this bag, but it’s going to take a lot of thought to get right.
And that’s it! Very short list this year, but a nice mix of projects with patterns to follow, patterns to tweak and patterns to completely make up. It’s going to be a good few weeks. Now I’m off to raid my yarn stash and check what colours I may need to buy for those remaining gifts.