Phew, I was right: Christmas mania has well and truly arrived this week. Not only has the volume of people on the streets and in the shops increased tenfold over the last few days, but my workload has been busier than ever as our clients prepare to shutdown for the Christmas period. I finished on Friday, with ten days off to visit my parents before I return to my usual routine.
After our Office party taking place last night, one might fairly assume that I would choose to have today off to recover rest a bit. Not so! I've spent the day doing all of those things you need to do before the big day. Today, after spending an inordinate amount of time conducting a full scale pre-Christmas clean of my apartment, I wrapped my gifts….
This particular pile is for my boyfriend. Tomorrow will be the last time we see each other until after Christmas, so we've decided to exchange gifts early. I can't wait to see if he likes what I've chosen (he should do, as at least one item is something he's explicitly asked for!). I'm not too fussed on receiving presents, if truth be told. The last gift I received from my other half was a Pandora bracelet on my birthday, and I spelt a good deal of time both rapturing over it and chastising him for spending so much money on something I really didn't 'need'.
The boyfriends pile doesn't contain anything knitted, but I wrapped the gifts I'm giving to others at the same time as his. I'd love to say that there's been some kind of miracle in my managing to complete and wrap my knitted presents so far in advance of the big day (trust me, 19th December IS very much advanced!), but I ended up changing my knitting plans. Originally, I'd intended to knit my Mother another pair of socks but as the intricate design I'd chosen would take up so much time, I opted for a couple of other things instead.
The first item is a little unexpected. I'd never knitted mittens before, as the task of family gloves/mittens always fell to my Grandmother. As she's no longer around, and my Mother asked me to make her a pair to go with her new navy winter coat, I thought I'd give them a try. I'm very pleased with how they've turned out:
To make these, I roughly adapted this pattern to work with my yarn and gauge. As you can see – these will certainly stand out against the navy of her coat! In case you hadn't already noticed, I'm a huge fan of bright colours: plain dark mittens would never be an option for me. Besides, if you're rootling around trying to find your gloves or mittens – surely it'd be better to have something that would stand out in a dark drawer or pocket?
Believe it or not, this pair was made using less than a skein of Colinette Skye. When I was planning these out, I wound two of the four skeins I had leftover in my stash, expecting I'd need to use both. I'm thinking of using the spare for another pair for myself at some point soon.
This bold and brassy colour way is known as 'Jamboree'. I think it's fantastic and would be an excellent choice for making interesting clothing items for children.
Again, I've used Colinette yarn (I absolutely promise I use different brands and the next project I will share with you will show that!). It's Jitterbug 400 in the shade 'Mango Lassis'.
Hasn't it come out beautifully?
It's very difficult to show this item to it's full glory without a model, so I hope to get a shot of my Mother wearing it when she's opened it on Christmas Day. I'm not sure if you can tell, but it's an asymmetrical scarf/shawlette and the peaks you can see fall down one side.
Named after 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy', the pattern intends that it be made with 42 individual peaks (42 being the meaning of life dontcha know?). Mine only has 35 because I was using slightly thicker than average sock yarn. Thankfully, I don't think this loss of length has affected it too much: it would be slightly irritating to need to use part of a second ball of yarn.
Have you all finished finding, making and wrapping your Christmas presents?