Christmas · Knitting · Lace · Lace shawl

A couple of ta-dah’s! 

Firstly, here are the fingerless gloves I was knitting, finished and displayed on the hands of my lovely colleague Natalie, whose birthday it was yesterday!

  
Pattern: Mica Mitts by Laura Nelkin

Yarn: Juniper Moon three ply alpaca 

2.5mm needles! 
And my sister’s Christmas shawl:         
Pattern: lace leaf shawl by Mary Henderson

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal & Rowan Kidsilk Haze stranded together. 

Needles: 5mm 

Happy Christmas blogging friends! Sending you all best wishes for a very Happy Christmas!

Christmas · Knitting · Lace · Lace shawl

Finally blocked: Lucille shawl

I knitted this in January when I was recuperating in Tenerife! It’s a pattern by Anniken Allis and I ran out of yarn so instead of a loopy crochet border, I’ve pulled the lace diamond out into a slight point. 

Yarn is sea cell & silk by Natali Stewart. It’s glorious to knit with. 

   
     

   
I recommend the pattern. I enjoyed knitting it a lot. 

Fan girl moment: Anniken Allis Regrammed my Instagram photo of this shawl 😊😊😊😊 saying it was beautiful. Made my day.  

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The annual Christmas competition…

I’ve posted before about the annual competition my Mum, sister and our friend Sam have…

This was my video entry into the competition to show off my tree and sitting room.  

 I had spent AGES tidying up before filming that!!

The two big items this year were knitted/ crocheted Christmas item and handmade Christmas hat.  Competition was fierce. 

Here are my sister and her children modelling the Christmas hat entries: 

 
L-R Mum’s dog on a snowy day hat; my sister’s  pompom Christmas pudding hat and my Fairisle poinsettia hat. 

   
   
I thought the Christmas pudding should have won, but me and Mum tied. *

Then there was the best knitted/crocheted  Christmas item. I entered Nigel the reindeer:  

   
And Mum entered Graham the hedgehog!  

 
And Sam had made an amazing mouse I forgot to photograph. Mum and I tied again on this one… *

*Not sure how these results happened as you can’t vote for your own entry and so each item could get three votes. The voting process is as dodgy as some recent international election results! 

For full disclosure, the other categories were:

Best Christmas Tree

Most Christmassy room

Tackiest (most tasteless) bauble

Best gift wrapping 

None of which I won! My sister won the competition overall. Her kids were very pleased! It was a really lovely evening. 

Plus we got a great photo of all of our dogs sitting together wearing their Christmas bandanas.  


L-R Mollie, Lucy (Mum), Dilly (my sister). Lucy & Dilly are litter sisters and are spangolds – springer x golden retriever.  

 

Christmas · Knitting · Lace

Weekend knitting 

I’ve been working on the Mica Mitts and I finally finished them yesterday!  

    
    
   
I’ve got to sew the ends in, block them and get my niece to model them (the recipient has small hands!) and then I’ll post a finished photo! 

And yes Maxine they ARE feather and fan. And I still don’t like it! 

Christmas · Crochet

A crochet creature – part 3 (FO) 

Meet Nigel.  

 
Nigel, as you may have gathered is a reindeer.  

  

He’s crocheted arigumi style, and was, I have to say, a very easy make. You just had to get on and do it! He’s destined for my friend Josh, who I hope will like him a lot.  

Pattern: Arigumi Reindeer by Millionbells

Yarn: Countrystyle DK

Hook: 3.75

He just seemed like a Nigel. And now that’s his name. 

Christmas · Crochet

Oh and another doily!

So I *might* have ordered a job lot of Rico from Deramores. I just love their Cotton Essentials! 
 
I also bought a couple of balls of Katia Jaipur, which is a mercerised cotton. My niece recently confessed that her favourite shawl is the blues Jaipur one I made last year. So, I will make her another!  

Gorgeous isn’t it?!

My plan was to make my auntie a set of table mats using the Starflower Mandala pattern by Zooty Owl.  

    
    
    
 Yes that last picture is wrong side up!! Unfortunately it’s coming up too large. So I’m going to gift this to a friend and find another pattern for my aunt’s table mats. 

Can you tell I’m loving these bloomin’ things? Just don’t call them mandalas. I will cry.