Funky festive round up with gifts galore!

Well hello!  I hope everyone is enjoying the festive season and looking forward to the New Year!

It all got a bit busy for me the week before Winter Solstice and Christmas, what with making gifts to parcel up and send off in the post, and parties and gatherings to attend.  headwarmeronpurple2 First up are these funky chunky headwarmers, made for my best friend’s two daughters in chunky WOOL: yes, I have found a brand of sheep wool I’m not allergic to!!  I wanted to make these very thick, super-warm and snuggly, so I decided to try Drops Eskimo.headwarmeronpurple I’m VERY pleased with the way they turned out, the wool was lovely to work with and although ever so slightly itchy on my hands, no sign of a rash – hurray!  I made these from my own pattern so if I can remember it (!) I’ll put a tutorial up in the New Year sometime.

Next up is this little critter, made from a fab pattern by Little Muggles: shelley profileHow cute is he??!  Now, I have to confess that he was made with the intention of being given away as a gift, but you know how it is, when it came to it I just couldn’t bear to part with him…shelleyfrontAfter all that crochet I fancied a bit of a change, so out came my fabric stash, cutting mat, and good old Auntie Janis (that’s my old Singer sewing machine!).  What better excuse for rummaging through all your favourite buttons, ribbon and embroidery bits than making a special gift for a lovely friend?   This was my second go at making one of these journal covers, using the excellent tutorial posted on BySmallMeans.  You can have a look at my first attempt over on my Flickr page, which was a bit on the tight-fitting side!  The tutorial is for a paper-cover spiral notebook, but mine was for a hard-cover bound book.  This time round I found it works out fine if you add 1/4″ to your measurements to allow for the thickness of the cover.purple journal2All in all a very creative Christmas, but just to prove that I do get outdoors sometimes, this is what I did on the Solstice:Solstice Tree plantingMe and my friend Annie in 10 layers of clothing, planting the very first tree of her new woodlands on her land!  Only another 3,000 or so to go…

Happy New Year, everyone!


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