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Christmas Knits

In this previous post I mentioned that my knitting energy had been diverted in December to knitting gifts. Now that they’ve been gifted I can reveal what they are…

Sparkly sequinned wristwarmers in soft and cosy (Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran) 100% merino wool:

A pair of socks in a soft yet sturdy cashmere / merino / acrylic mix (Rowan Cashsoft 4 ply) for toasty feet:

(a little too big even for my feet!)

And a tea cosy, knitted in a lovely shade of teal (Rowan Felted Tweed Chunky) Merino / Alpaca / Viscose mix, which I wanted to keep.

And here they are all together:

Thanks OH for your photographic skills. All patterns are from Jenny Lord’s excellent book Purls of Wisdom – reviewed here.

Everyone needs a bit of granny-chic in their lives surely?!

Did you give / receive any handmade presents this Christmas?

Season’s Greetings and Christmas Loot

I’ve not been at all organised enough to schedule a Christmas post and a fair amount of running about then stuffing my face (plus enjoying several G&T’s) meant I could barely string a sentence together yesterday, let along switch my computer on to communicate with the world! So a day late…


I hope that you all had lots of festive fun and spent time with the people you care about. I am perfectly delighted to be with family, surrounded by cats, home comforts and with no sensible plans at all except eating, watching movies and enjoying the luxury of lying in, in the morning with a good book and… with the prospect of a second present-opening round with my other-half back in London.

I received some lovely Christmas loot, including these book-related gifts:

My step-sisters chose me three books which they selected based on a combination of recommendations (The Yacoubian Building, by Alaa Al Aswany, Blindness, by Jose Scaramago), and a bit of blog-stalking (The Waves, by Virginia Woolf – a lovely Vintage copy). Makes me feel lucky that I’m not an only-child any longer!

Dad and C bought me some Waterstones credit (a perfect excuse to go on a book-binge), and Dad made me a beautiful bookmark, embellished with Jade which I will treasure.

Mum got a brilliant Amnesty Year Planner. Perfect for scribbling down those new year resolutions. 2011, here I come!

Did you get any books for Christmas?