- The first part of my Christmas shopping is done and was pain and hassle free, even (dare I say) fun. Boots had an awesome points offer on today, so not only did I save money on the fabulous 3 for 2 gifts, but got money back in points as well! Most importantly, though, some people will now be receiving excellent christmas gifts that I didn’t even have to queue for.
- I discovered that I have a new favourite smell – Philosophy Cherry Christmas Bath. If anybody is stuck on what to get me for Christmas and is reading this then you have your answer. The philosphy range is amazing, and includes gingerbread, marshmallow and eggnog scented goodies – highly reccomended.
- I finished some knitting I’ve been meaning to do for a while. It’s a bit secret so I can’t put pictures up yet but a couple of the ladies at knitting group are expecting bambinos so I’ve been making blanket squares. I love the feeling of knitting something and knowing that a cute wee sproggle will get all nice and comfy. I also love that the patchwork blanket will be truly unique, since all of us contributing are only limited by the size of a square and the need for it to be machine washable, otherwise the pattern possibilities are endless. The stitch dictionary I bought last year has been very helpful!
*do a happy dance*
I realised I have 102 projects on Ravelry, so here, for you knitting folk, is a run-down. End here if you aren’t interested in knitting!
Works in progress
- 1 of these is a long term blanket and unlikely to be finished anytime soon.
- 1 just needs ends sewn in and blocked.
- 1 just needs some embroidery.
- 1 just needs a photo but the yarn isn’t playing nice with the camera.
- only 2 need more knitting done!
Most favourited by others
Most of my projects aresn’t favourited by more than 1 person, if at all, so special mention to the following:
- Cat Pyramid: Made just for the house out of acrylic yarn and from a mochimochiland pattern. Quick to knit and very cute.
- Sheepy Handwarmers: Made for my friend Roz for Christmas 2010, to a pattern of my own.
I’ve a few big plans for knitting for the rest of this year, and I feel like I’ll need to sign up to a few challenges on Ravelry before the year is out – any ideas?
Today is the Solstice, but that hasn’t meant it is pouring down outside. The endless grey doesn’t make for much cheer, so I’ve put together a few links to pretty things to help spread the cheer!
Firstly, fancy some armchair shopping? Need a new bag? Why not have a look at this Folksy shop here: Little M Bags – it makes great use of recycled ribbon, sequins, buttons etc to add some sparkle to your study or shopping.
Do you need a wee creature to help make mischief? These wee guys are so cute and also available from Folksy
If all that crafty stuff has made you want to get out the sewing machine, then how cute are these! SO, they just do childrens patterns but there must be at least one wee person you know who needs something made – Oliver and S patterns
If knitting is more your thing than sewing, then The Yarn Yard is where you can buy handdyed wool from near Edinburgh. I’ve used some to make a secret surprise shawl and baby socks so far, but have plans to use it much more.
I go to a knitting group at a local cafe once a week. The group has a wide variety of lovely folk from all sorts of backgrounds and ages.
A Japanese lady at the group, Naoko, has recently started making amigurumi toys to raise funds for victims of the recent earthquakes in Japan. The toys will be available to buy soon, but in the meantime you can see her blog here http://hopeforjapan-amigurumi.blogspot.com or come along to the Tea Tree on a Thursday night for updates.
We Scottish folk generally aren’t that good at bigging ourselves up, but I’ve had to do it a lot recently in job applications. It makes you feel a wee bit dirty and sell out, so in an effort to prove that slef promotion needn’t always be corporate and cold, you find me now trying out self promotion of a different kind – knitting.
I love knitting. It is awesome. And, if I do say so myself, I’m getting quite good. I like knitting too much though, in some respects. I *have* to be knitting or I get fidgety. This results in a plethora of knitted things around the house that aren’t really for anyone in particular.
I have decided to set up shop, as it were, and clear out these loved but not needed things via Folksy. So, if anyone needs a baby hat\baby socks\grown up knitted things, then let me know or look here – http://www.folksy.com/shops/Squeejay
- Archaeology is becoming a decreasingly viable option as a career.
- Given point 1, temping is not a bad idea.
- Temping in an office means you are always near a kettle and get to wear nice shoes.
- It is possible to knit cables without a cable needle (http://knitting.about.com/od/knittingskills/ss/cable-back_4.htm)
- I really love knitting for myself (shock horror!)
- 6. Nigella Kitchen is an awesome book and definitely a must have.
I should add, someone I don’t know likes my knitting. *Obviously* those who know me love it. My Folksy shop was featured in a Friday blog today – you can see the post here (http://redbirdjewellery.blogspot.com/2011/01/folksy-friday-scotland.html). I’d almost given up on the Folksy thing since not much sells – I’ve sold more knitting through word of mouth to friends than through the interwebs. I’m not bothered though, since all that ends up in the shop are things I forgot to give/made but were the wrong size for people. Still, it’s nice to be featured.