I know I’ve been less of a voracious blogger during November & December – here’s why. During the months of November & December I was feverishly busy making gifts (excuse sloppy photos- they were taken hastily before a mass wrapping session) :
- 1 hooded cape
- 1 crocheted snood (with a twist). This comes from Carly’s fab snood pattern, only I made a fundamental mistake on round 2- when I came to the end of the round I think my end of row join included some serious twisting which I didn’t notice straight away….. but it’s OK, it snuggles a bit more closely! My friend loves it which is the main thing (she doesn’t know it wasn’t deliberate!)
- 2 Martha Stewart scarflets
- 3 knitted looped scarfs (using “Patons Fab Big” & the pattern on the label!)
- 4 fur collars using this pattern from Colette patterns via Mollie Makes
- 3 pairs of boxer shorts
- 1 Negroni shirt (I will review later)
- 1 “waterfall” cardi/ wrap
- 2 pairs of PJ trousers.
Phew! As a result of all that making I needed a break & could only lie on the sofa, craft battery recharged by my Colette Sewing Handbook & Liberty Home Sewing Book (yes, Father Christmas smiled on me this year!). All of a sudden I was overwhelmed by sewing options – there were so many I was paralysed. To overcome this debilitation I cut out 3 things then sewed them all at once (no, I didn’t end up with a pair of trousers with a skirted kindle cover pocket !)
I now have a pair of Clover trousers, plus the most adorable floral skirt (Anna Marie Horner fabric) that leaves unanswered the question: has she a big bum or is it the fabric? Both of these items scraped in as the last makes of 2011 that will get photoed & discussed soon as. My super new lucky me Kindle* also has a papoose. I was getting quite anxious not having sewed anything selfishly for a while, but rest assured feel a lot better now.
Looking back at these woolly things, I really enjoyed making them, but feel I need to progress into cables or thumbs….. any ideas for some easy progression patterns? I feel a look at Ravelry is a good starting point. And after so many fabulous online yarn shopping suggestions I feel (but do not fear) onset of Imminent Yarn Stash fever (it appears to be contagious!).
*I am a super lucky Badger/ Mum/ girlfriend