I’ve been trying to take a picture of my projects in progress for the last few days, but somehow I am never home and free when there’s light! Oh blessed winter days..
So instead I give you a bit of a Christmas 2014 knits reveal.
I started early this year, doing a bit of gift knitting here and there, and I (almost) managed not to knit frantically on Christmas Eve.
I started knitting the bigger projects, shawls for my mum and sister, back in the summer. The Colour Affection above, and the Stormborn shawl, which was part of a knit-along.
Knit-alongs are a great way to keep motivated during a longer project. I especially fell in love with Mystery Knit-alongs, with weekly clues coming into my inbox to break down the process into manageable bites.
(Currently I am knitting along on this Downton Abbey-themed one!)
Some of my favourite big and little people get hats for Christmas. It’s becoming a bit of a tradition. This year, I knitted a lovely pile of Barley Hats, and it didn’t get boring. (The pattern is available free on Ravelry.)
I am already thinking about The Christmas Hat 2015.
Hats are such a nice little thing to knit if you need a bit of variety!
I said earlier that I almost didn’t knit frantically on Christmas Eve – almost because at the last minute I decided the boys needed a vest each in their stockings.
But because I had to re-knit the little guy’s vest after finishing it and realising it was too small, I was seriously lagging behind. And on the evening before Christmas, after collecting our light from a Christmas Eve celebration, eating a lovely dinner and lighting our tree, after the baby finally sleeping somewhere other than on myself, I had the choice of either knitting through the night, or letting go of the perfect Christmas stocking vest.
I chose sleep, and rebranded the vests as New Years Vests.
(Not the first time this has happened, either: Boxing Day Cardigans 2012, New Year’s Vest 2011).
The pattern I used was the Sandy Vest from What To Knit: The Toddler Years. So nice and squishy, one day I’ll knit myself an adult version! (Ravelry notes here.)