|Red-and-white stocking by Yours Truly, green one by flatmate.|
A couple of friends requested Christmas stockings and fortunately I had previously had the same idea so just needed to add some jingle bells to the stocking I had knitted. Doing the HJC was a bit of a challenge as the red was knitted in the round but the white was knitted back-and-forth. And I've never done much colourwork before. It's something I will have to work on if I decide to do it again - having colour as well as texture to work with is a good move.
Hot water bottle cover
|Late-night efforts paid off. There are varying random stripes on the back.|
This year my research group had a Secret Santa. When it was mooted I thought 'if I drew L out of the hat, I would know exactly what to do'. You see, one of the colleagues I share an office with has an office hot water bottle and used to keep it wrapped in a pillow case. Imagine my surprise when, sure enough, the name I drew from the hat was hers!
So the crochet began. I had some Patons Smoothie DK from a baby blanket project and started knocking up little pinwheels. Everything went pretty well but, true to previous form, I had underestimated how much time was available for this make. As a result I was frantically crocheting away the night before the present exchange - so late that I heard the Shipping Forecast on Radio 4 before the switchover to the World Service. It all paid off in the end though and my colleague was very pleased.
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The other people who got handmade gifts this year were my sister and sister-in-law. Sister got an owl-cable snood in lovely soft and smooth bamboo yarn to match some owl cable items I made for her birthday in the summer. It did get sewn up just before I left to return home rather than before Christmas, but as previously noted, such is my wont.
For some reason I generally wrap presents to my sister-in-law in scarves. This year that turned out to be a green tartan infinity scarf with a white backing. Pretty simple to sew up but (again) I wish I'd had time to wash it into softness and I might have made it a bit bigger - apparently her head is a bit bigger than mine, so while I could get it on both singly and doubly wrapped she struggled with the double wrap. I'll maybe use up a bit of the fabric stash on these for presents in the future.