Most years I decide well in advance that I won’t have time to knit something for everyone for Christmas. However – every December when they start playing Christmas songs on the radio – I decide that I can knit for everyone and start to set myself ridiculous amounts of projects!
This often means I’m still knitting socks on Christmas eve and one year I even gave my mum a half knitted cardigan which I then finished on Christmas day!
This blog is mostly an excuse to show off the scarf I made for my brother a few years ago. It was back in 2011 and for some reason- I was organised! I decided well in advance that I wanted to knit slippers for my mum, a hat and gloves for my dad and a scarf for my brother.
I was particularly pleased with how the scarf turned out. If you look closely you can see his name in fair-isle. Eleanor from Knit Nottingham had her eye on this scarf. I said I would give it to her if she changed her name by de-poll to match the scarf, but she wasn’t dedicated enough!
And yes he is wearing a short sleeved t-shirt on Christmas day- he also walks around the house with bare feet and doesn’t get chilblains. I got the cold genes!
So this year I made my usual last minute decision to knit a few extra bits! I started knitting something for my boyfriend in Nov – and as I’m writing this it is still unfinished so I can’t share that yet!
I made some of the Rowan Animal Winter Family – these make great little gifts because you can get them out each year to decorate the tree and they’re easy to pop in the post for people you won’t see over Christmas. You can download the patterns for free here if you want to get started for next year!
I was planning to buy a fabric scarf for my mum, but did a last minute U-turn and knitted her a snood. I used some oddments of Rowan Colourspun and Kidsilk Haze from my stash. It was really quick to knit and the two yarns create a beautiful texture in moss st. I’d never done a mobius before, so I just guessed- and it worked! I’m really happy with it.