After working away for several weeks on secret xmas present making, I am pleased to say, I finished everything on my list – yay. Not only that. Those presents were wrapped, posted, and parcels have been received . So a big sigh of relief there, that my handicrafts arrived safely. Now to wait impatiently, until Christmas, for recipients to open gifts. I have since added a few more things to my “to do” list. Suddenly coming up with several more ideas for family closer to home. However, without postal delays to worry about, I can work at a more gentle pace for these last gifts.
In the meantime, following surgeon’s instructions to rest with both feet up, I’ve been crocheting, xstitching, and even managed some knitting.
Crochet has been working on something very small. If I taught myself to crochet a while back, it was partly because I was inspired by all the wonderful crafting by MojiMoji Designs and some of the free patterns Janine makes available on line. I therefore followed one of her free seasonal patterns, and crocheted up a couple of tiny Christmas trees.
Here are the first two I made, in their natural state. I’m busy crocheting up a few more, and will then do as Janine suggests, and decorate them with pretty beads.
Cross stitch time has also been spent working on something small.
This little set of robins was a free kit in a recent issue of Cross Stitch Crazy. Each one didn’t take too long to make, and I loved the very quick finish idea, of simply sticking onto the printed tag cards which were supplied in the kit.
And I also managed to make some progress with knitting.
Here are all my bits so far: 2 sleeves (which insist on curling up whenever I try to lay them flat), one back and now a left front! I’ve already cast on the right front but I’m not giving myself any deadlines for a finish. What I’m not looking forward to: knitting the bands of ribbing, getting button holes lined up correctly and at regular intervals for buttons, and sewing all my bits together. It will have to be done though! I’ve already got yarn and pattern in for my next knitting project – a sweater for the husband. And I won’t be starting that until I have a finished cardigan.