This year, I had the idea of beefing up our Christmas presents to our nephews and nieces with some handmade gifts. You see, Mr Knightley’s brothers and sister always give such thoughtful and generous presents to my children that the presents I buy for their children look rather plain in comparison. I am certain that I am the only one who notices this, but I wanted to find a way to value-add, just the same. Unfortunately, I was only hit with the inspiration to do this ONE WEEK before our Christmas lunch. But the genius of Lucy Ravenscar and the sheer wonder of my hot-glue gun came together and I somehow managed to pull it off.
It was a Christmas miracle.
1. A turtle keyring for my ten-year-old niece (from Lucy Ravenscar’s most excellent pattern);
2. These hair clips for my two-year-old niece (flower motif pattern here);
3. A ‘lucky pig’ for my baby niece (another of Lucy Ravenscar’s remarkable patterns); and
4. These Bananas-in-Pyjamas finger puppets for my one-year-old nephew. These were my own pattern and a lot trickier than they look. The pyjama stripes are worked in rows and joined to make a cylinder, then the head is worked in decreasing rounds on one of the ends. If you try to work the whole thing in rounds, the stripes go diagonal. Or so I’m told.
My other two nephews (aged seven and nine) missed out on a handmade addition to their presents. What on earth do you crochet for a nine-year-old boy?
These were all very well received and I was feeling remarkably smug about the whole situation … until I saw the truly beautiful, thoughtful presents my children received in return. I’m gonna have to start a lot earlier next year!