Please excuse my very long absence. I’m on summer holidays at the moment and it’s been a little difficult to blog amongst the anarchy. I have a few longer posts on the way, including a Fail post, a God post, a Holiday post and a Newsy post, but in the meantime, here is a completely self-indulgent one.
Here are some handmade gifts I wanted to brag about:
This is a crochet star garland I slipped in with my sister-in-law’s KK present. It doesn’t really do anything and it kinda looked better in my head than in real life. The stars are a mix of Lucy from Attic24’s very addictive Little Lacy Stars and my own Star Snowflake. You can’t see it very clearly in the picture, but the ribbon is a sweet blue-and-white check pattern.
I made some more Lacy Stars (I told you they were addictive) for my mother-in-law (“Mrs Knightley”?). Do you remember this tree from last year? I don’t know why I didn’t choose red the first time around. It looks so much better.
These presents don’t really deserve to be included, as I didn’t make them myself, but I couldn’t resist. These were Christmas presents for the ladies at Harry’s occasional care. I gave them Pippi’s handmade soaps (like what I gave away on my blogiversary) and wrapped them in lunch bags with nice ribbon.
Here are the presents I gave Harry and Matilda’s teachers (Matilda had two teachers this year). This photo is a bit dodgy. I made the lid covers in purple yarn, but in this picture, they look blue. The gingerbread is baked from a recipe I found on The Green Dragonfly, which is awesome and I will use always and forever until the end of time. And I drizzled melted white chocolate on top. Can you tell from the shape that they’re supposed to be stylised Christmas trees? Maybe if you squint a little and turn your head to the side? I get a little tired of rolling out all the waste dough again and again when cutting biscuits, so I chose a shape that tessellates to save me time. Efficiency plus! I tried to explain this method to several people over the course of Christmas, but their eyes all tended to glaze over, or dart about desperately for someone who could save them from the conversation. I think it’s interesting…
And at last, the pièce de résistance. I made this bunny – who might bear a remarkable resemblance to Peter Rabbit, but for any lawyers from Beatrix Potter’s estate who may be reading, I will refer to only as George – for Lovely M’s son, who is Christopher Robin’s best friend, and who actually happens to love Peter Rabbit, when he’s not trying to act all grown up. This was one of those situations where the idea for it flew into my head and then I just couldn’t rest until I had created it. I followed Greedy For Colour’s Flora Rabbit pattern (one of my favourites) and then invented limbs and a cardigan to transform Flora into Peter (I mean George!). Lovely M’s son was suitably impressed with this gift (although he tried hard not to look too much so in front of Christopher Robin, until Christopher cheerfully mentioned his own favourite toy dog who still sleeps with him) and I’ve been assured that Peter/George has been fed carrots at the table every night and goes to sleep in his owner’s bed.
And that’s it! I should probably mention, before you start feeling too impressed, that I failed to send any Christmas cards at all this year and I’m pretty sure there are some people I’ve lost touch with who think they’re no longer on my list. Maybe next year I’ll be better organised…