Here are some of this year's hand-made christmas presents:
1. Very easy knitted lavender bag. I simply cast on enough stitches for 4 sets of horseshoe lace repeats, worked 3 vertical repeats and a picot cast-off, sewed side and bottom seam, sewed a little voile bag to go inside for lining, filled with lavender, threaded ribbon through a set of eyelets near top and tied in a bow.
2. Knitted washcloth. This is just the standard ball-band dishcloth pattern from the inside of the Peaches & Creme cotton yarn wrapper, made with Faded Demin ombre and solid eggshell colourways. When presented with a bar of soap, it will make a nice small gift.
This brings my current hand-knitted gifts tally to 6. About to cast on for pair of socks next - hope I can finish them in time.
Continued snow and freezing temperatures has put paid to dh's (work) trip to Paris; my mother's christmas-shopping visit has had to be postponed; dd's weekend trip to stay with her sister in London now looks doubtful. I'm hoping I will actually be able to get to the shops fairly soon, as I really need to do some actual shopping, or Santa's sleighload will be extremely meagre this year - above knitting notwithstanding.