Well, it's that time of year again, and Christmas is almost upon us. I hope you've enjoyed the run-up to Christmas as much as I have. We've enjoyed Izzy's Carol Service in the most beautiful setting of Chester Cathedral and I've enjoyed meeting up with old friends and family whom I haven't seen for a while. I've sent my cards, cleaned the house, almost wrapped the presents and finished most of the shopping. I just have one last gym session at 4pm today (let's hope I can walk on Christmas Day), leaving tomorrow free for a quick tidy up and preparing veg.
I had grand plans for making lots of Christmas presents using up my huge yarn stash, but sadly time and commissions got the better of me and all that I managed was a scarf and a little snuffly hedgehog from Julie's pattern over at Little Cotton Rabbits. But I did make two batches of rocky road which is super delicious. One batch was dispatched to my knitty friends at our last meeting of the year, and the other batch is safe in the Conservatory ready for distributing on Christmas Day to family. I've made paper bunting and used up all my leftover cards and wrapping paper from last year, so I didn't need to buy any this year :). So all in all, my handmade Christmas wasn't such a bad effort. Next year I'll make an early start on those handmade presents.
I also finished off the year with some lovely commissions in some of my favourite magazines. I'm so grateful to all the editors and staff who continue to support my craft business and help me to make it a success. I hope you all get the chance to relax a little over Christmas.
My published patterns for December include a gorgeous fair isle cushion in Homemaker Magazine, a cute little blue tit and a jar cover in Let's Get Crafting and 3 knitted projects in The Knitting Collection - a collection of 47 amazing designs. I was delighted that 2 of my projects are featured on the front cover. what an achievement. All of these magazines are packed with gorgeous projects which will inspire you to get knitting and crocheting. They're all worth a read over Christmas and the New Year - perfect to enjoy whilst relaxing and chilling over the festive season.
So all that's left is for me to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and all the best for a FAB and CRAFTY 2014. Thanks to all my facebook and twitter followers and thank for reading my humble offerings on my blog. Love to you all, Lynne x