Friday, 4 December 2015

Feeling Festive

Are you feeling festive yet? I think it's creeping up on me, which is good. I do love the festive season - although I could do without the over-kill on the marketing side. For me, Christmas is about spending time with my family and we're all looking forward to Christmas Day Bingo at Mum and Dads. Then over New Year, we're off to spend 5 days with our daughter who works on a Cruise Ship, so we're visiting Hamburg and Bruges on a mini-cruise break and can't wait to see her perform in the shows. Then she finishes her contract and will come home with us for a couple of months, which will be lovely.
But first I have a lot of knitting and crochet to do. Not just for commissions, but for presents too. Not to mention the proof-reading and pattern checking that's waiting. No rest for the wicked!!!!
My Christmas commissions have been slowly coming into publication. I didn't seem to have as many Christmas commissions this year, as my August break clashed with the various Christmas deadlines, so I had to decline quite a few requests. But I had fun designing this little fellow for Let's Knit Magazine. The yarn and toy filling came free with the issue, so there was no excuse not to make him. I've seen a lot of readers makes, and they've turned out very cute too, which is always a huge relief. I'm currently working on a crochet Santa pattern, which should be available soon - hopefully in time for Christmas.
I was delighted to see that my cable wreath with robins has been featured on the front cover of Woman's Weekly Magazine for the 15th December issue, which should hit the shelves at any time. It's such an honour to be feature on the front cover and I'll be buying quite a few copies no doubt.
I used DMC Woolly, which is a beautifully soft Merino yarn, that comes in a great range of colours. It was perfect for this project - not too thick and not too thin. It would make a great gift and something that can be used year after year.

The cabled wreath cover is simply a strip of yarn that stretches (quite tightly) around a polystyrene wreath. The edges are slip stitched together. The holly/berries and robins are made separately and attached.
My tip for knitted or crocheted wreath making is to make sure that your wreath cover is a very tight fit because the fibres will relax once sewn together and if it's not a tight fit it will be too baggy. If your cover does become baggy you could always insert pins through the cover and into the polystyrene so that it doesn't move around. Do this on the back so that it's not visible.

I'd love to hear if you're making any gifts this year and I hope you're more organised than I am.
Enjoy the festive season and happy crafting,
Lynne xxx