Tuesday, 11 December 2012

A bit of this . . . and a bit of that :)

Not a very original title for a blog post, but I've been busy doing lots of bits and pieces of things lately!  I seem to be a bit overly relaxed about Christmas this year - enjoying my crafting experiments so  much, but I have lots of crafty bits 'n pieces which will no doubt find their way into some Christmas parcels, so it's all good :) :)

The socks are finished - Van Gogh's masterpiece on my feet - who'd have  thought, hehe . . .


They are quite toasty, especially if you warm them  up on the top of the heater first - good for warming up the tootsies on a cold day . . .


The beach-ball is stuffed (but still not in the shop, maybe soon though, so difficult getting good shots on these darker days!) . . . 

I think the colours worked nicely together though - you really need to eat your porridge before stuffing these beach-balls, it's a bit of a feat of  strength and sheer determination!  I'm happy how it turned out though :)

(. . . and, yes, I had my porridge this morning, hehe!)

This week I'm onto a quick project of a knitted beanie, for ?????  Whoever it fits, most likely, and it seems to fit 'Little S's' head quite well so far (so it's a small beanie!) - he was quite obliging about letting me try it on him with the knitting needles still in place!  I love the colours of this yarn, but it's a devil to work with, like knitting with candy-floss, slips and slides all over the place, I'm using a free pattern from Ravelry knitwear designer, LoveHestia (you can see it here though) called the Hurricane Hat as  it has a spiral pattern, quite contemporary I think - we'll see how it turns out :) . . . 

I bought the yarn (Mochi Plus) as I'd been looking for some camouflage-type colours over the last year, and this is the closest I'd seen - I think it's more fern/forest-like, but interesting to work with. 

What . . . ,. Christmas is two weeks away!!!!  Don't panic, it's all in hand - she says optimistically :)  I'm not sure that I can stop knitting for long enough to complete all  my preparations - it's cool though, it's a very good way of keeping calm throughout the madness.  Hope your prep is all going well too :)

I'll leave with you a pic of the beautiful sunrise we had  here today . . 

Please excuse the bit of washing-line in the foreground!
Alison x

7 comments:

Liz said...

Love the socks! Great to come across a fellow Scottish blogger.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Alessandra said...

Great Alison!!! the socks are perfect and the ball makes me happy and I would love to touch it!!!
Crazy days, eh??? ;oD
xxxx Ale

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Biba said...

Oh, you're so brilliant - love the socks and particularly the colour scheme inspiration - really fancy :)

Claire said...

Yes, most definitely a bona fide Sock Knitter Alison
You need a dedicated 'hand knitted' sock drawer as I'm sure there will be knitted in the future......
The Mochi Plus yarn is a lovely colour, shame about the way it knits, can be very frustrating and put you off sometimes.
Beautiful sunrise, what time did you take it?
Been a warm day here, am sitting down with a cuppa and a bowl full of home grown berries, yum....

CLaire x

Mezz said...

love the ball!! and the sunrise!! spectacular!!

mezz x

june at noon said...

The socks look great, and the beanie shows a lot of promise! Red Heart makes a camouflage yarn, but it's a rather itchy acrylic, so I don't know that it would really do the trick....