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Christmas Comes Early

Every December I think how lovely it would be to have a hand knitted Christmas jumper, by which time it is or course far too late to do anything about it. I set some knitting-related New Year resolutions back in January and making a Christmas jumper was one of them. I cast the Frosty’s Christmas jumper on early on in the lockdown and wrote a blog post about it at the time.

Since then I’ve fallen in and out of love with knitting a few times, so progress has been sporadic, but I finally finished it tonight! I love it!

It’s knitted in a gorgeous light fluffy alpaca/silk mix, which has been lovely to work with and as well as the cute snowman design it features this moss stitch rib on lower edge, cuffs and neck.

I decided that it needed something more to add a bit of Christmas sparkle (because a Christmas jumper needs bling). I found these iridescent white sequins and sewed them on to add a snowstorm, which took a while! I’ve had clothes with sequins on before and they always seem to come off so I made sure these were sewn extra securely……all 300 of them!

I love that the back view of the snowman is on the back of the jumper

Snowman’s face includes a knitted carrot nose and black sequin eyes and mouth. he also has a cosy scarf.

I’m rather looking forward to wearing him this December!

Have you started making anything for Christmas yet?

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Angels

The last time I saw my knitting friend, Anne, she invited me to join a Coffee Craft and Chat session at her house as part of an “Angel Extravaganza” . We would be knitting and trimming angels with Christmas messages, to be hidden in and around Ellington, Cresswell and Lynemouth.

I arrived at Anne’s today not really knowing what to expect, but found a house full of very busy women, enjoying a well-earned lunch break with tasty homemade soup, scones, cakes and biscuits (timed my arrival perfectly!) I managed to knit an angel, added a pair of spare wings (thanks to Anne’s neighbour, Jude) and had a thorough lovely afternoon. Everyone was great.

The local church had initiated the project locally and distributed patterns earlier in the year .You can find the pattern here http://www.christmasangel.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Christmas-Angel.pdf The knitters had been making angels ever since and over 500 have now been completed. I wonder where mine will end up?

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