One of the biggest problems of the internet is that, amongst other things, its tendency to spoil a surprise. So before anyone points out this particular post is out of date, I can assure you it was in the making back in November.
A few years ago, I was drafted in by my other half to make some CD covers for a Christmas compilation of songs that he was going to distribute to some friends. As I spent a lot of my time as a child drawing, making and sewing, I was quite keen on the idea and within a few weeks the living room was covered in bits of felt.
The whole thing ended up being a bit of a reawakening and it prompted me to retake up cross-stitch and various other small sewing projects. Then one of my oldest and dearest friends announced she was pregnant and for some reason that now escapes me, I decided to knit her a baby blanket.
Just to clarify, I’ve always been reasonably good at taking exceptionally small pieces of paper, fabric and felt and assembling them in some coherent pattern but knitting was not one of the skills in my repertoire beyond the basic knit/purl stitches. Nevertheless, I got a book – the wonderful Stitch ‘n Bitch by Debbie Stoller – and completed the Big Bad Baby Blanket (unknowingly and completely coincidentally) around the same time its recipient was born.
Knitting has since had me hooked and as I’ve been on a bit of a mission to get everyone meaningful presents for Christmas over the past few years – rather than just stuff for the sake of it – it featured heavily in this year’s Christmas present lists.
So as the festive season is now nearly over and done with, I can finally show off my favourite pieces from the present bag.
The giraffe and hippo are both from Sarah Keen’s Knitted Wild Animals book. The hippo on the right was a gift for a six-month-old, the giraffe on the left for a 30+-something. Both seemed to be a hit. I can wholeheartedly recommend the book too as it gives full instructions for everything from the stitches to the sewing up.
Of course I had a couple of other projects planned that I didn’t get to finish off in time so in the meantime, they’re staying well and truly off the internet and will get delivered by the end of January (theoretically).
In the meantime, if anyone is looking for a new hobby for 2013 check out the books above. It’s a great way to keep you occupied while watching telly in the cold winter months. Happy new year!