So Christmas is lurking around the corner and this is a confusing time where I start to organise and wrap my presents that I have been making through the year and start making plans for 2018! I enjoy making gifts for others and this is a great time to revisit projects. I probably had the most fun making my Festive Fowl (they aren’t a gift, but something I wanted to make for my home). I used the Fancy Hen pattern and the lovely Dovestone DK in Wesley Bob and Yorkstone. I love this pattern!

I set a dangerous precedent when I gifted my sister and niece with some socks a couple of years ago, so I have made a few pairs of socks for gifts. Patterns I have used include: Incantation Socks, Prairie Socks  and Vintage Fairy Lights.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t make a couple of shawls. This year’s shawl pattern (I discovered it in January and have lost count of how many I have made this year!) is the FFFS, also known as the Fuss Free Festival Shawl. It is amazing! It’s easy, looks effective and you can get a wonderful project out of just one skein of 4 ply. Just perfect for gift giving. Another pattern I used was Hundred Acre Wood (pictured below in Titus) . I have knitted a lot of patterns by Curious Handmade this year and I love them. This was another one that I discovered at the beginning of the new year. It comes in a couple of versions, but the mini shawl is a great knit for a special gift and is a one skein wonder!!

Once all the gifts are wrapped, I start planning my Christmas cast on project and other projects for the new year. This Christmas I will be casting on some lovely Juniper socks in DK yarn in an attempt to bust my overgrowing stash!! I will also be casting on a shawl in some new yarn that we are going to launch for Spring/ Summer. I love doing my new season knit (it has become a tradition for me!). I am deciding between the Surprise Party Shawl by Curious Handmade or the Lang Ayre by Gudrun Johnston....decisions, decisions!




As for knitting in 2018, well, watch this space! Merry Christmas and Happy Knitting!