How are your holiday preparations coming along? I've been making a few gifts which has proved to be a happy antidote to the usual hustle and bustle that can be expected around these parts at the end of the year.
Here are a few recent makes:
* A string of elephants, made from linen with patterned ears. For a baby's bedroom.
* Hand-knitted wash-cloths made from cotton yarn in various colours. Some squares are just plain garter stitch, others are worked in moss-stitch. I've made pairs of these for friends and wrapped them together with nice soap. I like that it's a practical gift that will get used up, but also that it's so relaxing to knit at the end of a busy rushing sort of day. The best kind of craft.
*This is a sock-knitting case, for someone who is rather a whizz with four tiny needles and carries in-progress socks wherever she goes. I used a piece of vintage linen I'd been hoarding because I love the embroidery and I think (hope) she will too.
I liked this piece by Pip: Nine ways to lift your spirits and not freak out at Christmas. Quite appropriate for me to read this week, and maybe you, too?