This thingymas just gone, we didn’t base all our presents on homemade gifts, but making a few does make the budget go a little further – specially when using materials readily to hand. I made some mitts for my son – he requested non wool so he could mistreat them and then stick them in the wash without worry – and of course they had to be blue, Always blue… To make it more interesting I played with Fairisle patterns – makes your head muddle when you are trying to fit in patterns but the thumb increase means a different number of stitches every three rows!
Still this is my first Fair isle pattern I designed, so I’m happy, my son was happy with his blue mitts too.
Boosted by achieving the first set of gloves – and thankfully writing up the pattern as I went – I then went on to make a pair for himself, although I made them a little bigger and so had to adjust the design. This time I knitted them using our own homegrown home spun wool. This is wool from our Shetlands and is lovely and soft, I just used two of the natural colours and the Fair isle pattern carrying the second colour across the back makes them very snuggly. He loves his fingerless gloves. …and wants mittens next…
Himself carved an ornament by hand (this time no trip to A&E and stitches necessary, so a bonus there!) and turned this bowl – which he says is apple wood – Bramley no less (we did do some major pruning last year!), as I had put in a request for a little trinket bowl, and this hits the mark perfectly.