More Christmas Gifts

As you know I like to give personal presents and have been planning Christmas gifts since January this year. I’m really enjoying being more organised than I usually am for Christmas and it is nice to see all my projects stashed away safely waiting to be wrapped up in December.

I wish I could tell you all who they are for but its a secret until Christmas day!! Ssshhhh!!

These wash clothes are made from bamboo cotton that I got at the knitting show. These are really simple. Two are just a corner to corner and the other two are treble crochet. They will be a set of two together and I will buy a nice soap to go with each set. I did look into making soap and I may try it in the future but I decided I had enough projects at the time.

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I have wanted to do the zig zag granny blanket for a while and have made this for a small boy in the family. It was really quick to make and I enjoyed doing it. I love the colours and used Stylecraft Special DK which is one of my favourites to work with. I used a simple double crochet as a border to keep it simple.

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I couldn’t wait to start this cushion! It only took me a week to complete from start to end. It was fun to make and I love how it has turned out!! So pretty!!
Everything I used for this was from Hobbycraft, even the cushion insert.

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For the back, I decided to I wanted it fairly plain so did a white C2C back.

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Baby blankets

I have a few friends that have either had babies recently or are expecting soon. I like to give a present for the new baby and like it to be something personal and hand made.

I wanted to try the ‘call the midwife’ blanket ad I have seen so much of it on Facebook. It was so easy which is not what I had expected. It worked up quickly and looks so pretty and intricate. I did one in white with a pink border and because I loved doing it so much I did a second one in blue with a white border.

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I wanted to do something different next and had a whole bag of yarn to choose from. I went for some pink and purple mini granny squares and used the join as you go method to join with white. Then I did a v stitch border with the light and dark purples. This is simple but really effective!

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For the final blanket, I couldn’t decide what pattern to use. I started and frogged it about three times and then decided on a version of the classic granny blanket. I did squares in one shade of blue, and joined with rhe same yarn, followed by a v stitch border. I really like using the granny stitch. It works up so quickly, and I tend to forget about it now that I can do so many other stitches.

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These blankets were all so much fun to make. I have been able to give one to a friend already and I can’t wait to be able to gift the other 3!

Wool and the gang – Product review

I have made a lot of different crochet projects, using different yarns and techniques. One type of yarn I was eager to try was the fabric yarn. So I was over the moon when I went to the knitting and stitching show and came across Wool And The Gang (woolandthegang.com) with their table of mixetape yarns and kits.

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Something else I have wanted to try is crocheting a bag so I was delighted to have the chance to try the Wool And The Gang kit for the Penny Lane Purse. There are lots of different kits, patterns, yarns and ideas on the website for both crochet and knitting. This particular kit starts from £29.99 and you can choose the colour of the yarn and the strap. You also get the added option of whether or not you need them to include the crochet hook in the correct size for making the bag.

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I decided to go with a khaki coloured bag with a brown strap. I have never done anything quite like this and was almost put off by it being something so different to what I am used to. I am so glad I went ahead and started it. It was so quick and easy, and the instructions were easy to follow. I did get stuck at one point and had a look on the video tutorial on the website which was a great help.

Everything had been thought of for this kit. It had a needle to sew in the ends, all the pieces needed to attach the clasp and the strap, an instruction booklet which included a printed ruler so you can measure your work and make sure it is the same size as needed in the pattern.

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This was so fun to make and I love how it turned out! I will be using this bag a lot as it is one of my favourites! Lots of room inside, a magnetic clasp to keep the bag shut and keep my things safe inside, and its so stylish as well! I will be buying more kits from Wool And The Gang as this one was so much fun!

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