Monday, December 21, 2015

How've You Been?

Hey! Long time no see! Sorry about that... you know how it is.

Anyhoo... what have you all been up to? I've basically been knitting. That's pretty much it. Every year I vow I'm only going to give handmade gifts, and every year I realise about a week before Christmas that there is no way on earth that I will actually be able to do it.

This year, largely due to the fact that I haven't been feeling very well and I find it easier to justify sitting on the couch all day if I 'm doing something else as well (and binge watching Netflix doesn't count), I think I'm actually going to do it!

I started in November this year, and that probably helped. I managed to do something for Beege's birthday too, which pleased us both.

Beege's new "Pikachu inspired" Electric Mouse hat*.

Then I got started on Christmas. While my intentions are good, it's hard to make something personal for everyone when you've got a whole raft of kids to make things for. So everyone's getting mittens! Everyone needs warm hands, right? I've been sitting on the couch gestating and knitting mittens ever since.

This is just the beginning... I've made at least five more pairs since then.

I actually got so involved with making mittens that I forgot to do anything else. And here it is, *less* than a week before Christmas with a few important people to make things for, who I'm pretty sure don't want mittens. Wish me luck!

How about you? All done your holiday gifts? Do you make or buy?

BTW - Keep an eye out for the next post - I'm going to be running a giveaway for a 6 month subscription to Netflix! (I promise, it'll be later this week, not next month.)

*In case you're interested, here's the pattern I followed on Ravelry, by KGuz.


  1. Love your mittens! I used to have a wonderful rainbow pair until I ripped them... :(

    1. Aww... that sucks. :( Do you knit? Mittens actually aren't as complicated as they look. As long as you can increase and decrease, you're golden! The pattern I generally use for adult mittens is this one from Red Heart:

  2. I've got some serious Pikachu fans that would love that hat!

    1. I know Beege loves it. She wore it day and night for the first week she had it. :)

      If you (or someone nice you know) knows basic crochet stitches, the pattern I found is really easy to follow.

  3. Your projects are beautiful, Jessica! I'm the same way with bigger ideas than I have time for - thank goodness you were couch-bound! Sort-of... :)

    1. Thanks, Robin. :) Lol... yeah, there's always a bright side to things!