All can now be revealed: I did make a few Christmas presents myself! I remember as a girl, almost all the Christmas presents I gave were made by my own hands, and I used to spend months working out what to make for whom. (I often made stationery for my Granny, which I would then receive back throughout the year in her letters to me.) This Christmas I recaptured a bit of that old handmade spirit. For three knitterly friends, I made some rose brooches:
The pattern for these came from a library book – hooray for libraries! I’d never “fulled” wool before – it’s like felting only less so. The only thing I’ll say about that is, be careful not to scrub all the skin off your knuckles like I did before I even knew it. Apart from that, these brooches were good fun to make, and a great use of scraps.
For lovely Sofi, whose toes get cold and who even in London needs a hot-water-bottle, I made this:
I loved knitting with this wool. The colour was actually a much more vivid raspberry, and the feel of the wool was really delicious on my hands. The photo is taken sans hot-water-bottle inside (I was propping it up against the back of a chair to get as much light as possible) but it still worked fine with hot-water-bottle inside, and I was pleased with it. I really enjoyed making this because it was such a light easy project I could take it to work with me and knit a few rows now and then.
It really is true that when you make something to give to a certain person, you do think of them a lot while you’re making it, and so your love and energy become a part of the gift.
I hope you received some lovely handmade presents at Christmas as well. My favourite this year was the Dafter’s creation for me – what else but a rainbow, made out of Hama beads layered in a jar. These gifts truly are priceless.