I was just reading through some of the blogs I am following and realised, that I am mainly knitting boring “useful” things. Apart from my mountain chain and the odd soft toy, I am only ever knitting things that will keep you warm or your belongings safe. (Ok, you can always argue if a knitted phonecase is really that useful ;))
On one of my last trips to Vienna I came across a few beautiful pieces of knitted graffitis, guerilla knitting, yarnbombing or urban knitting, whatever you want to call it.
I have often heard about it and also seen it on pictures, but seeing those huge knits wrapped around a rather dull and ugly scaffolding made me smile.
Last day at nursery, play, party and a visit by Father Christmas.
So it was time for me as well to hand out Christmas presents.
When we moved to London, I still wanted to make Christmas biscuits even though we would travel back for the holiday season and I realised that this would actually be the perfect gift for all my friends here. They do not have the same tradition of these biscuits so it would be a unexpected yet very appreciated present (who does not like home made biscuits) and I could still get into Advent baking spirit. So everybody wins 🙂
And today was the day of giving them to people, for some it was a new thing, for others what they have been waiting for… hopefully.
I have just been browsing my ravelry-projects, wondering when I will ever have the time to add my latest projects and I have realised that I have used some patterns over and over again, just because they are really great and versatile.
not too girly with kangaroo pocket and fitted hood
with collar and caterpillar on lower front
comfy for little ones without hood or collar
plain white cardigan for christening
I am not even sure if the gallery shows all the models I have ever knitted from that pattern, but you can see it is very versatile and all children in my family own at least one of them.
Another favourite for a quick and easy gift for a new baby girl would be the Versa by Shannon Passmore.
sunset colours, pockets and bow
short and strait
bold colours with contrasting pockets
raspberry with green details
I almost always use this pattern when I have to knit something for a baby girl. It offers many choices to adapt the shape but I almost always knit a tunic as I feel it is the version that will fit the longest, first as a dress, later a top.
And last but not least, there is the Rainbow Dress by Georgie Hallam. I haven’t actually knit it this year but I think it is a great pattern and I am very fond of it. Maybe because it was the first time ever that I came across anything a seamless top-down pattern.
Whilst looking at my past projects I have also rediscovered a few patterns that would be worth to be knit again, but enough for today 🙂
Today, I had to go to Oxford Street so I decided to buy those two balls of Debbie Bliss Chunky at John Lewis. They really have quite a good range of yarn, even more fancy brands. And it is the easiest to reach yarn shop for me but I guess the atmosphere isn’t great.
I also popped into Liberty, a very old and special department store, which I did not now about until very recently. It is really a beautiful building. And they have gorgeous fabrics (I did now their fabric line a bit though). Yarnwise they seem to have the entire Rowan range. All these shades and textures makes you want to knit a lot, isn’t it. I didn’t buy anything there but I guess that would be a nice shopping experience.
Since I can not always travel to Oxford Street when I need new supply I usually order online, mainly at Deramores. They have a great customer service and always some kind of deal. Last time, I couldn’t find my coupon code and emailed them. But I could not wait for their answer and just ordered without using my voucher. And guess what, they actually reimbursed me those 10% even if it was clearly my own fault that I didn’t use my discount.
And I usually get my order the next day, so this kind of shopping is really effective even though yarn shopping would be one of the things I do not necessarily want to have the most effective way.